Sam Radford

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Is this the end of National Insurance?

George Osborne, the Chancellor, is considering historic plans to merge Income Tax with National Insurance<p>Income tax and National Insurance could be merged under one of the biggest shake-ups of the tax system for decades.<p>George Osborne, the Chancellor, has commissioned a study into the reforms which …

Here’s a strategy for Labour: imagine that good people also vote Tory

Ten weeks after the election, the Labour party is still sorting through the heap of reasons why it lost. Most can be filed under one simple rubric: the Conservatives were better at politics.<p>Team Cameron had a stronger message, better communicated by a more attractive candidate. That doesn’t mean …

Team Sky data shows Chris Froome Tour climb was exceptional but normal

Tour de France 2015,Chris Froome,Team Sky,Dave Brailsford,Tour de France,Cycling,Sport<p>Team hope openness over performances by their Tour de France leader will clear the air before the race’s final stages through the Alps<br>• Chris Froome on Team Sky’s data - video<p>Team Sky had billed their rest-day …

Twitter for iPhone adopts native iOS share sheet over custom menu

Twitter has quietly added support for iOS 8’s native, customizable share sheet, replacing its own limited share menu previously used. Custom share sheet support enables users to send URLs and other items to various apps and services on iOS without ever leaving the Twitter app.<p>This multitasking …

Apple and Google's Partners

Apple is one of a number of companies that started out as a close partner of Google's and slowly saw Google encroach on its territory and began to distance itself.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on</i> …

Steve Chalke: How the Church could be reconciled to Gove’s British Bill of Rights

Related Articles<p><i>Rev Steve Chalke MBE is the founder & Global Leader of Oasis, the founder of Stop The Traffik and Special Advisor to UN on Human</i> …

Rights & Freedoms

Nadia Bolz Weber: A pastor for America's outsiders

<b>At the House for All Sinners and Saints in the US city of Denver, a foul-mouthed tattoo-loving Lutheran pastor who was once a Pagan, an alcoholic and a stand-up comedian, is reinventing church.</b><p>Nadia Bolz Weber walks through the glass doors and immediately commands attention. She is 6'1" (185cm), …

Mary Magdalene

Apple Music review: by music lovers for music lovers

Apple Music is hoping its human touch will have millions switching over from Spotify. Rhiannon Williams investigates<p>Apple Music is here, following weeks of Taylor Swift melodrama, last-minute contact negotiations and a whole lot of hype.<p>I first got to take a look at Apple Music the day it was …

This euro is destroying the European dream | Jonathan Freedland

The deficit fetishists of Brussels and Berlin must cut Greece some fiscal slack and work to promote growth<p>On Sunday the Greeks vote while the rest of Europe holds its breath. No matter how clunky the wording on the ballot paper, everyone knows what’s at stake. This is a moment of great peril, not …

David Cameron will be seen as one of our greatest Prime Ministers

History will look back on David Cameron as an underestimated politician. Here's why.<p>How will history judge David Cameron? Will he be remembered as …

Great Britain

Scientists have made the first fully functional artificial human brain cells

But there is more to the idea behind this synthetic neuron than simply proving that it can be done. The team reckons that in the future, it might be possible to actually use these devices in patients to replace damaged nerves, for example, to help treat injury or disease. They may also have a place …

Remote Controls

Moleskine's Timepage for iOS is the perfect minimalist calendar app

Moleskine Timepage is a calendar app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. It supports iCloud, Gmail and Microsoft Exchange accounts. And it’s the first calendar app that’s really won me over.<p>It’s the latest in the notebook brand’s line up of iOS apps that also includes Creative Cloud (which turns hand …

UK bank Barclays delays Apple Pay as it seemingly thinks its own service can compete

When Apple announced that Apple Pay would be coming to the UK in July, there was one major bank missing from the list: Barclays. While the company tweeted that in was in “constructive talks” with Apple, it seemed odd that all other major UK banks had managed to reach agreement while it hadn’t. We …

Apple Pay

Apple Music — Everything you need to know right now!

