UK Tech 2014

Breanna Mitchell's Smiling Auschwitz Selfie May Be Bad Taste, But The Backlash Is Far Worse

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Brogan Driscoll

By now you'll have probably heard of Breanna Mitchell, the teenage girl who posted a selfie smiling at Auschwitz concentration camp. Although she posted the photo some time ago (June 20th), it has only recently gone viral - clocking up more than 3300 retweets and a barrage of abuse over the past few days.

What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

Grant Feller | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste of space... a miserable, untalented tosser'. Worst of all though, my kitchen is 'hideous'. So this is what being trolled feels like... The other week I wrote what I felt was a thought-provoking, if slightly tongue-in-cheek, confessional about my enforced 12-month sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad trying to set up a new business after sudden redundancy.

Can I Find Love Through Groupon?

Max Dickins | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Max Dickins

I had to change. I'd reached rock bottom. It was time to get a life and Groupon was my tool. A Narnia of discounts, a wardrobe into a magical otherworld full of adventure. And since then I've become a Lord, changed my name by Deed Poll to "Max Groupon", and bought property on the planet Mars.

Best Songs of 2014: Soundcloud and Bandcamp Edition

Todd Cochran | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Todd Cochran

It's not that there are more bands, it's just that the distribution method has evolved. To find new music takes more patience than ever. I find that Bandcamp and Soundcloud as a never-ending treasure island of amazing new music.

The Not-So-Distant Future of Broadcasting

Duncan Higgins | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

There is still some way to go before this futuristic vision is a reality, but the technology exists today - and all that remains is to make the right connections. We are tantalisingly close to a world where news can be broadcast instantly - 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world - the moment it breaks.

Avoiding Armageddon

Lembit Opik | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Tech
Lembit Opik

Back in the day when I was an MP, I warned the House of Commons that the chances of an impact by a 'Near Earth Object' - more commonly known as a comet or asteroid - are 100%. Worse still, I claimed the chance of an incoming object large enough to wipe out most, or all, of the human race is also 100%. It's just a matter of 'when.' People laughed, a lot. They thought that this was one wacky campaign too many. One paper showed a picture of me with the title MP to blame for the end of the world. But I knew my ground, as my grandfather, Ernst Öpik, was one of the world's leading astronomers on this subject.

Why Friends Don't Neknominate Friends

Sinead Moore | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech
Sinead Moore

It is not a game. It is a competition, and a very dangerous one at that. As the chain goes on, so too does the intensity of the videos. Those who back out or break the chain are ridiculed by their so-called friends. The cybershame of failing to live up to the nomination is putting increased peer pressure on youths to rise to this dangerous challenge.

Why Has Facebook Spent $19billion on WhatsApp?

Philip Letts | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech
Philip Letts

Despite concerns, Facebook has clearly recognized the need to branch out into other markets. As Facebook celebrates it's 10th birthday, it's time to give credit where credit is rightly due. Let's look at the brand as a matured tech company instead of reaching for the panic-button.

Computer Says No Thanks, You're Not My Type

Geoff Lloyd | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Lloyd

The main obstacle to forming a relationship with a voice-activated computer assistant is embarrassment... It's the awkwardness of the interaction: It's impossible to talk to an electronic device without feeling ridiculous. Try it in public, and worry that anyone in earshot assumes you've had a full-on breakdown.

What's In a Stone? Curling a Volcano Into the Winter Olympics

Professor Dougal Jerram | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Sport
Professor Dougal Jerram

The whole of curling worldwide shares one simple yet geologically significant secret. That secret is held in the smoothed blue/grey stones that are pushed down the ice, known as the 'curling stones'.

Revealed: How Genetically Modified Food Is Finding Its Way Onto Your Dinner Plate

Andrew Wasley | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

Unknown to many, about 30 million tonnes of GM animal feed is thought to be imported into Europe each year to feed pigs, poultry, dairy and beef cattle, as well as farmed fish. The UK imports an estimated 140,000 tonnes of GM soya and as much as 300,000 tonnes of GM maize annually for use as animal feed.

Paper: The Future of Facebook?

Matt Owen | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Matt Owen

Paper itself is a fairly straightforward news-curation/publishing app, but its launch and recent comments from Mark Zuckerberg about further releases in the near future paint a fascinating picture of Facebook's possible future, one which may be quite different from the ubiquitous social platform we're all so familiar with.

Netflix's Long Tail is Forcing the Entertainment Industry to Evolve

Christopher Goodfellow | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christopher Goodfellow

Netflix is threatening the giants of the entertainment industry. The company started by targeting cable channels, leveraging a huge catalogue of content to build a subscriber base and challenge these businesses' distribution models. Now it's set its sights on cinemas.

A Good Deed in a World of Austerity

John Nickson | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
John Nickson

Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook's founder, is a billionaire twenty times over and you might think he could spare the odd billion. He clearly agrees but what is significant about this donation is that it is the first time that a philanthropist under the age of 30 has made such an enormous gift...

Why I'm Giving Up Emoticons for New Year

Sal Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I think I hate net speak. Text emoticons. Reductionist acronyms. Lazy abbreviations. Smiley faces. I want to kill them all. Or should that be slash slash backslash them right up their colons?

Anatomy of a Twitterstorm

Dale Bilson | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Tech
Dale Bilson

A funny thing happened to me over Christmas. After over 16,000 attempts, suddenly I tweeted something that went viral. At the last count it had received 1,231 retweets, and at midnight on Christmas Eve, I was trending 11th in the United Kingdom.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Interview With Motomu Toriyama and Yuji Abe

Andrew Edney | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Edney

The world of Nova Chrysalia has only 13 days until total annihilation, with the citizens of four distinct regions each experiencing the end of the world in unique ways. In Yusnaan, the setting for this sequence, the inhabitants have a hedonistic frame of mind: if the world is going to be destroyed soon then why not go out in style?

Michael Rundle

9 Recklessly Optimistic Tech Predictions For 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

It seems a fairly safe conclusion to draw that 2014 will deliver technology news, in some form or other. Every year since the dawn of time has, pr...