Dispatches from the front line of the internet


New Statesman
11 Things We Hope We See On Buzzfeed UK
By Alex Hern - 25 March 13:43

<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/?country=uk" target="_blank">Buzzfeed UK launches today</a>. We have high hopes. Here are some pieces we're hoping they'll decide to write.

You can survive without Flash. And now Adobe might have to
By Alex Hern - 20 March 9:23

Apple has hired Adobe's CTO. Is this the death of Flash?

The depressing suburbanisation of SimCity
By Alex Hern - 14 March 14:54

Once we built arcologies. Now we're one step away from gated communities, writes Alex Hern.

New Statesman
What should I use instead of Google Reader?
By Alex Hern - 14 March 9:40

The company is retiring its RSS reader. But there are some viable replacements, writes Alex Hern.

Don't fear Facebook, pity it. It's a datavore with no data
By Alex Hern - 13 March 16:52

Facebook can draw inferences from your likes. But who has any likes anymore?

An image from The Flash.
The new Flash comic: what happens when an artist tries writing too?
By Alex Hern - 10 March 10:24

Alex Hern reviews The Flash: Move Forward by DC.

Microsoft fined by myopic EU
By Alex Hern - 06 March 15:37

The most expensive line of code ever?

New Statesman
Comics Review: Adamtine by Hannah Berry
By Alex Hern - 03 March 16:31

Hannah Berry's horror story succeeds in doing something seemingly impossible: providing shocks in a comic.

Shakes on a Plane: Can you Harlem shake yourself to death?
By Alex Hern - 01 March 17:02

Dancing like a tit at 30,000 feet.

Wanted: One couple, extremely confident in their love for each other, to go to Mars
By Alex Hern - 28 February 17:46

Dennis Tito wants to give you the trip of a lifetime.

Comics fans react with disgust at photos of a woman on her way to work
By Alex Hern - 27 February 14:25

The <em>New Statesman</em>'s senior geek misogyny reporter on the pictures of Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson.

The Twitter diary of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, aged 64 and a third
By Alex Hern - 27 February 10:39

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is on Twitter, but his tweets aren't what you'd expect.

Watch the sun exploding in glorious 1080p HD
By Alex Hern - 22 February 16:15

A beautiful NASA video of coronal rain.

New Statesman
What went wrong with the Playstation 4 launch?
By Alex Hern - 21 February 11:40

What was revealed (and what wasn't) shows Sony desperately clinging to a business in disarray.

Jon Stewart: "At least God isn’t hurling rocks and loose horsemeat at us."
By Alex Hern - 20 February 12:46

The Daily Show tackles horse meat.

Eiffel Tower made in 3Doodle.
Draw in the air with a 3D printing pen
By Alex Hern - 19 February 11:33

We live in the future. The lack of jetpacks gets a pass.

New York Times hits back at Tesla Motors over fakery accusations
By Alex Hern - 15 February 10:23

"His broadest charge is that I consciously set out to sabotage the test. That is not so."

Did the NYT fake a breakdown of an electric car?
By Alex Hern - 14 February 15:46

Incongruities revealed in the logs.

Canadian parliament bemoans lack of Zombie apocalypse preparations
By Alex Hern - 14 February 10:01

But what about the vampires, eh?

Where are the pictures of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant in a bikini?
By Alex Hern - 13 February 9:45

Italian magazine Chi — owned by Silvio Berlusconi — has published the unauthorised pictures of the Duchess.

DC comics faces boycott over Superman writer who linked gay men and paedophilia
By Alex Hern - 11 February 16:54

Adventures of Superman writer Orson Scott Card's history of homophobia sparks protest.

Is Excel the most dangerous piece of software in the world?
By Alex Hern - 11 February 12:42

Microsoft's calculator is partially to blame for JPMorgan losing $9bn, and a lot more besides.

Shatner v Reddit: racists group there to "incite and spread their hatred"
By Alex Hern - 11 February 10:16

Captain Kirk takes on the hive-mind.

The Supreme Court ruling which could break, or save, the internet
By Alex Hern - 08 February 10:25

Do you "copy" a website just by reading it?

How to take a self-portrait if you're a robot on mars
By Alex Hern - 08 February 9:20

Curiosity has learned about the Myspace angle.

New Statesman
Consortium proposes "Crossrail 2" for London
By Alex Hern - 06 February 12:53

The proposed line would connect Chelsea to Hackney through central London.

New Statesman
If you like Garfield, you won't like this
By Alex Hern - 01 February 17:54

Review: Richard Short's Klaus.

Apple's secret weakness: its margins aren't as high as you think
By Alex Hern - 31 January 13:34

55 per cent profit margins sounds like a lot, but someone's got to pay for iOS.