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No, you’re not addicted to your smartphone

The term “addiction” is often bandied about when we think someone spends too much time on something we deem detrimental to their health and well-being. From checking our phones repetitively, to playing with specific

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Meet the new ‘renewables superpowers’

Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics? The 20th century was dominated by

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Bitcoin is no tulip mania 2.0

Right now, it’s bitcoin. But in the past, we’ve had dot-com stocks, the 1929 crash, 19th century railways and the South Sea Bubble of 1720. All these were compared by contemporaries to “tulip mania”, the Dutch financial

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Apple is already losing the smart-speaker war

The war for the digital home is raging. Apple has finally followed Amazon, Google and Microsoft by launching a smart speaker with a voice-controlled artificial intelligence assistant. Yet even though the “HomePod” is another

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Reasons to fear the phone in your pocket

Smartphones rule our lives. Having information at our fingertips is the height of convenience. They tell us all sorts of things, but the information we see and receive on our smartphones is just a fraction

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AI is the weapon of the next Cold War

It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The US and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over US objections, raising concerns

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How secure is your data in the cloud?

As cloud storage becomes more common, data security is an increasing concern. Companies and schools have been increasing their use of services like Google Drive for some time, and lots of individual users also store

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The data war behind net neutrality

In the social and political saga surrounding the question of network neutrality, what is often overlooked is the data war going on behind the scenes. The real fuel behind the debate is the enormous volume of data we generate

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