On Being Let Down: iPhone 6 and the Politics of Disappointment

So here we are. It is, as Stephen Fry put it, ‘most exquisite mobile ever made.’ It is thinner, faster, bigger, more clever and lasts longer. Except, if you keep it in your pocket it bends. Except, in a year or so it’ll seem slow, heavy, stupid, with a weak heart. Better to accept it: [...]

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PonoPlayer, Chilli Kebabs, and the End of HiFi in an Instagram World

Over the past week or so there’s been quite a bit of coverage given to Neil Young’s announcement at SXSW of a Kickstarter to raise money for the ‘PonoPlayer’ – a super-hi-fidelity music player that hopes to rival the iPod, and blow people away with the quality of music reproduction. Aside from my opinion that [...]

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iOS 7 | Robot Cockroaches | Prism

Sometimes a group of news stories come out that make you think that perhaps there is some divinely comic dark force behind everything. God, or The Bilderberg Group. Or Prehistoric Lizards. In the last couple of days we’ve had a triad of such stories…and I refuse to believe that they are unrelated. Firstly, we’ve had [...]

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Holographic Tupac Update: STEVE JOBS STILL RUNNING APPLE AS A HOLOGRAM!

Some sensational updates to the post yesterday on the 3D holographic resurrection of Tupac:  it’s not a hologram at all, but a very sophisticated 2D projection. Still an incredible effect, but no R2D2 / Princess Leah show just yet. However, tucked away at the bottom of a Wall Street Journal article on the subject, which [...]

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If You’re Reading This, You Have a Duty to Listen to This | Chinese Piracy

If you’re reading this blog post, you are almost certainly doing so on a digital device made in China. And that means you’re almost certainly doing so on a device made in Shenzhen. Don’t know where Shenzhen is? Neither did I. It’s here: View Larger Map It’s a city bigger than New York or London, [...]

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‘Death is very likely one of the best inventions of life’

I’m aware of the cult of mac dangers of sychophancy today… but also wanted to mark the passing of someone who did have a big impact on who are and how we live today, both positive and negative. This speech, given to Stanford graduates in 2005, is moving and prescient, but what I want to [...]

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What Would Jobs Do? | When Great Leaders Die | Succession

The times are always a-changing. No matter how much we would like the status quo to remain, it never does. The movements that are happening in the Arab world are testament to this. At a more benign level, Steve Jobs is going to die. It’s not a prediction based on his current health, just a [...]

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Apple on Apple | (Steve) Jobs for Life

There has been some interesting discussion around Steve Jobs’ unfortunate temporary withdrawal from Apple due to ill health. Jobs is perhaps unique in that he is a genuine figurehead – and as Apple is the world’s largest company, that’s important. If he goes, what will remain? Andy Crouch quotes Jobs speaking in his Harvard Commencement [...]

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Apple 9 this Weds | The Price We Pay for Technology is Alienation

Apple – the series of talks trying to think more deeply about technology – is back this Weds with the 9th event (7:30pm, The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road). The title is ‘Digital Obesity’ and will be a panel discussion with Simon Jenkins of ShipOfFools, Gavin O’Carrol from the Digital Health Service and Vaux’s own [...]

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Apple 8 – Social Media and Social Action – 13th October

Connected to the previous post about Gladwell’s article on ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted,’ I’m really excited about the next Apple event, which is coming up on 13th October. Dr Luke Bretherton will be leading a discussion on social media and social action, asking whether Facebook and Twitter have anything to add to community [...]

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