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Alan Martin

After a false career start producing flash games, Alan Martin has been writing about phones, wearables and internet culture for over a decade with bylines all over the web and print.

Previously Deputy Editor of Alphr, he turned freelance in 2018 and his words can now be found all over the web, on the likes of Tom's Guide, The i, TechRadar, NME, Gizmodo, Coach, T3, The New Statesman and ShortList, as well as in the odd magazine and newspaper.

He's rarely seen not wearing at least one smartwatch, can talk your ear off about political biographies, and is a long-suffering fan of Derby County FC (which, on balance, he'd rather not talk about). He lives in London, right at the bottom of the Northern Line, long after you think it ends.

You can find Alan tweeting at @alan_p_martin, or email him at mralanpmartin@gmail.com.

Best business smartphones 2022: The top handsets from Apple, Samsung, Google and more
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Mobile

Best business smartphones 2022: The top handsets from Apple, Samsung, Google and more

The best smartphones on the market today that are packed with business-focused features
23 Jun 2022
The best cheap printers in 2022
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peripherals

The best cheap printers in 2022

Getting a decent home office setup needn’t cost the earth. These are the best cheap printers you can buy.
13 Jun 2022
Best all-in-one printers 2022
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Hardware

Best all-in-one printers 2022

For your home office to function, you need a reliable all-in-one printer. These are the best you can buy.
13 Jun 2022
The best small printers of 2022
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Hardware

The best small printers of 2022

Want great quality prints, but don’t have a whole heap of space? These are the best small printers you can buy in 2022.
13 Jun 2022
Best printers for small business 2022: Quality, reliable and easy-to-use printers for your business
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peripherals

Best printers for small business 2022: Quality, reliable and easy-to-use printers for your business

Your small business needs a quality printer that won’t let you down - these are the best business printers around
13 Jun 2022
Best business laptops 2022: Acer, Asus, Dell and more
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Laptops

Best business laptops 2022: Acer, Asus, Dell and more

Looking for a business machine that won’t let you down? Here’s our pick of the best laptops in 2022
13 Jun 2022
How much does an iPhone cost to make?
Mobile

How much does an iPhone cost to make?

The true cost of devices isn’t in their specifications or hardware, but rather in how manufacturers run their businesses
12 Feb 2020
Google Pixel 3a XL review: More than enough for business use
Mobile

Google Pixel 3a XL review: More than enough for business use

Google has made cuts in all the right places to make the Pixel 3a XL a no brainer for the office
10 May 2019
Irish Data Protection Commission has questions for Facebook
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Policy & legislation

Irish Data Protection Commission has questions for Facebook

Plans to merge Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram prompts request for an “urgent briefing”
29 Jan 2019
A TV licence phishing scam has driven over 5,000 complaints
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phishing

A TV licence phishing scam has driven over 5,000 complaints

Action Fraud states that 5,057 people have complained about the phishing attempt in the last three months
4 Jan 2019
Chrome OS takes steps to block ‘Rubber Ducky’ USB attacks
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Software

Chrome OS takes steps to block ‘Rubber Ducky’ USB attacks

Google is making Chromebooks less susceptible to sabotage via USB port
2 Jan 2019
Microsoft Surface Laptop review
Laptops

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

Not quite a MacBook Air killer, but a fine laptop regardless
8 Nov 2018
Chinese cities roll out gait-recognition technology
Technology

Chinese cities roll out gait-recognition technology

Surveillance technology claimed to recognise walkers from a silhouette with 94% accuracy
8 Nov 2018
Leave.EU faces big fine over data law breaches
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Policy & legislation

Leave.EU faces big fine over data law breaches

Information commissioner reveals Leave.EU was fined a total of £75,000 for “serious breaches”
6 Nov 2018
Amazon’s HQ2 could be split between two cities
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Business operations

Amazon’s HQ2 could be split between two cities

Plan aims to ensure ecommerce giant can hire enough talent, reports say
6 Nov 2018
Facebook plans to move Workplace to its own domain
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Security

