5g
We’d Boycott 5G if We Knew What’s Good for Us

It seems like only yesterday I was annoyed about being stuck on a 2G connection while the rest of the country appeared to be upgrading to 4G. Now it's happening again, only it's 5G the mobile executives are taking about preparing now. And I'm still on the same 2G connection. Read More >>

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MPs Actually Want to Talk to Nick Clegg Now

Nick Clegg is actually getting invited to Westminster parties right now for once, but no one's going to be talking about proportional representation, coalitions or tuition fees. They want to talk to Clegg about his new job as proxy Mark Zuckerberg puppet for the EMEA region, with MPs lining up to ask him what Facebook is doing to combat the... harassment of... MPs. Read More >>

networks
O2 Told to Stop Pre-Filtering and Downscaling Video and Images

Mobile provider O2 has been naughty-stepped by communications regulator Ofcom, which found that the network has been routinely downscaling image and video quality before forwarding it on to meet user requests, going against the provisions of the net neutrality concept. Read More >>

privacy
Alexa, Violate My Privacy

Most readers of this site are probably fairly tech savvy. We are the ones who fix our family’s minor IT troubles. We adjust the settings on the TV that went haywire after that time the cat walked over the remote. Whenever we look at our parents’ computer screen, we die a little on the inside as we take in the wealth of bloatware that has crept into the browser that we cleaned just last month. We roll our eyes and wonder how clueless someone has to be to keep on getting caught out by this nonsense. Read More >>

networks
Plummet in Landline Use Triggers Debate on Phone Numbers

Ofcom has revealed that the nation's use of landlines to talk to other people has metaphorically fallen off a cliff, with the amount of time we spend on landlines falling by half in the last six years. Because of, like Black Mirror says, all the mobile phones, and the fact your dad can get webcam sex on his iPad now so has no need to call the chatlines. Read More >>

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Was Series 11 the Most Northern Series of (New) Doctor Who Yet?

“Lots of planets have a north,” Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor protested when Rose Tyler questioned him about his non-southern accent in the opening episode of the revived Doctor Who way back in 2005. However, until the most recent series starring Jodie Whittaker and her trio of predominantly Yorkshire-hailing companions, the programme has never felt particularly, well, Northern. Read More >>

transport
Rail Franchises Begin GPS-Tagging Trains for Better Running Info

A select few rail franchises are to start publishing GPS data that offers more accurate tracking of trains, giving all the apps that pull in official data feeds a much better picture of how the services are running. Read More >>

networks
O2 Says its Data Network is Working Again and it May Bung Users Some Free Data as an Apology

O2 has said that its UK 4G network is up and running again after yesterday's universal collapse, so our little glimpse into the horrifying blackouts of the future and the crash of all mobile services is over. No one died, did they? We can find where to go without Google Maps, can't we? Read More >>

crime
Banks Are Trying to Hack Themselves Today in Cyber-Attack War Game

Around 40 of the UK's largest banks and financial institutions are having a bit of a fun afternoon of hacking today, with the Bank of England leading a simulated cyber-attack on the financial industry to see what happens. Or what might happen. Read More >>

facebook
MPs Try Again to Get Zuckerberg Over For a Formal Chat

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee is having another go at persuading Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to come over for a terribly awkward chat about data and suchlike, and is hoping it has come up with a new carrot to dangle in front of him to make him pay the UK a visit – the Canadians are coming to this summit too, so there'll be people there speaking his language. Read More >>

5g
Anti-5G Lamppost Campaigner in Court for Going Too Bonkers

A man who has been spreading odd rumours about the 5G spectrum, including claims the next-gen of masts will cause cancer, is currently in court for his actions. Not for his conspiracy-laden web site, as being a bit of a theorist is not yet a crime; but for threatening local councillors who are trying to dismiss his allegations. Read More >>

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Google Not Sure Which Google+ Users Had Personal Data Exposed

Following a report Monday alleging that Google kept secret a data breach potentially impacting hundreds of thousands of former Google+ users, the company is offering only a meagre defence of why it kept silent for so long. Read More >>

books
Exclusive: Data Reveals That Game Of Thrones And Alexander Hamilton Are The Books We Most Often Try To Read But Secretly Give Up On

Do you ever worry that you’re not reading enough? My bookshelves are full of books that I keep telling myself that one day I will eventually read, but… you know… I have stuff to to do first. Even worse, I’ll often start a sufficiently weighty tome fully intent on enhancing my brain with the information contained within, but inevitably, after a few minutes of reading my fingers start to twitch and somehow I’m looking at Twitter, and Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century will never be opened again. Read More >>

health
Health Experts Warn of Tech-Fuelled Hypochondria

Doctoring experts from the Royal College of Surgeons are worried that we might be worrying way too much about our health, as an avalanche of vague lifestyle advice from today's gadgets will have us stressing about every elevated heart rate and warm flush. Read More >>

phones
Today They Say Roaming Fees Won’t Return After Any Sort of Brexit

Either the good Brexit or the bad Brexit won't lead to the mobile phone companies going back on EU-led laws to restrict massive fees for connecting to local networks while abroad, says the man in the government currently in charge of guessing what's going to happen when Brexit O'clock inexorably ticks around. Read More >>