A week with @pebble

A week with @pebble
I’m not normally a particularly impulsive person. I like to research new kit thoroughly before committing my two bob. I am also not particularly patient so buying into a 6 month wait would not ordinarily appeal to me. So when Pebble came along, it was uncharacteristic of me to buy into the Kickstarter project. I ...

How not to follow the Tour de France 1

How not to follow the Tour de France
Very occasionally I like to not know stuff and, when that happens, being compulsively hyper-connected can make life quite difficult. One of those things is the results of today’s Tour de France stage. I like to get home and watch the coverage not yet knowing the outcome – pretty old school, huh? It takes all ...

iPhone apps I'd spend a few bob on 5

When I went for the iPhone, one of the key reasons was a sense that the app ecosystem would mean I used the phone more than any other model, even if it meant accepting some of the (widely documented) shortcomings. This remains the case but there are still a few apps which I’d love to ...

The 2 not so obvious things I'd want on my next iPhone 2

The recent iPad hullabaloo has overlooked one significant thing – the iPhone is a magnificent device which is, hopefully, still maturing.On the tube recently I was pondering – what would I like to do to it to make it more magnificent? I decided to ignore all the ideas I’ve heard before (multi-tasking, better camera, mp3 ...

How did Apple leapfrog Nokia in the smartphone market?

I’ve been toying with with the idea of upgrading my phone (currently an N82) with one of the new generation smartphones, either an iPhone 3GS or a NokiaN97. Truth be told, I’ve been lusting after the N97 for some months now as I’ve been committed to Nokia since replacing my Ericcson 337 with a Nokia 6210. ...

Why do some gadgets succeed?

Why are some pieces of tech instant successes and some, offering similar features, just aren’t? The examples that come to mind are iPods and Blackberrys. When these devices debuted they did things that previous devices already did (the Palm already did email and the Rio already did mp3), the Blackberry and the iPod just did them ...
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