Category: Technology

Putting Alexa to work

I came home from a week in Japan to find out apartment had entered the "World of Tomorrow!". Well, not really. But now we are officially a 'connected home'. Frank put his new-found expertise in internet-of-things to good use and connected a series of lights, fans and Alexa (Amazon Echo) across the apartment. So now, ...

Apple AirPods: One month in

Quite by accident, I realised today that it's a month since I first wrote about having a pair of Apple's hard-to-get AirPods. So, one month in, what do I think? The Positives I'll say it now. The AirPods are fantastic for phone calls when I'm at my desk. I love being hands free, especially on ...

Trying out the new Apple AirPods

We've been waiting on the arrival of a pair of Apple AirPods in this household for several weeks. To cut a long story short, they were a much-delayed Christmas present for @FrankDJS and proved very elusive online and in-store. While I was passing the Regent Street Apple Store yesterday afternoon, I popped in on a ...

Living with Alexa: a few weeks in. Just how useful is the Amazon Echo?

After a few weeks of daily use, it's time to reflect on just how useful the Amazon Echo Dot really is. A hint? I now have two of them!

Alexa? Welcome home.

I bought an Amazon Echo Dot last weekend, with the various Amazon vouchers I got from my family for Christmas. I'd been thinking about getting the 'full' Echo model - you know, the one that looks like the monolith from 2001? I opted for the Dot after some intensive online research (a good 15 minutes ...

Sad to see Pebble go

I only caught up on this news last night. It seems Pebble, maker of the super-useful and low-cost smart-watches, is gone. It's been bought by Fitbit and will no longer sell its watches. Although I'm an Apple Watch user, I've owned a Pebble in the past. I loved it - the battery lasted for days ...

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Some significant Android regret

I'm going to admit something pretty difficult now. It's something that's been bothering me for a couple of weeks now, so this post will serve as a kind of confession. I really regret selling my Nexus 6P. You hear that? I'm sitting here, listening to a podcast on my iPhone 7 Plus and I'm pining after ...

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An iOS 10 headache

Now, you can tell me I only have myself to blame, but I tried to update my iOS devices as soon as the iOS 10 update became available from Apple yesterday evening. My iPad Pro 9.7" updated smoothly and easily. I haven't gone through all the details, but with a couple of hours' use, I ...

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iPhone 7 Plus: ordered.

Now the wait begins. I ordered a couple of phones for @FrankDJS and I as soon as the online Apple Store opened this morning. Sat in bed, refreshing the iPhone app until the store opened, I used an old trick to guarantee we'd get what we want. Last night, I selected each of our chosen phones ...