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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...

Mobile World Congress: 5 Things We Learnt About The Future

Now that the dust has settled and everyone has returned to Asia and Scandinavia with their red lanyards no doubt still swinging round their necks it’s a good time to look back, take stock and reflect on the big takeaways from Mobile World Congress...

Game Center and Ping Prove Apple Can’t Do Social (Yet)

So the last week or so has seen Apple unveil two big ‘social’ products - Game Center for iOS devices, and Ping for iTunes on desktop and iOS 4. Both products lack any real link into the social web, and unless Apple are hoping to...

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...

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...

Moleskine Bring Class To Your iPad & iPhone

If, like me, you have an iPad with the standard Apple cover, the one that looks scrappy within a week of owning it, then you’re always on the lookout for something better. It’s still the best option though in a market flooded with pointless...

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...

Curiosity on Mars: First Colour Panorama

Ever wondered what you’d see upon opening the curtains on your first morning on Mars? This is the first full-colour panorama from NASA'a Curiosity rover showing the view from the edge of the Gale Crater, looking towards Mount Sharp on the horizon which is...

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 there will be some...

Mobile World Congress 2011 So Far

I’m here at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain for the mobile communications industry’s big annual bash. It’s a time for phone manufacturers, app developers, accessories makers and anyone else who gains in any way from people using mobile phones and computers to...