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Picturelife update: I’ve now moved everything to my own S3 bucket

Thank you for all the emails and comments I’ve had from readers berating me for being so stupid. It’s in reaction to this post: I’ve got 200gb of photos on Picturelife and they’re not backed up: Am I nuts?.  The overwhelming view is yes. Yes I am nuts, especially when we’re talking about irreplaceable photo […]

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How important is WiFi (or connectivity) in a retail environment?

I’ve a question for you about the importance of connectivity in the retail environment. I’d like to determine if I’m an absolutely ridiculous edge case, or whether you’re feeling it too. I set out a scenario last night whereby I made extensive use of Whatsapp to help my wife decide precisely what present she’d like […]

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Whatsapp-enabled Christmas shopping: The new m-commerce trend?

This evening, as per my previous post, I was in Smythson of Bond Street shopping on behalf of my wife. As I walked down to the Burberry shop on Bond Street I paused outside Smythson and flirted with the idea of looking in Smythson. They appear to do nice things and it’s a brand that […]

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Smythson of Bond Street also does email receipts

Just like the Apple Store! I was in Smythson on Bond Street earlier today (obligatory Christmas shopping) and was significantly impressed when the lady serving me (Vicky — thank you) asked if she could email my receipt. Yes please. I love it. No messing around with bits of paper months later when I want to […]

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I’ve got 200gb of photos on Picturelife and they’re not backed up: Am I nuts?

I was evangelising Picturelife to Ben and Rafe whilst we were recording some 361 Degrees podcast episodes recently. I explained that I had just over 200gb of photos (38,000 images, 1,500 videos) and that I was absolutely delighted with the user experience. Ben asked if I had them backed up. I said no. Of course […]

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Esendex Makes Big Moves in the SMS Market with Text Marketer Acquisition

I love it when people tell me that SMS is dead. I always give a little smile and agree that yes, my wife and I do communicate more on WhatsApp or iMessage than by text nowadays. However, the reason I smile is because I think about the likes of Darwin Private Equity who invested £11 […]

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My DoorBot is on its way: Are you getting one?

Ah hah… I awoke to this message from the DoorBot team. If you’ve been a long time reader you’ll remember that back in January I took a punt on a DoorBot way back when it was being crowd-funded. It’s a WiFi enabled doorbell for smartphones.  It’s rather simple — the concept being that when someone […]

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Smart UK Project: Searching for the UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Companies

Real innovation in mobile is not about faster processors, bigger screens or faster networks.  These are just the enablers.  The real innovation comes from how you use these. Think about train times on your phone.  What makes this so compelling is quick access to real time information that works out where you are and where […]

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Three makes USA roaming fully inclusive (data, calls, texts)

I wondered how long it would take for the wheels to come off the standard mobile model that we’ve all known for the last few years. Today I think you’ll be able to plot a turning point for the mobile industry, at least in Europe and the UK in particular. The challenger network here in […]

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Developing Mobile Apps in a Hostile World: Part 1

Good morning it’s Julian here once again, this time with part one of a two-part series on points to consider when developing enterprise applications. I know this will be a little obtuse to those who aren’t actively working in the sector so if you’ve any questions please do add them below and I’ll respond. Here […]

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The physical Apple Store is still annoying as ever

I popped into the Covent Garden Apple Store this evening to buy a new MacBook Pro laptop. I decided to buy there-and-then because I needed the utility. I wanted the machine immediately rather than waiting. It turns out that this is perhaps the wrong approach for me because I really don’t enjoy the standard experience. […]

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With the Moto G, Google is executing Nokia’s strategy better than even Nokia themselves

Google is a dangerous company. Most companies specialize in one thing, make money doing that one thing, and then invest a certain percentage of that money being made into expanding the business. Google, on the other hand, specializes in advertising, and all the money that they make from those little blue links for cheap Canadian […]