Technology

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…

Trick or treat: the pros and cons of being hacked

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The pros and cons of being hacked

Finally, we’re unboxing the teleporter

11 July 2020 9:00 am

This week’s Wiki Man may read a bit oddly. You see, I haven’t ‘written’ it at all; I’ve dictated it…

The stupidity of the ‘spare bedroom’

30 May 2020 9:00 am

The Tesla Model 3 is an astounding achievement, but one thing baffles me: why do electric cars lack even the…

Have you caught the remote-working bug?

16 May 2020 9:00 am

One of the few benefits to emerge from this pandemic is that the world’s population has been given a crash…

You’re not special – just ask Google

16 May 2020 9:00 am

My research assistant, John Steele, is also a songwriter. A friend emailed him with the lyrics of a Fleetwood Mac…

Much-hyped technological innovation isn’t necessarily progress

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Modern advances in communication technology, computer power and medical science can sometimes be so startling as to seem almost like…

My Japanese toilet has made me a lockdown hero

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Compared with every other household chore, progress in bum-wiping has been glacially slow. It’s only in living memory that schools…

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…