Tech and Auto

Should we promote motorbike use to ease congestion?

By Patrick Vernon On any given day, large numbers of people cross the forecourts of motorcycle dealers such as Metropolis looking for a new way to get around and every year some 130,000+ new motorbike registrations are made. There are many reasons people prefer riding a motorbike to driving a car, but one of the most common is the ability to avoid traffic jams. When the jam is not too tightly packed, a slim bike and a skilful rider always has the edge...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland: Steve McNeil

#13: The Big Three: Edinburgh, London, Margate (Fri 21st August 2015) Hello once again, dear reader! What a week it’s been – on Monday, me and “King” Rob Sedgebeer performed WiFi Wars at the Pleasance, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – a huge thank you to those of you who came along and said hi afterwards! Yesterday I was in London for the final voiceover session for my Minecraft TV series ‘Digging Deeper’ on Ginx TV - there’s...

To Safeguard Innovation, the Internet Must Stay Open To All

By Alex Kontos Alex argues that we need to think hard about the future of the internet “It’s not ok not to understand the internet anymore,” declared Martha Lane Fox in her Richard Dimbleby lecture in March. She is right. The internet is virtually omnipresent in our lives these days, from workplace email  to the Netflix box-set binge. However, “understanding the internet” goes much further than simply being able to work software. The tech sector is increasingly challenging some of...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland: Steve McNeil

#12: Playstation Plus  Hello, dear reader. I’m writing this just moments after finishing my weekly stream on twitch with hairy game-chum Chris Slight (http://www.twitch.tv/twomorewhiteguys/) . Once again, we’ve been streaming from my PS4, as we find it the easiest and most reliable solution. Every time we’ve tried with the Xbox One we’ve had issues with sound or buffering so we pretty much exclusively stream PS4 games now. As we mostly just use the streams as an excuse to chat with...

Twitter reacts to Google launching Alphabet

By Steve Taggart Google has rebranded itself as Alphabet - a new holding company whose largest wholly owned subsidiary will be Google, and social media management platform Falcon Social have studied Twitter's reaction to the shock news. If that wasn't enough Larry Page and Sergey Brin Google's co-founders, handed control of the search engine to Sundar Pichai. The buzz kicked off at 9pm 60% of all monitored traffic is coming from Google Sentiment is overwhelmingly positive These are the most...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#11: Steve McNeil - LOL Addict  Uh oh. It’s happened again. About once a year I stumble across a game that just devours my time. Civilisation Revolution had me studying strategy guides at 3am. Minecraft has stolen literally thousands of hours of my life. But now there’s a new game in town. They’ve not even made me give them any money. It’s completely free, every game’s different, and it’s so deep that you can spend the rest of your life...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#10: Games for Kids Hello, dear reader. How are you? Consider this response appropriate to how you are. Anyway: me, me, me, me, me… This week, I’ve been playing Lego Jurassic World so that I can write a load of things about it for the telly box. Short version: If you’ve never played a Lego game before and you like Jurassic Park, you’ll probably enjoy it. If you’ve played Lego games before, there’s not much new other than dinosaurs, so...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#9: Fringe Gaming Hello dear readers, Firstly, a massive thank you to those who came along to our show at the Royal Institution this week. It meant the world to me and “King” Rob Sedgebeer to have a full house for the premiere of Wifi Wars v1.0 at such a prestigious venue, and your kind words (and tweets) afterwards have made us two ridiculously happy nerds. We recently made the decision to take the show up to the Edinburgh Fringe...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#8 - I’d Love To See You There This week is one of those weeks where everything collides at once. On Monday and Tuesday I was rehearsing for the musical, Failed States, which we’ll be performing one more time at the Latitude Festival on Sunday, 5.45pm in the Theatre venue. If anyone wants to come along and see what happens when a chubby guy in his 30s from Milton Keynes that plays computer games for a living pretends to be an...

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