media and technology
Was bureaucratic wrangling behind the fatal Philadelphia derailment?
The train lacked a new control system.
Only Apple’s magic could sell its vastly overpriced watches
The cheapest watch costs $499 (in Australia). A competitor costs $89. Why?
A bridge too close
The day our author almost became a statistic.
Trolling the Gettysburg Address
What reception would the greatest speech in American history have had on the internet?
Email overload: time for a human solution
Email providers have a vested interest in the growing burden of the digital messages.
Twitter is the new Colosseum
Few victims survive the onslaught. Ask Justine Sacco.
Hey, gamers, try the ultimate video game, ISIS
Why don’t the manufacturers of ultra-violent games acknowledge their role?
Media failing the war in Syria
Lurid stories about ISIS atrocities are sucking the oxygen out of the tragedy next door.
The passing of Google Glass
Drums and cymbals at its birth; a press release at its death.
#TearsForBaga: the mystery of the missing hashtag
Why has the world ignored the massacre of possibly 2000 people in a Nigerian town?
When emails go public
How to avoid sharing the things you should never have said.
Will remote car hacking stop before it starts?
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
Toddlers teach parents how bad their online habits are for family life.
New biopic debunks myth of Hawking as disembodied mind
Even geniuses cannot work alone.
A dumb use for a smart phone
The new social media app Yik Yak is engineered for disaster.
Space flight will always be a risky business
A failure rate of 5 percent may not be a great advertisement for space tourism.
No country for old obituarists
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
Motivation isn’t only about money.
Challenged by the internet, professional journalism pushes back
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
Today it is celebrity lite -- people are interested in success stories, not the writer's output.
The ultimate in reality TV
A Dutch group is seriously organising one-way expeditions to Mars. Is that ethical?
iWant! iWant! iWant!
Is the hype over iPhone 6 an icon of our infatuation with consumerism?
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