Month: January 2010

  • This is the week that was

    Aside from the Apple iPad launch, stuff did hap­pen in the tech world…really! …more This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techb­log. Check out the full post here.

  • Predicting tech announcements is easy

    In the days before Steve Jobs and the Apple crew paraded the iPad around the stage in San Fran­cisco, I wrote a couple of items about the (then named) Apple iSlate / iTab­let device. In one, I lis­ted the 6 things I wanted to see in an Apple Tab­let, the oth­er, more rel­ev­ant to this […]

  • Amazing iPhone playlist generator thingie

    I suck at mak­ing playl­ists for my iPod touch. I simply can­’t be bothered — and yeah, I nev­er really got into mak­ing mix tapes back in the day either. Which is why I was pleas­antly sur­prised that I’m start­ing to really rock playl­ists, thanks to Mood­A­gent, a cool iPhone app I dis­covered using Chomp. Simply […]

  • It’s the iPlatform, not the iPad

    Steve’s just announced the iPad (not the best name selec­tion in the world, but it’ll do), and after watch­ing the announce­ment event being repor­ted by vari­ous online media, includ­ing our own Future Shop Techb­log­gers, I’m struck by the impres­sion that the hard­ware is cool, inter­est­ing and looks great, but the iPad hard­ware is not the […]

  • Apple Tablet prediction as a game

    So, tomor­row’s the big day that Apple lifts the veil on pro­jects under devel­op­ment and ready for release in the next year. The myth­ic­al Tab­let is likely the biggest announce­ment tomor­row, and tech­no­logy pun­dits have not been shy in pre­dict­ing what the device will have (or not). This all sounds too ser­i­ous to me, so let’s have […]

  • Awesome free iPhone app creates sales for other iphone apps

    Yep, it seems odd, but a very cool crowd­sourced recom­mend­a­tion engine for iPhone apps is cre­at­ing a bunch of sales of oth­er iPhone apps. Which is good, because when there’re a lot of apps to choose from — a sol­id tool (not tied to the Apple Store recom­mend­a­tion sys­tem, which has been gamed in the […]

  • How the Apple Tablet can really succeed

    Giv­en that Apple isn’t really pay­ing atten­tion to my mus­ings, I’m rather free to go on about things I *think* they can do to make their products, and make them better. I’ve been fol­low­ing Apple’s tab­let designs since the New­ton Mes­sage pad. An inter­est­ing device, yet not very practical. I’m com­pletely smit­ten by my iPod […]

  • 6 Things I want to see in an Apple Tablet

    Giv­en the excitement/buzz/hype around the ‘poten­tial’ Apple Tab­let announce­ment this Wed­nes­day, I thought I’d add to the Apple Tab­let word­count by list­ing a few things I’d like to see in this cur­rently-myth­ic­al device. …more This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techb­log. Check out the full post […]

  • This is the week that was

    Apple and the pub­lish­ing industry get deep­er under the cov­ers, as Apple plans an event to unveil what their ‘Latest Cre­ation’; a Face­book ker­fuffle, and oth­er stuff. …more This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techb­log. Check out the full post here.

  • The Tablet Cometh: Some thoughts on Apple’s announcement

    Next Wed­nes­day, Apple will host one of the most anti­cip­ated tech­no­logy announce­ments of the year, per­haps of this still-fresh decade. The reas­on for this level of atten­tion is that every­one anti­cip­ates that Apple will re-launch a device that the industry has been try­ing to make work for 20 years — the Tab­let computer. As some pun­dits […]

  • How to find good music online with social media

    In a recent post over at the Future Shop Techb­log I star­ted talk­ing about vari­ous Inter­net Radio ‘sta­tions’. Today I real­ized I did­n’t talk about one of my ‘go-to’ online music sources It’s not your aver­age music service. is a hybrid social media site and music dis­cov­ery ser­vice, focused around the concept of […]