TECHANORY

The Demise of History

As the small print that investment managers are mandated to publish on their adverts warns, past success is no guarantee of future returns. Only two decades ago, the world’s telecommunications technology industry rested proudly on the shoulders of a small…

Advertising’s mini crisis – not enough geeks

I’d neither met nor heard a ‘prophet’ speak before so my expectations were heightened when I learned that David Shing would address the third annual Media360 Summit in Hong Kong. Shing, or ‘Shingy’ for short, is an Australian-born, New York…

CAN STEVE JOBS SAVE NEWSPAPERS?

While journalism is busy reinventing itself for the digital future, the newspaper publishing business has taken up residence in the town of Jeopardy. It’s moved in close to the high street where you’ll find the travel agent, the video rental…

CONNECTING FOR SOCIAL GOOD

Speaking to the Financial Times recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates defined the drive to connect the world’s population to the Internet as a secondary requirement to eradicating disease and malnutrition: “I certainly love the IT thing,” he said. “But when…

THE TELEGRAM. R.I.P.

She spotted me walking towards the cottage door. A look of terror came to her face.  As a telegram delivery boy, I’d seen that look many times before – people seldom sent frivolous telegrams.  The door, the kind commonly found…

INNOVATION FOUND, ALIVE AND WELL

Businesses typically require confidence to make long-term investments. It’s tempting when the global economy turns cold for finance-types to batten down the hatches and wait for the economic storms to pass. Many companies around the world have done this over…

THE DIGITALLY DISADVANTAGED

Toby Parkin is an entrepreneur in St Agnes, a coastal village in Cornwall. His company, Headforwards, develops software for businesses. Cornwall’s rural location makes for great holidays and surfing in the sea (tried it, loved it … twice) but it…

LESS TALKTALK, MORE ACTION

Just because large, often slow-moving, targets are easiest to hit doesn’t necessarily make them fair targets. Dido Harding, chief executive of X-Factor sponsor TalkTalk, this week took aim at what she described as a ‘talented and lovely monopolist’.  She was…

PAY AS YOU ‘EARN’ MEDIA

A judge in the US is presiding over a patent hearing, where database giant Oracle is claiming $1 billion from search giant Google for alleged infringement of its intellectual property in software programming language, Java. The judge has demanded that…

THE LORDS’ BROADBAND PRAYER

The old duffers, better known as the House of Lords, are choking on their claret and cucumber sandwiches, but it’s difficult to win an argument when you conceded the debate 28 years earlier. Its Select Committee on Communications has had…