William Cook

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Fixing this Excel error transforms high-debt countries from recession to growth

It looks like the most frequently cited justification for fiscal austerity in the aftermath of the global financial crisis is based on a boneheaded Microsoft Excel error.<p>When advanced economies began slumping in 2008, the immediate debate was whether to boost growth with short-term deficit spending …

Security Firm NQ Mobile Looks to Stem Rising Tide of Mobile Malware

In 2011, NQ Mobile, China’s biggest mobile phone security company, found some 25,000 pieces of malware targeted at mobile devices. In 2012, it …

BlackBerry Z10 – Confessions of an Android user

Once synonymous with smartphones, BlackBerry, the brand and the company, is now just a shadow of its former self. Blindsided by the emergence of iOS and then Android, the maker of the iconic BlackBerries now struggles to survive with the scraps left by the platforms it once dismissed as a …

Apps

Largest volcanic eruption in recorded history

On April 10, 1815, Mount Tambora sent so much crud into the atmosphere that it blocked the sun. What became known as the Year Without a Summer came a …

Geology

Leonhard Euler: longitude winner

I was delighted to spot today's Google doodle, celebrating the Swiss mathematician, Leonhard Euler. The Guardian's brief piece today states …