The “iWatch”: an artist’s impression

by Adam Banks on 14 March 2013 in Editorial

If Apple is really working on a smart watch, what will it be like? The April 2013 issue of MacUser magazine, on sale today, has a possible answer. In collaboration with well known 3D artist Martin Hajek, MacUser has conceived a realistic watch product based on Apple’s current design language and technology constraints. The result [...]

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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

by Adam Banks on 6 October 2011 in Editorial
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Apple statement.

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Publishing enters a new Dark Age

by Adam Banks on 29 April 2011 in Editorial

A quarter of a century ago, the publishing industry was revolutionised. The Mac, the laser printer and Aldus PageMaker made what previously required huge investment available to almost anyone. For publishing houses, it meant dramatic reductions in cost and increases in flexibility. For the rest of us, it meant we could make magazines just like [...]

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First they came for internet users by the front door. Now they’re coming for websites by the back door

by Adam Banks on 15 April 2011 in Editorial

In this guest column, Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group explains why minister Ed Vaizey is wrong to consider plans for blocking websites. Website blocking is being discussed by ministers in the UK Government to deal with the supposed scourge of illicit downloads. Last year, the Digital Economy Act sought to create legal powers [...]

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Non-stick plan

by Adam Banks on 15 April 2011 in Editorial

Ed Vaizey, this week’s minister for everything beginning with C, has a cunning plan. Ed often has cunning plans. Last autumn, he had a cunning plan to support net neutrality by making a speech saying internet service providers (ISPs) ought to be allowed to ditch net neutrality. In December, he had a cunning plan to [...]

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Militantly neutral

by Adam Banks on 1 April 2011 in Editorial

Net neutrality isn’t a principle, it’s a tautology. A neutrally carried internet is, well, the internet. Anything else is something else. Over the history of computing, short as it is, there’ve been many visions of how information would be distributed among the communities, offices or homes that might contain a computer. Who exactly would own [...]

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