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Manchester, UK
Editor-in-Chief — The Next Web
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Editor-in-Chief at The Next Web, member of Manchester Digital council. I say 'Yes' a lot.

Instagram's cool questioned as it starts emailing users with 'Highlights' — Instagram has started sending out 'Highlights' emails to some users. The emails, er, 'highlight' things they may have missed from accounts that they follow. As TechCrunch's Josh Constine, who spotted the development, noted, it could help draw lapsed users back to the app.

Killing the business card with an email — For almost as long as there have been internet tech startups, there have been people trying to kill the business card. While the inefficient, environmentally dubious practice of exchanging a piece of dead tree with someone else definitely needs to end, I'm increasingly convinced that some clever piece of proprietary technology just isn't needed.

The end of privacy — XPRIZE 's competitions touch the furthest reaches of human achievement in fields like healthcare, oceanography and even space exploration. The organization is currently designing a competition in the field of cybersecurity.

Adblockers are immoral — As an editor, I feel resentful of people who enjoy my work but proudly run an ablocker to starve my content of revenue. Now the Financial Times reports that European mobile networks are planning to offer ad-blocking as a service to their customers. If true, those networks should be ashamed.

Switching from a MacBook Pro to a Chromebook Pixel — I've been intrigued by the Chromebook Pixel ever since the original version launched in early 2013. The looks and style of a MacBook coupled with the seductive minimalism of ChromeOS tantalized me, but I was put off by the high $1,300+ price for a machine with limited functionality compared to my trusty 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display.

What is a 'phablet' anyway? — The team at Vooza explain one of the most popular new gadget phrases of the past few years. I like the idea of Fonz-only tablet... Vooza - a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers.

The simplest audio conference call I've ever had — I'm no fan of conference calls. Whether they're via Skype, Google Hangouts or one of the many other solutions out there, something always goes seems to go wrong. Someone's microphone doesn't work, the app you use needs to be redownloaded, you lose the all-important PIN code, the new guy can't work out how to get on the call...

Facebook launches Instant Articles on iPhone — We knew it was on the horizon and now here it is. Facebook has announced the arrival of Instant Articles, a new format that allows publishers to create articles that load natively inside Facebook's iPhone app (it's iPhone-only for now), rather than sending users off to the Web.

Domino's Will Let You Order Pizza with Emoji — I'm torn by the news (via Business Insider) that Domino's is introducing the ability to order a pizza by tweeting the emoji

It is total BS & hurtful to claim that I told a guy to miss his child's birth just to attend a company meeting. I would never do that. — It is total BS & hurtful to claim that I told a guy to miss his child's birth just to attend a company meeting. I would never do that.
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May 24, 2015

RT @TheNextWeb: Instagram's cool questioned as it starts emailing users with 'Highlights'

May 24, 2015

@heykwd Ha, maybe although I get loads at tech conferences.

May 24, 2015

@RisingHighApps would be interesting to know the proportions of people who pick each option!

May 24, 2015

I finally got around to writing about why I no longer bother with business cards >…

May 24, 2015

@MattNavarra @Tesco well they booked a £6.4 billion loss this year, but I get your point :)

May 24, 2015

@MattNavarra maybe, I'd probably just say 'that's a bit rubbish' and then forget about it. I'm part of the problem!

May 24, 2015

NEVER cross @MattNavarra when it comes to the size of the Mars Bars you sell.

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