Technology

NHS workers deserve our applause – but so does the telecoms industry

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Next time there is a highly deserved round of public applause for NHS workers, do add one additional clap for…

The trick that will let you have a conference call from your home phone

28 March 2020 9:00 am

For the past 12 years, Roger Alton and I have shared this half page like Box and Cox: he writes…

The simple trick that will hugely boost your phone coverage

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

In the recent debate over Britain’s 5G infrastructure, one dog didn’t bark in the night. At no point did anyone…

Britain needs to rediscover failure if it wants to prosper

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Britain needs to rediscover trial and error, serendipity and speed

My 2019: mice, Marrakesh and a fond farewell to my dear friend Christopher Booker

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Another year over and it wasn’t all bad, you know. Here are some of my personal highlights. Best birthday parties:…

We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living…

Technological progress is as messy as Darwinian evolution

21 December 2019 9:00 am

There is a famous chart which shows the time it took for various technologies to be adopted by 50 million…

Don’t tell me model railways aren’t art. My little engine is a thing of spirit and beauty

14 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s a summer day at Llangenydd station, and the afternoon train is already late, not that anyone seems to mind.…

This year’s top gadgets – according to my inner chimp

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I’d hoped to spend this week writing about my new Geberit Japanese-style toilet, but since the grout is not yet…

Are you tingle-minded? The rapid rise of ASMR

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I once had a flatmate called Tom, who behaved very oddly when our cleaner came round. On mornings when she…

I’m a doctor, and tried the new GP app. My experience was terrifying

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Everyone agrees something dramatic has to be done to help the NHS. It is crumbling and the canary in the…

Why extravagant things don’t have to feel expensive

20 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Suppose you bought a case of claret a few years ago for £20 a bottle. It now sells at auction…

What I’ve learned from 20 years without a TV

22 June 2019 9:00 am

In the summer of 1999 I did something radical. Spurred on by my husband’s universal loathing of television I took…

Selfie-surveillance: Who needs Big Brother when we constantly film ourselves?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Did you see the Welsh Tory MP David Davies and a pro-Brexit protester arguing outside parliament, pointing cameras at one…

We all have servants now

4 May 2019 9:00 am

 Montego Bay, Jamaica When the Kennedy clan were children, JFK and his siblings would tear off their clothes before leaping…

In praise of privacy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

David Niven’s younger son Jamie, now an old man and a bit overweight, approached my table and announced that he…

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Ignore the science fiction: AI isn’t out to get us

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Every ten to 15 years there is a technology breakthrough that really changes what it means to be human. The…

Video-conferencing could revolutionise how we work – so why have we failed to invest in it properly? [GETTY IMAGES]

We don’t need more technology, we need better technology

16 February 2019 9:00 am

I’d like to propose a new scientific institution: the IUT, or Institute of Underrated Technology. Rather than trying to invent…

After Huawei, can we trust Chinese tech?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The world is a better place for China’s emergence from behind the bamboo curtain where it hid for half a…

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When a reader invited me to stay with him in Exmoor estate, how could I refuse?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

My first night back in Blighty, I sat all evening at the kitchen table drinking wine with a charming, courteous…

Why it’s so much easier not to speak to people

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I recently saw a series of photographs depicting a rural home in China. Pride of place in a grimly furnished…

The most underpriced Christmas gift you can buy

15 December 2018 9:00 am

During the second Gulf war, simply out of curiosity, I found myself visiting the website of a giant American mercenary…

In China’s new surveillance state, everyone will be watched, reviewed and rated

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai is the fastest in the world. It takes just over four hours to…

John McDonnell’s right – the four-day week could work

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Most people were scandalised by John McDonnell’s proposal to promote a four-day working week. But before we get incensed about…

Alexa, who is Toby Young?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

My oldest friend Sean Langan came to lunch last Sunday and, rather disappointingly, he seemed more interested in playing with…