Category: Tech

Product Management – buzz term or here to stay?

What makes a Product Manager?

Having recently attended the Silicon Milkroundabout at Truman Brewery last Saturday I kept hearing about being a Product Manager and companies crying out for them.

It struck me because I’d always taken the term literally to refer to tangible products but these were all tech startups in dyer need of Product Managers to help to move them forward.

After speaking to a few reps from mind the Product, I realised that Product Management was right up my street. A little further investigation on their website and they define the role as a mashup of three important factors.

The next Google Reader

Flipboard

I’m worried.

Google Reader has it’s writing on the wall and I don’t know what to do.

Why?

I have a wealth of read or starred articles in my Google Reader account, they’re all nicely organised into folders and more importantly I use Google Reader every day.

The only thing is, that I don’t actually use Google Reader every day. I use the data that it outputs but the user interface so so horrible that I would never actually sit and read Google Reader.

What do I use?

Flipboard.

WiiU launch – UK get ripped off again

The WiiU was announced today and although I’ve been present at every launch of every Nintendo console since the N64, I’m not too impressed with what I’ve seen so far.

Yes, it’s finally HD, it’s got a sleek design and I’m really intrigued about how the new gamepad will work.

But, I’m getting pretty sick with the UK getting ripped off again. Although the launch price in Pounds Sterling hasn’t officially been announced, popular retailers have already announced their pricing models.

Nintendo E3 live blog

Nintendo E3 stream

6.10pm GMT

Reggie signs off the Keynote speech with another sneak peak at Nintendo Land.

5.57pm GMT

Nintendo Land announced, it will launch with the release of the WiiU.

It amalgamates many Nintendo franchises into one package. It brings together 12 different attractions. 5 are playable today.

Nintendo Land WiiU

Luigi’s Ghost Mansion will allow one player to utilise a different role in the game as the ghost. The other four players are can’t see the ghost but will be warned by a rumble in their Wii controllers.

The future for movies: Netflix

Netflix

Netflix hit the UK market in January 2012 and I eagerly signed up for the free one month’s trial. I was a bit more in the know than the usual consumer because I’d been watching the online streaming market with much anticipation.

Being 28, I am the perfect age for being continually exploited by Hollywood. I grew up watching what I feel was the golden age for films with epic stories like Back to the Future and as these films aged, so did the multitude of formats that I could consume them on.

Will the networks restrict iOS iMessage?

WWDC came and went with 3 major announcements and some future releases to look forward to.

We knew a lot about Lion and we could predict a lot about iCloud but I think some of the biggest announcements were made by Scott Forstall about iOS 5.

You couldn’t help but feel the tension amongst the room when some of the announcements blatantly conflicted with some of the developers’ plans who were present.

One huge announcement was iMessage. An obvious rival to BlackBerry’s BBM service and pretty much the only ammunition left in RIM’s locker against the invading forces of Apple and Google.

But, if we can send free messages through the new iMessage system, what happens to texts?

My iPad and iPhone run on separate contracts so how can I access messages on both systems?

Maybe you know the answer but could the networks potentially squander what could be a game changing feature?

It wasn’t long ago when Apple were touting ‘personal hotspot’ as a must have feature for iOS4 but can we access that in the UK? The answer is Yes…As long as you pay for it!

Will the same happen again with iMessage or does this spell the end of texting?

It won’t be long before we find out.

An open letter to Nintendo

Nintendo Entertainment System

I’ve been a huge Nintendo fan for years and have grown up surrounded by your major franchises, especially Zelda and Mario.

I supported you through the dark ages of the Gamecube and relentlessly defended you against the threats of the Playstation and XBox.

But then, last year, I went and did the unthinkable. I went to the dark side and bought an XBox 360. This was a huge decision, especially as I’m not only a Nintendo fan boy, but also part of the Cult of Mac.

After the purchase, I instantly felt guilty. I had betrayed the brand that I had grown up with. My Wii still adorned my living room next to the shiny new XBox, but with no major new releases, it sat and gathered dust.

iPad2 has arrived

Coast Design was one of the first in the country to get their hands on the iPad2. The most anticipated apple release since the first iPad and it won’t be beaten until the next iPad hits in around 10 months time.

We’ve heard many a person claim that there’s no real place in society for a tablet computer of this nature, yet the original iPad was a storming success.

Yes, it is a luxury item. No it won’t replace a laptop for those serious about their hardware. We won’t be seeing Adobe Creative Suite being released on the iPad any time soon. But, think about the casual computer user.

Those that have 3 main uses for purchasing a computer of some kind