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7th March 2010 Want this Camera

Imagine the photos you’d get if you went around the city pointing and shooting this at people! ...

4th March 2010 Tech Disappointments of 2010

OK, so here we are, well into 2010. A well-used date in the science fiction of the mid twentieth century, by which time we would be zipping between space ports, taking one-second ion showers in the morning and generally looking...

27th February 2010 Thought Shower: Is the web a democracy or a meritocracy?

After a pub conversation the other night where various parties were espousing their views on the web and its democratic nature I argued that the web isn’t democratic at all, that in fact it’s meritocratic. This seemed to hold up...

14th February 2010 All About Chatroulette

Heard of Chatroulette? If not, you undoubtedly will very soon. It’s the first big internet craze to come to prominence in 2010 and it’s a surprising one. To the girl in this screengrab - I’m sure you’ll never read this, but...

10th February 2010 Google Buzz – Review

Phew, so the hype following yet another Google product release is starting to settle. Having had a good play with it on my iPhone here are some initial thoughts: The initial experience of entering buzz.google.com into your iPhone browser is good....

6th February 2010 The internet is full of rubbish…?

In a charity shop recently I overheard a conversation involving a scruffy internet-phobic man in his fifties, whose ambivelence towards modernity clearly extended to hot water and shower gel. He said that trying to wade through the abyss of crap...

29th January 2010 My Two Conclusions on Apple’s iPad

1. Its success will rely on the apps that developers make for it. They’ve been given the SDK so many are hard at work to have apps out for the March launch. If the iPhone’s history is anything to go by...

24th January 2010 Flashback: The Smiths, Live in Manchester, 1983

twentyfourbit: The Manchester District Music Archive has uncovered the first ever known Smiths live review (see below), from the City Fun fanzine, of the second Smiths gig ever (and first with their classic lineup) at Manchester’s Manhattan Sound. You could pull...