Don’t panic! Skype’s not going away. But it is transitioning to a new future. Where once it was based around a peer to peer architecture, for various reasons – explained in this article on Ars Technica – that’s not entirely practical in future. When it first appeared, one of the great benefits of Skype was… Read More A farewell to Skype
My first piece for Ars Technica has just been published, looking at how to set up a VoIP system for your home. I’ll write more here about the Vigor BX I played with, but meantime read the piece here: arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2016/07/how-to-set-up-voip-at-home.
Android Pay launched today in the UK, so I decided I’d have a quick play with it on my Moto X (2014), and see how well it works. Most of the time these days, I don’t take cash out with me, since all the local places I shop use contactless. Potentially, then, this could mean… Read More A quick first look at Android Pay in the UK
When you see people posting dire warnings, sometimes it’s a good idea to Google them. One I’ve seen today is about not calling a number that rings you, because it costs you £42 just to ring it, and £14 for a text. Here it is in its entirety: ***WARNING THIS NUMBER 07677847913*** has rang me… Read More Scary numbers
A few months back, I did a series of articles on The Register, in which I explained how to build your own mail server. The system I used to do that was the Acer Revo One RL85, which I previously reviewed. The Celeron version comes with Windows 8.1., 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive,… Read More Build your own mail server – Revo One a snip at £149
Good news from Geneva – the future of terrestrial broadcasting in Europe is safe for now, thanks to the decision at WRC-15 to keep the UHF band exclusively for DTT services. As the EBU reports, this means that terrestrial broadcasting – which means Freeview in the UK – will be safe, with a review of… Read More Freeview wins in the battle of Geneva
On Wednesday this week, the new Investigatory Powers Bill is to be published, revealing at last the extent to which our goverment thinks it should have access to all the communications we send over the internet. There will be much talk of how things like WhatsApp and iMessage must allow the government access to messages… Read More Is Theresa May going to make me a criminal?