Charlie Stross at the Chaos Computer Club conference

Reading Time: 1 minute Interesting lens on history, predictions and futurology by science fiction writer Charlie Stross. Culture has a role (and attendant responsibility) in shaping the direction of technology. Stross’ talk is an essay on unintended consequences, design, regulation and economics.

You are not safe

Reading Time: 2 minutes I have been catching up on Halt and Catch Fire. It is a fiction based on various aspects of Silicon Valley lore. I have enjoyed watching it immensely to a point. I was especially struck by  episode eight in the third series. One of the main characters in series three hacks his employer and releases … Read moreYou are not safe

Ten years of the Kindle

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ten years of the Kindle, just let that settle in for a moment. That has blown by. Amazon is celebrating 10 years of the Kindle so it makes sense to reflect on the device and the service. Ten years ago today, we launched the first-ever Kindle. Happy 10th birthday @AmazonKindle and thank you to all … Read moreTen years of the Kindle

Oprah time: The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant

Reading Time: 2 minutes I bought The One Device when it came out in July and have gone back and forth reading it. I’d read books on Silicon Valley before; the Apple eulogy  Insanely Great by Steven Levy which told of the graft and hard work that went into the original Macintosh or Where Wizards Stay Up Late by … Read moreOprah time: The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant

Future of Web Development (according to Samsung)

Reading Time: 1 minute Interesting presentation the future of web development that says much about Samsung’s agenda. This includes: Increased web application functionality. Web sites that behave like applications including privacy, security, fast / responsive, offline working and OS level notifications – getting to where Palm’s webOS wanted to go Integration of speech control and recognition into web experiences … Read moreFuture of Web Development (according to Samsung)