Three strikes and you’re out…

Back once again, our weekly columnist Ben Harvey. People have often asked me when I’m going to come out of the closet. I mean, it’s not as if I haven’t dropped enough hints, over the years. All the innuendo, all the signs. But times have changed, and in these liberal, accepting days of personal freedom […]

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Ben Harvey phonejacked by naked mugger

Friday, 3pm, it’s time for Ben Harvey’s weekly column. This week’s subject: Losing it – – – Oh, god, there should be a word for it. You know that feeling, when you’ve been in an argument with someone, and you’re thinking back about what you said, and the perfect point, the perfect reply, the perfect […]

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It’s a Blyk day for the industry

Sit back in your office (or arm) chairs and take a read of this week’s column by our Friday regular Ben Harvey. Ben attempts to explain why the room full of analysts, mobile industry executives and journalists at the Blyk launch this week weren’t quite all so sure about ‘free’ — especially when they weren’t […]

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Ben Harvey wants to know where you are, right now

Today, Ben is wrapped in a long raincoat with spy-hat tipped strategically down over his eyes — he wants to know where you are, right now… – – – – – Location, Location, Location… Rather like opening bottles with their teeth, we all know someone that can do this. In fact, given the audience I’m […]

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Ben Harvey: Health warnings make me sick

There are some myths, some lies so outlandish & absurd & patently false that they linger in the mind of society simply because their improbability impresses us so very much. Like the one, for example, about Prince (or Volvo, as my Aunt calls him, after seeing his rebranded symbol) who – as legend would have […]

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Apple’s Steve Jobs ‘is an arse’ – Ben Harvey

This week Ben Harvey is seriously unimpressed with Steve Jobs and Apple. So deeply unimpressed was he, that he emailed his column with the subject “What a bunch of frigtards”. I had to look up that word definition. Here we go — over to Ben: – – – Sometimes you just can’t swear enough. When […]

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Ben Harvey on the sweetest type of jam

This week Ben Harvey examines jamming… – – – Now, I do realise this may well be a heretical thought to voice on this site, of all places, but I have to put my hand up and say that I think there are some occasions when mobiles are just a comprehensive pain in the arse. […]

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Ben Harvey on getting your lines crossed

We once again welcome Mr Harvey (who, weather permitting, will be at the Unlimited Drinks next week) back into his Friday afternoon armchair here at SMS Text News. This week: Getting your lines crossed. – – – – – – Electronics is a complicated business (bombs, for example, often actually contain more that one red […]

Ben Harvey on Video Calling

This week Ben Harvey, SMS Text News Senior Friday Afternoon Industry Analyst, highlights just why video calling is, in his esteemed opinion, totally doomed. – – – – – – All films have their stereotypes; these range from transplantable characters (sleazy cops, hookers with hearts of gold, sneering English villains…) to the universal truths of […]

Falling down…

Once again we join our regular Friday columnist Ben Harvey… I’m writing this article with my cricket-helmet on. Not because I’m playing cricket, of course (there isn’t a pitch in the land that the rains haven’t turned into a rice-paddy), but instead because the seemingly eternal threats to my life have inspired me to protect […]

Ben Harvey: Ban mobiles from school?

This week’s column from Mr Harvey focuses on the evil of mobile phones in schools… – – – – – – God, but it’s hard growing up. The golden rule of adolescence – contrary to our own parent’s views that we had it easy – is that it gets harder for each generation. Our grandparents, […]

Ben Harvey never liked i-Mode

Harvey’s back today with a view on i-Mode and why browsing the web on mobile is a total arse… – – – – – – One of the big stories this week – apart from David Beckham signing up for a pub-team in LA – was that O2 are junking their i-Mode service after two […]