Lighten up: tech firms take on economy-class flight challenge

A piece I wrote for Reuters on travel startups: Lighten up: tech firms take on economy-class flight challenge SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Some start-ups are taking on one of air travel’s last undisrupted bastions – the economy-class cabin. While first and business class travelers have long enjoyed comfort upgrades, there’s been less attention to innovation at …

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Apple Pay day some ways off

A Reuters piece I wrote with two colleagues on Apple’s efforts to break the mobile payments logjam (and catch up with China and Africa). In the long run, of course, they’ll likely carve out a decent business, but it’s not as smooth as it might be, and the impression we got was that Apple was …

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The Bangladesh Bank Hack, Part XIV

Lots of attention at the moment on the implications of the Bangladesh Bank hack, now four months old. This is a piece I contributed last week. Quite a bit of water has gone under the bridge since then. We not only don’t know who was behind the hack – North Koreans have been put somewhere …

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From pixels to pixies: the future of touch is sound

My piece on using sound and lasers to create 3-dimensional interfaces. It’s still some ways off, but it’s funky. Screenshot from Ultrahaptics video demo From pixels to pixies: the future of touch is sound | Reuters: SINGAPORE | BY JEREMY WAGSTAFF (The video version: The next touchscreen is sound you can feel | Reuters.com) Ultrasound – …

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BBC – Cybercrime: One of the Biggest Ever

My contribution to the BBC World Service – Business Daily, Cybercrime: One of the Biggest Ever.  Transcript below. Original Reuters story here.  If you think that all this cybersecurity stuff doesn’t concern you, you’re probably right. If you don’t have any dealings with government, don’t work for an organisation or company, and you never use the …

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Hunt for Deep Panda intensifies in trenches of U.S.-China cyberwar | Reuters

My piece on what Deep Panda looks like in action: Hunt for Deep Panda intensifies in trenches of U.S.-China cyberwar | Reuters: Security researchers have many names for the hacking group that is one of the suspects for the cyberattack on the U.S. government’s Office of Personnel Management: PinkPanther, KungFu Kittens, Group 72 and, most famously, Deep …

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Spy in the Sky – are planes hacker-proof?

My take on aviation cybersecurity for Reuters: Plane safe? Hacker case points to deeper cyber issues: “Plane safe? Hacker case points to deeper cyber issues BY JEREMY WAGSTAFF Security researcher Chris Roberts made headlines last month when he was hauled off a plane in New York by the FBI and accused of hacking into flight controls …

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From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless

From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless BY JEREMY WAGSTAFF (Reuters) – The Internet may feel like it’s everywhere, but large pockets of sky, swathes of land and most of the oceans are still beyond a signal’s reach. Three decades after the first cellphone went on sale – the $4,000 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X …

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Awesomeness Fatigue

This is a commentary piece I’ve recorded for the BBC World Service. I call it awesomeness fatigue – the exhaustion that comes from being bombarded with stories, videos and pictures designed to amaze you. The problem is not that they don’t work: it’s that they’re too good. In the past week or so I’ve watched …

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Myanmar’s mobile revolution too slow for many

A piece I wrote from Yangon on the state of mobile communications in Myanmar Mobile revolution in Myanmar is on the cards, but too slow for many | Reuters: Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile revolution. Only it’s happening way too slowly for many locals. Last week the government invited expressions of interest …

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