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Fun with the Nest Smoke Alarm

So I get a notification on my phone today that my (relatively newly installed) Nest Protect smoke alarm is going off and there is “smoke in the hallway.” This happens to be the day we have a cleaner in in

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Can More Things “Just Work” in 2014?

One of my main hopes for 2014 is that things should start working better. In many ways, I feel that both iOS and Android have taken a step backward in achieving this ideal this year. One notable example I ran

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NYT: Google to Sell Users’ Endorsements

So – The first thing I did this morning on reading this New York Times article on Google’s new plan to use users’ data (+1s, etc…) on their own ads  was hunt around for how to opt out, which I

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Reflections on Siri on “her” 2 Year Birthday

Read this great article in The Verge today on the voice behind Siri. I’m finding myself using #Siri more and more these days, especially for quick tasks that would otherwise take multiple steps and involve unlocking the phone. For example,

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Dyson sues Samsung over new vacuum

This strikes me as a good example of “good patents” but where the patent system none-the-less is failing to protect innovators – i.e. here is a company, Dyson, that has come up with some revolutionary new technologies, which they have

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Launch of #TheOpenAgenda at Telefónica

I’m proud to be a part of an activity called “The Open Agenda” as part of my work at +Telefonica Digital. It’s a combination of blog posts, video interviews,  panels and media and events that will all focus on the topic

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How Warm Is It in My House?

This weekend I built a simple temperature sensor with #arduino  and got it sending information to #cosm  via the #gsm  shield, using the #bluevia SIM for data. Even after a year working on this project, this was actually the first

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Having a Cartwright Moment about Telecoms Regulation

So I read this article with some interest this morning on the Tube. Reading it requires subscription or sign-up (it was one of my 8 free articles a month – I’m not sufficiently motivated to subscribe, I’m afraid, though I’m

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Conditions at Foxconn – Should we care?

I was greatly moved  yesterday after listening to the This American Life episode on conditions at Foxconn, the plant in China than makes (among other things) iPhones, iPads, and most other Apple products. I just made a post on Facebook relating to

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Developers, developers, developers…

I was amused to see that Nokia’s new CEO closed his talk at Nokia World in London by reprising Balmer’s famous “developers, developers, developers” speech. I’ve been talking to a lot of developers lately. I just got through co-organizing and

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Who is Daniel K. Appelquist?

I'm an American Ex-Pat living in London. I'm a father of two and husband of one. I am the Open Web Advocate for Telefónica Digital, focusing on the Open Web Device. I founded Mobile Monday London, Over the Air and the Mobile 2.0 conference series.

The opinions expressed here are my own, however, and neither Telefónica nor any other party necessarily agrees with them.

My books:
Mobile Internet for Dummies
XML and SQL

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