Digital detox is a popular topic of conversation in January – much wider than just the tech community. Lots of people, without a hint of irony, loudly and frequently posting about how they are going to just give up technology for January January has always been a popular month for giving things up – alcohol, […]

The recent story about the police requesting access to an Amazon Echo device as it may have information about a murder is a really interesting one. The underlying issue is a growing emotional attachment to our technology. Things like the Echo (but especially mobile technology like phones and tablets) are no longer seen as devices, […]

Read some of the numbers in here… I used to wonder why mobile games spent so much on celeb endorsements (Mariah Carey/Kate Upton for Game of War, Arnie for Mobile Strike) – more accurately, I used to wonder how they could afford them. I imagine Mariah doesn’t come cheap… The numbers in that article are […]

Working in Edinburgh city centre and having lived here for 20 years, i spend a lot of time walking around the city. It occurred to me the other day that the growth of the app economy and the now ubiquitous nature of smartphones is an area I think a city could really take advantage of. […]

Technology can be a blessing and a curse when it comes to kids. It’s great for education, homework, entertainment but like most parents, I worry it can become all-consuming. Some nights, i think a grenade could go off in my house and my kids wouldn’t look up from their phones or tablets. And as for […]

Mobile World Congress used to be pretty exciting (as much as tech conferences can be). Great new features were being announced, brand new looking phones were launched and sales rocketed. However, mobile phone technology seems to have, well almost stagnated over the last couple of years. Phones get slightly slimmer, slightly bigger screens, slightly better […]

It’s always sad when a business closes and people lose their jobs. Even if it’s an industry you’re not involved in or people you don’t know, it’s never nice to read or hear about. The news today about the Independent and Independent on Sunday moving away from print to be online only is kind of […]

For years, whenever there was a story about Internet of Things, Smart or Home Automation, the example used was always the smart fridge. It knew you were running out of milk, so either ordered you more or alerted you so you buy some. Cool, but maybe limited appeal and limited function. Part of the challenge […]

I wonder how many blogs have that title, or certainly that content, as their first post of 2016… Part of my problem is that I got to the point where I thought each article had to be world-changing, with an absolutely unique insight. At that point, it becomes too difficult to do it regularly, then […]

It’s been a tough few months for Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds. Back in April, it announced its first revenue loss since the game launched in 2009. Now it’s just announced a major restructure and job losses. It’s unlikely anyone reading this hasn’t played, seen or heard of Angry Birds. It was the pioneer […]