Dispatches from the front line of the internet


New Statesman
GQ's men of the year covers - spot the odd one out
By Alex Hern - 05 September 12:15

"One of these things is not like the others."

Six panels from Kohn's comic.
Attorney files brief defending Apple as a five-page comic
By Alex Hern - 05 September 10:43

Watchmen it ain't, but the brief condenses complex arguments admirably.

The AntiSec logo, in ASCII-art form.
One million and one Apple device IDs leaked
By Alex Hern - 04 September 10:53

AntiSec – part of Anonymous – obtained the data by hacking an FBI agent's laptop.

Some of the more explicit Instagram photos.
The solution to porn on Instagram is more porn on Instagram
By Alex Hern - 03 September 16:18

Scrubbing the Internet of filth isn't going to happen. So embrace it!

Apple: reporting on drone warfare is "objectionable and crude"
By Alex Hern - 31 August 9:16

The company has blocked "Drones+" from its app store.

Instagram's homepage.
Business quote of the day
By Alex Hern - 30 August 12:44

Silicon valley business models edition.

The fully zoomed-out map.
UCL maps London surnames by ethnicity and popularity
By Alex Hern - 28 August 11:06

James Cheshire's map reveals the pattern of London immigration over the years

The front page of today's Daily Express.
Don't trust the Daily Express's weather reports
By Alex Hern - 28 August 9:21

A headline with two unnecessary words, perhaps.

Tobacco ban for people born after the year 2000 passes Tasmanian upper house
By Alex Hern - 27 August 14:01

Dangerous restriction on liberty, or "unslippery slippery dip"?

Remember Neil Armstrong with space exploration that actually matters
By Alex Hern - 27 August 10:18

Don't put someone on Mars just for the sake of it. Build a space elevator and democratise the final frontier.

Michael Fish, pretending to base-jump.
Why is Michael Fish lying about base-jumping, and why are people printing it?
By Alex Hern - 22 August 12:48

The iconic weatherman, 68, famous for mis-calling the Great Storm, did not jump off a tower block.

Everything Everywhere bringing 4G to UK in September
By Alex Hern - 21 August 15:40

Will the mobile phone conglomerate gain a valuable Apple boost?

New Statesman
San Francisco Giants outfielder concocts most outlandish excuse ever
By Alex Hern - 21 August 14:32

When step one is "spend $10,000 building a fake website", rethink your plan.

Medium and Branch.
Twitter's founders launch two new services. What are they, and do they have a hope?
By Alex Hern - 17 August 12:53

Medium and Branch could be third (and fourth) time lucky for Stone and Williams.

New Statesman
Twitter goes full douchebag
By Alex Hern - 17 August 8:38

Twitter is to block most third-party apps, which don't comply with their strict rules on access.

Mail Online to unemployed graduates: "Arbeit Macht Frei"
By Alex Hern - 13 August 11:44

There are easier phrases to rehabilitate.

The economics of spam
By Alex Hern - 10 August 15:46

Junk emails cost $20bn a year. Not just an irritation.

The High Court ruling which could break the internet
By Alex Hern - 09 August 18:00

Could linking to a website be copyright infringement?

Extreme porn, me and you
By Alex Hern - 09 August 15:06

The CPS's decision to charge Simon Walsh for possession of extreme porn was an attempt to criminalise a huge proportion of the population.

Some images from Sao Paulo
Instagram + GPS = Cities, Now
By Alex Hern - 08 August 12:24

A new site shows the beauty of cities around the world. But it also reminds us of the redefinition of privacy

New Statesman
Digital erasure: how to avoid it happening to you
By Alex Hern - 06 August 9:50

Mat Honan lost everything. Here's how to ensure you don't.

NASA lands nuclear-powered, laser-armed, one-tonne rover on Mars
By Alex Hern - 06 August 8:16

The Curiosity rover has been travelling for 10 months and made a safe touchdown this morning.

The logo of Valve software.
Valve Software: free marketeer's dream, or nightmare?
By Alex Hern - 03 August 15:13

The first anti-cap software company.

LIVEBLOG: Mitt Romney's horse, Rafalca, goes horse-dancing
By Alex Hern - 02 August 12:01

How will Rafalca fare? And what does it mean for the Republican candidate's Presidential hopes?

New Statesman
Doctor Who: Watch the new trailer here
By Alex Hern - 02 August 7:30

Amy, Rory, River and the Doctor return in the autumn