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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How the European Cookies Are Crumbling (on the Web)

“Cookies,” say the bureaucrats at the European Union. “We hates them.”

And therein lies a problem.

Cookies, you see, are everywhere on the net. And your computer, too. A cookie is a teeny-tiny little text file that gets left on your computer by pretty much every single website you visit.

They’re actually quite useful. Cookies …

‘Dropp’ Lets You Leave Location Based Messages for People

It’s your first time in this city, and as you reach the center your iPhone makes a little chirp. There’s a message for you.

“Welcome! You finally made it here.” it says. “Just between you and me, that cafe right in front of you serves bad, overpriced coffee. Walk two blocks east and you’ll find a much better one. Love, Mom.”

Wait, …

How to Roll Your Own Music Streaming Service

Google’s doing it, Amazon’s doing it, Apple will be doing it very soon now. Everyone’s putting their music in the cloud. Clouds are, it would seem, where it’s at. Indeed clouds are so happening that perhaps you might prefer to roll your own rather than use someone else’s.

Here’s one way of doing that.

Milwaukee developer John Mills …

Juror Faces Jail for Contacting Defendant via Facebook

A juror who used Facebook to contact the defendant in a drugs case now faces a possible jail term. The story begins last year, when Jamie Sewart was in court to answer drugs charges in the U.K. city of Manchester.

Jury member Joanne Fraill found Sewart on Facebook and started sending her messages, including behind-the-scenes details …

The Price of a Twitter Promo Spot: $120,000

You know those “Promoted” items that appear in the list of trending topics on your Twitter home page? Ever wondered how much it might cost to buy one?

Turns out the going rate is a cool $120,000 per day.

And if you’re smart, you’ll buy one sooner rather than later, because that price is five times higher than it was just a year …

A Custom Bikini? Sure, We Can Print That Out in 3D for You

Good morning, madam, how can I help you today?

“I’d like a bikini please.”

Certainly madam, I’ll just print one for you.

This, ladies and gentlemen (but mostly ladies), is the kind of bikini you can get now that you’re Living in the Future.

The N12 bikini (named after the plastic it’s printed with) consists of hundreds of …

Watch: Apple Unveils Plans for Incredible Spaceship-style HQ

“Spectacular is an understatement.”

With those words, Cupertino Council Member Orrin Mahoney greeted Steve Jobs’ presentation to the council about his plans for a new HQ, just a few blocks down the road from the existing one located at One Infinite Loop.

Jobs replied with characteristic simplicity: “I think we have a shot at …

America’s First Ever Text Message: ‘Burp’

Yes, “Burp.” Oh dear.

That’s the trouble with key moments in history: Very often, the people involved have no idea that they’re taking part in a key moment in history.

Most of time it’s just another ordinary day where you brush your teeth, go to work, and type the word “Burp” in a message to your boss. Happens all the time.

This …

Your Mouse Is Doomed

There was so much stuff announced at Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday, it’s hard to know where to start.

But one thing was abundantly clear: The humble mouse you’ve got plugged into your computer is living on borrowed time. There are Lions prowling, and they’re hungry for mouse-sized snacks.

Apple’s forthcoming OS upgrade, Lion, is

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