Enthusing developers from diverse backgrounds is the key to avoiding tech failures
Wide participation in making rather than just consuming technology is important, here is why… Taking personal and organisational time and resources to encourage participation isn't always cheap or easy but it is the right thing to do
Who is your “assistant” working for?
Will conversational machine interfaces ever work on behalf of consumers? AI-bots are currently a big thing for enterprise looking to manage their interactions with consumers, but is the environment right for these “assistants” to turn the tables and go to work for us.
When will Metcalfe’s law kill the Telephone
Metcalfe’s law is a perfect fit to explain business phenomena like how WhatsApp built a $19bn valuation for themselves last year, and in doing so removed an estimated $30bn a year of global SMS messaging revenues from carriers in just a few weeks once the application achieved critical mass.
Is the future of WebRTC in IoT?
If conference titles are anything to go by IoT and WebRTC are both big things at the moment. If you look at Hackathon output, WebRTC and IoT things seem practically coincident (disclaimer: at my day job, we did a drone WebRTC hack at TadHack London this year). Everyone is talking
I was really interested to come across the Kwiizi project last week. It crosses two of my biggest interests: real time electronic collaboration and education in Africa. Using cheap Raspberry Pi computers and wireless network connectivity, it brings large repositories of electronic information and real time collaboration into High Schools.
IPSecuritas on OS X Yosemite
I’ve just upgraded my Mac Book to Yosemite and the only casualty I’ve found so far is the IPSecuritas IPSec VPN wrapper application. Whilst it seems to work and establishes all of the SAs sucessfully via ISAKMP, it doesn’t then move any protected traffic. Googling around, it
Off to Zambia and Paddling for Bricks
Both our grown up teenagers finish exams and consequently school and college a lot earlier this year. We’ve spent practically all of the last year in idle debate about what to do this summer in a kind of spoilt for choice “term time holiday opportunity” kind of way. Trouble
The end of dodgy https certificates?
Back in January I posted about the threat to HTTPS encryption posed by regimes who “own” both a telco and a trusted CA and are therefore theoretically able to generate secret certificates which allow them to mount country-scale man in the middle attacks to snoop on secure web communication. Since
Google Hangouts and XMPP — is cloud harming the Internet?
Nearly a week ago Google announced that their new messaging app, Hangouts, would not have support for exchanging messages with users of other systems using XMPP. My first thoughts on this were: Google dropping XMPP from their new messaging platform is a big deal, definitely bad for customers, and may
Why the WebRTC video codec choice is important
Real time peer to peer communication on the web has had a good couple of months. At the end of January Chrome and Firefox demonstrated interop of two independent WebRTC implementations and then a couple of weeks ago Google squelched the MPEG LA attack on the open status of it’