The doctor will see you now… on your smartphone

Apps can give you a GP consultation in minutes, but at what cost to the health service?

One Friday afternoon, I decided to check out a pea-sized lump on my neck that was causing me consternation. I started by calling my GP’s surgery in south London. A recorded message informed me there were no appointments that day; after a few minutes, a receptionist came on the line and said that I could have an appointment on Monday. Not too bad, I thought, until I realised she was not talking about the Monday three days hence, but the one 10 days away. Not so good. I could also try for a walk-in slot or a phone consultation from 8am to 10am on weekday mornings.

At this point, I downloaded the app from Babylon Health, one of the leaders in online doctor consultations, on to my smartphone. The homepage was purple and teal, the writing welcomingly blobby. I tapped on “check a symptom” and after half-a-dozen questions, it suggested that I “book a consultation”. I was offered a choice between a GP, a specialist or a therapist. The appointment could be on the phone or a video call.

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Mazda MX-5 Icon: car review | Martin Love

The elfin MX-5 is a world beater. But in Iceland they’ve sold only three. They don’t know what they’re missing…

Price: £18,495
Top speed: 127mph
0-62mph: 8.3 seconds
MPG: 47.1
CO2: 139g/km

With its lunar landscapes, black-sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers and geysers, Iceland provides the most photogenic backdrops you could possibly dream up for a car launch. But the fact that the car being launched is a kitten-cute Mazda MX-5 makes it a challenging choice.

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A tough sell: why Facebook’s e-commerce dream failed to take flight

The social network has never become the online shopping emporium once predicted. Will its most ambitious strategy yet change all that?

Technology has been good to 1-800-Flowers. The company has long pioneered new ways of retailing, a toll-free number, direct sales via the internet. So when, in 2009, it opened its online store on Facebook the company was expecting another tech-based success. Like many others they found Facebook was a tough sell.

Related: Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we’ve ever known

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Honda Jazz car review: ‘Like driving your regular car after packing it for a holiday’

It has almost no acceleration in any gear – it behaves as though it’s carrying too much luggage and an unusual family member

My initial thought was that the Honda Jazz was nothing like jazz. Then I remembered the definition in the Magnetic Fields song: “It’s divine, it’s asinine, it’s depressing / And it’s almost entirely window dressing / But it’ll do” – and thought maybe that was the reference. Although you wouldn’t call it divine.

It is small, but it has no nip. In fact, it has almost no acceleration in any gear, and a bossy LED display constantly tells you to go up a gear when you feel as though you’re almost out of puff in the one you’re in. Setting off on a journey is like driving your regular car after packing it for a holiday: it behaves as though it’s carrying too much luggage and an unusual family member.

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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer teases the pricing window of 2017’s Project Scorpio

In a recent interview, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer talks about the pricing window for the next-generation “Project Scorpio” Xbox console slated for the 2017 holidays. He doesn’t provide any hard figures, but compares Scorpio to the Xbox One S.

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