Where now for the Smartphone?

By |2018-10-08T09:23:49+00:00October 8th, 2018|Tech|

It's finally happened. I have, in my pocket, a phone that is so powerful, so fast, beautifully made, with a top notch camera, incredible chip, amazing OLED screen, that I cannot think of one single thing that Apple can do to make it any better. A couple of weeks ago I upgraded my phone to the new iPhone XS Max. I'd been used to a 'plus' or 'gigantaphone' and wasn't [...]

Has the Reality Distortion Field finally broken?

By |2017-11-07T11:34:42+00:00November 7th, 2017|Tech|

It's happened. It's finally happened. Apple have released a new iPhone, one that has many an Apple fanboy screaming into their screens at 12.02am as the delivery time increases with every passing minute. And I feel nothing. That's quite a shock. Some years ago I was in line at 5.30am at my nearest O2 store for the iPhone 4. It was fun. I then pre-ordered on the day of release [...]

No Seriously, Are We Living In A Simulation?

By |2017-08-22T14:50:59+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Tech|

The Simulation Hypothesis is one of those things that sets up residence in your head, makes itself comfortable and demands to be fed, and while I’ve written about it here before, the more I think about it the more fascinating it becomes. So I thought I would share a couple more juicy morsels as food for thought for you lovely people. This may get a bit science-y, but stick with [...]

The iPhone 8 will not be innovative – but neither will the next Android phone. Here’s Why.

By |2017-05-04T10:31:49+00:00May 4th, 2017|Tech|

I'll explain. My first iPhone was the 3G. It broke the mould of the phone, but had a shit camera, didn't have media texting, no cut and paste, 16GB of memory, the App store was very young, and the apps constantly crashed. But I loved it. I could see the potential. My next was the iPhone 4, then the 5, then the 6, upgrading every couple of years as the [...]

Are we already looking into the Black Mirror?

By |2016-12-20T13:00:33+00:00December 20th, 2016|Tech|

I've just watched the first episode of series three of Black Mirror. It's set in a world where we rate people from 1 to 5 stars using our mobile phones. These ratings that are given after 'meaningful encounters' are then added up to create your own personal rating. People with a plus 4 rating get better deals on loans, car rentals, house opportunities. It is such that everyone in society [...]

Is There Anybody There?

By |2016-12-17T20:10:15+00:00December 17th, 2016|Tech, Wyrd|

A few weeks ago when the oaken banquet table in the Great Hall developed a slant and was dumping mead into everyone’s laps, I found myself in urgent need of a spirit level. Being as how Ove the Blacksmith was under the table in a drunken stupor at the time, the first place I turned was the App Store because there's an app for that. But as I was typing [...]

Thoughts on the new MacBook Pros

By |2016-10-28T10:20:06+00:00October 28th, 2016|Tech|

If you are regular reader of the blog you'll know that I'm a fan of Apple. I have been since my first Power PC back in the early 90s, all through the bad days after Steve was pushed out - you know, when Apple even made trainer shoes! Then through the reborn Apple since the first iMac, then the iPod, iPhone and iPad and Apple Watch. Their story, from failure [...]

Is Twitter in Trouble?

By |2016-10-14T09:55:11+00:00October 4th, 2016|Tech|

I think Twitter is heading for real trouble. Don't get me wrong, I still love the platform, and I was a very early adopter having been on there since 2007, but they do seem to be having an existential problem right now. When Facebook first arrived (and I joined there very early too) it was a very different space to how it is now. If I wanted to know what [...]

Where do Apps and Smart Phones go from here?

By |2016-10-14T09:55:11+00:00September 21st, 2016|Tech|

When the iPhone 3G was launched it brought with it the Apple App Store. It really was a turning point for the iPhone and smart phones in general. For the first time you could download apps that enhanced the user experience of the phone and that opened doors for incredible creativity from app developers, and it's no exaggeration to suggest that the App Store was a huge reason for the [...]

A Good Week if you’re an Apple Fan

By |2016-09-13T08:29:10+00:00September 13th, 2016|Tech|

Today is an exciting day. It will see the release of iOS10, TVOS10 and WatchOS3. Hurrah. I have to say I'm very much looking forward to the improvements coming to iOS and the Apple Watch. I got my Apple Watch well over a year ago and it's achingly slow to launch any app. WatchOS3 apparently cures this. We shall see. The new software update also includes a 'Dock' system. Swipe [...]

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