Posts about Apple

It’s somewhat belated: But, I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and a fabulous New Year! It’s over – well, Christmas and New Year definitely is, but I’m referring to CES 2017. Personally, I’m not sure I would have had the energy to come straight from my New Year celebrations, still heavily intoxicated, and attend the annual conference with any amount of enthusiasm. Damn – to be honest, it took me almost a week to recover! Anyway, at this year’s show we mostly witnessed ...
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So here they are!  The highs and lows of the telecoms industry that have kept us all intrigued, if not always entertained, throughout 2015: What a start to the year it was, with Ofcom announcing the creation of a "regulatory environment" to promote investment and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. It was, for some, an anticipated move and for the telecoms sector, one that was widely welcomed. Ofcom outlined four key areas for its IoT strategy: continuous monitoring of spectrum requirements, ensuring data privacy issues receive due consideration, network security and resilience, and network addressing including continuing support for IPv6 connectivity. And have they delivered? Well 'yes' and 'no' really! Yes, in that those four key areas have indeed received lots of coverage and exploration but, for me, there’s just been too much ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing,’ and too little decision making which has, I feel, muddied the IoT waters rather than clarifying their depth ...
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At the start of the year I predicted some key technology trends for 2015, one of which was wearables, although I was unconvinced by the, then new, Apple Watch and where it was headed. You see, for me, my smartphone is my first port of call for obtaining the time and date and I have numerous tones set for my reminders, so I immediately know whether I have a new text message or email. When it comes to a first-hand (excuse the pun) review however, my wife (Sarah) couldn’t disagree with me more, describing her Apple Watch as her personal wrist assistant and praising its virtues on an almost daily basis. And I have to admit to being impressed by several of its functions; in particular, the navigation option which tells the wearer when to turn left, right or continue straight ahead through a series of corresponding ‘taps’. When searching for a particular venue recently with my wife she was able to lead me confidently there without the slightest glimpse at her iPhone ...

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The ‘Smart home,’ ‘home automation’ or ‘Domotics’ are all comparable notions that have been conjured up in the minds of many. Ultimately, how will technology ease our mundane, and routine lives? I was speaking with a former colleague about how, during the 1980s, smart home technology aimed to alleviate the tediousness of our daily lives when I recalled a few anecdotes of the then would-be technology. I was taken aback when my colleague was able to recall a similar notion as far back as the 1960s ..
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I’m sure many consumers are now conjecturing what will ‘technologically’ happen in 2015. Admittedly, I’m also guilty of this but, like most of us, I can only speculate and base my assumptions on the year gone by, with a smidgeon of gossip thrown in for good measure. Nonetheless, with CES in its final day, the highlights haven’t rocked my gadget-centric world! The excitement from the event so far, has largely been limited to wearable technology, 4K entertainment-driven SmartTVs, curved smartphones, more 3D printing, lighter and faster laptops, and the silicon that empowers them and, of course, the Internet of Things (IoT), along with a smattering of some of the other technologies we can expect in 2015 ...
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