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What if Twitter died?

Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I had an interesting thought the other day. What if Twitter just didn’t exist anymore? Given all the recent troubles the company’s been going through, it’s no longer a completely unreasonable scenario. …

Ideal smartphone: The no compromise device that should be possible to create in 2016

In 2015 I saw a ton of great smartphones hit the market, but I’m yet to see the elusive ‘perfect’ device -- the phone with no compromises in hardware or software. In this article I'll go through every aspect of the modern smartphone and list exactly what I want to see, with every aspect of it firmly grounded in reality. This is a smartphone that should be possible to create in 2016.

Smart home safety evolution: Physical to digital

One of the greatest yet most easily overlooked benefits of modern technology and modern science is the ability it gives us to both literally and metaphorically “see” things that were not visible or understood before. Unfortunately, when it comes to…

Multiplayer-only games shouldn't cost $60

Old-school publishers like Ubisoft, EA, and 2K are employing a distinctly old-fashioned way of doing things, especially in this era of free-to-play multiplayer juggernauts. In the long run, the $60 price point doesn’t help publishers or the players they’re catering to. It stops communities from growing.

Things I was unprepared for as a lead developer

I've been a lead developer for 2 years. It has been quite a ride and there were a lot of things I was unprepared for. I've always been a software engineer, mostly involved with the actual code. However, I never before considered what it takes to lead an entire team of engineers. I wish I had more preparation beforehand.

What's next for consumer tech?

The last few decades have seen an explosion in technology-driven products for consumers. From PCs, tablets, and smartphones, to large flat-screen TVs, high-resolution recorded media, and numerous delivery methods for consuming that media, technology has become completely intertwined into most…

Home gateways: extinction or evolution?

In the early days of “smart homes” or “connected homes” or the “smart living room” or whatever phrase you chose to describe the idea of a living space with more than just a simple internet connection for your PC, there…

Stepping Stone: Building vertical platforms for IoT

To achieve the full IoT vision many companies like to espouse, you would need to, seemingly, connect everything to everything. Realistically of course, that’s not only impossible, it’s actually of questionable practical value. While we may occasionally hear about surprising…

Opinion: It Just Works

Marco Arment wrote about Apple losing the ‘functional high ground’ earlier this year, and it was met with tons of discussion – blog posts, podcasts, twitter battles and more. The part that hit me was the final paragraph:

The Windows 10 hardware argument

The release of Windows 10 is bringing with it a range of perspectives on the eagerly awaited operating system and what it means for the future of computing. One of the biggest questions has been around its impact—or lack thereof—on…

The complexity challenge drives 'Shadow IT'

We’re on the edge of a precipice in the enterprise tech industry, and most people don’t even realize it. The problem? The technology developments that have driven some of the greatest advancements in business—things like software as a service (SaaS),…

Avoid the frustration: Stop preordering video games

There once was a time 10-15 years ago when the concept of pre-ordering made sense. Publishers would have a better idea of how many boxes they’d need to ship, and customers could guarantee they’d get hold of the latest game as soon as it was released. It was a good arrangement! It didn’t take long for publishers and retailers to realise, though, that once a customer put their money down for a game that wasn’t finished, that customer was on the hook.