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Opinion Articles

  • Facebook slump - why are we surprised?

    Reports over the weekend indicate that Facebook's investors are getting jittery about chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's ability at the helm, as the stock price of the firm continues to slump.

    Given the dot com boom of the ea...

  • BT winning home Wi-Fi battle

    Have you ever looked at the other wireless networks within range of your computer? This is, basically, a list of your neighbours' networks, and in my case shows about seven other networks I'm capable of receiving, though obviously security pre...

  • Mass SMS remains taboo

    I sent a mass text to several friends yesterday, and their reaction suggests this remains a taboo.

    I find that interesting, given that most of us use social networks and are therefore comfortable with mass messaging and comm...

  • OTT players and mobile ad revenue

    My former Informa Telecoms & Media colleague Guillermo Escofet has published a great article on OTT players' struggle to monetize mobile advertising. Principal analyst Escofet argues that Facebook's $157 million loss in 2Q12 isn't unus...

  • Lessons from mini world tour

    I've spent the past week on the road in a mini world tour of Scotland, catching up with family and friends on the "meaning to visit" list. Three things became apparent during my travels.

    First, I'm becoming a Wi-Fi whore. In...

  • Mobile data - all about the uplink

    In all my years writing about technology, I've never paid much attention to uplink data rates. I'll bet many of you are the same - we've been sucked into worrying only about the downlink and the time it takes to download movies and music (reme...

  • Apple in-app payment hack

    A Russian hacker's YouTube guide to bypassing in-app purchases has been removed, and a lot of buzz generated around what happens to developers who may have missed out. But there's a bigger story here - the breaching of Apple's usually high-wal...

  • RIM has its own jets

    Just stumbled on an article in the UK's Guardian newspaper on RIM considering selling it's corporate jets, and can't help thinking - "RIM has its own jets?"

     According to the article, the firm has "two executive Das...

  • Social Media - not the be all and end-all

    A lot of companies seem to be forgetting that Social Media should be considered as part of an integrated marketing strategy, and relying solely on these sites to reach their audience.

    For example, a recent promotion by a con...

  • Bikes, cars and emergency services calls

    A mate went head on with a car while we were riding our motorcycles yesterday - luckily no-one hurt, but it did provide an interesting experience of calling the emergency services from a rural location.

    I've often seen the "...