Tokyo, Japan VIJAY SHAH via REED STEVENSON & YUJI OKADA/Bloomberg If you were to visit your local electronics store and the salesperson tried to flog to you a rather pricey toaster that could only toast one slice of … Continue reading TOASTED TO PREFECTION: The £216 toaster that is turning heads in Japan
Xiaomi, the Chinese phone manufacturer who have had runaway success in the Asian mobile phone and tablet markets, has launched a new larger-sized model which it is touting as its biggest challenge to the Apple iPhone yet. The device, known as Mi Note, is the latest to join the ever-growing list of ‘phablets’ to hit the market, as consumers move away from wanting to spend big funds to purchase separate phones and tablets and look towards gadgets that combine the best of both worlds. The Mi Note comes at a good time for Xiaomi, who have recently been declared the world’s most valuable start-up, according to technology news site TechCrunch. … Continue reading XIAOMI MI NOTE: New phablet to take on iPhone 6 Plus
British tabloid Metro reports that five years from now an astonishing ninety per cent of six year olds will have their own mobile phones, according to a prediction in a study commissioned by a leading telecommunications company. The statistic is said to come from a paper on global communications by Swedish handset manufacturer Ericsson, which also predicts that the pinnacle of the ‘communications boom’ that has characterised the industry for the past fifteen years is in fact yet to happen. Other media have reported however, that the figure of ninety per cent refers to the world’s population from the age of six onwards. As more parents adopt advanced mobile … Continue reading KIDS WITH MOBILES: 90% of six-year-olds to have mobile phones by 2020
By Vijay Shah If you are a teenager at school trying very hard to text or WhatsApp your mates during a long boring double lesson of physics, you know that you have to keep your mobile on silent, unless you have an overwhelming desire to see it sitting at the bottom of the teacher’s desk drawer until the end of the day. Your two hours are spent being some kind of undercover texting ninja, keeping one nervous eye on Teach while the other pays more attention to that 10 inch glowing screen. You then flee the confines of school, only … Continue reading MOSQUITO RINGTONES: The undercover texter’s dream?
By Vijay Shah Credit and debit cards have long been a standard form of payment that is quick, durable and usually reliable. They mean wallets or purses which are not chockfull of change, which are less cumbersome to carry around, and give immediate 24 hour access to the contents of your bank account. All that offered with minimal fuss and maximum convenience. They also have limitations though. Most readers will know the feeling of losing their card after a busy night out or misplacing it in a taxi, and the frantic phone calls to the bank to cancel it before … Continue reading CREDIT CARDS: A digitally convergent future?
By Vijay Shah In the run-up to my 28th birthday ten days ago, I thought of treating yours truly to a little gift. I am not a naturally-gifted person when it comes to the purchasing of gifts, either for myself or for someone else. In fact, it is much much harder to pick out a present for other people, especially if you do not know them very well. As narcissistic as this may well sound, I find that the easiest person to go shopping for is myself. Besides I admittedly find shopping incredibly boring – apologies to any shopaholics reading … Continue reading UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: My latest USB gadget
By Vijay Shah I am a big Facebook addict, and while leisurely scrolling down my News Feed, often find posts from my friends or work colleagues that make me stop and think “hello, that looks interesting!”. It could be a beautiful picture or photo, or a well-thought out comment…or something hilarious. I usually subject my Facebook mates to a barrage of silly and humorous comment posts and statuses on a daily basis. Surprisingly they haven’t yet all unfriended me!. I saw this little beauty about a day ago, originally published by some funny jokes group I’m a member of, ” … Continue reading TECH SAVVY TEN-YEAR OLDS: A humorous Facebook picture
Tables and technology…they are not your usual bedfellows. While technology is forever updating, reinventing itself with every coffee-and-biscuits brainstorm at Sony-Ericsson or Google, Inc., a table is something that has not changed in centuries. Putting it at its simplest, it is a flat surface with four horizontal legs. Nothing whizz-kiddy about that. Until relatively recently, the nearest a table got to being computerised was if someone came along and plonked a PC monitor and some wires on top. Maybe even a tablet!. Our technologically-driven and media-hungry society means that even the humble table is now being propelled screaming into the … Continue reading SAMSUNG SUR40: The future of the office?