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Technology

Crossed wires

The first transatlantic cable was seen as a folly and a hoax. But, says Tom Standage, it heralded the greatest communications revolution in history

Tongue tried

Can the internet breathe new life into a dying language? Jonathan Beckman learns a smattering of Ainu

Feel the noise

Tech companies used to focus on packing more tunes in less space. Now, as Jennifer Brown discovers, they are working out how to re-create the immediacy of live performance in your own home

Ye Olde Photoshoppe

Today image modification simply requires a tap of a smartphone app. But, says Tom Standage, the manipulation of photographs goes back a surprisingly long way

Liquid lunches

Who wants proper food when you can survive on powder? Jonathan Beckman tucks into a mezze of meal replacements

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