Hello. I'm James Walker.
I'm an entrepreneurial web developer and journalist.
I'm inspired by code, tech, literature, photography and vehicles.
I am Technology Editor-at-Large at Digital Journal.
This is my website and blog.
Latest blog posts
The 2017 Surface Pro has arrived... and it's just the Surface Pro! Microsoft has followed Apple in dropping numerals altogether, claiming the new convertible doesn't need them because it's the culmination of everything learnt from the past four generations. Read >
HTC has debuted the world's first "squeezable" smartphone. The U11, the company's flagship handset for 2017, arrived this week, bringing with it frame-mounted pressure sensors for claimed easier one-handed use. Read >
The right to repair movement focuses on reversing the trend of embedding proprietary software into everyday equipment. Proponents of the idea have called attention to the increasing inability to repair devices ranging from smartphones to farm vehicles. In this post, I explore the increasing visibility of the concept and the opposition pitched by tech companies. Read >
Microsoft held a three-hour event in New York City this week in which it talked about education, a new version of Windows and the latest member of the Surface family. In this article, I look at the announcements as a Microsoft fan and customer, assessing the impact of the event. Read >
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a news site to oppose the spread of fake news by putting fact-checking and neutrality at the heart of each article. The site will use volunteers to check and edit articles written by professional journalists. Read >
Microsoft has launched the preview version of a new task management app that will eventually replace the popular Wunderlist. The aptly-named Microsoft To-Do is available on Android, iOS and Windows and is backed by Microsoft's Office 365. Read >
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is working on a new version of the Internet that's meant to be a truly "decentralised" system. Reviving the concept of the decentralised web returns us to its early days of development, ensuring its open and free nature. Read >
It's been one year since Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to older phones. The platform has fallen below 1% market share and is nearing abandonware status. 12 months on, it still holds promise though – if Microsoft gives it more attention. Read >
A recently-launched browser plugin has introduced a new way to resist online tracking by creating "digital noise." Noiszy decreases the value of data collected by ISPs and advertisers by masking your activities with a "flood" of auto-generated web visits. Read >
The universe began with a cataclysm that generated space and time as well as all the matter and energy it will ever hold. This presentation explores the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang through to the first life on Earth, including images and videos with details on important stages of the process. Read >