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The Ugliness of Short Term Hacks on the Road to Wireless

Here’s a Kickstarter project to solve the problem of no audio jack which illustrates just how thorny it is: iLDOCK – charge and listen to iPhone 7 at the same time by ildockgear — Kickstarter.  ILDOCK lets you use your wired … Continue reading

01. October 2016 by jeremy
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Sleazy Old Gray Lady?

I was surprised by how sleazy the New York Times is when it comes to cancelling a subscription. It can only be done, it seems, by calling a US number during US office hours — even when the subscription is … Continue reading

15. September 2016 by jeremy
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Singapore’s M1 aims narrowband deployment at the sea

Singapore telco M1 is getting Nokia to install an NB-IoT network atop its 4G one, interestingly with an eye not just to land but to sea.  NB-IoT stands for Narrowband Internet of Things, and is the GSM world’s answer to … Continue reading

22. August 2016 by jeremy
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Pocket-sized Smartphone Breathalyzer

Further to my piece on smell sensing tech, it seems that breathalyzers, which use gas sensors like this one: Alcohol Gas Sensor, are getting smaller. This one attaches to a smartphone, fits in a pocket and costs $35. (Via Interesting Engineering) That’s not the … Continue reading

01. August 2016 by jeremy
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Apple Takes on Evernote?

Apple’s update to OSX allows users to import Evernote notes into Notes (if you see what I mean) painlessly and effectively: Import your notes and files to the Notes app. As far as I know, this is the first time an … Continue reading

31. March 2016 by jeremy
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Uber, $70 bln company, doesn’t seem to test some of its code

Growing pains, I guess, but this should not be what big disruptive companies look like. I noticed that Uber’s web app offers filters to create lists of historical data — your rides — via criteria like which credit card you … Continue reading

21. December 2015 by jeremy
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Making 3-D objects disappear

I’m a big fan of invisibility cloaks, partly cos they’re cool, and partly because I think the principles behind them could end up in a lot of things. Here’s another step forward: Making 3-D objects disappear: “Making 3-D objects disappear: Ultrathin … Continue reading

18. September 2015 by jeremy
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Deja Vu or New Dawn? Microsoft’s Acquisition Binge

I’m not quite sure what to make of these acquisitions. It reminds me of Yahoo’s binge 10 years ago: After del.icio.us, a Directory of Other Things Yahoo! Should Buy. They snagged up a lot of my favourite stuff back then, and … Continue reading

03. June 2015 by jeremy
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The path to a wearable future lies in academia | Reuters

The path to a wearable future lies in academia | Reuters: My oblique take on wearables For a glimpse of what is, what might have been and what may lie ahead in wearable devices, look beyond branded tech and Silicon … Continue reading

04. May 2015 by jeremy
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Reuters: Making cars safer: have the driver do less

A piece I wrote for Reuters. BBC version here.  Making cars safer: have the driver do less By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:00pm EST Nov 12 (Reuters) – As millions of cars are under recall for potentially … Continue reading

11. November 2014 by jeremy
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