James Walker

James Walker

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The 2017 Surface Pro is here!

Published on Tuesday May 23 2017 at 19:39 in News Editorials

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 >

Who wants a squeezable phone? The HTC U11 is here

Published on Wednesday May 17 2017 at 09:42 in General posts

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 >

Right to repair: Why tech giants want to stop you fixing devices

Published on Wednesday May 10 2017 at 08:27 in News Editorials

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 >

Thoughts on #MicrosoftEDU

Published on Thursday May 4 2017 at 18:03 in General posts

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 creator to fight fake news with volunteer-led journalism

Published on Wednesday April 26 2017 at 09:31 in News Editorials

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's new To-Do to replace Wunderlist

Published on Thursday April 20 2017 at 19:14 in General posts

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 >

What the 'decentralised web' concept means for you

Published on Sunday April 16 2017 at 11:34 in News Editorials

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 >

One year on – Why I'm still using Windows 10 Mobile

Published on Friday April 14 2017 at 11:26 in General posts

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 >

Creating digital noise: How a new web plugin hides your footsteps online

Published on Tuesday April 11 2017 at 18:09 in News Editorials

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 Evolution of the Universe

Published on Friday March 31 2017 at 20:04 in A-Level Physics

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 >

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