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
Labov's narrative theory considers how the structure of most narratives follows a defined grammar. It's based on the study of real-world narratives after Labov noticed most discussions follow a set syntax. In this introductory article, I recount the major components of the theory and how it's applied to discourse. Read >
Fake news has been a stumbling point for internet companies since it came to the attention of the world last year. As the problem continues to spread, social networks and search providers are still devising ways of holding back and reversing the tide. In this report, I look at how fake news has proliferated and the methods social networks and search engines are using to combat the threat. Read >
Microsoft announced this week that its online document sharing service, Docs.com, is being closed down by the end of the year. All existing user files will be deleted. Microsoft is advising users to move to its LinkedIn SlideShare service instead. Read >
Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 4+, the latest evolution of its widely used smartphone fast charging technology. The new version promises to be safer and slightly higher performing than its predecessor. It launched on its first device this week. Read >
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 >