Yearly Archives: 2013

Tech reviews and pre-purchase research

Reviews of gadgets are seen as massively important – whether they are formal write-ups by journalists, or consumer comments.  In fact, research shows customer reviews are often more important. Of course, this means fake reviews are also becoming more widespread.

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Dead social networks and barriers to moving

If you’re interested at all in technology, you should go and read the website of Benedict Evans. He posts regularly about trends such as iPad usage and how people watch iPlayer, all backed up by analysis and data. This post

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Less is more

My company may be called Lumen PR, but actually a big part of my work is straightforward writing: case studies, award entries, websites, whatever. Amongst all the writing I do, I’ve recently noticed a trend towards shorter pieces. It’s not

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Will Apple get its audio hyperlink patent?

Say again? Well Apple has applied for a patent for using hyperlinks in audio, which would allow the link to start a different audio stream or trigger other actions. Apparently this could be automatic, or controlled by the user in

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Wimbledon and communicating uncertainties

There’s an interesting article on the Guardian website about Hawk-Eye technology. This uses cameras to judge whether a shot is in or out in tennis, and to review LBW decisions in cricket. The article isn’t perfect, and seems to rely

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From HTML to Raspberry Pi

My son came back from school this week excited because they had done some coding (that was the word he used). Normally his computer use revolves around Minecraft and YouTube, so this was a big deal to him. I asked

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Electronics exhibitions picking up in the UK?

The UK electronics industry seems to have lost its way a little in recent years in terms of putting on a major exhibition. Electronica, Productronica, Embedded World and PCIM have made Germany the exhibition hub for the European industry, while

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Happy pi day

So today is the 14th March, which is of course 3/14 if you’re in the USA – happy pi day! I realised my knowledge of this important date was lacking, so some thorough (well, Wikipedia) research later, I now know

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Cisco’s predictions for mobile data

Like big numbers? Of course you do – so Cisco’s latest press release on mobile data traffic is right up your street. Apparently, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase to 11.2 exabytes per month by 2017. The Cisco press release

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What I want from the next iPhone

I’m an iPhone user – with my trusty iPhone 4 – and naturally I’ve got some level of interest in the rumours that are already going around about a possible future iPhone 6. But what I’d like from the next

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