VW Golf GTE 2015 Review

VW Golf GTE

After driving the MQB based Seat Leon when it launched and soon after, it’s posh sister the Audi A3, there was one more car in that group I needed to drive, the Golf. Well, the Tame Geek can never be accused of doing things by halves, I have now, not only gotten my hands on two of the latest generation Golfs but most importantly, on the most interesting Golf since the GTI W12-650. The Golf GTE. Ok, so quick note,…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Apple Pay – The digital wallet is in your iPhone Today

Apple Pay

The digital wallet has been one of the longest standing ideas in the technological world. The complexity of banking and money security means that the feelings of ‘the old ways are the best’ have prevailed.  This is a bit different for those of us in the UK and Europe. For instance, we’ve had widespread use of Chip & Pin payments in stores for over a decade and contactless payment via NFC built in to our cards for the last 2…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Apple Music – What is it and what do you need to know?

Apple Music

Music and Apple. There’s a relationship that has been a strong for most of the companies life. Jobs once spoke about how the creativity of musicians and Apple’s are similar and complimentary. In 2001 Apple introduced iTunes and in 2003, brought the iTunes store. That means, in 12 years, Apple have managed to change the music industry. So doing it again was always going to be difficult and that’s why they bought Beats. The company that make expensive headphones, also…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Smartwatches, dumb companies

Smartwatches Dumb Companies

Want to know if the Apple Watch scares the established brands? Look at what they are doing; Gucci and wil.i.am, Google, Intel and Tag.  With Google and Intel teaming up with luxury brands, it’s clear that they are deeply worried about loosing out again. ‘Loosing out’? Well, between Apple and Google, who makes the most money from Smartphone? (Hint; it’s Apple, by a massive margin.) With this in mind, it’s fair to say that Google and the like are able to…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Monday, June 15th, 2015

Apple’s WWDC 2015 – What you need to know

WWDC Roundup

Another year, another Worldwide Developers Conference. Yeah year, as has become the clear Apple formula, WWDC was all about the software. No bad thing, considering Jobs once said that the iPod and the Mac were just boxes for OS X. OS X is a good place to start. Firstly Verizon 10.11 will be called El Capitan, after the mountain in Yosemite national park. Hum, naming the new OS X around the namesake of the previous version? If you’re getting flashbacks…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Today’s Technology Landscape

What does the future hold for Microsoft

We like it when the Tame Geek is asked questions and a little while ago, he was asked about Windows 10 and why it may be bad news for the PC industry. On the Tame Geek social channels, this article from The Register was posted. The article talks about how Microsoft’s decision to make Windows 10 a free upgrade (for a year) may be bad news for PC makers and Microsoft. Well, the crux of the article is not that…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Apple Watch Review – A week on the wrist

Apple Watch Review

Reviewing the Apple Watch is something I’ve been looking forward to and dreading in equal measure. A product that has been so heavily previewed since it’s announcement and eagerly awaited that it’s easy to feel that I may not have anything to offer as a review. As I move past that crisis of confidence, it occurs to me that this isn’t about reviewing the product, but a follow up on a world I’ve been living in for two years; The…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Monday, May 11th, 2015

Hail Hydra! (The app, that is.)

Hydra App Review

It’s not all that often that I find an app that genuinely merits a full review, but Hydra, recently released on the App Store, deserves one. There are literally thousands of Camera apps in the App Store, so to stand out you really have to be doing something different and do it well. That’s where Hydra has achieved its goal. There are a five modes in Hydra: HDR, HDR Video, Low Light, Zoom and Hi-Res. Hydra’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Appkettle – Exclusive Hands On Impressions

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It’s not everyday you get to have hands on time with a Kickstarter prototype, let alone with one of it’s creators but that’s what I got to do a few weeks ago with the AppKettle. The AppKettle launched on Kickstarter last week and has so far hit over 20% of it’s funding in the first week. So, an app controlled kettle. What is it about and why would you want or need one? Those are some of the questions that get…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Monday, April 13th, 2015