The thing that strikes you when you first unpack the Razr i – the new mid-range phone from Motorola – is how surprisingly phone-like it looks. Entering an Android world where bigger currently seems to be better – only Andre the Giant could use the Samsung Galaxy S3 comfortably with one hand – the Razr i is refreshingly normal-sized.
It may come in at around half the price of the iPhone 5, but it feels far from cheap. The edges are made from tough aluminium, the back consists of a grippy woven kevlar material and the whole thing feels solid and well-engineered.
It’s that time of year. Frost is in the air and mince pies are in the oven. Bells are ringing. Tills are ringing louder. The big day is fast approaching and we’re well aware that Santa’s sleigh is practically full. But since we’ve been extra-specially nice this year, I’m sure he’s got time to listen to a few late requests…
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When we think of the games industry we still imagine a world that is populated entirely by men. Boys make games so boys buy games so boys make games. The girl gamer – and games designer – remains a lesser spotted beast.
But how true is this stereotype? Is the games industry as overwhelmingly male as we think it is?
Or do we just hear too little about the pioneering women who are helping develop some of the most exciting new titles around (titles which are – shock horror – played by girls as well as boys)?
Glasses? Affirmative. Obscure sci-fi references? Affirmative. Sitting in the dark alone, playing World of Warcraft? Affirmative.
We all have our idea of who the traditional ‘Geek’ is, and for most of us, it’s not a very flattering picture. Even the dictionary currently defines it as ‘an unfashionable or socially inept person‘. Ouch. For the Lady Geeks, this can’t fail to hit a bit of a nerve.
My company’s focused on bridging the gap between women and technology, while our latest campaign, Little Miss Geek, is focused on inspiring the next generation in order to do just that. Read more…
We all know it, it’s pretty darn hard to escape the fact that silly season is approaching. You only have to walk past the local pub to see the Christmas bookings board outside, several Facebook updates standardly at this time of year ‘OMG – it’s 8 weeks until Xmas!!’ The local supermarket has whole sections dedicated to the festive period for god’s sake. No pun intended.
Christmas: the media darling of all occasions, the Daddy’s favourite in the festival family and an opportunity for mass consumerism to take place in its full glory; the gifts exchanged, the technology bought, the alcohol consumed, the parties attended. Britons will spend an estimated £16.7 billion on Christmas gifts this year according to a recent Santander study.
The highly anticipated Halo 4 hit the market last week with an almighty crack and a boom – even if it didn’t reach the lofty Halo 3 sales (over 11 million sold worldwide) it’s still on top of all charts.
Whilst holding it in my hands, I was going back in time and found it hard to think of a single FPS game that I’ve played for more than a day. It’s far outside my usual zone of comfort, genre-wise, but I was pleasantly surprised at how Halo 4 quickly surpassed my expectations and dispelled the preconceptions I usually have for FPS games.
We’ve just received Motorola‘s new smart-phone, the Razr from the lovely PR folks at JCPR. If the Razr name sounds familiar that’s because it was the top-selling GSM phone about ten years ago. Motorola have revived the brand, however today’s Razr has evolved significantly.
One thing has not changed – it’s thin…just like the name suggests. Perhaps not as thin as a razor bit thinner than any other smartphone on the market today. Even though it’s screen has 50% more area than an iPhone‘s it really does not feel bulky.
It’s light too – significantly lighter than any other high-end smartphone, in fact you can barely feel it even in a tight pocket. Glass and brushed aluminum, that’s so last season. This winter it’s all about woven Kevlar titanium composites.
So the hardware is quite remarkable – and I am still amazed at how much hardware they packed into such a tiny case. You’d expect something this thin to have a terrible battery life or abysmal performance, or even an unimpressive screen – actually it’s all been good so far.
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A funny thing happens when you become a mum for the first time. When you look into your baby’s eyes, all sense of your personal history starts to drift slowly away. You start to forget the parties you’ve been to, the partners you had, the mistakes you’ve made. None of it exists anymore. You were never a party person. You were never a socialite. You were never that girl throwing up in the kitchen sink after too many tequilas.