We are truly living in an age of mass surveillance and while stepping out with your smartphone it might be of benefit to use a Faraday cover like those sold by Silent Pocket.

It turns out that Incognito mode on Google’s web browser is anything but. As a recent $5 billion (€4.5 billion) lawsuit against Google shows, the ave(...)

Isolation, distrustful management, emails around the clock and the underlying fear of job cuts add up to paranoia. Photograph: iStock

In “normal times”, as Helena* refers to the pre-lockdown era, if the marketing executive felt uneasy about something at work, she would “share it with(...)

The survey questions people on potential Covid-19 symptoms they may be experiencing, such as fevers, coughing, shortness of breath or loss of smell. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook is rolling out a global survey on coronavirus symptoms that the company will use to help support researchers responding to the Covid-19 pande(...)

It is completely normal to feel anxious, stressed and fatigued right now, which are, incidentally, some of the most common reasons for a sudden decrease in libido. Photograph: iStock

We have all been given very clear instructions from experts, health professionals and the Government on the best way for both individuals and the coun(...)

When Pepper is  prickly, people perform poorly.

You know that cute little robot named Pepper? Well, sometimes Pepper doesn’t play nice, in fact it can be downright sassy, nay snarky. I should proba(...)

Colourful buildings of Randyland art museum in Mexican War Streets district in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Pennsylvania, USA

Like most kids of the 1980s, I had an obsession for all things American. Pop-Tarts, OshKosh, Sweet Valley High, MTV... I was fascinated by it all. Whe(...)

Small biosensing robots may soon have a role in medicine and agriculture.

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California have created a tiny robot that can be controlled by bacteria. This doesn’t m(...)

Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

The view from Liberty Hall of  traffic crossing the Liffey from Tara Street, in Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

Morrill’s Corner in Portland is one of the Maine city’s busiest traffic junctions. Some 33,000 cars pass through it each day, and it doesn’t take much(...)

Amazon’s computer models were trained to vet applicants by observing patterns in resumes submitted to the company over a 10-year period. Most came from men, a reflection of male dominance across the tech industry. Photograph: Reuters

Amazon. com’s machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women. The team had been building compute(...)

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