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About charlesarthur

Freelance journalist - technology, science, and so on. Author of "Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the internet".

What should a second edition of Digital Wars include and exclude?

The publishers are keen on a second edition of Digital Wars – it’s “done so well [in sales terms]”, they say. Which is great to hear, though of course that also means adding new stuff. And taking some stuff out … Continue reading

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Last lap: cutting words and finding numbers

Photo by erikadotnet on Flickr. Some rights reserved I’m in what ought to be the final lap of drafting the book: I handed in a first draft in mid-July (about three weeks late). The target: 70,000 words. What I delivered: … Continue reading

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9 January 2007: Michael Dell launches the 20-inch laptop; Steve Jobs launches.. something else (updated)

Updated: now with picture! The incidental detail that turns up in the research for this book just gets more and more enjoyable. Such as: one wants to be accurate: precisely which day of the week was it that Steve Jobs … Continue reading

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Building a time machine for John Gruber with the aid of Wolfram Alpha

John Gruber remarked on Thursday, in the context of “What could you buy for $8bn?” (following on from Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype – a purchase that I’ve already said won’t add $8bn of value to Microsoft, yet which I also … Continue reading

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Serendipitously: Is this where the Kinect really started?

This article was first scheduled to appear in The Independent in 26 February 2002. Hmm, ultrasonic detection… navigation… that sounds like… Amazing what you discover when you’re looking for completely other things. I was doing a search for “tablet” and … Continue reading

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If Nokia is a bureaucracy, and Microsoft is a political party, then what are Apple and Google?

So I was reading Andrew Orwlowski’s “What sealed Nokia’s fate?” which concludes elegantly: The problem Stephen Elop faces now is not a technical one. I’ll offer another Unpopular Opinion here: that WP7 is really remarkably good already. If it wasn’t … Continue reading

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But I’m still waiting to watch news clips on my watch…

On 1 December 2000, I met Koji Hase of Toshiba, who was over in London on a meet-and-greet to promote Toshiba’s newest and smartest technologies. Wow, really? I’ll be able to download news clips to my watch? Note the other … Continue reading

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