Barry Collins
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Careers & training

Can I become a coder?

Our fortysomething writer rekindles his childhood passion for coding – but can he teach himself Python from scratch?
27 Jun 2020
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Cloud

Games battles are a taste of things to come

When we’re streaming our desktops, how will we pay for software? The games industry is going through these growing pains now
27 May 2020
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productivity

Microsoft 365 is more than a name change

The Office 365 rebranding could be a sign of things to come
16 May 2020
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broadband

Is your broadband coronavirus-ready?

It’s not a stockpile of toilet rolls that you should be investing in to survive lockdown in comfort
29 Apr 2020
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Laptops

Chromebooks are the Benjamin Button of tech

While most tech ages like a bowl of fruit, Google's laptops seem more like a fine wine
29 Mar 2020
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privacy

Who’s watching you watch them?

Smart TV services are tracking you more closely than you think
15 Mar 2020
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operating systems

Dear Jon, I’ve gone and bought a Mac…

When making the leap from Windows to Mac, it can be hard to make a smooth transition
9 Mar 2020
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smart city

Smart motorways aren’t smart enough

Free sat-nav apps could limit the dangers of so-called smart motorways, says Barry Collins
8 Mar 2020
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cloud computing

Recycling our digital waste is too hard

We need tools to clear the mountains of data that are building up around us
23 Feb 2020
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operating systems

Why should Mac users pay for Windows?

Microsoft's Windows 10 pricing is baffling
16 Feb 2020
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In-depth

Sonos speakers are environmentally unsound

Forcing customers to brick trade-in speakers could destroy Sonos
9 Feb 2020
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mobile networks

A breakdown in communications

Why is it still a struggle for the emergency services to find those they need to help?
19 Jan 2020
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Green energy tech
energy efficiency

Smashing green tech myths

Environmentally friendly or snake oil? Here are five of the biggest green technology truisms
7 Dec 2019
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email marketing

Let’s stamp out snail mail in 2020

Why do so many businesses prefer the postbox to the inbox?
1 Dec 2019
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artificial intelligence (AI)

How to make AI work for you

We look at how artificial intelligence in apps and software can make your life easier
22 Nov 2019
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email providers

Why should we have to pay a ransom for old email accounts?

With other free and low-cost hosting options available, holding onto old broadband addresses makes little sense
19 Nov 2019
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business transformation

Tech troubles cooked the travel agent

Is technology partly to blame for Thomas Cook’s demise?
3 Nov 2019
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5G

Why you don’t need 5G – or a phone

Could the best way to make calls be to avoid a handset altogether?
20 Oct 2019
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Technology

How bad will Brexit be for tech?

How will bursting out of the EU affect tech jobs, legislation and the prices of tech goods?
30 Sep 2019
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social media

Facebook justice fills the gap left by police

Crime fighting is growing on social media, but it brings dangers
23 Sep 2019
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Hardware

Noise-cancelling headphones to shout about

This piece of summer technology that can save your holiday
1 Sep 2019
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Policy & legislation

Trumped up Huawei threat helps nobody

Crying wolf with cybersecurity is a dangerous game, warns Barry Collins
18 Aug 2019
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operating systems

OS war – what was it good for? Absolutely nothing

Operating systems are dwindling towards irrelevance, and that’s no bad thing
4 Aug 2019
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Cloud

Is it time to drop Dropbox?

Barry Collins fears he’s being strong-armed into paying for a Dropbox subscription
3 Aug 2019
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Network & Internet

Don’t fall for the 5G fallacy

Why we shouldn't get sucked in by the bluster over the next generation of mobile connectivity
21 Jul 2019
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Network & Internet

More money for the router of all evil

Barry Collins baulks at paying yet another BT subscription – just to get a router
7 Jul 2019
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privacy

The biggest threat to your privacy is you

We're far too careless with our own personal data, especially on the Tube
29 Jun 2019
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Policy & legislation

Apple needs a dose of nan's medicine

At long last, Apple's arrogant behaviour has caught the attention of the EU
15 Jun 2019
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encryption

Time to show sloppy websites the red card

You can't get away with poor payment security in 2019, no matter how small your business
1 Jun 2019
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Amazon Echo
voice assistant

The business case for Amazon's Alexa

Amazon's voice assistant isn't just a toy for the home, it's making serious play for the office too
13 May 2019
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Mobile

Bendy screens are about to take flight

As the industry attempts to revolution smartphone design, it's worth keeping the bigger picture in mind
22 Feb 2019
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Business strategy

Satya Nadella's done one helluva job at Microsoft

Nadella has transformed the firm - to the point where it could survive in a Windowsless environment
16 Feb 2019
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battery life

Apple is facing a battery of problems

Apple is paying the price for forcing people into unnecessary upgrades
9 Feb 2019
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energy efficiency

Let's freeze the replace-rather-than-repair mentality

A faulty fridge-freezer tips Barry into a pit of despair, despite the fact he got a replacement for free
2 Feb 2019
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Data & insights

Enough is enough: It's time to get us out of this jam

We don't need smart motorways to ease traffic congestion, we need smartphone satnavs
29 Dec 2018