CES 2019: Day 3 Report

Now the legs are beginning to hurt. My colleague and I wondered how many of the expected 182,000 CES delegates would actually walk the entire show; I reckon it’s probably a low figure, maybe 5-10% at most judging by the smattering of delegate badges already appearing in the perspex recycle bins, but we’re absolutely in…

CES 2019: Day 2 Report

Oh Google, you tease. The Hey Google stand sits incongruously in the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot, looking like it wants into CES but not being allowed. And yet, in amongst the IKEA-style furniture and layout demonstrating their Home Hub story, is a little rollercoaster – no, really, a REAL rollercoaster – called The…

CES 2019: Day 1 Report

5 years is a long time in technology. In fact, it’s almost an ice age; CES 2014 was all about 4K screens, drones and health trackers, and that these things are more or less embedded in our lives now shows the rampant pace of change. I’m back at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES to…

Proof is in the (Christmas) pudding

When you start from a place where you don’t think very highly of a product, service or solution, then test it, and find that it not only exceeds your expectations but you kind of like it instead.

6 things I’ve learnt in 20 years of IT

November 2nd marks the twentieth anniversary of my debut into the professional world of work. Back then, I was only a few months out of university, driving a library van of all things, when I met a guy at an IT recruitment fair. He’d just taken on an large IT consultancy project with a used…

Facebook wants to apologise to us. Should we let it?

Facebook’s recent TV marketing campaign in the UK isn’t actually their first foray on to our home screens; they’d done it before about three years ago, even prompting some commentators to wonder why they’d bother. Yet their slightly corny, nostaligic advert certainly is notable for being the first I can remember that is apologetic in…

Liftsharing will grow before EVs and Driverless Tech

I’ve been liftsharing in four of my five jobs since leaving University some 20 years ago. It’s an activity which requires a leap of faith to settle into, and while the benefits are less tangible than empirical, it’s something we can expect to grow in the coming years. The BBC ran an article this week…

Reaching the Hard-to-Reach Travellers

One of my firm beliefs is that technology should be accessible for all, not just those who have the ways and means of accessing it. Increasingly, demand should not be placed on the user to help themselves but instead, augment and support their experiences; for example, requiring a user to download an app. But there…

Pretty Ugly: how will your user interface be remembered?

Many years ago, I worked on a small intranet project that displayed output from a number of Crystal Reports. Remember Crystal? I spent many happy days working with the late nineties version of their software, which was quite pioneering at the time. Crystal Reports was the grand-daddy of today’s Microsoft PowerBI. You could connect it to…

So what did we learn from CES 2018?

The centre of the consumer innovation universe, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show or CES, ended last week and as is always the case each year, it was bigger than ever before. Not even a deluge of rain and a subsequent power cut could dampen the rush of new tech. Indeed, this year, having…