Friday roundup: A week in tech

Amazon Dot

America’s extremely interesting choice of leader, Donald Trump, has continued to attack his latest foe/absurd distraction, the online retailer Amazon.

According to the President, the US Post Office is losing $1.50 on every delivery it makes for Amazon. Worse still, the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, regularly publishes stories that criticise Mr Trump, an activity he cannot abide.

Taking to Twitter, the President declared that ‘This Post Office scam most stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!’.

Mr Trump, who has a noteworthy relationship with tax himself, has been told that the Postal Regulatory Commission has found that the Postal Service actually makes a profit from its dealings with Amazon.

But why let little things like facts, evidence and reality get in the way of a good Twitter rant-campaign, after all this time?

We’re just over a year into this. Just under three years to go. At least.

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Facebook is at the centre of YET ANOTHER controversy, which is all it seems to do nowadays.

According to a report from US news outlet CNBC, the social media firm started discussions with large medical institutions about ‘sharing’ user data for some kind of research project.

If you can stand it, here’s the full story by a proper journalist. In the meanwhile, when do we reach the point where we can universally agree that Facebook and people’s data are not a good mix?

I mean, we can’t keep doing this every day for the rest of our lives. Can we?

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Good news for doctors that can’t stand dealing with patients – one in four of those seeking medical attention in England are now using online GP services.

According to NHS England’s figures, 13.9 million people are ordering prescriptions, viewing their medical records and so on over the internet, with the amount of super information highway accessors climbing by 42% in the last year.

The NHS’s chief digital officer, Juliet Bauer, is stoked by the news, saying: ‘The work to improve GP engagement, patient awareness and the patient experience is resulting in more sign-ups and better use of these vital services. This is just one example of how we are increasing the use of technology in the NHS to empower people to take more control of their health, wellbeing and care.’

Personally, I still prefer face-to-face appointments with my GP – though, admittedly, that is because it’s just nice to get out of the house sometimes, isn’t it.

Friday roundup: A week in tech

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