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Nicole Kobie

Journalist

London

Nicole Kobie

Freelance journalist covering tech, transport and science
Contributing editor to Wired UK and Futures editor at PC Pro.
Bylines in New Scientist, Teen Vogue, WebUser, Computer Shopper, Computer Active, Grazia, Big Issue, the Outline, IT Pro, Alphr and more.

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The wild logistics of Heathrow Airport will instantly devour its much-needed third runway

There is no other airport that does so much with so little as Heathrow. The constraints on its capacity have made it the busiest two-runway airport in the world, leading to catastrophic delays if anything goes wrong. But the limits have also sparked innovation in airport management, from robotic baggage handlers and F1-designed simulation software to rejigging wake vortex classifications so arriving planes can land closer together.
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The pessimist’s guide to the future, from virtual reality to driverless cars

Hype fuels the technology industry. A few years from now, we’ll be shuttled about in driverless cars, lose our jobs to AI and robots, and forget our troubles in virtual worlds. Hyperloop will zip us across countries, chatbots will organise our lives, and drones will deliver our shopping paid for with digital currencies.
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Farmers are fighting back against the fake meat supermarket invasion

Ditching meat doesn’t mean that come BBQ season you’ll be choking down a crumbly mash of beans for your burger — technology is catching up with vegetarians, offering plant-based burgers that “bleed” and promising lab-grown meat without killing animals. Such products are already on menus. Across restaurants in the US, the Impossible Burger uses a mix of wheat and soy hemoglobins to offer a texture similar to beef, including “blood” oozing out of the centre, and rival Beyond Meat has said it hopes to have its pea-protein burgers on store shelves in the UK this year.
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How you and your friends can fight back against online trolls

How you and your friends can fight back against online trolls. Tackling trolls with a little help from your friends. A “friendsourcing” tool called Squadbox lets people use their friendship group to filter abusive messages sent to them by online trolls. If someone is being targeted with abuse, Squadbox allows friends, support groups or other trusted parties to access their email account to act as personal moderators.
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Is This The Beginning Of The End For Facebook?

Last week's Observer investigation struck at the heart of social media with its revelations, but will it prove the wake-up call needed to regulate the internet? Wired contributor Nicole Kobie reports... A pink-haired whistleblower, hidden-camera confessions and regime- changing propaganda. Data privacy stories aren’t normally plotted like a spy thriller, but this had it all.
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#NoCapitulation: How one hashtag saved the UK university strike

After weeks of freezing picketing at more than 60 universities across the country, news broke on Monday evening of a deal between union leaders and university bosses. Dejected university staffers — managers, librarians, lecturers and other workers — thought they'd once again lost the battle to protect their pensions.
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FBI Webcam Surveillance: What You Should Know

Does an FBI agent sit all day watching you through your webcam? Twitter loves the idea, turning it into a meme about special agents helping surveilled subjects through relationships, advising on selfies, and offering a "bless you" after sneezing. As amusing as it is to imagine some poor wretch has to watch your day-to-day routine — singing along to YouTube, searching for your ex on Instagram, and being depressed about breakups — the suddenly popular meme has origins in real-life privacy invasions.
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How the world tracked Kim Jong-un's historic flight in real time

FlightRadar24 tracks flights around the world using a network of 18,000 receivers perched on rooftops, radio towers, and masts to pick up pings from aircraft transponders and map them in real time. When a plane crashes, a footballer is transferred, or the pope jets away from the Vatican, thousands and even millions follow along on the website or app in real-time.
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When it comes to technology, first isn't always best

Patience is preferable to bugs, with Alexa's evil laugh just the latest in a line of annoying flaws
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The psychological tricks TfL uses to make London's tube feel faster

Commuters are difficult animals to herd – a fact learned the hard way by Transport for London (TfL), which runs the Underground network as well as buses, trams and boats in the British capital. In 2016, in an effort to battle station congestion, staff at Holborn station in central London ran an experiment.
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Investigating the problems with ICO tracking websites

Exclusive: CNR investigates ICO tracking websites – and it turns out that the way they manage recommendations very much varies…. Overwhelmed by the growing number of ICOs? Wondering how to keep track of them all? How to know where to invest? The answer for many would-be investors is trackers — websites that review or score projects of those that merely list ICOs with helpful information about where to view whitepapers and who is involved.
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Even Ryanair says its hand luggage rules make boarding too chaotic

Getting onto a Ryanair flight is way more chaotic than it should be. And changes made last year to try and ease the confusion might have made things worse, the budget airline has now admitted. So what happens next? First, a quick baggage policy history lesson. Ryanair last year tweaked its bag policy, checking the larger of passengers' two allowed carry-on bags for free at the gate.
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About

Nicole Kobie

You may have seen my work at PC Pro, where I edit the Futures section, on Wired UK, where I'm a contributing editor, or in WebUser, where I write the news pages. I also regularly contribute to Teen Vogue, The Outline, CityMetric, New Scientist, Alphr, Vice's Motherboard, IT Pro and Cloud Pro, Computer Shopper, and the Telegraph, and have written for Mental Floss, Ars Technica, Trusted Reviews, MacUser, Computer Active, The Calgary Herald, the Guardian, and more.

I’m a creative, hard-working digital and print journalist, currently specialising in technology, science and transport stories, but happy to write about anything -- even Theresa May coughing.

I focus on high-quality news and features stories, explaining complicated topics with clean, precise writing. I work quickly, write accurately and, perhaps most importantly, hit my deadlines.

Aside from writing and editing, I've had training in investigative journalism, data journalism and photojournalism, and used to be a regular on PC Pro's podcast.

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Skills

  • Being retweeted by Snowden
  • spending hours at the pub
  • technology
  • photography
  • photojournalism
  • columns
  • blogging
  • features
  • news
  • editing
  • writing
  • journalism