Amazon's New 'Kindle Unlimited' eBook Reading Service

Amazon’s New ‘Kindle Unlimited’ eBook Reading Service

Best thought of as a ‘Netflix for Books’ type product, Amazon today announced their ‘Kindle Unlimited’ service. For $9.99 a month, you get unlimited access to as many ebooks as you wish, from a selection of about 600,000 in total, plus also access to a few thousand audio books too (the audio book access may [...]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 July, 2014

Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 July, 2014

Good morning As I write this late on Thursday, the news is full of the Malaysia Airlines crashed 777 – not the mysterious MH370 of almost five months ago, but instead, MH17, a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which crashed over eastern Ukraine, with all 298 passengers and crew believed dead.  Here’s an interesting [...]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 July, 2014

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 July, 2014

Good morning My broken ankle is continuing to improve, and I expect today to be able to start ‘going to work’ once more – an event which in my fortunate case involves no more travel and travail than going downstairs to my office at home.  Until now, the 15 stairs have been too challenging to [...]

A Solution to the New TSA Requirement for Charged Electronics

A Solution to the New TSA Requirement for Charged Electronics

On Sunday the TSA announced that passengers may be required to turn on their mobile electronic devices as part of security screening. If the device doesn’t turn on, it would be deemed suspicious and the passenger would not be allowed to travel with it.  This new rule applies at unnamed international airports on flights traveling [...]

What Makes Digital Music Good (or Bad) Quality?

What Makes Digital Music Good (or Bad) Quality?

This is the second part of a new series on digital music.  The first part, chronicling the astonishing deterioration in recorded music quality, is here. The sounds we hear are usually created and always heard in what is termed an ‘analog’ process.  Earlier types of recording and playing back music used analog processes at every [...]

Another Medical Bulletin 27 June 2014

Another Medical Bulletin 27 June 2014

Hi It is six long weeks since my world changed, massively and unexpectedly, when I fractured my ankle in multiple places while mowing the lawn. They have been difficult and uncomfortable weeks, marked by multiple surgeries, and now two plates and 18 screws in my ankle bones.  But I’m told that I’m on the road [...]

The Slow but Certain Death of the Taxi Industry

The Slow but Certain Death of the Taxi Industry

Traveling by taxi is a highly variable experience.  A ride in a ‘black cab’ in London seems to combine the very best possible driver with the very best possible design of specialty taxi vehicle, but alas, also at the very highest possible cost. On the other hand, taxis in other major world cities can sometimes [...]

Amazon's Fire Phone Failure

Amazon’s Fire Phone Failure

History is repeating itself, and Amazon is not learning from its past mistakes.  Amazon’s announcement of its long anticipated cell phone on Wednesday showed a phone with interesting features, but almost surely fatal weaknesses. One of the big problems with the phone is the same problem that already exists with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets – [...]