9 Oct 2016

First Impressions of the UK Amazon Echo

First Impressions of the UK Amazon Echo

Gosh, but isn’t the Amazon Echo bloody brilliant? I mean! The speech recognition, the voice of Alexa herself (we’ve come a long way since I were a lad), the way it can pick your voice out from across a noisy room and home in on exactly what you’re saying… What? You already know? What do […]

26 Sep 2016

Review Corner: Withings Activité Steel

Review Corner: Withings Activité Steel

I’ve had a Withings Activité Steel on my wrist for about five months. The Steel is, in some ways, the smart watch I’d been waiting for. Not as swanky and expensive as the original Activité, and not as cheap and poppy as the Swatch-like Activité Pop. It is by no means perfect, but on balance […]

26 Jan 2016

Review Corner: Omaker Reversible Micro USB Cable

Review Corner: Omaker Reversible Micro USB Cable

There’s an old joke: When the inventor of the USB stick dies they’ll gently lower the coffin, then pull it back up, turn it the other way, then lower it again. There are a couple of billion smartphone users on the planet. Let’s say that, like me, they manage to waste at least a second […]

25 Feb 2015

Double or Nothing

Double or Nothing

I often run out of space on my MacBook. It’s one of the second generation Airs, from 2010, the entry-level model. It came with a 120GB drive, which seemed a bit small at the time, and has looked increasingly tiny as I’ve added Eclipse and Xcode and other development stuff over the years. I’ve recently moved […]

19 Dec 2014

Review Corner: Lumsing Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Review Corner: Lumsing Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

What’s bright green and surprisingly loud? No, this *is* still a tech blog, not a Kermit the Frog fan site. So the answer is the Lumsing Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker. As you’ll remember, I recently invested in an Altec Lansing Life Jacket speaker, having seen its virtues extolled on The Wirecutter. It’s a great gadget, but […]