Technology

The Proustian power of handwriting

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Towards the end of April, my mum sent me a letter. She doesn’t write as a rule — we speak…

The hidden cost of free technology

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Back in late 2019 I met someone from Zoom who was visiting London. The company, then as now, offered free…

The age of cyber warfare is a threat to us all

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Conflict in cyberspace is a growing threat to us all

Who’s really to blame for the Post Office scandal?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The alleged frauds for which the Post Office prosecuted no fewer than 736 of its sub-postmasters has turned out in…

Video calls are the new penny post

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Dear Sir, I beg to introduce myself to you as a clerk in the Accounts Department of the Port Trust…

Who can take on China in the tech arms race?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Who can take on China in the tech arms race?

My password amnesia got me into hot water

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Chelsea/Gstaad Oh, to be in England! But let’s start at the beginning. I challenge any reader to claim they are…

After Covid, get ready for the Great Acceleration

13 March 2021 7:00 pm

Before the pandemic struck, there was talk of a ‘Great Stagnation’ – the idea that the world economy was doomed…

The 31 inventions that Britain really needs

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Get Brexit done, then Arpa’ read Dominic Cummings’s WhatsApp profile. Arpa was what’s now the American Defense Advanced Research Projects…

What if Covid had struck in the 1970s?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

We have reached Covid-19’s first anniversary in the UK — and I really think we should do something fitting to…

The free speech row tearing apart the tech community

31 January 2021 7:00 pm

Donald Trump’s Twitter suspension after the riot at the US Capitol made headlines around the world. What was less reported,…

Our obsession with city living is out of date

30 January 2021 9:00 am

In March last year, the world made an interesting discovery. We found that a high proportion of knowledge-work could be…

Business rebirth is always possible – with the right help

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The online fashion retailer Boohoo is buying Debenhams without its stores and staff, confirming the demise of the high street.…

My historical re-enactment group’s battle with Silicon Valley

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The Wimborne Militia of Dorset prides itself on being the only formally commissioned ‘private army’ in England. We’re well known…

The tech supremacy: Silicon Valley can no longer conceal its power

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Can anyone stand up to big tech?

Is it time to reopen technology’s cold cases?

19 December 2020 9:00 am

One of the staples of crime drama is the ‘cold-case squad’. This allows programme-makers to add period detail to the…

Can £3,000 make me as pretty as Emily Maitlis?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

If you’re a journalist with a fondness for appearing on television — and, let’s face it, most of us are…

Why has eBay banned me for life?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The auction site has banned me and won’t tell me why

Boldly going where hundreds have gone before: Brave New Planet podcast reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Since technology is developing at such light-speed pace, why does it feel so strangely slow? There is a sense that…

The ludicrousness of stemmed wine glasses

14 November 2020 9:00 am

In 1989 I answered my first mobile phone call on Oxford Street using a brick-sized Motorola borrowed from work. Several…

What’s the point of trying to break up ‘big tech’?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The ‘antitrust’ law suit launched by US authorities against Google has been reported as a potential turning point in the…

Has my tech guy moved to Africa to escape from me?

17 October 2020 9:00 am

‘I can’t put it off any longer. She’s dying and I don’t think I can ignore the inevitable. We’ve got…

The terror of choosing the wrong email sign off

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The etiquette of ending an email

Remote workers of the world, unite!

5 September 2020 9:00 am

A few nights ago on Twitter, I quipped that I was planning to launch a trade union for remote workers.…

Why our greatest inventors are supreme hucksters

8 August 2020 9:00 am

People often tell me I have a strange way of looking at the world. Obviously, it doesn’t seem strange to…