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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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Is Russia really using beluga whales to spy on the world?

Beluga whales are undeniably adorable — but less so when they're wearing Russian military equipment. Fishermen in the northern Norwegian town of Inga spotted a friendly, tame whale allegedly wearing a harness labelled with "equipment of St. Petersburg," with a GoPro camera holder. Norwegian marine experts said there was "great reason to believe" the whale was trained by the Russian navy.
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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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Remain would win a second Brexit referendum. Why? Blame death

A second referendum on Brexit looms — whether that's the ultimate betrayal or the best news of the year depends on your politics. And that likely depends on your age. Roughly seven out of ten younger people who voted wanted to remain in the EU, while two-thirds of those over 65 voted to leave. In the two and a half years since the referendum vote, teenagers too young to vote have come of age, while older voters have died, potentially swinging the result.
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Matt Hancock's plan to purge NHS pagers is pretty dumb. Here's why

Health Secretary Matt Hancock wants to ban pagers from the NHS, calling the devices "archaic". The problem? They save lives. And, in this instance, old technology really does work. Just ask Simon Scott-Hayward. He's a GP who volunteers with a local ambulance service in Devon to reach patients in the rural area more quickly.
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Covfefe and the minefield of internet pronunciation

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