Giles Turnbull

Giles is a freelance tech writer in England. He likes tea, cheese and proper beer, ideally in that order.

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Twitter Co-founders Take the ‘Obvious’ Next Step

Two of Twitter’s co-founders have announced plans to restart the creative ideas company that incubated Twitter in the first place: “Obvious.”

Their stated aim: “To geek around and invent stuff and be like techno superheroes.”

Oh no, my mistake. Their actual stated aim: “We make systems that help people work together to improve the …

Obama: We Can Rebuild Economy with Robots

President Obama wants to reinvigorate the U.S. economy with a little help from some robots. Lots of robots.

Speaking at the launch of the National Robotics Initiative, he joked:

“You might not know this, but one of my responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief is to keep an eye on robots. And I’m pleased to report that the robots you

Forget Last Week’s Apple Rumors, You Need This Week’s Apple Rumors

Got your Apple rumors hat on? Got your Apple rumors cup of coffee in hand? Excellent. Now you’re all ready for today’s Apple rumors.

Rumor 1: Apple is releasing new MacBook Airs made entirely of air, no actual atoms required. Rumor 2: your pocket-sized friends of the future, the iPhones 6, 7 and 8 are all under pre-pre-pre production …

Leanpub: How to Turn Your Blog into an Instant E-Book

So. You got a blog. You want to turn it into a e-book, with a minimal amount of fuss and hard work.

You need Leanpub. It’s a new service for writers who want to do minimalist home-grown publishing on their own terms, in a variety of formats that will suit owners of iPads, Kindles, and other e-readers.

It’s also a completely new …

Spam Invades the Kindle Store

It’s sad, but it’s true: Spam is as spam does. It gets everywhere. It’s now found its way into Amazon’s Kindle e-book store.

One of the great things about the Kindle store is that anyone can sign up as an author, upload a manuscript, and “publish” it for instant sales to millions of Kindle owners, desperate to consume more e-ink …

I, for One, Welcome All 10 Million of Our New Robot Overlords

These are kilobots. Tiny three-legged microchips with infrared eyes that point downwards at the table.

One $15 kilobot on its own can’t do much that’s very interesting, except maybe flash its little light in your face. But they’re called “kilo” because you’re not supposed to use just one at a time. You’re supposed to use …

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