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ImpulsePay: One simple way to fix The Cloud’s silly mobile payments system

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 […]

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The Cloud has the most abysmal mobile payments gateway ever (WorldPay). Please recommend an alternative to help them see the light!

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 […]

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Operators

Can operators become your WiFi concierge partner?

There’s been a lot of talk about mobile operators and WiFi across the years. I still remember when Orange insisted that Nokia factory disable the VoIP portion of the Nokia N95s for their subscribers, just in case they used the WiFi and VoIP features to hurt call revenues. The data capacity crunch changed things somewhat, […]

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Devices

I think my front door needs a DoorBot… what about yours?

I am backer of number 819 of the DoorBot project on Christie Street. It looks simply brilliant. A WiFi video-enabled doorbell system powered by 4x AA batteries! And just $169. Sign me up! What do you think? Here’s the video overview:

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Opinion

Parenting 2.0 chore management: No WiFI access ’til you’ve walked the dog

I came across this photo from Onur Cengiz shared by Techcrunch’s Mike Butcher on Facebook this afternoon. So far it’s had almost 500 shares. I think it’s striking a chord with a lot of parents…

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Vodafone + BT Openzone = Umm?

I am a Vodafone customer. Three SIMs: one mobile phone, and two iPads. The latter (apparently) come with BT Openzone access as standard (look, it says it on the website). They’re all registered to the same account and therefore, when I’m in a 2G area or, better yet, out and about with my laptop, and […]

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Top Tips for staying connected at Mobile World Congress 2012

With MWC just about a week away, it’s time now to get your personal communications plan sorted. I asked Christian Gunning,┬áDirector of Corporate Communications at Boingo Wireless for his suggestions. Over to you Christian: – – – – – Attending Mobile World Congress is a bit like weathering the perfect storm for wireless power users. […]

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5,000 event WiFi users consumed 1TB of data in 4 days

I wanted to document this separately just so I’ve got a record of it. If you think that event WiFi is one of those ‘meh, maybe’ things that nobody bothers using, think again. Have a read of this: According to Max Wi-Fi, 989GB of data was transferred over the four days across nearly 5,000 devices. […]

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Industry working group formed to explore improving in-venue WiFi

A quick note for any WiFi equipment and service vendors and mobile operators concerned with the on-going development of in-venue WiFi. It’s a continual bugbear for everyone concerned. The users at big events want to be connected. Venues want to sell connectivity. Events organisers want to participate. Vendors want their kit to be used. Operators […]

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WiFi hotspot services in airports: Totally fracking rubbish

I’ve been doing a bit of travel recently and that’s exposed me to the utter shit that is a modern WiFi hotspot. I don’t remember them being this bad. Every single one I’ve used recently has been a pile of stinking shite. I’ve ended up using my BlackBerry’s EDGE connection rather than dick about with […]

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The Hilton Birmingham Metropole (NEC) doesn’t quite get ‘WiFi’ yet

The warm embrace of technology has yet to filter out to the wilds of Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole next door to the National Exhibition Centre (“NEC”) it seems. I arrived into my room to find a relic of the cold war ready to supply my every connected need — via fixed line ethernet. I shit ye […]

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Virgin Media grows a good pair of WiFi balls

I was delighted to see that Virgin Media’s CEO, Neil Berkett, is aiming to ‘take a punt’ on London-wide-WiFi (quoted in The Telegraph). About flipping time. Save us from BT-flipping-Openzone. Anyone who wants to charge PER MINUTE for dog-slow-rubbish-paltry-almost-helpful WiFi service deserves some serious competition. It is utter shite, BT Openzone. I don’t think I’ve […]