In Spike Jonze's "Her," Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johannson), in a world that's clearly set in the future, but not impossible to believe could soon exist. As the film opens, we see Phoenix sitting at a desk, narrating a love story, the words transcribed to look like a handwritten letter on the computer.
Automated Postal Centers (APCs) are kiosks that are available when post office lines are too long, the service counter is closed, or you want to avoid bothersome human interaction. They’re set up very much like ATMs that print postage instead of dispensing cash.
Shares in Royal Mail, which boasts 700,000 private investors after its part-privatisation in 2013, dived yesterday when Ofcom announced that a review was needed. They fell as low as 491p, well below the 500p at which the government sold them to institutions last week, but rallied to close at 506½p.