Last week Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke at a “Fireside Chat” with AWS (Amazon Web Services) chief Werner Vogels. It was an excellent and inspirational performance from Bezos.
If there was a common theme, it was his belief in the merit of low margins, which of necessity keep a business efficient. Low margins
…continue reading The disruption of pay as you go hardware – and I do not mean leasing
I set up Windows 8 on my desktop PC, accepting the default Do Not Track setting. This is still set:
However I noticed Amazon ads served by Google/DoubleClick on a third-party site that reflected my recent activity on Amazon. I clicked the Privacy link on the ad (which links to Amazon rather than Google)
…continue reading IE10 and Do Not Track: ineffective with Amazon ads
Subtitled Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the internet, this is an account by the Guardian’s Technology Editor of the progress of three tech titans between 1998 and the present day. In 1998, Google was just getting started, Apple was at the beginning of its recovery under the returning CEO Steve Jobs, and Microsoft
…continue reading Review: Digital Wars by Charles Arthur
Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt addressed the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in confident mood, boasting of the strong growth in Android adoption and saying that the world would need to increase its population in order to sustain current rates of growth.
His keynote was in three parts. He kicked off with a
…continue reading Google’s Eric Schmidt looks forward to an Android in every pocket
I attended The Monki Gras in London yesterday, a distinctive developer event arranged by the analyst firm RedMonk.
This was not only a developer event, with the likes of Andre Charland and Dave Johnson from the PhoneGap team at Adobe, Mike Milinkovich the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, and Jason Hoffman with Bryan
…continue reading How to brew better software: The Monki Gras in London
Asus has responded to demands for an unlocked bootloader for its its latest Transformer Prime tablet.
It turns out that DRM is the culprit – at least, that is what Asus says on its Facebook page:
Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM
…continue reading Asus Transformer Prime update: Google video rental or unlocked bootloader, you choose
2011 felt like a pivotal year in technology. What was pivoting? Well, users are pivoting away from networks and PCs and towards cloud and devices. The obvious loser is Microsoft, which owns PCs and networks but is a distant follower in devices and has mixed prospects in the cloud. Winners include Apple, Google, Amazon, and
…continue reading ITWriting.com awards 2011: ten key happenings, from Nokia’s burning platform to HP’s nightmare year
I picked up a Guardian newspaper today and could not miss the full-page Google+ advertisement. Or was it? The advertisement stated that it was from the Citizens Advice Bureau in partnership with Google. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) is a well-respected (and genuinely useful) service which runs a network of offices in the UK where
…continue reading Google and the UK Citizens Advice Bureau – an uncomfortable alliance