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Blog Profile / Babbage


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage
Filed Under:Technology
Posts on Regator:1330
Posts / Week:7.8
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

On the volume of volumes

23 hours agoTechnology : Babbage

MAURICE Sendak said that "t here's so much more to a book than just the reading," and in the burgeoning economy of e-books, there's so much more to a service than just the number of titles. Amazon entered the marketplace last week, with many describing their Kindle Unlimited service as "the Netflix of books". Show More Summary

Where gadgets go to die

yesterdayTechnology : Babbage

LIKE many others, Babbage is reluctant to throw out old computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, phones and other digital paraphernalia. Where possible, he guts them of useful parts, and leaves the carcasses in a cupboard in case other bits and pieces may one day also come in handy. Show More Summary

Big data, small wins

6 days agoTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss Microsoft’s future and a new look at big data

Getting from C to B

6 days agoTechnology : Babbage

CHEMISTS delight in finding out new ways atoms can arrange themselves to form novel, potentially useful molecules. Historians of science, meanwhile, delight in documenting the dramas of discovery. The observation in 1985 of the 60-carbon-atom...Show More Summary

Zeroing in

last weekTechnology : Babbage

IN OUR special report on cyber-security in this week’s issue of The Economist, we highlighted the threat posed by so-called “zero-day vulnerabilities” in software. Spooks and cyber-criminals love to get their hands on these flaws because they are not yet widely known and so no “patch”, or fix, is available for them. Show More Summary

In praise of the humble USB

last weekTechnology : Babbage

ANYONE lining up at airport security abroad for a direct flight to America while carrying a phone, tablet, laptop or other portable gizmo with a dead battery will have to leave it behind. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)...Show More Summary

Defending the digital frontier

last weekTechnology : Babbage

COMPANIES, markets and countries are increasingly under attack from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and spies. They need to get much better at protecting themselves

Jerks

last weekTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss cyber security and “jerk tech”

Jerks

last weekTechnology : Babbage

CYBER security and “jerk tech”

Equal and opposite

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

HALF a century of research has shown that people do not always follow the “rational” rules of classical probability theory when making decisions, particularly under conditions of uncertainty. Psychologists have come up with various workarounds and patches to their theories to explain why this might be. Show More Summary

Through a glass darkly

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

ANYONE interested in how art and science are intertwined should track down “Tim’s Vermeer”, an 80-minute documentary, released earlier this year, about the optical techniques the 17th century Dutch Master used to make such extraordinarily detailed paintings. Show More Summary

An old workhorse satellite spins back up

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

IN 1997 NASA sent a command that, after two decades of service, finally shut down ISEE-3, a satellite launched in 1978 that had done duty as both a solar observatory and a comet chaser. But, as Babbage reported on May 30th, rumours of its final death have proven greatly exaggerated. Show More Summary

Spam no more?

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

FACEBOOK'S psychological experiment and a new law to reduce spam

Yolanda bee cool

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

HONEYBEE colonies, like those of ants and termites, are examples of a “superorganisms”—groups animals that behave, to a certain extent, as if they were a single, larger creature. In this analogy the non-reproducing worker bees are like...Show More Summary

Emotional issues

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

YOUR correspondent just took a look at his News Feed on Facebook, where the social network displays news, videos and pictures from users and their friends. There were some beautiful photos posted by pals vacationing in Moscow; wedding...Show More Summary

Home is where the water is

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

ALTHOUGH our knowledge of aliens is confined to works of fiction, thanks to a recent scientific study, published in Astrobiology, one thing appears certain: if aliens do exist, there are more places for them to live than previously thought (assuming of course that they prefer liquid water to ice sheets). Show More Summary

High hopes

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

IT WAS hard to imagine anything could survive on that fateful day in 2003 when Columbia, one of America’s space shuttles, exploded in a shower of fire against a bright-blue sky. Yet among the wreckage were some interferon crystals that went on to create a drug that is used to treat hepatitis C. Show More Summary

Yo!

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

AMAZON turns 20, a new messaging app has a long historical precedent and an old innovation debate gets a fresh fight

Innovation is not a programme

4 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

A FORMER Amazon manager and the boss of RichRelevance, David Selinger, explains the retail giant's success and what start-ups can teach traditional firms

Stick 'em up

4 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

AMERICANS and Europeans each eat about 46 pounds of apples every year. Among them, many have undoubtedly struggled to peel a tricky sticker off an inviting specimen. Material scientists find the subject interesting. Beyond the mundane problem of labelling fruit, good adhesives have important uses. Show More Summary

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