rant
It’s Time For Tower Bridge To Close – For Good

The Thames is is the central spine of our capital city. The river is the reason that London exists at all, and its iconic meanders are seared into our brains thanks to a combination of the Eastenders credits, the original London 2012 logo and the default view in Google Maps. Read More >>

science
The Simple Physics of Pole Dancing

It’s the last day of the week, and this is my confession: I am a huge pole dancing fan. Something about the combination of dance and acrobatics, athleticism and grace, gets me every time. Plus it’s sexy as hell—but only if it wants to be. Read More >>

rant
Stock Reaction Gifs Are for Idiots

Last week, Google released a new, gif-friendly keyboard (still unavailable in the UK) that lets you choose from a selection of Fun animations. Perhaps you’re feeling particularly Mr. Bean-frowning-against-a-blue-background. Or maybe you’re in more of a you-go-glenn-coco-scene-from-Mean-Girls mood. That’s fine. But when it comes time to express those feelings, please, for the love of god, use your words. Because these basic, unoriginal thoughts are not what gifs are for. Read More >>

science
Everyone Should Be Able To Explain Quantum Computing Like Justin Trudeau

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau schooled a journalist on the basics of quantum computing yesterday, I was initially as charmed and delighted as everyone else. But then a niggling sense of dismay set in. Why should this be such a singular newsworthy event? How come so few of us can do what Trudeau did, when science plays such a central role in almost every aspect of our daily lives? Read More >>

uncategorized
Where is My Upside-Down Emoji?

As far as third-party keyboards for iOS go, Swype is fantastic. It’s fast, it’s stable, and it knows all my little typing quirks. I’d never use anything else. And yet — I hate it. Read More >>

security
Oracle Deleted its Insane Rant Against Security Hackers But You Can Read it Here

Oracle’s security chief Mary Ann Davidson published a rambling screed against the security research industry, bug bounties, and reverse engineering on the company’s corporate blog. Oracle took it down, but the rant is one of the most impressively incoherent tirades to come out of Silicon Valley. And that’s saying something. Read More >>

phones
You’re Wrong About Voicemail

My mother is untrainable. At least, as far as voicemail is concerned. We'd repeat the same song and dance over and over. Me: Stop leaving me voicemails. Her: I don't understand. This went on for years, until I figured out she was right all along. Read More >>

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Facebook Needs a Real Mute Button

Sick of seeing all the ice bucket challenge videos on Facebook? Too bad, my friend, you're stuck with them until the end of time. That is, until Facebook creates the one option it needs most: A real mute button. Read More >>

apple
When Apple Damns Your Texts to iMessage Purgatory

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I'd receive nothing, and they'd get a "Delivered" receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected. Read More >>

wtfriday
Alec Baldwin in Explosive “F%#@ You Up” Twitter Account Suicide

Actor Alec Baldwin had a bit of a temper tantrum on Twitter last night, after some "toxic Brit" Daily Mail reporter wrote an article claiming his wife was tweeting during fellow actor and friend James Gandolfini's funeral. Read More >>

spotify
Hey Spotify, Just Show Me the Album I Want to Listen to

I pretty much never ever want to hear the edited version of any album. But for some reason, that 's exactly what Spotify wants me to hear. Or it least that's the way it seems. In most cases, the cleaned up version is what Spotify shows you by default, and you have to do extra work to find the real deal. C'mon, Spotify, why? Read More >>

uncategorized
Can 4G Really Change Our Lives?

We’ve been tracking the 4G 'messiah' in the UK for what feels like years now -- promises of streaming and downloading whatever we like, whenever we like, and faster than we could have dreamed. And while the promise is rolling through to reality thanks to finally getting trials from the likes of O2, it’s still a couple of years until we start living the dream of downloading SpiceWorld: The Movie in a minute in the centre of London. Read More >>

rant
Yes, Kickstarter Is Terrible. It’s Also Everything Great About Technology

Kickstarter is full of awful, ill conceived, downright dumb ideas. So is the internet. So is the universe. But it's also festooned with crazy-good thinking, ingenuity, and imagination. It's fun and unfettered. It's the opposite of the tech industry. Read More >>

photography
Canon 1D X: Canon, Stop Taking the Piss

No doubt about it, for serious photographers, the brand new Canon 1D X has a metric tonne of reasons for why it deserves its place at the top rungs as the Canon flagship. It's nothing short of an incredible camera; one that will have many a photographer drooling, and many a bank manager rubbing their hands in glee. It is, rather obviously, the most epic DSLR camera ever. Read More >>