Data Retention Bill: What I asked my MP

The Open Rights Group are running a campaign to encourage everyone to contact their MP about the proposed Data Retention BillĀ  and I would urge anyone reading this to do exactly that. The CJEU have ruled that our current data retention law is not compatible with human rights; Austria, Solvenia and Romania have all concluded … more

I’m sure they’re the future, but until everyone has superfast speeds at home, digital game downloads on XBox One will – for most people – be a pain in the A.

My friend has been dying to “get ready for Titanfall”, so this morning he dutifully started downloading the game (today is its UK release date). He pinged me at 09:00 to say it was at 6%. At 17:30, I got this message:

33% in and still no play. But have mopped kitchen, been to tesco, had car cleaned, done front garden and walked dogs. Might hoover next!

XBox Live is already smart enough to asses the suitability of my network connection for multiplayer, so in this next-gen day of “digital first, physical second”, it should assess download suitability, too: “your internet connection sucks, mate; it’ll take you 2 days to complete this download. You’d be be better off purchasing a physical copy of the game from one of these fine outlets near you…”

Channel 4’s DataBaby Project

Channel 4 in the UK have launched an interesting experiment called Data Baby. Using the online persona of a fictional 27 year-old woman called Rebecca Taylor, the idea is to highlight just how easily the breadcrumb trail we leave behind as we move around the internet can be tied together to identify us. So far, … more

A fairer way to use AdBlock?

I wasn’t surprised to see Google remove ad-blocking apps from their Chrome store. Despite what most people think, Google’s core business isn’t search; it isn’t Chrome or Android. They’re an ad-distribution company albeit an ad-distribution company so successful they get to do cool things like build self-driving cars and AR spectacles. Before moving on, we … more

I’m really quite excited about the prospect of Google Glass becoming available to the general public later this year, but I wonder how soon we’ll see them banned from places like art galleries and movie theatres?

Imagine wearing your Google Glass to the cinema: “Ok, Glass. Start a hangout”, and then streaming the movie while your Circles watch along with you.