Category Archives for Internet life

Why we hate video calls

Good piece in the New Scientist about why we’ve always hated video calls: When another New York Times reporter went to Pittsburgh in mid-1971, however, he found only 33 Picturephones in operation, with just 12 able to dial outside their … Continue reading

17. December 2016 by jeremy
Categories: Interfaces, Internet life, Networks, Phones | 1 comment

The Facebook Experiment: Some Collated Views

A few pieces in the Facebook Experiment. I’m still mulling my view.  Paul Bernal: The Facebook Experiment: the ‘why’ questions…:  Perhaps Facebook will look a little bad for a little while – but the potential financial benefit from the new stream … Continue reading

02. July 2014 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Networks, Privacy | Tags: , | Comments Off on The Facebook Experiment: Some Collated Views

BBC: Old Scams Made New

This is a column for a BBC World Service piece. It’s not Reuters content.  Of all the scams you’d have thought the old ‘I’m a general’s widow and am sitting on a whole pile of cash I want to share … Continue reading

30. May 2014 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Networks, Scams | Tags: , , , | 2 comments

From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless

From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless BY JEREMY WAGSTAFF (Reuters) – The Internet may feel like it’s everywhere, but large pockets of sky, swathes of land and most of the oceans are still beyond a signal’s reach. … Continue reading

28. April 2014 by jeremy
Categories: Hardware, Innovation, Internet life, Networks, Phones, Reuters, Wi Fi | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless

Meshing and Stacking Away from Disaster

I’m often haunted by the folk in Wall-E, the movie where humans have abandoned Earth to trash, a small waste-collecting robot and a cockroach. That’s not the bit that scares me: it’s the space-bound humans who are ferried around on … Continue reading

16. April 2014 by jeremy
Categories: Innovation, Internet life, Phones | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Meshing and Stacking Away from Disaster

The Rising Noise of Silence

This is a commentary piece for a semi-regular slot on the BBC’s World Service. It’s not content that appears on Reuters, nor does it reflect the views of my employer.  I’m here to report a new scourge of the public … Continue reading

09. January 2014 by jeremy
Categories: BBC, Internet life, Rants | Tags: , , | 1 comment

The rebirth of RSS?

This is a column written for the BBC World Service (here’s the show.). Views are my own, and do not represent those of my employer, Thomson Reuters.  I’ve been wrong about a lot of things, but I’ve been particularly wrong … Continue reading

29. June 2013 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Software, apps | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on The rebirth of RSS?

Facebook’s Many Faces

The other day I found myself in a restaurant in northern Japan explaining to a South Korean acquaintance of less than a day how I divided my social networks up. LinkedIn, I said, was for people I needed to know, … Continue reading

08. August 2012 by jeremy
Categories: BBC, Internet life, Networks | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 comments

Libya: We’re Back. Iran: We’re Not

In its latest quarterly report Opera looks a how quickly Libyans have gone back online with their mobile devices after six months in the dark. The graphic pretty much sums it up: Talking of Internet blocking, Opera noticed that Iran … Continue reading

31. August 2011 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Libya: We’re Back. Iran: We’re Not

Using Google to Predict the Future

Elegantly simple proposal to measure economic confidence in The Economist’s search for other quirky indicators: searches in the U.S. on Google for “gold price” in the piece Alternative indicators: Behind the bald figures But the hottest tip came from Edward Ritchie, … Continue reading

29. August 2011 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Search, Visualization | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Using Google to Predict the Future

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