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LAST year a friend sent my email address a joke. Now I’m deluged with offers to augment the male anatomy, retrieve my winnings from a lottery I didn’t enter, or…
IF you’re still listening to music on your own CDs, MP3s or even (gasp) cassettes, the bad news is that you’re officially a dinosaur. Guilty as charged m’lud. The reality…
FORGET bringing back a sparkly plastic gondola or a carnival mask from Venice. On a recent holiday I discovered that today’s most popular Venetian souvenirs are handmade wooden selfie sticks.…
Machine translation is still not good to go, Terence Kennedy regrets LAST week I emailed a helpful Spanish colleague and called him a horse. Well, not intentionally. He had been…
BEYONCÉ is said to have dozens and to change them every week. I have four and haven’t changed them for years. We’re talking e-mail addresses, which some people change the…
APPARENTLY it’s only those of us with a diminished shelf-life who still make actual telephone calls. Millennials in particular think calls are too intrusive, when a text will do nicely…
WOULD you buy a car programmed to kill someone? No, me neither. Except that soon, we will. Consider the self-driving car which is steadily motoring its way towards acceptance. Behind…
NOVELIST Lee Child recently confessed his difficulty when writing a new book: he can’t figure out Word’s automatic page numbering. Can you? Decades after the nostalgic clacking of typewriters gave…
These days ‘living dangerously’ is when your phone only has a 5 per cent charge, says LBA-sufferer Terence Kennedy. NINETY PER CENT of people leave their phone chargers plugged in…
With Spain now 22nd in global connectivity speed, Terence Kennedy is in a fever about his new fibre. UNTIL last month, where I live it was quicker to send out…
LAST month I won half a million in an online lottery I hadn’t entered. Before that I could make a tidy commission simply by giving my bank details to a…
After a decade of growing smartphone addiction, Terence Kennedy now shares a recognised medical syndrome: FOMO, the fear of missing out SMOKING has addicted us ever since Walt Raleigh discovered…
Would you buy a product with a one-star review? No, neither would Terence Kennedy, but you might both be wrong MY favourite TripAdvisor review, for a really appalling hotel, said…
Blessed are those who backup, for their data will be safe on the day of failure, says intrepid backer-upper TERENCE KENNEDY. A MACHO colleague always insisted with a smirk that…
If retailers can afford such massive discounts next weekend, are consumers being scammed the rest of the year, asks Terence Kennedy. GOT your Black Friday shopping spree planned? Ready to…
In an era of batteries with everything, Terence Kennedy asks if tiny motors can get us back on two wheels. WE all know Holland is as flat as the proverbial…
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