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BBC Focus magazine hits iPad. Read me, for free…

January 31, 2011 by  
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BBC Focus magazine. On iPad? For Free? With me talking tablets? With my love of the Galaxy Tab? How can you resist?

See some rather swanky screen shots below and grab the free app here:


BBC Focus iPad app

BBC Focus iPad app



Why Google Had to Change

January 26, 2011 by  
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The executive changes at Google last week caused major uproar about the Web. Here are my opinions on it for TrustedReviews. If you enjoy this sample please read the full article HERE.

 

Why Google Had to Change

Author Gordon Kelly
Published 22nd Jan 2011

On Thursday Google announced its fourth quarter earnings. That they were exceptional was expected, that they would be overshadowed by a radical shake-up in how the company is run was not…

Starting from April 4, Google co-founder Larry Page (middle) will take over from Eric Schmidt (left) as Google CEO. Schmidt will move to the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships and broader business relationships. Meanwhile Google co-founder Sergey Brin (right) will change his role to spend more hands-on time developing new products.

“We’ve been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time,” said Schmidt’s official statement. “By clarifying our individual roles we’ll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I’m excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come.”

This may sound glib, but it rings true. Page and Brin are only 37 years old and were just 27 when they interviewed the former Novell CEO, then 45, about adding some experience to their three year old company in 2001. The rest is history.

“Eric has clearly done an outstanding job leading Google for the last decade,” enthused Page. “The results speak for themselves. There is no other CEO in the world that could have kept such headstrong founders so deeply involved and still run the business so brilliantly. Eric is a tremendous leader and I have learned innumerable lessons from him. His advice and efforts will be invaluable to me as I start in this new role. Google still has such incredible opportunity – we are only at the beginning and I can’t wait to get started.”

Pleasantries aside this is where things get interesting. Page may say Google is “only at the beginning”, but the reality behind these high level changes is that the company also finds itself at a crossroads. For the last five years Google’s rise to the top of the tech tree looked unstoppable and while that may still be the case, the company faces considerable competition from Facebook and – arguably – a newly Cloud and search obsessed Microsoft. Meanwhile its laser guided focus has started to waver and its recent track record is extremely hit and miss. In fact I would go so far as to argue Google has shown signs it is losing its way…

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What Will Apple Do Without Steve Jobs?

January 19, 2011 by  
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Sadly Steve Jobs health is once again a hot topic for debate. The Apple CEO has taken leave for the third time in seven years. In this sample from my latest TrustedReviews editorial I wish him well and ask: what will happen to Apple without their illustrious leader at the helm…

 

What Will Apple Do Without Steve Jobs?

Author Gordon Kelly
Published 19th Jan 2011

 

Let’s get one thing straight: we’re not here to speculate on Steve Jobs’ health. We’re not qualified to do so and quite frankly we’ll leave that to others – we find the whole practice somewhat distasteful. What we are qualified to talk about, however, is Apple as a company both with and without its enigmatic leader. So the question remains: ‘What Will Apple Do Without Steve Jobs?’

On Monday Jobs announced he was taking his third medical leave of absence in seven years. It follows a 2004 break for treatment of a treatable form of pancreatic cancer called Islet cell carcinoma and a six month absence in 2009 which saw Jobs undergo a liver transplant. Jobs put no timeline on a return to Apple saying only that he has “great confidence that Tim [Cook] and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.” A statement which suggests, despite continuing as CEO and being “involved in major strategic decisions”, his absence this time will be lengthy. We wish him all the best for a successful, long term recovery.

The problems facing Apple without Jobs’ day-to-day involvement, however, are massive. Many sites have speculated about the ability of the team – centred around Tim Cook (COO), Jonathan Ive (industrial design), Peter Oppenheimer (CFO) and Bob Mansfield (Mac & iPhone hardware engineering) [pictured below, left to right] – to run the company in his absence. This is to be expected yet whatever their merits their biggest battle is with market perception because Apple has yet to prove it can prosper without its famous co-founder at the helm.

This belief is founded upon three significant generalisations… READ ON

Copyright for all reviews, editorials and features on this site belong to their respective publishers. All samples published on this website are via prior agreement with those publishers and serve to act as a portfolio and centralised location for all my work. Contact me at gordon@gordonkelly.com should you wish to commission me or supply review samples, press releases or arrange meetings. 

The Idiocy of ‘Smart’ TVs

January 18, 2011 by  
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Proving a hot topic is my latest editorial for TrustedReviews: ‘The Idiocy of Smart TVs’. Check out the sample below and to keep reading click on the ‘READ MORE’ link.

 

The Idiocy of Smart TV – Gordon Kelly

Look behind the superficiality of 3D and there was a second trend permeating the living room at CES 2011, one about which I have even greater reservations: smart televisions…

Walk the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Centre and in every direction were TVs that looked more like PCs than your traditional goggle box. Complex user interfaces showed off widgets, apps, app stores and even full web browsers. We were told the time for dumb TVs was over, that today’s TVs are smart, connected and just as capable as your PC.

The obvious question is why would you want your TV to be as smart as your PC? After all the role of your PC is to be your PC. We don’t ask our toasters to be kettles and I doubt we ever will do.

The Argument For
In short it comes down to an old favourite: size. Every TV manufacturer I spoke to had the same argument: the television is “the largest screen in your home”. It is also at the centre of your home and in front of your comfiest chairs so what could be better than having all the functionality of your computer right in front of you while relaxing on the sofa? It is the natural evolution of TV, it is step forward for convergence.

To which I say TV makers have completely missed the point…

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Copyright for all reviews, editorials and features on this site belong to their respective publishers. All samples published on this website are via prior agreement with those publishers and serve to act as a portfolio and centralised location for all my work. Contact me at gordon@gordonkelly.com should you wish to commission me or supply review samples, press releases or arrange meetings. 

My Favourite Product of 2010…

January 6, 2011 by  
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…but it wasn’t published until 1 January 2011. If you love music and you have the cash read my review of the best speaker dock on the planet then go buy one. Hurry up!

Arcam rCube Review

Arcam rCube award editors
“The world’s best iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock”.

That is one ballsy opening sentence, but it is exactly how Arcam introduced the rCube, a dock which arose from over three years of R&D. “No ifs, no buts – the best iPod sound system so far,” it continues – and the thing is, Arcam’s right…

Pull the rCube from its box and you wouldn’t expect to draw such a conclusion. Not because the dock is poorly made, but because it doesn’t announce itself with the pomp and ceremony of incumbent champ the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin. Whereas the Zeppelin’s stretched oval lines are a bombastic fashion statement that demands your attention the rCube is, well, a cube…

Read full review on TrustedReviews.

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