Thursday, 1 September 2011

The Perfect Recipe For Windows 8

Microsoft is already hammering away at the next version of the Windows platform. It has been a few years since Microsoft released the last version of Windows and the tech world has changed dramatically. So to stay in the game, Microsoft will have to make some fundamental changes to Windows to bring it up to today’s ever rising standards.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Thoughts On Google+

Google has never been very good at social networks. Despite a few genuine attempts to become the world’s favourite social network, Google has, until now, never seen success.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Mobile sacrifices that build better products

Every single piece of software that is built is designed to work best with the hardware that supports it. That is the idea, at least. Be it an entire operating system, an application, or just a tiny background utility, this same rule always applies.

Take Microsoft Windows, for example. The user interface has been designed from the ground up to perform best in the standard desktop environment (mouse, keyboard, etc). Every single component in the operating system is designed to provide the best experience with the hardware that we use it with.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Two Weeks With Android

When a non-tech savvy thinks of a smartphone, usually the first thing that will come to their mind will be the iPhone. The iPhone is by far the correct and most logical choice for inexperienced users. iOS is both easy to learn and use (except for iTunes, that is) and works in most cases, straight out of the box.

iOS’s simplicity and ease of use is supported by the fact that it is a closed system. What you see is what you get, with no exceptions (this doesn’t apply to jailbroken devices, but I’m talking about a stock device). This is excellent and not so great all at the same time. I will explain why.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

iPad 2: My thoughts

So after months of rumours, the iPad 2 surfaced last night. A while back, I wrote an article about my hopes for the new iPad (see article “The iPad Of Tomorrow”). Although I provided a handful of ideas that proved accurate last night, there were plenty I missed, mainly because I wrote that article long before the bulk of rumours began to surface.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Facebook's Ultimate Vision

Facebook just hit its seven year milestone. That's seven years since the creation of the social network that changed everything. No exaggeration – it really did change the world of the internet. It’s true to say that for example MySpace was around a good while before Facebook; but look at where Facebook has left these once thriving social networks. I am not saying that it’s impossible for other social networks to be successful; Twitter (my favourite social network!) for instance, is surviving just fine alongside Facebook.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The App Trend

"The App Trend" as I refer to it, is nothing new. It's not talked about in the news, it's not mentioned on my Twitter feed. So when it came to writing this week's article, I had a choice. Either I could write about the fact that Facebook now lets you log in via HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), or I could find a topic not so commonly discussed, delve deeper into the concept, and bring forward some of my own ideas.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

The Mobile War: Google vs Apple

One of the most repeated questions over the last couple of years has been - which mobile-based operating system is best to use. There are many OS’s (Windows Phone 7, webOS, Symbian, etc), but you don't have to think hard to see that Apple iOS and Google Android are the most talked about mobile operating systems and seem to pretty much lead the "Mobile War".

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Collaboration - The next big thing?

The amazing thing about the internet is that people were totally unaware of how far it would grow. It has grown to the point where the internet is the centre of our lives, be it in business, social activity or personal use.

It started with email (which first appeared as early as the 1960s). It was the start of the evolution of communication. The next stage was IM (Instant Messaging). Based on the concept of email, with the ability to “instantly” exchange messages in a feed, rather than sending separate emails for each line of a chat. Makes a lot of sense from a conversation perspective.