Incredible as it may seem today, mobile phones were fairly passive and largely offline devices as recently as the mid-Noughties. There were no app stores, no 4G connectivity and no mobile versions of desktop web browsers. Internet Explorer ...Read More
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If you live in the heart of a major city, it’s easy to take mobile network coverage for granted. If you live in a rural county like Cornwall or Pembrokeshire, you’re unlikely to be so blasé. Mobile network coverage varies hugely across...Read More
It’s almost exactly ten years since the Apple iPad debuted in a world that had hitherto existed quite happily without tablet devices. In 2010, digital communications took two main forms – through desktop and laptop computers, or across ...Read More
It’s a common scenario. You log onto a website to perform a financial transaction, enter your card details, and a message flashes up. “For your security, we need to confirm your identity by sending a verification code to a number ending...Read More
Handheld mobile phone footage has become ubiquitous in the modern age, from social media updates to eyewitness accounts of live events. However, these are often a hard watch – and not necessarily because of what’s being filmed. Wobbly a...Read More
The next time you’re watching an episode of Sherlock or EastEnders, you might notice phone numbers appearing in the background of certain scenes. They may be listed on a poster on a pub wall, displayed on a taxi’s door vinyls, or listed...Read More
It’s not often that a modern piece of technology can trace its lineage directly back to the Victorian age, but the 3.5mm headphone jack has been with us for almost 150 years. In the 1870s, the fledgling telephone network adopted half-inch...Read More
If you’ve ever attempted to watch footage you recorded during a holiday, concert or family occasion, you’ve probably been disappointed with the footage. Smartphone cameras tend to be grainy when viewed on a large screen. Sound reproduct...Read More
Smartphones have become our windows onto the world, but these compact devices are still inherently limited in their audio-visual capabilities. Even with a six-inch screen and a 4K resolution, a smartphone can’t provide an immersive cinema...Read More
A time-honoured trick used by humourists and comedians involves the principle of delayed reaction. ‘My dog’s got no nose.’ ‘How does he smell?’ A long silence follows, while the audience grow increasingly expectant. ‘Awful.’...Read More