The peculiarities of cellular network speeds


It’s easy these days to see how fast your mobile network is – just run a test on your mobile device with a service such as and it will give you measured results. But – as I expect you would guess – there’s more to it than simply looking at download/upload rates and ping […]

Putting the EE experience to the test


In October, mobile operator EE rolled out the UK’s first 4G mobile network in selected cities across the UK. The initial public roll-out of 4G wasn’t without some big hiccups for EE early adopters, notably as experienced and recorded by my friend Andrew Grill. What Andrew experienced, the role the social web played in how […]

Looking at TweetDeck anew


One of the software programs that really kick-started wide use of Twitter in its early days was TweetDeck, first released in 2008. Acclaimed in particular by early adopters, TweetDeck quickly became the third-party app of choice for power users of Twitter because of its ability to let you do far more with Twitter than you […]

Boost your WordPress blog with Jetpack


If you self-host a WordPress blog, one of the most useful plug-ins you can install is Jetpack, created by WordPress publisher Automattic originally for blogs built on the hosted service The Jetpack plug-in has recently been updated to version 2, which now makes it an indispensible part of your blog presence on the social […]

An easier view on influence analysis with Kred Story


Things are heating up in the social influence measurement space with yesterday’s re-launch of Kred as Kred Story. Kred is one of three companies I see as the primary ones that, broadly, offer measurement and analytics services in the emerging field of social influence measurement (the other two companies are Klout and PeerIndex). Each offers […]

QR codes at heart of lost-and-found service


A topic I’ve written about frequently here is QR codes, those square, random-looking black-and-white images that are meaningless to the eye but content-rich to a cameraphone and some barcode-scanning software. These little barcodes are popping up everywhere these days, and how they’re being used by marketers attracts praise and derision in almost equal measure. Given […]

Paying with your smartphone at Starbucks UK


When Starbucks announced recently that an Android app is now available in the UK to let you pay for your coffee and other products in store with that app, I was looking forward to trying it out. And I finally did that yesterday at Starbucks in Hammersmith Broadway, west London, in a process that took […]

I’d love to try the new Office Preview if I could get it installed


This concise comment on Microsoft’s Office Preview support forum says it all about the frustrations that many people including me have experienced in trying to install the free trial version of Office Customer Preview: Hey Microsoft, make it simple yo…… Announced yesterday, Microsoft is making the trial universally available to anyone who cares to try […]

American Express and Foursquare connect in the UK


I was pretty excited when I first learned that American Express were bringing their Foursquare promotional offerings to the UK, their first market for this outside the US. Just as in the US, what the promotion does for American Express cardholders in the UK is give you special offers when you check in with Foursquare […]