The monsters in the machine
My laptop is suffering from a case of “pop-ups ads”, causing the most random things to appear on my screen. Often what appears are adverts to earn money
Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender
When a group of computer science students decided to study the way that gender bias plays out in software development communities, they assumed that coders would be prejudiced
Search engine lets users find live video of sleeping babies
For every benefit of the internet of things, such as being able to unlock a garage door with your mobile phone, or find your car keys by sending
Billy from London plays with the "Innotab 2" from V-Tech at the 2012 "Dream Toys" exhibition in central London on October 31, 2012. The annual event sees the toy industry attempt to predict what will be the top twelve toys of the Christmas season. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL / AFP / LEON NEAL
We shouldn’t let high-tech toys make children vulnerable to hackers
December 10, 2015
As parents shop for holiday presents this year, they should think twice about buying toys that connect to the internet. Privacy risks are very real for some “interconnected” more
Female technology journalists report abuse is still the name of the game
October 12, 2015
A few months ago, I stared out of the window, wondering whether to change my name. I’d been advised I “might consider” doing so if I wanted to more
Facebook doesn’t understand that there’s no one-click shortcut to empathy
September 17, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg has just announced Facebook’s latest innovation: the introduction of an “empathy” button as an alternative to the thumbs-up “Like” icon that accompanies every post. The plan, more
Tinder is not to blame – dating has always been horrific and weird
August 13, 2015
“God,” sighs Marie (Carrie Fisher), having just listened to her best friend’s latest dating nightmare in my very favourite scene in one of my very favourite movies, When more
Diversity in children’s apps: ‘Gender depictions tend to be very stereotyped’
June 9, 2015
A growing number of children’s app makers are upping their efforts to ensure their products do a better job of reflecting the diversity of their young audiences. This more
Work email is making us a ‘generation of idiots’. Time to switch off
May 15, 2015
Social media damaging our work-life balance – that was the subject of the talk I gave to the British Psychological Society in Liverpool a few weeks ago. My more
Woman in the UK dies after taking ‘diet pills’ bought over internet
April 23, 2015
Police have issued a warning after a woman died due to taking suspected diet pills bought over the internet. Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, died in hospital after taking more
Personalised picture book becomes runaway bestseller
April 21, 2015
David Cadji-Newby used to get an email alert every time a copy of his personalised picture book was bought from his website. There would be just a few more
Parents! Focus less on worrying about Minecraft and more on understanding it
April 2, 2015
There are going to be a lot of people getting rather cross about an article written by BBC journalist Jolyon Jenkins about Minecraft, children and parenting. Titled Should more
How could a pretty girl have murdered Flabba, and other bizarre questions
March 12, 2015
The age of social media makes death a strange experience. If you were to die, all your posts and photographs would be picked over. If you happen to more
Talking Heads: Ory Okolloh
March 3, 2015
Ory Okolloh, founder of software company Ushahidi, is one of eight black women named as The 100 Most Influential People in 2014 by Time Magazine. Okolloh is a more
Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain
February 24, 2015
My son is 18 months old, and I’ve been reading books with him since he was born. I say “reading”, but I really mean “looking at” – not more