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When acquisitions attack

27 May 2016 by Chris Edwards

"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment - and little by little we went insane." Francis Ford Coppola's analysis of what went wrong in the making of Apocalypse Now could apply equally well to the affluenza that grips large corporations when they run of short of idea but are long on cash. Apple has the kind of cash reserves that could just about buy a company of Time Warner's bulk and, according to rumours, is thinking about doing it. Be afraid Apple shareholders. Be very afraid.

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View from Brussels

Manipulation, Identity politics and the internet

26 May 2016 by Pelle Neroth

So, hmm, what is Europe up to these days, these weeks, in what may, if some polls are to be believed, be the last fading moments of the United Kingdom's full membership of the EU.

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Smart City Special

19 May 2016 by Dickon Ross

Where is the smartest city in the world? What does it look like today? And how will it look in the future? These are the questions we set out to answer in this smart city special issue. Conceptually, the smart city lies where the Internet of Things meets the future of built environment, renewables, transport and growing city populations. Sensors in everything, big data and fast communications networks will provide more efficient use of shared resources, a more pleasant city environment and unimaginable new services. Life will be very different in the future city, which could be...

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To Siberia via Turkestan

18 May 2016 by Vitali Vitaliev

The story begins in Warsaw in 1992. A staff columnist of the London-based European newspaper, I was dispatched to the post-Communist Poland to report on how the country was copying with its new capitalist reality. One of the obvious places to visit in the Polish capital was the former House of Soviet Culture. In the basement of that abandoned and otherwise empty Stalin Gothic building, I found the remains of the in-house library. Hundreds of old books - in Russian, Polish and English - were piled on the floor in disarray. This messy literary dump was supervised by a glib, entrepreneurial - and, as I suspected, self-appointed - 'librarian' called Marek, whose sole aim was to dispose of the collection by selling the books to accidental visitors, like myself, and pocketing the proceeds. Having climbed over hillocks of discarded folios, I dug out half-a-dozen, and Marek let me have the bulk for 10 US dollars, the only currency he claimed to accept.

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View from Washington

American public draws its own line in the sand on cybersecurity

15 May 2016 by Paul Dempsey

A larger-than-expected percentage of Americans is reining in use of the Internet, abandoning social networks and refusing to carry out financial transactions online, according to federal government data.

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Jack's blog

Jack's Blog: May

11 May 2016 by Jack Devine

Dad has just come back from work to announce he's turned down his bonus.

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Eccentric engineer

The Telharmonium

12 Apr 2016 by Justin Pollard Comments (1)

Many engineers create things that are 'before their time'. Sometimes they are simply laughed at by a public who fail to understand the coming world. Sometimes the technology of the day simply cannot deliver the dream of the engineer and so the idea must wait for later dreamers and more sophisticated times. So it was for Thaddeus Cahill, the man who tried to give us muzak and the Hammond organ before we were really ready.

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27 May 2016

Friday 27 May 2016  Rebecca Northfield, assistant features editor Paul McCartney releasing virtual reality song featurettes We wrote about virtual reality and Paul McCartney recently when the April 2016 issue of E&T focused on VR. Old McCartney was ahead of the game: he released a VR video with Jaunt of ‘Live and Let Die’ performed […]

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