Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

Ken Perlin, who gave us special effects we take for granted today, looks at what will be ‘normal’ next

 Apple CEO Tim Cook  talks with  Bono  and members  of U2 during Apple’s launch event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Monica Davey/EPA

The idea of an audience of journalists and analysts giving a standing ovation at a product launch is, frankly, alarming. The job (...)

Ireland is to finally get postcodes next year but their illogical format is causing controversy

Rob Lowe: his sex tape damaged his reputation, despite the lack of the world wide web, Twitter and blogs in the late 1980s. Photograph: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Doha Film Institute

Come on, famous people. Simply keeping your clothes on solves the problem

Police in London and San Francisco reported significant drops in iPhone robberies six months after the Find My iPhone feature was introduced in iOS 7. Photograph: Reuters

The state of California passed the first law in the US making the feature mandatory on all smartphones sold from July 2015

John and Sally McKenna launching their long-running Bridgestone review guides, 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland and 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland. They have also launched apps for their guides. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The publishers of restaurant guides say adapting from print to digital offers as many opportunities as challenges

“Wanting to detox back to any pre-the-latest tech era all seems a bit pointless.” Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Why do we need to go retro in this era of technology?

A consultant came in to see the woman. They had a candid discussion on her end-stage heart disease, which I overheard and could now match with her full name

Medical information is considered sensitive personal data – except in examination rooms

Stephen Brobst: “I want to know every click and every search that led up to that purchase. . . interactions are orders of magnitude larger than the transactions. . . the interactions give you the behaviour.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Even Barack Obama goes to this supremely qualified big data expert for advice

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