A group of people queue in the rain. Photo: Getty.
Google wants to put an end to queueing
By Barbara Speed - 31 July 9:54

Google has been tracking our locations, and now it's using the information to tell us when destinations are least busy. 

Shoppers on Oxford Street. At least one of them will be crying. Photo: Getty
Why is it so shameful to cry in public?
By Eleanor Margolis - 28 July 14:34

I’ve been a grown-up public crier pretty much since reaching adulthood. But it hasn’t got any easier.

An end to this madness. Photo: Twitter.
Sorry, joke-stealers: Twitter is on to you
By Barbara Speed - 27 July 11:49

Followers stealing your jokes? Turns out Twitter might be willing to acknowledge that you're the copyright holder, and delete copycat tweets. 

The spreadsheet Google doesn't want shared
By Barbara Speed - 23 July 17:15

According to an ex-employee, around 5 per cent of the company's staff have shared their salaries on an internal database, and the bosses aren't happy about it. 

A halo. Photo: Getty
The echo chamber of social media is luring the left into cosy delusion and dangerous insularity
By Helen Lewis - 22 July 13:04

News on Facebook travels through “Likes” and shares, and people won’t Like a crackdown on benefits, even if they secretly support it.

Bob Dylan, Richard Wager. . . what algorithm could contain both? Photo: Pierre Guillaud/AFP/Getty Images
SEO and algorithms? Numbers can't match up to plain good taste
By Ed Smith - 15 July 9:29

Truly independent expertise can never be swayed. Numbers, on the other hand, can be manipulated reasonably easily.

We put the Labour leadership candidates into Deep Dream and the results will haunt your nightmares
By Barbara Speed - 14 July 15:25

Google's software searches images for recognisable features, then emphasises them to hellish effect.

Twitter HQ. Photo: Kevin Krejci via Flickr.
Twitter's new porn-spotting robot moderators
By Barbara Speed - 13 July 13:37

The social networking site has introduced new artificial intelligence systems that can spot and delete sexual and violent images – and spare human moderators in the process. 

Sad Reddit robot. Photo: Reddit.
Reddit’s woman problem
By Barbara Speed - 09 July 16:01

The linksharing site's latest upheaval highlights a deep-seated distrust of women among some users. 

Morgan Stanley CFO checks her phone in a press conference. Photo: Getty.
The philosophy of phones: why it might not matter that you can't stop checking yours
By Barbara Speed - 07 July 15:48

A new paper on phantom phone vibration syndrome suggests that we rethink our negative approach to technology and its effects on us. 

An image of a locked door displays if you try to access any of the locked subreddits. Photo: reddit.
Reddit rebellion: huge chunks of the site have gone down following a staff member’s departure
By Barbara Speed - 03 July 0:00

Victoria Taylor, administrator of the popular "Ask me Anything" section, has left the site under mysterious circumstances.

Separation from our mobiles impacts our cognitive, emotional and physiological wellbeing. Image: Getty.
Can't survive without your phone? You could be suffering from nomophobia
By Fiona Rutherford - 26 June 11:35

Our smartphones are fast becoming extensions of ourselves. So what happens when we're separated from them?

The 14th Dalai Lama in 2006. Photo: Yancho Sabev via Wikimedia Commons.
The strange case of the anti-Dalai Lama protesters trolling Glastonbury
By Barbara Speed - 26 June 9:48

A mass of near-identical accounts have been spamming the Glastonbury hashtag over the past week. But who are they, and what do they want? 

Laurie Penny in 2013. Image: re:publica via Wikimedia Commons.
Is Facebook right to insist on your real name - and what counts as a "real name" anyway?
By Barbara Speed - 25 June 10:35

New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny has been removed from the site for using a pseudonym - but, like many others, she feels that the step is necessary to avoid abuse and to guard her privacy.  

The gmail logo. Photo: Gmail.
Gmail now lets you unsend emails
By Barbara Speed - 23 June 14:34

Google adds the feature to its email service after trialling it for six years. 

A still from "Bad Blood", Swift's most recent music video.
Taylor Swift may have won her battle with Apple Music, but the streaming wars aren’t over
By Barbara Speed - 22 June 14:36

The artist sent an open letter to Apple Music, arguing that artists should be paid during the service's trial period. 

DuckDuckGo's homepage
Has Edward Snowden changed the way we think about search engines?
By Barbara Speed - 18 June 16:31

DuckDuckGo, a browser which doesn't track your online activity, has increased its traffic six-fold since the Snowden revelations.

A flock of Twitter birds leaves one behind.
Are you one of Twitter's millions of ghost users? This could be why
By Barbara Speed - 17 June 10:19

Over two thirds of Twitter users are inactive. Could a swathe of new features bring them back to life? 

 A four digit passcode using emojis.
How emojis could make passcodes more secure
By Barbara Speed - 15 June 14:54

A British company has introduced an emoji-based passcode system. But is it a gimmick or a sign of things to come? 

In 2014, in London, 307 men reported being raped to the Metropolitan police. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty
A male rape charity has had its funding slashed to zero. Where are all the outraged men?
By June Eric-Udorie - 11 June 16:29

A vital service for men who have been affected by sexual abuse has lost funding, and yet so-called “Men’s Rights Activists” are still more interested in bringing feminists down.

Amy Schumer in April 2015. Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
Why everyone is talking about Amy Schumer
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 09 June 12:48

She’s a feminist comedian who doesn’t shy away from ridiculing women. She reaches millions of viewers on the internet without breaking a sweat. Oh, and she’s just really, really funny.

What would happen if all your draft tweets were published?
By Hayley Campbell - 03 June 9:23

You can base a more correct history of a species on the things they wanted to say but didn’t.

The Jane Austen Manifesto: How we can save the world by writing like Austen
By Ian Flitcroft - 27 May 9:41

The internet would be a much nicer place if everyone spoke like a Jane Austen character. Here’s how you go about it.

A gender blender: the Wikipedia machine relentlessly churns out information over which women struggle to have any influence. Photo: JONATHAN McHUGH FOR NEW STATESMAN
The Wikipedia wars: does it matter if our biggest source of knowledge is written by men?
By Jenny Kleeman - 26 May 14:53

Wikipedia is the world’s most popular encyclopaedia, a collaborative utopia. But only one in every ten of its editors is a woman.

Microsoft's new app guesses the age and gender of any faces it detects in a photo you've uploaded. Photo: Microsoft
Here’s why you shouldn’t take Microsoft’s “How Old Do I Look” app too seriously
By Tosin Thompson - 01 May 13:04

Don’t feel so bad if Microsoft’s new face analysis tool completely guesses your age and/or gender wrong. The app still needs work. 

Suddenly, Ed Miliband became a meme. In a good way.
From Nate Silver to #Milifans: welcome to the age of political fandom
By Elizabeth Minkel - 23 April 16:42

Whether it’s political fanboys who geek out over polling data or teenage girls photoshopping flower crowns onto Ed Miliband’s head, digital excitement is the new electioneering frontier.

John Oliver gets to the crux of why the Snowden leaks matter: mass surveillance of dick pics
By Ian Steadman - 07 April 12:59

"I guess I never thought about putting it in the context of your junk."

How far can you trust citizen journalism on the internet?
By Vicky Baker - 25 March 10:55

As the BBC reports that it can receive up to 10,000 pieces of user-generated content on a single day, Vicky Baker looks at the increasing need for verification and how propaganda and hoaxes have become more prevalent.

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