Flexible Samsung phone ‘to be issued in 2012’

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

News story for The Daily Telegraph. Also here

The new Samsung Galaxy Skin is set to feature a bendable AMOLED display that will allow users to roll it up like a wrist-watch
Samsung is poised to release a flexible mobile phone, according to reports in the International Business Times. The new Samsung Galaxy Skin will feature an AMOLED display that will allow the phone to bend around a cylinder with a 1-inch diameter. Brighter than the normal screen, the AMOLED display is also low-energy and almost unbreakable, according to the reports.

Using a plastic polyimide substrate instead of glass, Samsung has produced displays that are “rollable [and] bendable” and which can even “survive blows from a hammer”. The phone was developed by Prof Haeseong Jee and Jye Yeon You.

The key material of this new technology is ‘graphene’, touted as “the miracle material”. Research by scientists from Columbia University has established that ‘graphene’ is the strongest material in the world, “some 200 times stronger than structural steel”.

The Galaxy Skin will offer a high-resolution 800×480 flexible AMOLED screen, eight megapixel camera and 1Gb of RAM as well as a 1.2GHz processor. Samsung has not yet disclosed the device’s operating system, but there have been rumors about Jelly Bean – Google’s next Android release after Ice Cream Sandwich – or a new release called Android Flexy.

The new core technology also allows the phone to be used as a mouse, a clock or a wrist-watch. Samsung has not confirmed the exact date of release.


Dell to keep PC production despite HP’s exit

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Another news story for The Daily Telegraph (also here)

HP’s decision to scrap its hardware business is an opportunity for the company, says Dell founder and chief executive Michael Dell

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Dell will continue to produce and sell hardware for personal computers, according to its founder and chief executive Michael Dell.

Shrugging off black clouds hanging over the PC industry after Hewlett-Packard’s exit from the business, Dell showed confidence over his company’s future.

Despite growing pressure from tablets and Apple’s Macbooks, Dell believes his company will benefit from HP’s surprise decision, announced last month, to spin off its personal computer line.

He stressed the importance of a hardware-selling strategy to give Dell a surplus over competitors in the server market. « Read the rest of this entry »

Google to add celebrity endorsements to search results

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

News story I wrote yesterday for The Daily Telegraph. You can find it also here

Google is planning a new advertising program that will show celebrity endorsement of products.

Christian Oestlien, Google’s head of social advertising said that the company is currently testing the feature, which will appear under paid search results.

During his presentation at the SMX Conference in New York City, Oestlien showed a sample screenshot in which a product, available in US department store Sears, appeared in search results with the endorsement of the Kardashian sisters.

“Some advertisers use celebrity endorsement in their ads. This test extends the option of celebrity endorsement to online campaigns,” a Google spokesman said. “We’re always testing new ways to make advertising more compelling to our users and advertisers.” « Read the rest of this entry »

Winning a Wailer round

August 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

News story for the London Evening Standard – Londoner’s Diary. Also here


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Easy skanking. Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald talked about his Bob Marley documentary at the Frontline club last night, set for an autumn release
30 years after Marley died. “It was a challenge because Bunny Wailer (pictured), the last Wailer alive, refused to be interviewed for 10 months,” said Macdonald. “Bunny asked for $1 million but came to understand the interview was in his interest. He kept saying ‘people misunderstand me’ so I gave him a chance to talk. Ultimately people want to talk.

Is this Cuba’s Stonewall moment?

July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Feature for The Independent newspaper. You can find it also here

Last week the streets of Havana witnessed their first ever gay pride march. Gianluca Mezzofiore talks to those on the front line of the island’s equality movement

Photo Credit: Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

The Stonewall riots of 28 June 1969 provide a key date for the advancement of gay civil rights.

On that occasion, a group of gay customers of the Stonewall Inn in legendary Greenwich Village took a stand against police harassment and raids and gave birth to a freedom movement that is still fighting battles now – as last week’s legalisation of gay marriage in New York proved.

From this year, 28 June will also be remembered by Cuba’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for the first non-authorised march that took place in Havana, in the historic Paseo del Prado.

Instead of getting swamped by the bureaucratic maze of Cuban institutions and applying for a licence to march, the local Observatory for LGBT Rights opted for the easiest way: get together in the streets without authorisation. It’s undoubtedly a challenge to the Castro regime, once known for its strictness regarding the right of freedom to assembly. « Read the rest of this entry »

The 10 best children’s cookbooks

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Feature for the i newspaper. 

It’s never too early to learn your way around a kitchen. If you’re nurturing a budding Jamie or Nigella, here’s where to find the best child-friendly recipes

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60 hurt in protests at Alpine rail-link

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

News story for The Independent. You can read it also here

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At least 30 police officers and 30 demonstrators were injured in the Italian Alps yesterday during protests over the construction of a high-speed rail link between Italy and France.

Local residents had built barricades to prevent bulldozers from starting excavation at the site in Val di Susa. In the biggest police operation since the G8 summit in Genoa 10 years ago, 2,000 officers used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, La Repubblica reported.

The Italian government is determined to start the project this week to meet the deadline fixed by the European Commission to fund the line construction with €672m (£599m). But environmentalists and residents fear the Val di Susa Alpine site, an area of breathtaking beauty, will be spoilt by heavy machinery.