First thoughts on iOS 7

Just updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 7 and here’s my first impressions… It’s ugly. Very, very ugly. Cellular/mobile data support is still poor My wifi is limited, my mobile data isn’t. And yet you still force me to upload/download big files on my limited wifi connection, while ignoring my unlimited 3G (which also has […]

June link roundup

Just a few random links I’ve posted on Twitter during the month. They bear repeating though. The Hero’s Journey, Puppet-Style is a good explanation of the “Hero’s Journey” plot hypothesis, and how it relates to many, many well known novels and films. Extremely well done, and slightly sweary. Seth Godin pretty much nails how to […]

6 things I want from iOS 7

iOS 7 appears to be basically a graphical reboot of the familiar iPhone operating system. Ironically, I’d argue that a redesign is something it doesn’t need – especially what is apparently a marketing-led redesign, as much as anything. No, what I’d like to see are a few features that iron out some of the nasty […]

Intel – takeover target, or takeover king?

There’s been an awful lot of rumours about Intel and takeovers recently. One, that Intel is about to buy (or merge) with AMD. Another, that Apple might be about to buy Intel. Well, there aren’t that many companies that have the financial clout to buy Intel, but there are a few that might want to […]

Why I really (don’t) want an Apple TV…

I’ve been looking at the Apple TV for a long while now, and I keep thinking that I both want one, and I don’t. Let me explain… First off, the one I really like the idea of is the Apple TV V1. It can contain movies, be synced from iTunes, and contains a hard drive. […]

Apple’s pyrrhic victory against Samsung

The results are in, and it’s a massive win for Apple against Samsung. At least, for now. First off, there will be appeals, of course – there always are. It’s highly unlikely Apple will see the full damages – and they’ve annoyed a major supplier into the bargain. But before Apple fans get too excited, […]

All Surface, No Feeling?

Microsoft just took a huge gamble. A mega big one. And I’m not sure if they’ve already lost. Let me start with the background. A few months ago, they announced Microsoft Surface, a shiny Lumia blue tablet thing (apparently it’s hit production problems already – who’dathunkit?) Today, they announced that Windows on ARM – you […]

The Second System Effect

Have you ever got to the end of something and thought “you know, if I did that over again, I would do this – and that – and the other differently”? That, dear reader, is the second system effect. And it is, in my opinion, exactly what RIM are suffering from right now, what Apple […]

Why I’m going back to iPhone

Those who know me will know how much I didn’t get on with the iPhone 4 I got last year. So much, that I took it back to the shop and replaced it with an HTC Desire HD. So it will surprise those people that – yesterday – I bought an iPhone 4. Now, I […]