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Ben Lovejoy

@benlovejoy

Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer who started his career on PC World and has written for dozens of computer and technology magazines, as well as numerous national newspapers, business and in-flight magazines. He has also written two novels.

He thinks wires are evil and had a custom desk made to hide them, known as the OC Desk for obvious reasons.

He considers 1000 miles a good distance for a cycle ride, and Chernobyl a suitable tourist destination. What can we say, he’s that kind of chap.

He speaks fluent English but only broken American, so please forgive any Anglicised spelling in his posts.

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GOP congressman tries belt-and-braces approach to restoring net neutrality

The US Senate may have voted to restore net neutrality, but getting it through the House is a bigger hurdle. However, we’re now at least one step closer thanks to one Republican congressman taking a belt-and-braces approach …

T-Mobile extends (useless) free 2G data to 210 countries, offers $5/day pass for LTE

T-Mobile is extending Simple Global, the scheme that pretends to offer you free unlimited data when travelling, to 210 countries – up from the previous 140.

We say ‘pretends’ as what you actually get free of charge is 2G data, which is pretty much unusable. But it will now offer a chargeable option for LTE data …

‘Reverse AR’ Disney app aims to entertain your family as you wait in line

If you’ve ever been bored while waiting in line for a ride at a Disney theme park, the company has a solution – a kind of reverse augmented reality app …

July 16

Uber rolling out two new(ish) ways to make it easier for your driver to find you

Uber makes it easy for your driver to get close to your location, but there are times when that last few hundred feet can be a major hassle …

Carriers are selling the locations of smartphone users to third-party companies without their consent, say legal experts and a senator …

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July 13

Prepare to receive more emergency alerts on your smartphone, but there’s no cause for panic

The US government’s Emergency Alert System (EAS) is, unfortunately, probably best known for the false alarm in Hawaii back in January. Residents of the island were woken by a loud alarm sound and a message stating that ballistic missiles were on the way …

July 12

Match-owned Hinge dating app uses ‘stable marriage’ AI algorithm for its matches

If you’re single and tired of swiping on photos or browsing endless profiles in the hope of the perfect match, a dating app is now using an AI algorithm to do the work for you …

July 11

Pinterest reinvents itself as a chatroom for group collaborative projects

The latest update to the Pinterest app effectively turns it into a dedicated chatroom for collaborative projects …

July 10

Netflix auto-download for offline watching hits Android today

Downloading Netflix shows for offline viewing is going to get a little easier. The company has announced that an auto-download feature is available for the Android app from today, and will be added to the iOS app later in the year …

July 9

Timehop hacked: users advised to take urgent steps to protect their cellphone numbers

Timehop, an app which resurfaces memories from your past social media posts, says that it has been hacked. Names, email addresses and phone numbers have been obtained, and the company urges users to take urgent steps to protect their cellphone numbers …

July 6

Net neutrality returning to California; new bills ‘strong and enforceable’

Net neutrality protection looks set to return to California after nationwide rules were repealed by the Trump administration in December of last year …

Microsoft planning Android app for its Movies & TV service; joining Movies Anywhere

There’s potential good news for anyone who uses a combination of Windows PC and Android phone/tablet: Microsoft is planning an Android app that allows you to access the Windows Movies & TV service …

July 4

2018 sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 are lagging behind 2017 sales of the S8, say analysts. This year’s flagship Samsung smartphone is said to be facing tougher competition from Chinese models …

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

June 27

Twitter says that it is taking extra steps to address fake accounts – often used to post spam, fake news or abuse – as well as taking tougher action against trolls …

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June 26

If you’re in the market for a new wireless router, you’d be well advised to look out for models which support a new security standard. After relying on WPA2 for security for more than a decade, the Wi-Fi Alliance has just begun certifying products that use its replacement: WPA3 …

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June 25

Uber in court this week to appeal London ban; only seeking 18 month license

Uber was banned from operating in London back in September of last year, but immediately launched a legal appeal which allowed it to continue on a temporary basis until a court ruled on the matter …

Smart home technology is being used to inflict new forms of domestic abuse on partners and former partners. Example include everything from video surveillance through cameras to blasting out loud music through smart speakers and turning up thermostat temperatures to oppressive levels …

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June 22

Google StreetView cars will soon be used to create maps of air pollution in London. They previously did the same in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Central Valley regions of California …

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June 21

Accessing some Facebook groups could soon cost you money

Access to Facebook groups has always been free, but that could be about to change. The company is currently trialling subscription access to some groups …

June 20

Microsoft introduces its Google News competitor ‘Microsoft News’

Microsoft today has officially rolled out its brand new ‘Microsoft News’ apps on iOS and Android. The company boasts that this new platform is a way to “keep you informed in an easily accessible, compressive, and trustworthy way.”

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