Microsoft and Nokia: The dust has settled…

Windows Phone has long been key to Microsoft’s continued sustainability and relevance. Nothing reinforces that sentiment more than the acquisition of its largest smartphone hardware partner. For many in the industry the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business by Microsoft comes as little surprise. As early as 2011, people were speculating that the newly…

Twitter’s place in television.

“Thank-you Prime Minister….and now here’s what Steve in Chelmsford thinks”. Do you care what Steve in Chelmsford has to say about the war in Syria? The BBC (or any other major broadcaster) certainly thinks his opinion adds valuable commentary to that provided by both trained journalists and respected commentators. Yes, Twitter’s role in television has me…

Fitbit: I’ve got that sinking feeling

I’m not one for running. A teenage knee injury made sure of that. In fact, I’ve recently become quite glad that I’m not a runner. It means that I’m not able to fall into the overly narcissistic behaviour of using a fitness tracker to post my running and exercise regimes on Facebook, (cyclists you are…

The same device for two years?

Who wants to be tied to the same mobile device for two years? Published in today’s Telecom.com (on behalf of WDS, A Xerox Company), my views on the future of the mobile device subsidy and the growing misalignment between operator business models and hardware innovation lifecycles.

Skydrive: A case of mistaken identity

When I first read this headline, I had to check that it wasn’t 1st April.  Could Sky, a television and communications business, really have forced Microsoft to rename its cloud storage solution, Skydrive? My first reaction was one of incredulity (I thought Apple had the market for petty legal attacks in the bag). In its…

Ronan Dunne & O2’s Twitter Engagement

IMHO, Ronan Dunne is one of the few truly genuine CEO tweeters out there. As the CEO of Telefonica O2 in the UK (one of the country’s largest mobile operators) his Twitter contributions range from the performance of the [O2 sponsored] England Rugby team to industry news, the weather and praise for his local dry…

BlackBerry’s device ambiguity

Oh BlackBerry, you do infuriate me. Sometimes I think you forget that you now have two distinct form factors in your line-up. How else can you explain broadcasting device-ambiguous #BB10Tips through your @BlackBerryHelp Twitter account? Some are self-evident; “Swipe down”…ok, that must relate to the Z10 not the Q10/5. But then you get something like……

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.

BlackBerry Z10’s slow boot time

Outside of some major apps being notable by their absence, my first major criticism of the BlackBerry Z10 is the boot time. Gosh it’s slow. I just timed it at over a minute and even then it’s another 30 seconds for the Hub to update. With background processes running the device is pretty much unusable…

Will the BlackBerry Z10 keep me loyal?

My BlackBerry loyalty is no great secret. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, for business use nothing I’ve used comes close to the email management, fast QWERTY keypad  and battery longevity I’ve enjoyed on my loyal (and indestructible Bold 9900). I’m not blind to its faults. I’ll be the first to admit…