Technology

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Our obsession with city living is out of date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…

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…