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.


Acid attacks are on the rise, but lazy media coverage isn't helping

It started at 10:25pm on Thursday night, when a moped carrying two riders pulled up alongside a man riding at a junction in Hackney, east London. Before the other rider could pull away, the pair threw acid in his face and stole his bike. Four other acid attacks followed, with at least one victim left with life-changing injuries, according to the Metropolitan Police.
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oBike's UK launch isn't going well because people are the worst

Leave a bike on London's streets, and who knows where it'll turn up. That's the lesson cycle-share scheme oBike has learned the hard way, after leaving its bright yellow bikes strewn around the capital. To use oBike, cyclists scan a code on the bike with the app, and for 50p a half hour (and a £49 deposit) you can take it for a ride.
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Covfefe and the minefield of internet pronunciation

How do we decide the best way to say words coined online?

Wikipedia's method of sorting out 'good' and 'bad' sources is a mess

In February, The Guardian reported that editors at Wikipedia had “voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website” after deeming it “generally unreliable.”
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How Brexit led to Legs-it

British Prime Minister Theresa May must feel like she's been time traveling: This week she officially sent Britain back decades by kicking off Brexit just a day after her legs were judged on the cover of a major daily newspaper in what has become known as “Legs-it.”. The two are oddly connected, crappy pun aside.
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Technology is for the rich

The World Economic Outlook, a report that the International Monetary Fund releases twice a year, says that the share of national income that's doled out to workers is shrinking — and technology is to blame.
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The Future of Driverless Cars is a Bus

There are two types of driverless cars on the way. First, there's what most people imagine: the car already in your driveway (or the one you can't afford or don't want to own) with tech-enabled super powers to take over the wheel on the highway, when you're stuck in traffic, or when you're drunk. The second type is an autonomous pod, a slow moving minibus that looks more like an airport shuttle than a car.
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How to Keep Your Internet Browser History Private

Congress has sold out your browsing habits to advertisers, passing a law that allows internet service providers (ISPs) that provide your broadband connection to sell your data without asking for permission first. That means your data could be sold to the highest bidder. It could be used for a variety of reasons, such as to build a profile for an insurance firm — potentially deciding if you get covered — or handed to political campaigners.
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British Government Puts Brakes on UK's First New Nuclear Power Plant in 20 Years

Recent tumult in British politics hasn't helped the troubled Hinkley Point C project, with the government now calling for a review. After years of tussling, French energy company EDF this week finally agreed to fund and build Britain's next nuclear power plant—but rather than sign the contracts, the British government has further delayed the process by ordering a review of the project.
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British Government Puts Brakes on UK's First New Nuclear Power Plant in 20 Years

French energy company EDF this week finally agreed to fund and build Britain’s next nuclear power plant
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This is what the spending review means for tech and science

Chancellor George Osborne has set out spending plans for the next four years, and science and tech are getting some extra funding -- though not as much as many hoped. Alongside changes to tax credits and cuts to Whitehall budgets, the annual spending review sees the government pledge to boost its own digital services, comms tools for police, and spending on fighting cybercrime.

Blockchain could track your fish supper from boat to plate

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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