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Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 September, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 September, 2017

Good morning It is a great pleasure to start off another week with another round of heartfelt thanks to the people who generously added their names to our 2017 Supporters list.  We are now at 126 Supporters after two weeks of this year’s annual fundraising drive, compared to 122 after two weeks last year and […]

Why You're Never Going to See Bio-fuel Powering a Commercial Airplane

Why You’re Never Going to See Bio-fuel Powering a Commercial Airplane

When airlines feel a desperate need for some good press, there are several standard things they can do. They can offer up any empty bit of corporate jingoism that is dutifully parroted by a slavish and sycophantic press, dependent on airline advertising dollars. They can talk about their latest multi-million dollar cabin redesigns, secure in […]

New 10" Big Screened Amazon Tablet, Amazing $150 Value

New 10″ Big Screened Amazon Tablet, Amazing $150 Value

As we have anticipated for a while, Amazon have now released a new 10.1″ screened Fire tablet, the Fire HD 10, addressing an increasingly painful gap in their tablet product range. As hoped for, the new tablet is priced at an astonishing bargain price of $150 – the same price their 8″ tablets were selling […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 September, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 September, 2017

Good morning Well, what a week it has been, some of it good, some of it disappointing. Let’s talk about the good first.  Our Grand Tour of Great Britain next June had another person sign up this week (a lady on her third Travel Insider tour).  We’re now at 18 – room for about ten […]

Apple's Growing Jumble of Obsolete Under-featured Phones

Apple’s Growing Jumble of Obsolete Under-featured Phones

Apple’s management of its iPhone range may be extremely clever – but just perhaps, increasingly it may be the opposite. Yes, we of course accept the iPhone’s extraordinary success by all measures to date, and don’t wish to argue against that.  But, the past is not necessarily a predictor of the future, and if we […]

Android's Answer to Apple :  Excellent Phones for Only $50

Android’s Answer to Apple : Excellent Phones for Only $50

Apple have just announced their newest three phones, priced at even higher prices than last year’s models, and culminating in a breathtaking $1150 for a top of the line iPhone X with extra memory.  (We review and analyze their new iPhone 8, 8+ and X models here.) Many of us have gotten into the habit […]

Should You Line Up for an Iphone 8 or X?

Should You Line Up for an Iphone 8 or X?

Today was Apple’s official launch for its new range of iPhones.  The event started off with a short tribute to Steve Jobs, but some of us were wondering what Jobs would have thought of the event and the products to be featured there. Jobs was famous for ensuring near-total secrecy of products prior to their […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 September, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 September, 2017

Good morning Although official summer continues for another two weeks, traditional summer has finished, the schools are back, and traffic patterns, at least in Seattle, are returning to their terribly jammed state.  Perhaps Amazon’s announcement this week of creating a second HQ in North America employing as many as 50,000 people – a crazy concept […]

Video Streaming on Your Television

Video Streaming on Your Television

Surely you know all about Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the now literally thousands of other internet video streaming services. The internet has progressed astonishingly – do you remember, seemingly only ‘yesterday’, when the internet struggled to allow poor quality audio to be broadcast?  The first attempts at video, with appallingly low resolution and constant […]

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