The Blog

I wrote a blog post for the IPA about the kind of "data" that is really just information; insights, research, knowledge, facts, statistics, observations and so on, versus the kind of targetable data that relates to an individual, that you can plug into your systems and change what you say to that person.

Twitter and Gnip: taking control of the tweets?

Some thoughts on Twitter's acquisition of Gnip, Twitter's vanishing data partners, and the implications for the "social listening" world.

Creative Computers

Its been clear for years that the 'desktop' PC is in decline – the world has chosen the laptop form factor, which can be used anywhere, rather than the more powerful, economical and desktop-bound devices.

But is there a more interesting trend that the one place most laptop users aren't interested in using their computers is sitting at a desk?


Beautiful but dumb

Back in 2012, Anthony Rose said that "in the future your TV will be a beautiful but dumb hi-res panel that will play the content it is told to by your smartphone or tablet." Which is looking increasingly accurate — but probably only telling part of the story.

"Save" vs "Sync"

There is a peculiarity that the floppy disk icon is still the standard symbol for 'save', despite being obsolete technology. But there is a broader issue going on – because the action of "saving" is quickly becoming obsolete too.

Using a computer

I have a theory that there are three types of computer users…

Why iPhone app developers work for Apple

…and what happened when HMV forgot.

Death of The Manual
Do you really know how much TV you watch?

An email newsletter I received claimed that  "One in three millennials watch no broadcast TV".

I didn't believe it… 



What is the future of 'heavy duty' computers?

 "The future of computers" is clearly focused on mobility and portability. But that isn't to say that big, desktop machines are going to go away. So where are the "heavy duty" computers heading?

Over the last decade or so, the most unforeseeable developments probably weren't the growth of a company, or the rise or emergence of a new consumer product, category or technology. The thing that was unthinkable 10 years ago was that the clear leaders in technology – Microsoft in computers, Nokia in mobile phones, AOL in the consumer web/internet – would not be able to retain their obvious leadership positions.

What features make a smartphone "Smart"?

I suspect that most people's first answer would be 'internet'. Well, there are plenty of 'feature phones' (aka. Dumbphones) that can still pull up a page from the web or connect to email accounts. I think a phone can have a web browser and still not be a 'smartphone'.

3rd party applications? Well, I'm not sure if I would go with a definition that would rule out the original iPhone (and again, there are applications available for phones that I wouldn't call 'smart'.) But this feels a bit closer to a real point of differentiation.

But I think the important point is perhaps a little less obvious…

The gradual death of 'physical media'

My songs, games, newspapers and magazines are now either downloaded or virtually disposable. So how long will I be stuck with a stack of plastic boxes underneath my TV?

Buying a pair of headphones is easy. Buying a decent pair of headphones is surprisingly hard. 

A look at some of the Stone Roses more unusual recordings.

One of my favourite older posts, about how technology is becoming increasingly integrated - not just into our lives, but into our 'selves'.