Category: Technology

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

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

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

When DRM Goes Bad

I read with some interest about the debacle of Amazon’s “total recall” of 1984 (and other books) yesterday. Kindle owners found some e-books they had downloaded and paid for had mysteriously disappeared from their readers (and that they had been

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Can We Kill Email?

One of the most interesting discussions I had in San Francisco two weeks ago (where I was co-presenting Mobile 2.0 and the Mobie Tech 4 Social Change camp) was with Brian Fling on the unlikely subject of email. We both

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OnePulse: So Far, not so Good

Update on the Barclaycard OnePulse. Apparently, getting an application out to me in the mail is too difficult for these guys because I haven’t received it yet. I also don’t quite understand why I have to re-apply for this card.

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Smart Cards, Digital Money, Oyster and the Effective Use of a Hole Punch

So Barclaycard (the credit card arm of Barclay’s, a major UK-based bank) is rolling out a new product, Onepulse, which more or less combines a few payment instruments into one card. Firstly, it’s a regular “chip and PIN” credit card,

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