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Daniel Cooper

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Senior Editor, @Engadget. Technology journalist who hates technology (and journalism). Proud of Europe, not of Britain.

After training to be an Intellectual Property lawyer, Dan abandoned a promising career in financial services to sit at home and play with gadgets. He lives in Norwich with his wife, his books and far too many opinions on British TV comedy. One day, if he's very, very lucky, he'll live out his dream to become the Executive Producer of Doctor Who, finish that novel and retire to ...

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Have you ever used a typewriter?

Only as a kid.

How is social media changing news?

In every way possible, from delivery all the way through to receipt. For instance, a Reddit user who worked for Oculus (unwittingly) revealed the merger deal months before the announcement. Most breaking news stories now are shared first on Twitter before a verified story is published, and while that means that there are a lot of hoaxes and misinformation at the beginning of an event, it’s also far more immediate than we’ve ever been used to.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

Email, always.

Uber India lets users hail a ride from their browser

engadget.com — Uber's found that one size does not fit all when it comes to bringing its business to other parts of the world. Take India, where the company has had to implement cash payments, panic buttons and axe surge pricing. Now, to combat the country's weaker cellular infrastructure, you no longer need to have the smartphone app installed to hail a ride.

Nokia's VR camera gets a $15,000 discount

engadget.com — Nokia's trolley-dash approach to business means that it now makes health gadgets and professional-level VR cameras. The latter arm sells one product, a $60,000 VR camera called Ozo which is bought by studios like Disney and UEFA. In order to gee-up demand and to celebrate launching in China, Nokia is now hacking $15,000 off the asking price for the gear.

The creator of Google's self-driving car now works for Uber

engadget.com — Anthony Levandowski was a prodigious Berkeley graduate who built a self-stabilizing autonomous motorcycle for the DARPA grand challenge. Shortly afterward he founded 510 Systems, a startup that Google bought to form the basis of its self-driving car project. Otto co-founder Lior Ron, meanwhile, was the head of Google Maps for three years before leading Motorola's revolution after Google bought it.

'Mr. Robot' has its own official mobile game

engadget.com — The title is being published by Telltale Games, but was actually developed by Night School Studio, the creators of indie adventure . That title was roundly praised by our Jess Conditt earlier this year and the game's soundtrack was released on vinyl a few months later.

Hyatt and Starwood hotel chains suffer credit card breach

engadget.com — The company has posted a list of which hotels were targeted, which includes Marriott, Hyatt, Intercontinental, LeMeridien, Renaissance, Sheraton and Westin branches. If you think you've been affected, the company advises you to contact your credit card provider and inform them of the situation.

Tim Cook: 'Apple could unlock iPhones, but won't'

engadget.com — Cook also reiterated that the $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics was really to get at the company's streaming platform. In his eyes, Apple doesn't "acquire for revenue," but for "talent and/or intellectual property," although the profit that Beats generates is a handy bonus.

Intel should buy Jawbone just for its fitness app

engadget.com — Up, by Jawbone, is an iOS and Android app that seems more determined than its rivals to help you develop healthier habits. The key selling point is that it will proactively do things to help you reach the goals that you've set.

Seth Rogen is developing a sitcom about the Singularity

engadget.com — The Singularity is a catch-all term for what happens when the worlds of computing and biology reach their apex. When machines are smart enough to create their own replacements and the costs of doing so fall, the computing power on offer will increase exponentially.

Google fined $6.8 million by Russian antitrust body

engadget.com — Google isn't a major player in Russia and a fine of $6.8 million is but a scratch for such a highly profitable firm. But these problems are beginning to mount up as antitrust regulators around the globe put the company in the firing line.

Star Trek: Discovery' is set 10 years before the original

engadget.com — "Each episode is a chapter, within each chapter will be a beginning, middle & end." #StarTrekDiscovery EP @BryanFuller on new series- Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) August 11, 2016 Fuller also explained his thoughts and feelings about the cast, saying that it'll be far more diverse than previous shows, with more aliens in the credited cast.
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Aug 24, 2016

RT @hannahbgould: Okay. Now that #virgintrains is semi-trending, can I please draw Twitter's attention to this price tag again https://t.co/KfVFo9rloG

Aug 24, 2016

Do I raise it with them, or their parent, or just leave it alone knowing that the issue is going to cause more aggro than not?

Aug 24, 2016

Because I found packaging for said same device (that a 12-y-o boy wouldn't have access to otherwise) at my friend's house.

Aug 24, 2016

I'm 99.9% sure that one of my friend's sprogs has lifted a review unit of something from my house.

Aug 23, 2016

RT @CherlynnLow: I envy people with hot bods then i get killed by a workout and look at all my nutella and think, fuck it i'll be outta shape it's all good

Aug 23, 2016

@SaraJBenincasa I would debate AFTP with you but your opinions are pretty 🔥.

Aug 23, 2016

@NuthatchNicky but these adverts are creeptastic and weirdly timed.

Aug 23, 2016

@NuthatchNicky You're telling me. I'm such an eco warrior that I buy cornstarch nappies for the wee one.

Aug 23, 2016

@IanMorris78 It was there David met Julia Louis-Dreyfus so SNL helped birth Seinfellened.

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