Is all smartphone photography narcissistic?

In the smartphone camera vs digital SLR debate I’ve come to the conclusion that technical comparisons are irrelevant. For me it’s a question of curation, narcissism and  Starbuck’s Lattes. A post on The Verge about smartphone photography has really got me thinking about this. The sentiment of the piece became overwhelmingly distorted by the reader…

iOS Green Felt RIP

My own personal homage to the departure of Apple’s skeuomorphic design language.

“98% same as iPhone and Samsung Galaxy”!

Clones, clones, clones. It’s no longer just the iPhone that’s the target of cheap Chinese clones. It seems Samsung is now a victim of its own success and [its Galaxy devices] also the subject of the copycats. Here’s an email [below] that landed in my inbox this morning. It’s not often I get this type…

Zoe just got pwned by Digital Ira

The desire to interface with a computer through something other than text input is deep-rooted. In a demo seemingly inspired by Holly from Red Dwarf, a team of engineers out of Cambridge University last week pulled off something of a media coup. Interviewed by the BBC, their Avatar “Zoe” was proclaimed to be the most…

Self-proclaimed geeks. Stop it

People, please stop with proclaiming yourselves to be “geeks” and “nerds”. You know who you are. Self-proclamation to a sub-culture is never really a good idea. If you self-deprecatingly declare yourself a geek or nerd, chances are you aren’t one. To be honest geek/nerdism isn’t even a sub-culture anymore. I hear people every day describe themselves as geeks as…

Sony’s back…

In a sea of black touch-screen slates with comparative hardware specifications and (the majority at least) all running Android, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for hardware brands to differentiate on their handset and tablet offerings. Passing between the halls of Mobile World Congress this year it was often only the changing color of the stand staffs’…

The most stupid CFO in history?

I walked passed this banner advert at Mobile World Congress 2013 every day for almost a week, and every day it bugged me even more. In its bid to speak to vendors looking to sell into operators I can [sort of] get where Juniper Networks was going; but read it, deconstruct it… There’s a CFO…

Tilt-shift; the equivalent of using Comic Sans

Being 2013 and all, I was really hoping that television producers would have got over their fascination with applying a tilt-shift “miniturization” effect to their programming. Alas no. Channel 4 is the worst offender. Not a show goes by that doesn’t employ the effect. Why? What visual or narrative improvement am I getting? It’s not…

Things you don’t expect when shopping for a tablet in Currys

When shopping for technology I appreciate the ability to “try before I buy”. Having an in-store demo unit on display (and not a password protected / or dummy unit) is really important to most consumers looking to make in-store comparisons. Last weekend was a great example of this. I was shopping for a 7″ tablet for…

Industry Trends 2013

Kudos to colleagues @K_Chapman88 and @ljbye for pulling this together…the annual WDS Industry Trends report. In the wash of industry commentators issuing their annual trends/reviews, I think this has some real relevance. Download Report

My wifi complacency is broken by Sky TV

I’ve become very complacent when it comes to wifi connectivity. I remember setting up my first wireless network in 2002; it took an entire afternoon. Today, we expect more, we expect a true plug and play experience and, by and large, this is typically the case. At home I run two Apple TV units, two…