Pencil by FiftyThree Review

Pencil meets Paper

Pencil and Paper. Possibly the hardest things to replicate digitally, yet FiftyThree, a company born from the ashes of the Microsoft Courier project, have done a damn good job so far. Paper was one those apps, that when it arrived kept to the sure-fire tried and tested app formula – do one thing and do it exceptionally well. Paper allowed you to draw. As you unlocked the other tools, it allowed you to sketch and paint. Later, updates would make…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Quick review: Duracell Powermat

Duracell Powermat

Here’s the scene. I’m walking down Fleet Street in London and feeling thirsty. I pop in to Starbucks and I notice that my iPhone is also a bit thirsty. Luckily, this Starbucks happens to have the new Duracell Powermats installed. I like this wireless charging business. This is a quick review, as there’s not a huge amount to say really. The Powermat is embedded in to some of the tables and is a small glass panel with some graphics that…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Owner of Three is going to buy O2 and change the UK market

Three and O2

It was only a month ago we were looking at one of the UK’s networks being bought, now we have another! The group that owns and operates the mobile company Three (Hutchison Whampoa) has announced their plan to buy Telefónica owned O2 for a reported £10.25 Billion. Given that O2 was one of the other companies that BT were looking to buy, it seems that the interest generated has been enough to spur the Hutchinson group to get involved. The…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Friday, January 30th, 2015

What if the Apple Watch is upgradable?

Apple Watch S1 Replaceable

Yes, this is a post about an as of yet unreleased product but there’s something that has played on my mind with regards the Apple Watch; Technology moves so quickly that devices become obsolete a lot quicker than jewellery.  All you have to do is look at the marketing effort Apple are putting behind the Apple Watch to see that this is being aimed squarely at a market that care as much about how something looks as well as what…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Predictions for 2015

2015 Predictions

As has become a tradition on this website, it’s time for the Tame Geek annual predictions. Last years formula seemed to work (specifics and trends), so we’ll use the same again this time round. Specifics Apple: Apple will announce the new iPhones on the 8th of September and they will be in stores on the 18th of September. There will be two main new iPhones, the 6s and the 6s Plus. They will have improved cameras and new A9 processors. Expect…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Sunday, January 4th, 2015

2014 – Year In Review

2014 A Year In Review

As the sun is setting on an eventful 2014, let’s review how the predictions made on this site a year ago have panned out. At the beginning of the year, I broke the article in to two sections; Specifics and Trends. Let’s keep to that formula and start marking up the score card: Specifics Apple: New design, larger screen iPhone to be launched at the end of summer. (Want something more specific? How’s about an announcement event on the 9th…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

BT are to buy EE – What does it mean for UK telecoms?


Earlier in the month, there were whispers that BT (British Telecom about 90 years ago) were looking to get back in to the mobile market after selling their stake in it over a decade ago. Yes, before O2, there was BT Cellnet. Now with BT in talks to buy EE, their coming back in to a growth market where the currently have only a backbone support role. During the 4G spectrum auctions, BT bought some space that was up for…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Monday, December 15th, 2014

iPad Air 2 Review

iPad Air 2 Review

So, you think I’m late to the game with this iPad Air 2 review? Well, reviewing an iPad in the space of a week is like reviewing a book half way through. You’re not getting the whole story. Back in early October, as predicted by this site, Apple announced the newest additions to the iPad family; the iPad Air 2 and the Mini 3. But not all is what it seemed with these two new devices. While both had Touch…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

McLaren 12C Review

McLaren 12C

Ok, now I get it. When I drove the BMW i8, I met a nice chap who had a McLaren (MP4-) 12C and had just taken the i8 out. He decided to keep his McLaren. Now I know why. On the same day I got to drive the Audi R8, the opportunity arose to take the McLaren for a spin round the track. Another one of those situations where you just can’t say no. The McLaren turned up as a…Continue Reading »

This post was written by Mark Thomson on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014