Why do instant messages load in the wrong place?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Here’s something perplexing that you may not have ever noticed. Your messages load in the wrong place. Let’s take a look at that graphic shall we? New items always travel to the top of the screen; Tweets, emails, updates, even message threads but not the messages themselves. This isn’t just something that’s in iMessage either. Look to Skype, WhatsApp and well, every other text based chat client I’ve ever seen. So why is this? As soon as you go to type

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit – Mini Review

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

“If at first you don’t succeed, keep releasing products till people forget.” Samsung product development strategy* Almost a year ago, the Pebble entered my life and nothing has been the same since. Having a second screen on your wrist can change the way you interact with your main device. Notifications, snippets of data and basic applications remove the need to be constantly glancing at your fondleslab every few seconds. Samsung’s first entry in to the wearables market didn’t go so

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Microsoft Office for iPad – They released the wrong thing

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Ohhh Microsoft! It’s amicable that your new CEO (who isn’t me!) has seen fit to release Office for iOS but you haven’t, really. You’ve released iWork (Keynote, Numbers and Pages) competitors, not an iWork killer. To do that, there was one thing you needed to release: Outlook. When you consider the modern corporate work place and the de-facto software combination of Windows and Office, there’s one key piece of software that bridges the two. Outlook. When you consider that from

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Does your business really need an app?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

That title is a guaranteed way to start an argument in a meeting.  It’s a question I’ve asked of many people in meetings and it’s usually met with the same answer: “because ‘x’ has one!” Let’s add a little context to this situation. In 2008, Apple launched the App Store with iPhone OS 2. The ability to download and install applications to your iPhone (Or iPod Touch) that changed the device in to something new. The apps were not just

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Facebook buying Oculus VR proves that they are more than a website

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Sometime ago, the question was ‘What is Facebook?’.Now the question is ‘Who are Facebook?’. The second question is really starting to vex me. In the past 10 years, I’ve gone from major Facebook fan to someone who uses their services as a web based utility, rather than a main online hub, as many do. I use Twitter for communications online these days and other services like LinkedIn, Foursquare and Instagram have become more interesting and time consuming (in a good

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Are Apple going to reinvent photography with a little Time Lord science?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

In a quick blast of acquisitions and patents, Apple have given the strongest hint yet that Steve Jobs’s aim of reinventing photography, may be on the horizon. Now I’m not saying that Steve jobs was a Time Lord, but considering these recent acquisitions and the patent applications, you can really start to see some thinking outside of our ideas of time and space. The components to this thinking are threefold: Firstly the A7 processor inside the iPhone 5s is a

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25 Years of the World Wide Web

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Today, the 12th of March 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web (W3).  In the space of 25 years, it has grown to the point that two out of every five people on the planet are connected. I think it’s easy to underestimate just how significant an achievement that is and how vital the web has become. Interconnectivity between computer networks had existed long before the W3 but what it brought us was a

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Geneva Motor Show – The Cars and Technology

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is on this week and it would seem that the press days are done, so now seems like a good time to highlight some hidden gems and to bring together some car and technology news! Firstly, lets look towards cars themselves. The VW Group have had a very busy show, with the Audi side showing off the brand new TT. Based on the VAG MQB platform, this car should handle like a dream, just like

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Ideas don’t die

Monday, February 17th, 2014

That’s a very serious title for an article but it sums up quite nicely the crux of a talk I delivered last month. The Refresh Teesside events are a great opportunity to meet like minded creative and technical types in the area. Every month there are talks on a wide range of issues and said talks are about five minutes in length. I was asked to speak at this year’s first event and wanted to talk about how keeping old

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The New Mac Pro – Hands On Review

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

In a first (and by no means last) for the Tame Geek site, we have a video review of Apple’s new Mac Pro. The new Mac Pro is a very big deal for a relatively small set of users. As Apple celebrates their 30th birthday, the Mac Pro really does show how far things have come. Apple popularised the ‘all in one’ computer with the Mac and then to massive success with the iMac. With in these years there were

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