Technology, open source, civil liberties & other stuff

Cars and hacking

The car, one of the few high-value purchases you can make these days that doesn’t have an unbreakable need for internet connectivity. There’s little doubt in my mind that this is how it should stay.

Wahoo RFLKT Review

If you’ve caught the cycling bug, have a smartphone but don’t have a dedicated cycle computer yet, read on.

Young becoming hostages to handheld devices, says charity

The Youth Sports Trust is concerned that nearly a quarter of children see playing computer games with friends as a form of physical activity.

Timepage by Moleskine

It has been a long time since I’ve been motivated to write about an app. Frankly, they’re a dime a dozen these days and rarely all that interesting. However, luxury notebook maker Moleskine is perhaps worth a mention.

Microsoft faces claims it threatened MPs with job cuts in constituencies

As a long-time but begrudging user of Microsoft products it has always puzzled me just how such poor quality software ended up with a de-facto monopoly.

Theresa Mays plan to censor TV shows condemned by Tory cabinet colleague

Taking a leaf out of Kim Jong-un’s book, Theresa May’s next hair-brained scheme is to sensor TV shows before they air.

Self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are coming, whether you want them or not. Like with anything new, there are upsides and there are downsides depending on who you ask.

Greatest Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming to Fight it – via The Intercept

They’ve barely been back in office for five minutes, but Kim Jong Cameron has launched his most unhinged attack on free speech yet. “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as… Continue Reading →

Losing focus: Why tech is getting in the way of work

Finding focus is a something almost everyone has to deal with. And research figures in the US show that in the workplace we are having more and more trouble keeping both internal and external stimuli at bay. Source: Losing focus:… Continue Reading →

Smartphones, the internet, our relationships and our world

Go to any restaurant or café these days and you’ll no doubt see couples or groups of friends sat together but completely absorbed in their phones.

BMJ: Fitness apps don’t improve health – and could be harmful

Fitness apps and wearable devices are all the rage these days, but as the click-bait headline suggests, they’re not always a good thing.

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