The network is so pervasive it now invades our dreams and that is a good thing, says Bill Thompson"Last Saturday morning I woke up and reached for my phone so that I could spend five minutes catching up on e-mail, Facebook and of course overnight updates on Twitter before I got up to make some coffee and start the day. Radio 4 is the best way to find out what's happening in the rest of the w Read More »
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By Maggie ShielsTechnology Reporter, BBC News, Silicon ValleyThe founder of a new service that plans to stream on-demand video games over the internet says he feels like he has a big target on his back.No wonder, given that Stephen Perlman's vision to revolutionise the way games are distributed and played has been talked up as threatening the future of the console and of retail stores. OnLive, wh Read More »
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We need to take a cosmological view of the network revolution, says Bill Thompson."There is a famous and hilarious episode of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, the BBC sitcom from the 1970's, in which our eponymous Geordies, Bob and Terry, spend an anxious day trying to avoid hearing the result of a football match because they will be watching it later that night on Match of the Day. It Read More »
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The internet makes openness in politics not only possible but unstoppable, says Bill Thompson."Last Wednesday was a good day for anyone with an interest in politics. As well as finding out just how much President Obama's administration is going to differ from its predecessor, we were treated to a good old-fashioned government fumble as Gordon Brown managed to change his policy on the disclos Read More »
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How can we be sure new technologies won't have a negative impact, asks Bill Thompson"Coming up with ideas for new digital products and services is hardly difficult in this world of rapid technological development and increasing access to computers and the network.Anyone with a vague grasp of the capabilities of internet-connected devices should be able to think of two or three innovations ov Read More »
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Bill Thompson has been enjoying the social side of the holidays"We had a traditional Christmas this year, though since the kids are now sixteen and seventeen, their sleep patterns were not disturbed by an anxious wait to see what Santa would provide in return for their good behaviour during the year.After a lazy morning, a protracted lunch, and a game of Scrabble, we settled down to watch Do Read More »
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If you want to motivate people get all your rocks in a row, says columnist Bill Thompson."This afternoon my son and I drove from Cambridge to Lode, a small village just north of the city. When we got there we made our way to the old watermill and I lobbed half a brick across a river while Max filmed me.Earlier in the weekend my friend Matt Jones, co-founder of the social network site Dopplr, Read More »
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By Mark WardTechnology correspondent, BBC NewsBletchley Park is best known for the work done on cracking the German codes and helping to bring World War II to a close far sooner than might have happened without those code breakers.But many believe Bletchley should be celebrated not just for what it ended but also for what it started - namely the computer age.The pioneering machines at Bletchley w Read More »
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