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Only Apple’s magic could sell its vastly overpriced watches
David Glance | 13 April 2015
tags: Apple, consumerism, marketing, technology
The cheapest watch costs $499 (in Australia). A competitor costs $89. Why?


A bridge too close
Karl D. Stephan | 02 April 2015
tags: engineering, engineering ethics
The day our author almost became a statistic.


Trolling the Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln and Michael Cook | 03 March 2015
tags: Abraham Lincoln, comments, internet
What reception would the greatest speech in American history have had on the internet?


Email overload: time for a human solution
David Glance | 24 February 2015
tags: email, Google, technology, time management, vested interests
Email providers have a vested interest in the growing burden of the digital messages.


Twitter is the new Colosseum
Barbara Kay | 20 February 2015
tags: abuse, free speech, social media
Few victims survive the onslaught. Ask Justine Sacco.


Hey, gamers, try the ultimate video game, ISIS
Michael Cook | 19 February 2015
tags: ISIS, Islamic extremism, video games
Why don’t the manufacturers of ultra-violent games acknowledge their role?


Media failing the war in Syria
Scott Lucas | 12 February 2015
tags: media, Syria
Lurid stories about ISIS atrocities are sucking the oxygen out of the tragedy next door.


The passing of Google Glass
Karl D. Stephan | 19 January 2015
tags: Google, technology
Drums and cymbals at its birth; a press release at its death.


#TearsForBaga: the mystery of the missing hashtag
Ethan Zuckerman | 15 January 2015
tags: Baba, Boko Haram, hashtags, media
Why has the world ignored the massacre of possibly 2000 people in a Nigerian town?


When emails go public
David Glance | 15 December 2014
tags: email, hacking, privacy
How to avoid sharing the things you should never have said.


Will remote car hacking stop before it starts?
Karl D. Stephan | 05 December 2014
tags: cars, engineering ethics, technology
Car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for the day when hackers can get control of networked cars.


Childhood 2.0 is a little buggy
Zac Alstin | 05 December 2014
tags: Internet, internet, technology, virtual reality
Toddlers teach parents how bad their online habits are for family life.


New biopic debunks myth of Hawking as disembodied mind
Declan Fahy | 04 December 2014
tags: films, science, Stephen Hawking
Even geniuses cannot work alone.


A dumb use for a smart phone
Karl D. Stephan | 19 November 2014
tags: apps, smart phones, social media, technology
The new social media app Yik Yak is engineered for disaster.


Space flight will always be a risky business
Karl D. Stephan | 10 November 2014
tags: engineering, engineering ethics, space flight
A failure rate of 5 percent may not be a great advertisement for space tourism.


No country for old obituarists
Alistair Nicholas | 27 October 2014
tags: Australia, Gough Whitlam, media
Young journalists found it hard to separate the real Gough Whitlam from the myth of grandeur and martyrdom.


Ruthless narcissists churned out by The Apprentice aren’t fit for the real business world
Martin Parker | 22 October 2014
tags: business ethics, television
Motivation isn’t only about money.


Challenged by the internet, professional journalism pushes back
Jeffrey Alexander | 21 October 2014
tags: democracy, internet, journalism
As the dust settles from this newest wave of technology, what is emerging is a new hybridity.


The Nobel limelight: literary fame wasn’t always so fleeting
Rebecca Braun | 09 October 2014
tags:
Today it is celebrity lite -- people are interested in success stories, not the writer's output.


The ultimate in reality TV
Karl D. Stephan | 02 October 2014
tags: Mars, Netherlands, space travel, technology
A Dutch group is seriously organising one-way expeditions to Mars. Is that ethical?


iWant! iWant! iWant!
Zac Alstin | 01 October 2014
tags: Apple, consumerism, iPhone
Is the hype over iPhone 6 an icon of our infatuation with consumerism?


Terrorism as theatre
Robert Kaplan | 09 September 2014
tags: Islamic State, propaganda, social media, terrorism
Technology, which Silicon Valley claim has liberated us, has also brought us back to the worst sorts of barbarism


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