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Port Standard

April 3rd, 2016 · 1 Comment

There are about 20 plug socket types being used around the world today, but only one really matters for modern devices: USB-A. And USB is truly a worldwide standard. Practically all the devices I might carry around – phone, tablet, watch, camera — can be powered directly via USB cable. My next laptop will be [...]

Tags: tech

Ingrateful Expectations

April 2nd, 2016 · 2 Comments

This week, I bought a new iPad Pro 9.7″ to replace my iPad Mini 2. I use my iPad at home for at least two hours every day, mostly for web browsing and reading magazines, so it didn’t feel like a stretch to spend the not-inconsiderable £619 to get an upgrade. I was particularly interested [...]

Tags: adrian · apple · tech

How to Succeed in Digital Storytelling

February 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Stop the presses: storytelling has just entered the digital age! Every month, daring authors are creating new kinds of interactive experiences that push the boundary of what’s possible, featuring such innovations as ‘branching storylines’, ‘non-linear narratives’, and ‘illustrations’ – none of which would be possible in printed books. These authors are being aided by risk-taking, [...]

Tags: book · tech · writing

Invariable Reinforcement

December 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Our office manager Sophie passed me the phone. “It’s someone from Google,” she said. I raised an eyebrow. Perhaps this was an invitation to an event, or another chance to test prototype hardware, or something even more magical.
I unmute the phone. “Hello?”
“Hi, I’m Tim, from Google Digital Development. I’d love to talk about how we [...]

Tags: neuro · psych · tech · web

How Useful is the Apple Watch, Anyway?

May 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Back when I worked out at gyms, I’d often be found on the exercise bikes. Unlike the other cardio equipment, it was easy to grip the heart-rate monitors, and it was intriguing to see the numbers skip up and down as I went through my routine. But after a few sessions, I stopped bothering. The [...]

Tags: adrian · apple · tech

Apple Watch First Reactions

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Speed
It’s annoyingly slow. Apps that display information from the internet (social apps, news apps, transport apps, maps; i.e. most of them) can take a few seconds to open, and then a few more seconds to display your desired data. I’ve already installed and deleted entire swathes of apps that suffer from this issue; the NY [...]

Tags: adrian · apple · running · tech

Too Much Information

November 23rd, 2014 · 3 Comments

Eight years ago, I lamented to a friend that I was spending too much time keeping up with my RSS feeds. RSS feeds are generated by websites and they tell you when they’ve published new content; the feeds, and feed-readers like NetNewsWire and FeedDemon, and eventually Google Reader, became popular partly as a way to [...]

Tags: adrian · tech

Piracy

October 24th, 2014 · 3 Comments

When are you allowed to pirate something?
These days, I rarely pirate anything at all. I subscribe to Spotify and Amazon Prime, and I pay the BBC TV Licence Fee. I buy all my books, apps, and games from Apple and Amazon; these are all unimaginably affordable compared to just a couple of decades ago, when [...]

Tags: adrian · tech · tv

KILLER APP: The Movie

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

We open on two college students driving through the woods at night. One is peering at the bright screen of their phone, giving directions.
“Can’t this piece of junk go any faster?”
“If you want to get out and push, you’re welcome.”
“I heard that if you get to the party before anyone else, you get, like, a [...]

Tags: film · silly · tech

Worrying and Thinking

September 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Over the past few years, I’ve been worrying over a knot of problems that seem to defy any straightforward answers, including:

How can we use Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s services when we know they’re putting people out of work, centralising information, and often acting against our interest?
There are no more jobs for life, so why aren’t [...]

Tags: adrian · politics · tech