Category | Opinion

Hold and Shoot – No pointing required. 360 overcapture video.

Posted on 03 October 2017

Ultra Mobile video production was never easy but over the last year I’ve been experimenting with a 360-degree camera and I’m now 100% sure that you’ll find journalists, social media and YouTubers bringing this into mainstream use in 2018. Its too simple to fail. Record everything, hands-off, and edit later. Take a look at the video below. In March this year I had the opportunity to join a Land Rover […]

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Windows 10 S is the perfect ultra-mobile PC operating system.

Posted on 03 May 2017

Windows 10 S, an optimized and tightened-up version of the Windows operating system has launched, along with an Ultrabook – the Microsoft Surface Laptop. Windows 10 S is also aimed at the education market and Acer is using Windows 10 S to (re)launch the TravelMate Spin B1  a low-cost students laptop with digitizer, touch and full HD 11.6 inch convertible screen. Don’t be worried. Windows 10 S is not Windows RT. It supports Win32 […]

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Chromebooks with Android apps good for mainstream users, soon. Review.

Posted on 23 January 2017

It’s a long way off from being a default option on Chromebooks but some models are now getting the Google Play Store which means Android app integration. Summary: Millions of local Android apps will come to Chromebooks. It breaks the browser-only model and is a somewhat negative sign for HTML5 apps but for some classes of user it’s going to bring an exciting new option to the notebook and laptop […]

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ARM can’t fix the Windows 10 mobile problem. It will make a great Surface Pad though.

Posted on 12 January 2017

Windows’ mobile problem is well know. Apps. Will an alternative processor architecture help? It’s great to see ARM in the space, but it won’t fix the problem. There are two mobile-related Windows problems. The first is the close-down of the Lumia brand. It was the first big indicator that the Universal Windows Program wasn’t attracting the developer hours that were so badly needed. They were needed to bring Windows, and not just […]

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The Xbox Dongle and Casting. Last chance for Consumer Windows?

Posted on 01 June 2016

The Xbox Dongle, a Chromecast / FireTV-like streaming and gaming device could help Windows 10 in the consumer space and might be a critical last-chance for Microsoft to keep Windows relevant for consumers.  Windows Mobile was the potential low-cost, high volume strategy that could have created a stable development economy but now it’s gone there isn’t much else left – apart from the dongle.

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Discounted Lumia 950 XL is not enough. Analysis and LumiaBook proposal.

Posted on 30 May 2016

The Lumia 950 XL is 400 Euro in Europe now and offers a lot of hardware and features for the money but is it worth buying or should you completely ignore it? My analysis says ‘move on’ as I struggle to find any type of target customer – and that includes cameraphone fans. What next for Lumia and Windows Mobile? The LumiaBook?

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Windows Home, UWP at risk as Microsoft steps out of consumer phone market.

Posted on 25 May 2016

Does the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and, ultimately, Windows Home have a future now that Microsoft are stopping development work on consumer phones? I think there’s a domino effect about to happen over the next 24 months that will see the consumer laptop market turn away from Windows Home and I don’t see a way that anyone can stop it. UWP is then left spreading awkwardly across gaming (Xbox) and business (PCs.)  UWP is at risk. Continuum […]

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ASUS T100HA 14-hour battery life claim looks suspicious.

Posted on 02 June 2015

“14 hours battery life when Web browsing” is the claim made by Asus for the new Atom X5-based Transformer T100HA.  Given the size and weight of this tablet (the keyboard doesn’t have an extra battery,) that’s huge. So huge that I don’t believe it. I’d like to believe it but my history of testing PCs based on Intel Atom processing platforms tells me to question it. I’ve done that below.

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Did ASUS just poke the Macbook too hard?

Posted on 12 March 2015

The use of this Shutterstock image might have just landed ASUS in trouble and it might cost them more than the €79.50  it cost to download the image from Shutterstock.  While they’re not in trouble with Shutterstock as far as I can see, they appear to have changed an image such that it misrepresents an Apple product. That’s the last company you want to be doing that with!

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Awesome Apple Macbook engineering, slightly out of my reach.

Posted on 11 March 2015

It’s easy to poke criticism at the new Apple Macbook because it breaks new ground for a laptop but we must pay respect to the incredible engineering and confidence that Apple are showing with this ultraportable. In reality there’s little to worry about with the Macbook, if you can afford it. Full specifications, videos, information in our Apple Macbook information page. Macbook USB-C and USB 3.1 standards. I use a range of […]

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Excited about the ASUS T90 Chi? Here’s a thought.

Posted on 06 January 2015

Is the ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi more than the sum of it’s parts or is it just a bluetooth keyboard and standard Windows tablet? ASUS have created waves with their Transformer Book T90 Chi. Most hands-on reports I’ve read so far are very positive and it appears to be rapidly gaining fans in comment sections across the web. It might be because it’s loosely associated with Intel Core M (only the […]

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Chromebook vs Netbook. Round-one with the $200 Acer E11

Posted on 10 November 2014

I bought an Acer E11 Windows laptop. It’s pretty much an Acer C3 Chromebook running Windows. Same N2840 CPU. Same 2GB of RAM. Same 32GB eMMC SSD. Same weight and sizing. Over the last two days I’ve tested it hard and now have my first set of thoughts about the Windows vs Chromebook experience. I’ll go deeper into this topic over time and add videos and long-term thoughts as my experience […]

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