Posted by Kat Farminer on May 22, 2013
Yesterday was a big day in the gaming world – it is not every day one of the power three (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) launches a new console, but that is just what we were treated to with the unveiling of the Xbox One.
With the global Xbox teams and world’s tech media descending on Seattle it was bound to be big news from the start, but we can’t help the feeling that maybe what we got has left us a bit flat.
The lines between the gaming and entertainment worlds have become steadily more and more blurred over recent years with existing consoles clambering to be the first to add new apps like BBC iPlayer and YouTube. Xbox One however, seems to have taken this to a whole new level, promising an ‘all-in-one, entertainment centre’.
Designed to sit squarely at the centre of the living room the new console not only boasts an added Blu-ray drive and Skype functionality but will become the first device of its kind to host an exclusive live-action TV series based on its best selling Halo franchise, directed by Microsoft fan, Steven Spielberg no less.…
Posted by Juliet Philip on Apr 25, 2013
Whilst I admit I was late to the Twitter game, I now fully embrace it as a part of my every day life. Last weekend it provided me with all the info that I could have wanted from the GB Rowing squad trials – a closed event with only selected media present, opened up thanks to the power of the crowd.
Instant details of winners and times – and a healthy amount of YouTube links – meant those of us with an interest in rowing could see the minute-by-minute performances of each individual, something that used to only be reported as an official roundup at the end of the weekend’s racing.
We all know by now that Twitter has the potential for good, but the past few days have again shown how the power of Twitter can get out of hand and re-sparked the debate over whether Twitter is a tool for evil, rather than good.…
Posted by David Marsden on Apr 08, 2013
Two significant bits of news caught my eye last week in the world (and when I say world, I do mean the world – not like the World Series) of wireless technology.
Firstly, Cisco has announced plans to acquire the UK small cell ‘pioneer’ Ubiquisys - although it would be nice to think here in the UK we could one day create our own Cisco, it’s great to see a UK tech company giving (OK, selling, for the princely sum of $310m) a global giant the wherewithal to develop the small cells that will form the basis of future mobile networks.
Another example from last year, one close to our hearts (having represented CSR for 11 years, and Samsung for three years), was CSR’s acquisition by Samsung, for its handset connectivity and location technologies. The value of the deal? $310m. Spooky…
Of course, the UK’s success in small cells technologies runs much deeper: Companies such as Ubiquisys or Cisco building these small cells for network operators get the beating heart of the boxes from chip companies such as Picochip, the Bath, UK based company which was also acquired by a larger US entity: Mindspeed Technologies — by the time it was acquired, Picochip already had an estimated 70% of the femtocell/small cell market.…
Posted by Richard Lambert on Apr 03, 2013
As the Raspberry Pi computer celebrated its first birthday last month, I couldn’t help but wonder what exactly has made such an unpolished (at face value) gadget such a phenomenon so quickly.
And a phenomenon it undoubtedly is. With over a million units sold in its first year, countless ‘the sky’s the limit’ projects and some seriously die-hard fans, the eponymous single board computer has taken the tech world by storm.
Even the fact the Pi’s official birthday falls on February 29th (meaning we technically have to wait another three years to bring out the party poppers, depending on if you’re a character in The Pirates of Penzance) didn’t stop the computer’s loyal following from celebrating in style this year.
Cheap, straightforward and a local hero
There are plenty of single board computers on the market, of course, but none have come close to capturing the imagination of experienced and beginner programmers alike in the way the Raspberry Pi has.…
Posted by Hannah Wright on Apr 03, 2013
This month we’re talking to David Ludlow, Editor of Expert Reviews about mobiles and gadgets and why spending more isn’t always a guarantee of a better product.
1. Describe your typical working day
Expert Reviews has a huge remit and we cover loads of different product sections, so it’s a matter of making sure that each one is serviced. In the morning that’s making sure we’re covering the right products and we’ve not missed any major news. I also work closely with the sales team, helping them with campaigns and responding to advertisers. On top of that, if there’s time, there are always more products to review, although as Editor, I at least get the pick of the bunch. Of course, there’s keeping up with contacts and making sure that the team and myself are talking to companies that we deal with every day. Relationship building is one of the key parts of the job.…