Category Archives: Apple

Mr Snowden’s legacy

  Without getting into the rights and wrongs of Edward Snowden’s actions or indeed the actions of the NSA and GCHQ in relation to mass online surveillance, the fallout has been most instructive for those of us who occupy the … Continue reading

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Death of “sexting”?

  Guest Blog by Dr Mike Short CBE Former UKCCIS Board Member, Vice President, Telefonica Europe The term “sexting” seems to be taking on a life of its own. But is it helpful or misleading ? The issues with “sexting” were discussed … Continue reading

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The murkier side of apps and ecommerce

  The Office of Fair Trading is the UK’s competition watchdog. This is how they describe their work The OFT’s mission is to make markets work well for consumers. Markets work well when businesses are in open, fair and vigorous … Continue reading

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Crap Apple

  In Britain we have a breed of small, wild apples which tend to have extremely sharp flavours. They are called “crab apples”. I have just had a run in with the other Apple. It left a bitter taste in … Continue reading

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What next?

  About this time of year lots of technology pundits write columns about what they think is going to happen in the upcoming twelve months or so. I have decided to join in. You don’t need to be Einstein to … Continue reading

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Brussels makes a move

  Neelie Kroes is a Vice President of the European Commission. She is responsible for the European Union’s ambitious Digital Agenda. Robert Madelin is her CEO, being the Director-General for Information Society and Media. In an earlier blog I said … Continue reading

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Lost in translation

  A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth has got its trousers on.  Thus spake Winston Churchill, Mark Twain and many others who used variants of it over the centuries.  In the internet age we have this … Continue reading

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Location hits the headlines

  Location apps (geek-speak for applications) are little computer programmes which tell you where things are in the real world. They get the information that enables them to do this from many different sources, including you. The problem is the … Continue reading

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