Long term readers who’ve stuck with me through the thick and thin (hello!) will know that photo sharing is a real problem I’ve been examining for years. I even almost managed to start a service — FamilyShare — to fix the problems I perceived as needing addressing. Readers pitched in with ideas and offers of [...]
Often referred to as the ‘biggest brand on the planet’, SMS — or texting — is still the biggest success story in the industry. In this section we cover innovation, best practice and discussion around the next steps for the medium.
I’ve been pretty vocal recently about how shit the Sky Go Extra service is. I am astonished that the team there even let it out the building alive. There must have been some real pressure to deliver and I seriously doubt whether any of the senior executives have bothered taking a look at it. Or [...]
It is a seriously annoying experience trying to transact business in an Apple Store nowadays, especially when you’re in there at peak time. At 8pm today I tried to buy an iPad Mini, Mophie juice charger and another iPad Mini or full-size iPad. I hadn’t made my decision. I’d decided on the Mini and the [...]
Ah, interesting! Super news for Truphone: LONDON, 1st February 2013: Truphone, the pioneering international mobile communications company, today revealed that it has secured £75m in its latest round of funding from investors including Roman Abramovich. Mr. Abramovich’s investment vehicle, Minden, has acquired a 23.3% stake for £70m, valuing the company at £300m. Truphone’s service currently [...]
You can’t make this stuff up. Real life, eh? Over the past few days I’ve been critical of The Cloud and their payments provider, WorldPay, for making it exceptionally difficult (if not potentially impossible) for their users — well, me — to sign-up and pay for their WiFi service. I was just having a look [...]
Last night I published a request asking for suggestions for companies that could replace the utterly dire payments check-out/gateway system used by The Cloud. I can’t quite believe that The Cloud’s product management team or their executive team allowed the existing system to go live in it’s present state. You can read about my crazy [...]
Last night I wrote a post about The Cloud’s astonishingly rubbish mobile payments gateway provided by ageing out-of-date last-century WorldPay. Clearly since the product team at The Cloud can’t seem to use Google to find a better system, I thought we should collectively help them out. I am therefore soliciting your advice. If your company [...]
This evening I was stuck at Waterloo for at least 45 minutes. The train I’d expected to take was cancelled. No biggie. I decided to wait. Waterloo is a pretty good station with some reasonable facilities. I remembered I needed to download another episode of The Killing (Series 2). Often, the 15-minute free option of [...]
Call Me In China does what it says on the tin, as the phrase goes. The service makes it super-easy for anyone living in China to receive calls from friends, family and work colleagues via a local number. Given that Beijing is fast becoming the centre of the Universe, I’m sure there are quite a [...]
A few months ago we got a knock on the door one evening. It was the milkman saying hello. We’d been living in the place for almost a year and this was the first time we’d come across him. Up until this point I suspected that we were in an area that wasn’t served at [...]
In the second episode of our exclusive video interview series with Ubuntu’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth, we focus on the launch of their dedicated mobile platform. Having given a nice summary overview of the company in the first episode, now it’s time to hear Mark talk about what’s driving their move to mobile.
I got the above email from Yahoo early this morning regarding my Flickr account. I’ve had an account there for what feels like decades. For ages, anyway. And my pro subscription has lapsed. I have been meaning to upgrade it but I haven’t felt I needed to do so — much like the vast majority [...]