Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name

Parent company Alphabet would provide services in response to data harvestedLast June Volume, a leading magazine on architecture and design, published an article on the GoogleUrbanism project. Conceived at a renowned design institute in Moscow, the project charts a plausible urban future based on cities acting as important sites for “data extractivism” – the conversion of data harvested from individuals into artificial intelligence technologies, allowing companies such as Alphabet, Google’s parent company, to act as providers of sophisticated and comprehensive services. The cities them read more


How to eat: pesto

This month, How to Eat is thinking about pesto … with pasta, of course. How else would you possibly eat it? This is not, and never has been, middle-class ketchup‘Each man kills the thing he loves,” wrote Oscar Wilde in 1897. He was probably not thinking about pesto. Or pasta sauces at all. Pasta was not all that common in the Victorian prison system depicted in The Ballad of Reading Gaol. But were Wilde to stroll along the supermarket aisles today, he would surely agree with How to Eat – the blog series identifying how best to eat Britain’s favourite foods – that, in our unbridled read more

How to eat: pesto

This month, How to Eat is thinking about pesto … with pasta, of course. How else would you possibly eat it? This is not, and never has bee...


The Guardian view on the monarchy: reinventing the brand | Editorial

As Prince Philip retires and Prince William goes full time, this has been a moment of passage for the royals. A corner has been turned, and the moment for asking why has gonePrince Philip has taken advantage of the privilege of being a mere consort and with a cheery wave of the bowler hat under torrential rain on Wednesday he retired. At least, he has given up pre-booked dates. He will still on occasion be seen out with the Queen, who doesn’t have retirement in her employment contract. His has been an extraordinary life of public service and although it would be fair to say his outlook on li read more


Switzerland: a new ally in European cooperation on high-performance computing

Switzerland became the eleventh signatory of the European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC). Switzerland's broad experience in HPC will further strengthen Europe's efforts to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures. Indeed "Piz Daint", a Swiss supercomputer, recently became the world’s third most powerful supercomputer. read more


Can Formula One’s American takeover fuel a long-awaited US expansion?

Liberty Media’s $8bn acquisition of Formula One in January has given rise to fresh questions about the series’ intentions in the United StatesAbout an hour’s drive from where I live, in the coastal hinterlands of South Carolina, lies the city of Savannah, Georgia. And every so often I’ll cross the border for a taste of the big city.On one such excursion a few months back, while walking through a neighborhood on the fringe of Savannah’s tourist district, I found myself doubling back to examine a historical marker for something called the American Grand Prize. What’s its connection t read more


Half of all UK broadband users get a bad deal, says Which?

Consumer group finds that 53% of households are left unhappy by slow speeds, rising prices or router failuresHalf of all broadband users in the UK are getting a raw deal from their supplier, with slow speeds, rising prices and router failures exasperating customers, according to a damning assessment of Britain’s internet services.Consumer group Which? found that 53% of households have had difficulties with their broadband, with customers of Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky and BT the most likely to experience an issue. Continue reading... read more