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Talking about SMS Spam with Radio 4


Earlier this week I appeared on BBC Radio 4's "You And Yours" to talk about the scourge of SMS Spam. You can listen to it on their website - or, if it has expired, I've grabbed an audio clip for your listening pleasure. I've asked the Direct Marketing Associate to create a "Do Not Text" list - so that people can opt-out of spam… Read more »

Review: Android Dash Cam

DashCam Android Promo

Last year, during Britain's windy season, my car was struck by a tree. I say struck. I saw it teeter and made the wise decision to accelerate through it as it fell on top of me! Slightly more detail of the tree what fell on me. — Terence Eden (@edent) October 21, 2014 It wasn't quite as dramatic as some of the footage… Read more »

Coming Unstuck With The Nexus 6

Motorola Nexus 6 Back Off

The Motorola built Nexus 6 is just about the worst Android handset I've owned. The USB port is upside down, the screen is smeary at low light, the back is so slippery it spins wildly on any flat surface, the battery is average at best, and the curve of the back makes impossible to type on without gripping firmly. All acceptable annoyances in a… Read more »

BlackBerry's "App Neutrality" isn't as crazy as it sounds

BlackBerry have drawn scorn from the technology world with their calls for Network Neutrality to apply to app developers. The CEO thinks that NetFlix - and others - should be forced to provide apps for BlackBerry's minority platform. Is he serious? It sounds like an insane and bureaucratic solution to BlackBerry's woes - but I'm not so sure that it's necessarily a bad idea.… Read more »

New Year - New Dabr

Dabr Previews

Way back in 2008, David Carrington created Dabr - a really simple mobile website for accessing Twitter. Fact of the month: @dabr is now 5 years old! Born in August 2008 when @davidcarrington was inspired by @whatleydude. — Dabr (@dabr) September 16, 2013 In those days, Twitter had a kick-arse API and were happy for people to build exciting new services on it. I… Read more »

How To Use System Emoji With Webfonts?

From  Tim Whitlock

tl;dr - If a mobile web browser recognises an Emoji, it should display it natively. If not, it should fall back to a supplied web font. Is this possible? When Android and iOS find Emoji in text, rather than display them as black-and-white fonts, they show them off in gorgeous colour. For example, the unicode smilie is ☺. Depending on your system, it will… Read more »

Do All Google Employees Have Perfect Eyesight?

Chrome vs Opera Zoomed-fs8

I can only assume that on their first day at Google, new employees are given their Android phone, a ChromeBook, a self-driving car, and complementary Laser Eye Surgery. That's my theory on some of the problems besetting Android's Lollipop release. I've ranted about Lollipop before, and now I'd like to point out two particular problems. All of these tests were performed on a Nexus… Read more »

Lollipop UI Inconsistencies Represents Google's Failure Of QA

Lollipop Widget

I don't get Google. I really don't. Some of my smartest friends work there - and yet, as an organisation, Google continually demonstrates an imbecilic attitude to quality. I've already shared some of my thoughts on Android 5.0 Lollipop - it's slow, buggy, and shows that Google either doesn't bother with testing, or simply doesn't care about quality. Let's take a look at a… Read more »

Qi on the Cheap

Note 3 with Qi Receiver

A few months ago, I asked if we could entirely do away with physical ports on phones. We have Bluetooth to replace the headphone port, WiFi can replaced the data transfer properties of the USB port, all that's needed is a way to get power into the damn thing! That's what the "Qi" standard hopes to change. A simple way to get inductive charging… Read more »

Is Monument Valley Overpriced? Yes.

Monument Valley Complaint

Monument Valley - the hyper-praised indie game from UsTwo - has just hit a bump in the road. It wants to charge users for new levels. This particular review has been doing the rounds on Twitter. Yes, it's hyperbolic and ranty - but it is the absolute truth. Monument Valley is overpriced. Now, don't get me wrong, it is a gorgeous game. Sure, it's… Read more »