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Christopher Fowler
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At this time of the year newspapers are full of predictions; Nitrate-free bacon is coming! And highways of driverless cars! And miraculous medical advances! Sadly, most of them not in my lifetime but maybe in yours. When technology geared up for the next great leap forward none of us realised that its two biggest manifestations, the internet and AI, would eventually merge. Reading the signs, we…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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It's no idle boast to reiterate that the London black cab is still the best in the world; new editions have hands-free doors and are the size of your living room inside, like tardises. The drivers may not wear white gloves like they do in Japan, but they're endlessly entertaining, curious-minded individuals, and talking to them is part of the fun of the ride. I love black cabs, and feel as if I…
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Christopher Fowler
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Media
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The best new app I've discovered in ages is still in its infancy, but everyone I've shown it to wants it. WordLens is free. You hold your phone over anything from a menu to a road sign and it's instantly translated into your language on-screen, like something out of Star Trek. At the moment there aren't many languages and it's still buggy - I let a friend's child use it on her menu and it offered…
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