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Chris Addison: me and my tech

<b>Are you a gadget fiend?</b><p>Yes, though I try to fight against it, partly because of expense and partly because of the sheer amount of stuff. Fifteen years ago, most people just carried a Nokia phone, maybe a £25 Saisho or Aiwa personal stereo. Now I leave the house with a laptop, iPad, iPhone … …

The Campaign for Same-Sex Representation in a Nintendo Game

Despite the excitement around recent Nintendo game announcements, one title from the game maker has been in the spotlight for all the wrong …

Facebook Nearby Friends: a first step in making tech more human

Blurring our location in tracking apps shows developers are finally recognising that we want our computers to think like us<p>Knowing exactly where your friends are all the time is creepy; only someone who works in surveillance has that data. Knowing roughly where they are, though, feels a lot more …

Snapchat will allow users to easily save messages

Ephemerality, it turns out, is ephemeral.<p>Snapchat has ascended the ranks of the Apple App Store since its release in 2011 by offering mobile messaging without the digital paper trail. Once viewed, photos sent via the app vanish in seconds.<p>But buried in its product updates released last week was …

Facebook Poke is dead

...and so is Facebook Camera<p>To Facebook, Poke was always "more of a joke" than anything else — so why did the company leave it in the App Store for more than a year after its troubled debut? We may never know, but today, Facebook finally put an end to Poke. If you check the App Store for Facebook's …

Win tickets to Glasgow Science Festival's night of culinary intrigue

Have you the stomach for an evening of food-based wonder? <i>Observer</i> <i>Tech Monthly</i> has just the prize for you.<p>Glasgow Science Festival begins on 5 June, packed with events, from a Speed Science night where scientists vie to win the vote for the best speedy scientific talk, to a "geek walk" taking in …

Feeble, bland and rooted in a bygone era: the BBC must find its digital voice

In 2002, an ambitious and technically literate BBC technologist pitched a visionary idea to senior bosses for BBC3, the digital TV channel that would be launched the following year.<p>"Too busy to catch every episode of your favourite BBC3 shows?" the proposal began. "Stuck on the train or bus? …

Powdered-alcohol creator shares 'the truth about Palcohol'

Last month, to the delight of those, like myself, who love imbibing and all things "instant," a modern-day hero emerged. But rather than vanquishing poorly dressed supervillains, he promised something far more valuable: lightweight, portable powdered liquor in a convenient pouch.<p>This 21st-century …

Tumblr’s New App Has 3.3 Billion Unique Designs

The mobile app has enough ways for every Internet-connected person on earth to design a Tumblr.<p>Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social-media site, your identity and feed can only fit into <i>one</i> …

Electric aircraft are on the way: Stylish Airbus plane makes its first flight

While electric vehicles are gaining popularity in the automotive world, the aviation industry is also looking into ways to clean up its act.<p>French firm Airbus is best known for its large passenger jets — including the double-deck Airbus A380 — but its latest project is rather smaller.<p>The E-FAN is a …

Facebook Is Killing Its Snapchat And Instagram Knockoffs

After nearly a year and a half in the App Store, the company finally killed off Facebook Poke, its failed attempt to cut off Snapchat's massive growth by making a clone with Facebook branding.<p>While those with the app can still use it (for now), it is no longer available in the App Store. The same …

Internet piracy: UK ISPs close to deal with entertainment industry

UK internet service providers and the entertainment industry are near to agreeing a deal to combat piracy.<p>After four years of negotiations, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have said they will send "educational" letters to people who illegally download copyrighted music, television or films.<p>Under …