Nicole Kobie



Nicole Kobie

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


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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Who cares if Kazuo Ishiguro is a sci-fi genre writer or not?

Kazuo Ishiguro's Nobel Prize in Literature has reignited a debate about whether his writing falls into sci-fi or fantasy genres. The author of Remains of the Day isn't quite what most imagine when they think about genre writing, but Ishiguro's latest book, The Buried Giant, features ogres and dragons.
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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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Can an AI make you laugh out loud?

Stummy Beige. Dorkwood. Sindis Poop. These are not paints you’d choose to slather on the walls of your front room, but it’s what Janelle Shane’s neural network spat out after being trained on 7,700 Sherwin-Williams colours.

Here's how the NHS can prevent another WannaCry crisis

To explain what went wrong with NHS networks the day the WannaCry ransomware struck in May, GP Chris Mimnagh offers a medical term: iatrogenic. That, he explains, is the Latin for "I have caused it" — a way for clinicians to describe when they've caused disease in a patient through their own actions.
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Tinybop is building an app empire. Its secret? Children's books

Raul Gutierrez's room at Princeton University wasn't like the other students'. "I had a little library of children's books in my dorm," he says. Now, at the Brooklyn office of Tinybop, the educational children's app firm he founded in 2011, he has a similar library to inspire his colleagues. "When someone is interviewed for a job, the first question we ask is: 'What's your favourite [children's book]?'
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The classic book reprinted on trash and ephemera

The Book of Disquiet, a collection of hundreds of poems, random thoughts, and passages of prose that the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa left in disarray in a trunk, is odd no matter what it's printed on. The passages on boredom, inspiration, and life are written from the perspective of the semi-autobiographical character Bernardo Soares, a bookkeeper in Lisbon, Portugal.
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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.



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