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PiC intro video

PiC update: new projects, new team members, new video!

I’m beginning to get a feel for the rhythm of startup life. At first, when it’s all about creating a new piece of technology, your daily work is wonderfully calm, but tinged with the worry that no one will ever buy what you’re building. But then, if you’ve built something good, something that genuinely solves big […]

Children in Africa learning from tablet PCs

Hello progress, hello XPRIZE

I woke up this morning and started a brand new project in an entirely different area of technology. That’s a thrill in its own right, and I haven’t even got to the good part yet… I’m honoured to be working with the XPRIZE Foundation — a non-profit organisation that has helped to facilitate major tech accomplishments […]

US military wants ‘cognitive fingerprinting’ for web users

I just did an interview with Pete Norman at Sky News, who’s covered a story that’s bound to ignite strong opinions: efforts by the US military to ID any web user simply by means of their speech or online behaviour (e.g., the way they use their mouse, keyboard or touchscreen). This sort of “cognitive fingerprinting” would apparently be so quick and […]

Sharif Sakr talking to TechCrunch

A successful launch for the YotaPhone 2

Okay, I’ve been away from this blog for a ridiculously long time, and I’m sorry. But I never turn up late without an excuse, and in this instance the blame lies entirely with the all-new YotaPhone 2. In my old life as a tech journalist, I always assumed that those on the industry side had it relatively […]

Who’s to blame when an Android game runs slowly or murders your battery?

I’ve just posted a guest blog over at Testroid, about the importance of testing for real-world performance and battery life — especially when you’re trying to figure out what sort of Android device should be able handle what sort of games. Pricing, spec sheets and synthetic benchmarks can’t really solve this: a cheaper device will often play some […]

Whatever happened to Wolfson Microelectronics?

I’ve long admired the audio chip maker, Wolfson Microelectronics, as have many people who appreciate good audio. But you won’t see the ‘W’ logo around for much longer, because the company has finally been acquired by its long-time American rival Cirrus Logic. If you’re interested in what happened to Wolfson, and why it failed to […]