Following Boris

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg isn’t making TV news packages these days – she’s basically making daily documentaries. Thursday’s was particularly epic. Have a watch of her news package from the BBC News at Ten, where she spends the day on the campaign (?) trail with the Prime Minister. Kuenssberg’s piece begins at 2:00, […]

Apple Watch sleep tracking

Today on 9to5 Mac: 9to5Mac has learned from sources inside Apple that the company is working on sleep tracking for the Apple Watch, which won’t require any special hardware to work. The new feature could be announced as early as next week when the company is expected to announce the next generation iPhones and possibly […]

Here come the Apple tariffs

Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reports on the arrival of more US tariffs, significant in that it will have a deep effect on America’s richest company, Apple: Here’s a list of Apple products that will be hit by 15% tariffs starting this weekend: Apple Watch and Watch bandsAirPodsHomePodSome Beats headphonesIMac computersRepair parts for iPhones may also […]

Nintendo should make a smartphone

I’m looking at this: …and I’m thinking: yes. Yes I want this. I’m also thinking: stick a sim card in there! Why Nintendo hasn’t explored the avenue of a gaming-centric smartphone? Of course it’s been tried before by others with poor results (remember the Ngage?), but of all the companies that could produce the hardware […]

Who should be the voice of Beeb?

Intriguing news from my employer today: the BBC is launching its own voice assistant. It won’t compete with Alexa or Google, the Guardian reports, but will instead be a voice interface to interact with BBC software on smart TVs and similar. The theory goes that a BBC-made voice assistant will understand English accents better than […]

‘Silicon Valley’s Chinese-style social credit system’

This excellent piece in Fast Company doesn’t necessarily tell you anything you don’t know already (Uber and AirBnB rate you, insurance companies keep data etc) but bunching it all together as a troubling trend was a terrific idea by Mike Elgan, who writes: Many Westerners are disturbed by what they read about China’s social credit […]