With $340 million in revenue, Nest is underperforming, and its future at Google is at risk

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With $340 million in revenue, Nest is underperforming, and its future at Google is at risk I’m not surprised. People that would buy these sorts of things are nerdy like me. And people like me are more aware of privacy issues. I definitely don’t want Google monitoring my house, security cameras or anything so they can sell my data and use it to influence purchasing decisions. Even though they say they don’t do that with their Neat product line, I don’t trust that they never will. Find me a company that has no interest in my personal data and I’ll be […]

A few days in with the new Apple TV

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I recently bought the new Apple TV 4, mainly because I managed to get a deal that reduced the price to £27 but also because I was still using the 5 or 6 year old Apple TV 2 still. I’m not going to review the unit but I will highlight some things I noticed. General This update won’t change you’re life. It’s an improvement on the previous Apple TV but it isn’t a re-invention of the category. I feel as if Apple have learnt from building Apple TV apps from the 2 and 3 and brought it all together here […]

Going for it

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Sometimes you just have to go for it. Hell with probability, expectations and wasting time and just make a bold move with the only consequence of wasting your own time. That waste is not what we fear though. It’s the rejection or anticipation of failure. Doing something so uncharacteristic or farfetched that you feel as if you are just setting yourself up for failure. The truth is – you’ll fail if you don’t try at all.

Coming home from Smashing Conference 2015

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Unfortunately I only managed to attend 1 of the 2 days at Smashing Conference because I fell ill. Yes, I was that awakward and annoying person in the middle of a crowded room sniffing and spluttering everywhere, so much so that I had to excuse myself mid way through a talk and say at the back like a social reject. I thought the least I could do would not pass it on any further so I took the 5 hour trip home myself. That being said, all was not wasted. The first day was very good. I took away a […]

What to expect from Smashing conference 2015

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I’m on my way to the smashing conference, ready to meet with 3 other colleagues (2 dev and 1 UX dev) and find my self contemplating about what to expect from this conference. I think it’s important for me to be forthright about something. I dislike the term UX. It’s fluffy. Misinterpreted. A buzz word used by everyone which means the term, specialisation and professionalism that usually comes with some roles has been tainted by mediocre professionals and misinformed managers/directors who write the job descriptions. Changing my opinion is going to be next to impossible however I hope to get some […]

To underline or not to underline: that is the question

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UX is the latest buzz word in the world of tech. For those who haven’t heard, it stands for User Experience and companies are employing specialised UX designers/developers to assess their web presence, mobile apps and internal software to ensure that the user experience is high. The benefits of this are of course significant, so much so that the University of Kent have employed their own UX specialist to assist in the development of future websites and services to ensure that prospective students and their family can find the information that they need, as easily as possible. A very clear example […]

Week 2 of attempted weight gain

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As you know Faye bought me a Fitbit (see first post) and I am closing in on my final week with the Fitbit and I have already noticed a positive change in my life. Now, don’t get me wrong, my saturated fats intake is probably through the roof and continuing down this route may cause more problems than it solves although in the short term I have noticed an improvement. I tend to have more energy throughout the day and my stomach has definitely stretched. I am now eating 300 – 500 calories a day more than I am burning. […]