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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, Motherboard, the Guardian, Teen Vogue, WebUser, Computer Shopper, Computer Active, Grazia, Big Issue, the Outline, IT Pro, Alphr and more.

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First it was football streams, now Reddit is going after r/piracy

Reddit is trying to clean-up its act – and it's taking on illegal streaming in a big way. The move started with r/soccerstreams but has now moved to r/piracy. A decade of discussion about digital piracy is being methodically erased from the subreddit, sparked by takedown notices on two-year-old posts.
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Google's reCAPTCHA test has been tricked by artificial intelligence

Computer scientists have found a way around Google's reCAPTCHA tests, tricking the system into thinking an artificial intelligence program is human. But there's a catch, although the AI system can fool the bot test it doesn't live-up to the promise its creators give it. CAPTCHAs are the tests used by websites to battle back against bots, asking website visitors to prove they're human before proceeding.
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Planning a feminist ad campaign? Get your house in order first

Over the course of our lifetimes, women face a financial shortfall of £223,000 in earnings and £106,000 in pensions — that's according to a promoted tweet from investment firm Aviva. There's one problem: Aviva's own gender gap reporting reveals it pays women less than men. Thanks to government mandated figures, we know that in 2018 Aviva paid women 27 per cent less than men — both by a mean or median comparison — with more women working in lower-paid jobs than men, who dominate the more lucrative roles.
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How Wikihow became the internet's answer to everything

eed an answer to a question? Chances are you’ll end up on Wikihow. The big question for Wikihow: how has it done it? Wikihow is ranked as the 202nd website globally, according to traffic monitoring site Alexa, pulling in 150 million unique visitors a month. Not bad for a company with 25 staff that has never taken any venture capital funding and is profitable on ads alone.
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TikTok breaks all the rules of app design – but somehow it still works

It’s not just you: TikTok and Snapchat are harder – or at least weirder to use than other apps. Open up TikTok, and a video will immediately start playing, a random teenager singing along to a pop song or mimicking a meme. How do you make it stop? Where’s the friends you follow? And what do you tap to get to your own profile?
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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

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