Category Archives: Consumer Electronics

The Rise of the Machines

Yesterday, I blogged about the Microsoft Band – the new wearable device from Microsoft that is aimed at people who do sports. Reading the press, I get the impression that relatively few commentators have understood what’s really going on here. … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Band-Aid

There have been rumours about it for a while now, but yesterday Microsoft announced the Microsoft Band, a wearable device that both tracks your health and provides notifications of emails, appointments and social media activity. The wristband records the number … Continue reading

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Whither Next? A Media Center Journey

Four and a half years ago, I built my first HTPC for our Home Cinema setup. It was leading edge technology then, but with the rate of change being what it is, support for many of the software and hardware … Continue reading

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Music and Windows Phone

Back in the days of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s Zune application was used to copy or synchronise media (music, photos, videos and podcasts) between your PC’s media libraries and your Windows Phone. When I had a Nokia Lumia 800 (which … Continue reading

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Essential? – I Think Not

I received an email today from Nokia which had the strapline: Essential Apps for your Lumia: Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram Perhaps it’s just me, what with my hardening arteries, old age and all that, but “Essential”? – I think not. … Continue reading

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A Camera With A Phone Attached

I dabble in photography, but I’d hesitate to call myself a photographer. Nevertheless, I invested in a Canon EOS 300D back in 2005, and replaced it with a Canon EOS 450D in 2008. Along with the cameras came investment in … Continue reading

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“Play to” and Windows 8.1

Back in the distant days of 2009, Microsoft introduced a feature called “Play to” into its new operating system, Windows 7. Play to, so Microsoft claimed: makes it easy to stream music, video, and photos from your computer to other … Continue reading

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