Facebook plans to move Workplace to its own domain

The Slack and Teams rival will be getting its own domain in 2019
1 Nov 2018
Google Pixel 3 XL review
Google Android

Google Pixel 3 XL review

A great handset, but ultimately too expensive for its own good
15 Oct 2018
Summer dip in malware attacks credited to World Cup drama
Security

Summer dip in malware attacks credited to World Cup drama

July's drop in TrickBot malware likely due to criminals being distracted by the football, experts say
3 Oct 2018
Microsoft puts MS-DOS up on GitHub
Software

Microsoft puts MS-DOS up on GitHub

Microsoft makes the 37-year-old operating system open source (again)
2 Oct 2018
World’s tech hubs have little confidence in post-Brexit UK
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Business strategy

World’s tech hubs have little confidence in post-Brexit UK

Survey finds 55% of tech leaders don’t envisage expanding their UK business due to Brexit
2 Oct 2018
Microsoft unveils a unified search experience across apps
Software

Microsoft unveils a unified search experience across apps

“Getting pages of results with hyperlinks to other information is simply not enough”
25 Sep 2018
Facebook plans free privacy training for SMBs
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privacy

Facebook plans free privacy training for SMBs

A helpful gesture or PR chicanery?
19 Jun 2018
BT is slashing 13,000 jobs and plans to leave central London
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Business strategy

BT is slashing 13,000 jobs and plans to leave central London

BT cuts deep as it plans to reduce costs by £1.5 billion
10 May 2018
Facebook misses MP deadline to answer data privacy question
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privacy

Facebook misses MP deadline to answer data privacy question

Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer has asked for an extension to answer the 39 questions
2 May 2018
Opera kills off mobile VPN
VPN
virtual private network (VPN)

Opera kills off mobile VPN

But the desktop version will remain available for now...
1 May 2018
US politicians make Zuckerberg sweat
privacy

US politicians make Zuckerberg sweat

The Facebook CEO’s time in Washington is over, though he has a lot of homework to do
12 Apr 2018
Mark Zuckerberg at Congress: Why, when and where to watch
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data protection

Mark Zuckerberg at Congress: Why, when and where to watch

Mr Zuckerberg goes to Washington
9 Apr 2018
Twitter a “toxic place for women,” says Amnesty
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Technology

Twitter a “toxic place for women,” says Amnesty

78% of women surveyed said they didn’t feel they could express an opinion without backlash
22 Mar 2018
Tmper-proof Bitcoin wallet hacked by a British 15-year-old
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digital currency

Tmper-proof Bitcoin wallet hacked by a British 15-year-old

Ledger and the hacker disagree to the extent that the problem has been solved
22 Mar 2018
Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: What happened?
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Data & insights

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: What happened?

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie has some alarming accusations about how a political influencing company acquired its data
20 Mar 2018
Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: What happened?
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Data & insights

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: What happened?

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie has some alarming accusations about how a political influencing company acquired its data
20 Mar 2018
Tim Berners-Lee: Google and Facebook are weaponising the web
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Tim Berners-Lee: Google and Facebook are weaponising the web

World Wide Web founder highlights the myriad problems with our online world
12 Mar 2018
Elon Musk steps down from OpenAI board
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Technology

Elon Musk steps down from OpenAI board

Tesla and SpaceX CEO departs the company he co-founded
22 Feb 2018
eBay dumps PayPal after 15 years together
Business strategy

eBay dumps PayPal after 15 years together

It’s not you, it’s me
1 Feb 2018
Intel has hit a “major breakthrough” in quantum computing
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Technology

Intel has hit a “major breakthrough” in quantum computing

The CES 2018 keynote covered quantum computers, self-driving cars and a self-learning AI chip
11 Jan 2018
Meet the man getting big screen cybersecurity right
Security

Meet the man getting big screen cybersecurity right

Movies often gets hacking wrong. Ralph Echemendia is trying to put that right
20 Dec 2017