Voice commands or gesture recognition

Voice commands or gesture recognition: how will we control the Computers that augment our vision with new abilities and convincing virtual worlds are commonplace in science fiction, but can they survive on the high street? Winning a slice of the consumer tech market is dangerously unpredictable, pitting Kickstarter funded enthusiasts against corporate giants, and the bedroom boffins are winning.

Oculus Rift review

Oculus Rift review: It felt like ski goggles with a smartphone glued Arguably the most anticipated new gadget of the decade so far is the Oculus Rift, the oddly named, crowd-funded Virtual Reality (VR) headset. It’s just started appearing in game development studios and is destined to hit the high street in 2014, priced around $300 in the US.

Sad Men

I wish I’d been in that meeting: Sad Men – Renegade Inc. I wish I’d been in that meeting. You know, the one where advertising giant Ogilvy decided to launch a new internship programme called “The Pipe”. Read the application page and you’d think this was a golden ticket to meet Willy Wonka. A top flight global creative elite is …

The Bailiff Racket

The Bailiff Racket – Renegade Inc. I wish I’d been in that meeting. You know, the one where East Riding County Council instructed Jacobs Enforcement Services to recover an outstanding parking fine from nurse Rachael Carron (with Jacobs charging her several times the amount of the parking fine – £399 – in fees to do so).

Facebook’s Shame-o-gram

I wish I’d been in that meeting: Facebook’s shame-o-gram. – Renegade Inc. I wish I’d been in that meeting. You know… the one where Facebook decided to hire a scary blue chip law firm to threaten a small non-profit anti-litter campaign over infringing its Instagram trademark. That’s not because it’s a good example of a multi-billion dollar giant bullying a …

The New Day… or Dawn of the Dead?

Wish I’d Been in that Meeting: The New Day – Renegade Inc. I wish I’d been in that meeting. The one where Trinity Mirror staff brainstormed the idea for a new kind of daily newspaper. That must have been quite a thing. A room full of newspaper execs and seasoned editorial staff, throwing out rulebooks and old fashioned thinking. The …

This man says I’m a “retard” and doing “faggotry”

And here’s Josh saying it on Twitter: What I love about this guy is he’s lawyer who specialises in defending Protection from Abuse orders. That’s right, defending men accused of sexual and physical abuse of women and children, stalking, that sort of thing. Now, of course, everyone is entitled to legal representation, however the whole “retard” and “faggotry” shtick hints …

Inside Asda’s “panic room” – their food bank crisis explained

Wish I’d Been in that Meeting: Inside Asda’s “panic room” – Renegade Inc. I wish I’d been in that meeting, the one where Asda bosses started screaming, like Chief Brody in the film Jaws, that they would “need a bigger boat.” The red mist descended on Asda in January and since then they’ve been in full on panic mode behind …

The new X-Files

I have to admit I was excited when I heard the news. The X-files are back, they said. The X-files! Remember them? Remember how you used to sit, glued to the screen, devouring the subtle conspiracy theories, urban myths and cryptozoological marvels that true believer “Spooky” Mulder and reserved sceptic “no nickname” Scully encountered each week? Could it… dare we …

Oh the irony of Twitter Trolls

This week’s Crétin Du Jour is this angry guy. Oh dear. What had I written to annoy him so much? Well, I’d written a piece about Twitter trolls, and Twitter’s recent set-up of a content monitoring “Trust and Saftey Council” which is supposed to address the issue of Twitter Trolls. In particular the ones who make rape threats, death threats …