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Smartwatches: Coming Soon to a Cosmos Near You

This is a column I did for the BBC World Service, broadcast this week.  There’s been a lot of talk that the big boys — by which I mean Apple and Samsung — are about to launch so-called smart watches. But how smart does a watch have to be before we start strapping them to our wrists in numbers to make a difference? First off, a confession. I’ve strapped a few things to my wrist in my time. Back in the 80s and 90s I used to love the Casio calculator watch called the Databank, though I can’t actually recall ever doing a calculation onContinue readingSmartwatches: Coming Soon to a Cosmos Near You

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 about something called RSS. RSS is a simple standard, dreamed up during the halcyon days of the social web when there were enough interesting people writing blogs for it to become somewhat onerous to drop in, as it were, to see whether their website had been updated. In other words, there was a critical mass of bloggers to take blogging into the mainstream, but thereContinue readingThe rebirth of RSS?

Podcast: Cameras

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on cameras. (The Business Daily podcast is here. Script is here.) Loose Wireless 120516 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441 South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741 East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941 West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541* Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141* Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132 Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

Podcast: Google Dilemma

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on the Google Dilemma (The Business Daily podcast is here.) Loose Wireless 120117 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441 South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741 East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941 West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541* Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141* Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132 Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

Podcast: The Real Revolution

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on the rise of the smartphone (The Business Daily podcast is here.)  Loose Wireless 120111 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441 South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741 East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941 West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541* Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141* Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132 Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

Inside the Web of Things

This is a slightly longer version of a piece I’ve recorded for the BBC World Service I’ve long dreamed of an Internet of things, where all the stuff in my life speaks to each other instead of me having to the talking. The vision is relatively simple: each gadget is assigned an Internet address and so can communicate with each other, and with a central hub (my, or my computer, or smartphone, or whatever.) The most obvious one is electricity. Attach a sensor to your fusebox and then you can see which or your myriad appliances is inflating your electricity bill. Great idea! Well sortContinue readingInside the Web of Things

Podcast: Web of Things

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on The Web of Things to Come  (The Business Daily podcast is here.) Loose Wireless 122111 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441 South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741 East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941 West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541* Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141* Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132 Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.

Podcast: True Video Lies

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on how video doesn’t always tell the truth. (The Business Daily podcast is here.) The piece it’s drawn from is here.  Loose Wireless 120711 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441 South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741 East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941 West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541* Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141* Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132 Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as aContinue readingPodcast: True Video Lies

True Video Lies

This is a longer version of a piece I recorded for the BBC World Service. The other day my wife lost her phone out shopping. We narrowed it down to either the supermarket or the taxi. So we took her shopping receipt to the supermarket and asked to see their CCTV to confirm she still had the phone when she left. To my surprise they admitted us into their control room. Banks of monitors covering nooks, crannies, whole floors, each checkout line. There they let us scroll through the security video—I kind of took over, because the guy didn’t seem to know how to useContinue readingTrue Video Lies

Podcast: Quaintness in Salt Lake

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on my predictions for next year  (The Business Daily podcast is here.) Loose Wireless 110913 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741 East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441 South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741 East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941 West Africa: Mon-Fri 1541* Middle East: Mon-Fri 0141*, 1141* Europe: Mon-Fri 0741, 2132 Americas: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741, 1041, 2132 Thanks to the BBC for allowing me to reproduce it as a podcast.  

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