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Nicole Kobie

Journalist

London

Nicole Kobie

Freelance journalist
Specialising in technology and science stories for Wired, New Scientist, PC Pro, Teen Vogue, and many more.
Hire me at work@nicolekobie.com

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London criminals can’t get guns, so they’re using acid

Acid attacks in London are on the rise, and strict gun control may be part of the reason why. There were 454 acid attacks in London in 2016, police told the BBC, up from 261 the year before, and this year looks set to continue that trend. So far in 2017, corrosive materials have been used in hate crimes, a nightclub assault, moped thefts, and even a random act of violence in which a paramedic’s ambulance was flagged down by her attackers.
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Publishers paying George Takei to promote stories isn’t just weird — it’s an FTC violation

George Takei isn't posting links to fun facts about Sailor Moon and Mean Girls to his Facebook page just because he loves them
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Jon Von Tetzchner: let's retake the web with regulation

Opera and Vivaldi founder says the government needs to protect individuals from the worst excesses of tech firms. Jon Von Tetzchner has been trying to fix the web for decades. Amid Senate hearings into Russian influence extended via Facebook, creeping surveillance for advertising on Google, and the many other challenges facing life online, he believes he has the answer – and it isn't his new browser, Vivaldi.
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What iPhone X Face ID Means for You

Ordered a new iPhone? This year's newest iPhone, the X, has ditched fingerprints in favor of facial recognition for unlocking the device called Face ID. Even before Face ID has arrived, it's caused trouble: reports suggested the facial-recognition system components have actually caused production delays, with Apple denying it's "relaxed" the specifications to speed up manufacturing to meet demand.
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It's time you turned off all those breaking news push notifications

Home on a Saturday night, reading in bed before going to sleep, and my phone buzzed with a news notification: a van had mounted the kerb near London Bridge, killing people. The London Bridge terror attack was genuinely important breaking news, but if it weren't for push notifications — and a phone not yet set to silent — the horrific details of the incident would have had to wait until morning.
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Forget Kaspersky Labs, it's the NSA that sucks at security

An NSA employee took confidential files home, and everyone's mad at Kaspersky Labs. According to anonymous sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, yet another NSA contractor took home files that they shouldn't have. In this case, it was to work late rather than blow the whistle, but the staffer's own computer ran Kaspersky Labs' antivirus, which scanned the files.
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Bryan Cranston on the beauty of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Bryan Cranston is sweating. Beside him, a rocket ship stands in the courtyard of a disused razor-blade factory in suburban southwest London. Surrounded by dirt and rocks, the ship is illuminated by spotlights that pierce the predawn air. It's the hottest day of the year so far and Cranston is crammed into a spacesuit, with a cooling vest to keep him comfortable.
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Siri and Alexa can be turned against you by ultrasound whispers

Did you hear that? You might not have, but Alexa did. Voice assistants have been successfully hijacked using sounds above the range of human hearing. Once in, hackers were able to make phone calls, post on social media and disconnect wireless services, among other things.
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Diesel Pollution Is Choking London

It's a scorching day in London. The warm, calm weather only exacerbates the coughing, wheezing and sniffling of a city gripped by an air pollution crisis. But London's air problem is not just choking residents, it's stopping our hearts too. And researchers say it's past time the government does something about it.
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Whither Uber

The ride sharing service has faced no shortage of controversies over the past several months.
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How a DIY YouTuber became the target of a sexist conspiracy theory

Naomi Wu is a prolific “maker” — the word for tech-savvy hobbyists who build creative projects using hardware and software — who has had multiple DIY projects go viral and get picked up by the press. But instead of being celebrated in the community, which revolves around online spaces as well as hackerspaces and events like Maker Faire, she’s being told she doesn’t exist.
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The gig economy can learn from the NHS, not the other way round

The Uberification of the NHS is already happening — though whether gig economy jobs and platforms are the right route depends on how well startups and tech companies are willing to work within the NHS' huge and confusing systems and obey its tight regulations. Disruption doesn't work in healthcare.
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About

Nicole Kobie

You may have seen my work at PC Pro, where I edit the Futures section, or in WebUser, where I write the news pages. I also regularly contribute to Teen Vogue, The Outline, CityMetric, Wired, 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 and science 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.

Want me to write for you? That's very kind: drop me a line at work@nicolekobie.com.

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Skills

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