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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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Night trains are brilliant. So why doesn’t the UK have any to Europe?

Ask Michael Guerra about night trains running through the Channel Tunnel and he can’t help but throw his hands up in frustration — it happens dozens of times on our Zoom call. And no wonder: the engineer and founder of London Sleepers has been trying to get an overnight service running between London’s St Pancras and the continent for 18 years. ”It’s really hard to do,” he says, adding that the financials of the business are ”really stupid”.
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The pessimist’s guide to the future, from virtual reality to driverless cars

Hype fuels the technology industry. A few years from now, we’ll be shuttled about in driverless cars, lose our jobs to AI and robots, and forget our troubles in virtual worlds. Hyperloop will zip us across countries, chatbots will organise our lives, and drones will deliver our shopping paid for with digital currencies.
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How you and your friends can fight back against online trolls

How you and your friends can fight back against online trolls. Tackling trolls with a little help from your friends. A “friendsourcing” tool called Squadbox lets people use their friendship group to filter abusive messages sent to them by online trolls. If someone is being targeted with abuse, Squadbox allows friends, support groups or other trusted parties to access their email account to act as personal moderators.
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Is This The Beginning Of The End For Facebook?

Last week's Observer investigation struck at the heart of social media with its revelations, but will it prove the wake-up call needed to regulate the internet? Wired contributor Nicole Kobie reports... A pink-haired whistleblower, hidden-camera confessions and regime- changing propaganda. Data privacy stories aren’t normally plotted like a spy thriller, but this had it all.
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FBI Webcam Surveillance: What You Should Know

Does an FBI agent sit all day watching you through your webcam? Twitter loves the idea, turning it into a meme about special agents helping surveilled subjects through relationships, advising on selfies, and offering a "bless you" after sneezing. As amusing as it is to imagine some poor wretch has to watch your day-to-day routine — singing along to YouTube, searching for your ex on Instagram, and being depressed about breakups — the suddenly popular meme has origins in real-life privacy invasions.
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Stay Anonymous Online

It's never been more important to stay private online -- here's how
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What is the dark web? How to use Tor to access the dark web

The dark web is infamous as a dangerous place, where drugs are bought and hitmen hired, but it can be a safe way to browse the internet if your privacy is serious concern. And thanks to the Tor Browser, it's easy to do. Indeed, Facebook, The New York Times and now even the CIA have sites on the dark web, hosting "onion" versions of their pages that can be accessed via the Tor browser.
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How to delete your Google search history and stop tracking

Google tracks you on and off the web in a myriad of ways – that's no surprise. But you can wrestle back some level of control. Want to stop Google from knowing anything about you? That’s nigh-on impossible: the advertising giant collects data every time you search the web, every time you visit a website, every time you use your Android phone – you name it, Google is using it to collect data about you.
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Lilium's flying taxi is finally here. But the war for the skies is fierce

A sleek aircraft rises from the ground — wobbling at first but then confidently hovering in the air above the launch pad — before gently returning to the tarmac. A room packed with engineers erupts in cheers — this is the first flight for the Lilium Jet, a five-seater flying taxi unveiled today. The Lilium Jet, which was tested outside Munich earlier this month, is an eVTOL — an electric vertical take off and landing vehicle.
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YouTube's carbon footprint is huge, but smarter web design could fix it

YouTube's annual carbon footprint is about 10Mt CO2e (Million Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent), according to researchers — about the output of a city the size of Glasgow. But it doesn't have to be that way, with a few easy design changes easily slashing that footprint by applying Sustainable Interaction Design.
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The NHS has a plan for taking on anti-vaxxers: ignore them

Anti-vaxxers abound on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, spewing misinformation about immunisation. Faced with falling vaccination rates, health authorities are fighting back. Their weapon of choice? The humble hashtag. Last month Public Health England (PHE) – a government agency that promotes wellbeing in the UK – ran a social media campaign under #ValueofVaccines while UNICEF went with #VaccinesWork.
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Apple and Google are fighting climate change. And sorta winning

Apple has solar panels in Chinese yak fields. And Google and Apple both claim to be 100 per cent carbon neutral. Last year, Microsoft sunk a data centre into the ocean, and last month, announced it was ahead of schedule to hit its target of 60 per cent renewable energy in its data centres and would get there by 2020, while settling on a new milestone of 70 per cent by 2023.
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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