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Best – and Creepiest – Siri Responses on My New iPhone 4S

Here are the 12 best responses I’ve received from my new iPhone 4S today. I’ll upload more as they come but the first few will be hard to beat in the creepiness stakes. Just to note that when you ask #2 about anyone else it...

Why Best in Class is Best

It always strikes me as odd that in the constant battle for online supremacy, the big companies like Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL etc habitually make the mistake of over-diversification. Because the competitive landscape of the internet is as volatile as a shed full of...

Microsoft Launch ‘PC vs Mac’ Site

Autumn is just round the corner and schoolkids, university and college students everywhere are dreading having to detach themselves from the comfortable life of luxury that is the summer break. Quite a few of them are also carefully weaving arguments supporting the vital need...

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 pretty sodding slick. It...

First Live HD Video of Earth To Become ‘Live Google Earth’?

According to this dramatic trailer by Canadian company UrtheCast, two HD cameras will be installed on ISS (International Space Station) and be streaming back to Earth in real-time by 2012, giving the rest of us non-astronaut folk the ‘life-changing experience’ of seeing our planet...

Xbox Press Briefing – Galen Center, Los Angeles – 1st June 2009

We arrived at the Galen Center in Downtown L.A. having heard rumours of a big announcement from Microsoft on their beloved console. The various queues seemed to consist of media, bloggers, fans and some people who didn’t look nearly geeky enough. After joining the...

Twitter: The Future Is Here

Twitter’s New User Stream API In Action The new API soon to be implemented by Twitter provides complete real-time updating of streams, whether that be your mentions, DMs, searches or timeline of those you follow. Check out the video above to see it running on...

Alfa Genus V2 Headphones Review

Last week I received Rock Jaw Audio’s latest in-ear headphones, the Alfa Genus V2. The follow-up to their Alfa Genus (which I never tried), they sport improved aluminium casing in place of wood, and the cable is now tangle-free thick rubber, in place of...

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 for about a minute...

Twitter Unveil Native Photo-Sharing Feature

Twitter will soon be adding the ability to add a photo to a tweet without having to use third-party services such as popular options TwitPic and yfrog. They’ve partnered with former Myspace favourite Photobucket to offer the service which will launch in the next few...