<b>Updated April 2017:</b> We're putting together a massive streaming music roundup, and updating our FAQs accordingly.<p>Apple Music is Apple's massive music …

Apple Music

The SNP won't admit the truth – on most things, Scots and English see eye to eye

On issue after issue, Scottish opinion is to the right of Nicola Sturgeon and her nationalist party<p>For all of her success, Nicola Sturgeon is not quite ready to pick a fight with the Queen. Scotland’s First Minister was at great pains to deny reports that she is withholding money due to the Crown, …

Kirkville - Apple to Pay Rightsholders for Apple Music Free Trials

Over the weekend, pop singer Taylor Swift signed an open letter to Apple (presumably written by “her people”), which discussed the fact that Apple …

What would Jesus do about global warming?

AS RELIGIOUS statements go, the one by Pope Francis on the environment is readable and in places, beautiful. With a clear eye on some global …

The six new rules of one-day international cricket

England v New Zealand has ripped up all the old principles of the 50-over game - and replaced them with something far more exciting<p>Rule No1<p><b>Old rule</b> Win the toss, bat, put runs on the board.<p><b>New rule</b> No target is out of reach, not even against England.<p>For years, page one in the official handbook of …

Re/code posts video of Apple SVP of operations Jeff Williams talking Apple Watch, iPhone sales, corporate responsibility and cars (just!)

<i>Re/code</i> has posted the video of Walt Mossberg’s wide-ranging interview with Apple’s SVP of operations Jeff Williams. Williams spoke about the company’s decision not to share Apple Watch sales numbers, how iPhone sales are hard to grasp, corporate responsibility issues – and touched briefly on the …

Apple Watch

Apple News And The Open Web

People love to poke fun at Apple for its purported failure to achieve anything of lasting value in the realms of <i>the cloud</i> or <i>social media</i>. …

Apple Music will dominate with the power of the preinstalled app

Apple Music enters a streaming-music market that’s full of tough competition, from market leader Spotify to longtime stalwart Rhapsody to …

Santi Cazorla: ‘After training, I’d practise my weaker foot for an hour and a half’

Midfielder says improved mental toughness will increase Arsenal’s title chances and Jack Wilshere could benefit from playing in La Liga<p>When it comes to transfer market tactics Arsène Wenger has become quite skilled at biding his time to pounce on established, highly technical La Liga players who …

Apple Watch: My most personal review ever

I have been reporting on Apple for more than 20 years now, and in all that time no product has had such an impact on my life as this little piece of …

The Guardian view on religious education in schools: don’t trash it, transform it

Religious education is now an appendix to the school curriculum: a survival from earlier times which seems to have lost whatever use it once had, but which sometimes bursts out in painful and dangerous infections. The present legal settlement dates from 1944, and a time when it seemed self-evident, …

Apple Music UK pricing leaked

UK pricing significantly higher than in the US<p>I’ve been running the various beta releases of iOS 8.4 for some time now. This forthcoming release …

2067: the end of British Christianity

Projections aren't predictions. But there's no denying that churches are in deep trouble<p>It’s often said that Britain’s church congregations are shrinking, but that doesn’t come close to expressing the scale of the disaster now facing Christianity in this country. Every ten years the census spells …

Religion

Apple is trying to recreate a vast, legal conspiracy to make you pay for music — and it’s going to work

They see it as a confused mess, mushing together several different functions — streaming, radio and an artist promo platform — that might have been better broken out into separate apps. (In tech, the golden rule is that the best apps do one simple thing really well. This thing seems to be trying to …

Apple Music

The subtle new iOS feature that could speed up your in-app web browsing

Some of the most-used web browsers in the world aren’t really web browsers—they’re in-app browser windows, which pop up on your smartphone when you tap a link in your Facebook or Twitter feed, for example.<p>For years, these half-baked browsers have been cobbled together without much consistency. And …

Apps

What if Apple’s Beats 1 turns out like BBC’s Radio 1?

Please, please, please let Apple’s Beats 1 radio station be good.<p>Of all the announcements at Monday’s WWDC keynote, that’s the one I personally am most excited about. When it launches June 30, Beats 1 will be a 24-hour global radio station run by three DJs from three different cities around the …

Tim Cook