I frequently get asked if I’ll make the 30 Seconds Of Tech videos longer. The answer (so far) is no, but where there’s more than a few products to look at, I will shoot multiple videos, as I did today at Huawei’s event, showing off modems, tablets and smartphones.
It’s been a very busy week… and it shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
Over at CNET, I’ve reviewed a mouse. As I explain in my review, it’s just a mouse…
Microsoft Express Mouse:“Back in the late 1980s, Madonna insisted that it was important that you “Express Yourself”. A year earlier, pioneering hip hop artists N.W.A. did the same, albeit with a little help from Charles Wright along the way…”
At PC & Tech Authority, I’ve taken a look at Telstra’s current push for better broadband value in the context of full bundled plans.
Telstra Home Broadband: The State Of Play:“Is the ISP that’s traditionally been Australia’s most expensive becoming Australia’s best value? We look at the numbers to work out what’s happening with Telstra’s home broadband offerings.”
And at Hydrapinion, my second week of switching from iOS to Android continues by way of Pulp Fiction. No, really…
I’ve not written a lot of stories about the Cloud, which probably marks me out as exceptional amongst Australia’s IT journalist community. Even the games journos who only cover Barbie-themed games have written a few Cloud pieces by now. So today, I broke with that silence via an analysis of Apple’s announcement of iCloud overnight at the ABC’s Technology & Games portal:
An unusual mix of articles today… well, OK, one of them was actually published late last week, and I omitted it then because it skipped my attention. Frankly, a laptop that big and glowing should never skip anyone’s attention. From CNET.com.au comes the monster… in 3D!
Then at Geekspeak, ponderings on the pricing and speeds of mobile broadband
Could you survive on mobile broadband?“You couldn’t even fill the old axiom about having two out of good, fast and cheap with mobile broadband. All too frequently, it was poor, slow and expensive, and you just had to live with that, because it was theoretically mobile.”
Then finally at MacTheMag, musing on the pricing of mobile applications
The value of an App:“Last week, I had a meeting with my accountant. Perhaps you’re different, but I don’t particularly enjoy meeting my accountant. Not that he isn’t a nice man, or anything like that. For all I know, he spends his spare time helping old ladies cross the road and rescuing lost kittens from trees.”
And then over at MacTheMag, my regularly weekly blog considers the exact details of Apple’s new product offerings, by working out how much choice is included. Fifty Cent makes a guest appearance, as apparently Apple’s new Ping social network figures I should follow him. Which I guess goes to prove that Ping may be many things, but a Genius it is not.
MacTheBlog: Please, Apple, can I have less?“The confetti has been swept up, Chris Martin has vanished off to … well … wherever it is Chris Martin vanishes off to when he’s not performing, and what we’re left with is, to my appraisal, not all that satisfactory. To put some specifics to this, it seems that Apple’s gone all out to remove elements of choice.”
No, it’s not that sort of scam. In fact, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t even had time to sort out what kind of scam I should run.
Instead, an article detailing some simple tips to get the most speed from your broadband connection, live now at CNET.com.au. Common sense to some, rare mystical wisdom to others.
How to speed up your internet connection: “How can you make the connection you’ve got right now work that little bit faster? We can’t provide a magic bullet, either software or hardware to make everyone’s connections quicker, but we can provide some tips that may help speed up individual connections.”
Although I do like the fact that somebody’s already added a step #11: “11. Go to Tasmania for some NBN goodness.”