February 2nd, 2014

Kids

As a parent, there are often times you question why you had children. You spend a lot of your time warning them not to do something so they don’t hurt themselves, and they go and do it anyway. I know deep down that my kids aren’t especially naughty, but sometimes you can’t but help feel frustrated with the world and everyone around you.

Then something small and insignificant happens that drives all of that frustration and stress to the back of your mind — it reminds you why you had children and why you love them unconditionally.

Today, that reminder was served by my youngest, Luka, who is two years of age. When a dinner of chicken, potatoes and vegetables was placed on the table in front of him, he took it upon himself to serve his meal. My wife and I marvelled at his manners and control, but it was what he did next that truly made our hearts melt.

As his brother, Noah (four), was sitting on the sofa watching a film, Luka took a fork, pierced some chicken and potatoes and served his older sibling his meal. He then put his utensils back beside the plate, jumped down from the table and rushed to tell Noah his dinner was ready. 

So proud.

January 7th, 2014

Playing PS3 Games On Your PS4 With PlayStation Now   

I’d deliberately held back buying a next-gen console in November because the launch games weren’t very special and I expected both Microsoft and Sony to ramp up their services in 2014.

Today, Sony announced the one thing I wanted before I’d even consider buying a PlayStation 4: backwards compatible gaming. While Now doesn’t run games locally — it streams them directly from the cloud using the Gaikai technology it acquired last year — you’ll pay a subscription to ‘rent’ and play games from a catalog of PlayStation 3 titles offered by Sony. It means I can play The Last of Us without having to buy an older console, which I’d seriously considered doing in the past few weeks.

If Sony can pull it off, it’ll be a gamechanger. PlayStation Now will launch in the US this summer, I expect I’ll own a PS4 before then.

One of the things I miss in Android 4.4 KitKat on my Nexus 5 is the battery percentage indicator. You’ll can install third-party apps but this solution from XDA user kroegerama is the best I’ve found so far, and it doesn’t require root.
Click the link above, download the APK and install. You’ll need to reboot before it works, but it’ll put a percentage indicator inside the battery icon itself. The only drawback is that the text colour matches the white of the icon, so it’ll only be useful when your Nexus 5 reaches around 50 percent. Blame KitKat’s settings, the app won’t change (unless someone else hacks it in).
(via AndroidBeat)
November 8th, 2013

One of the things I miss in Android 4.4 KitKat on my Nexus 5 is the battery percentage indicator. You’ll can install third-party apps but this solution from XDA user kroegerama is the best I’ve found so far, and it doesn’t require root.

Click the link above, download the APK and install. You’ll need to reboot before it works, but it’ll put a percentage indicator inside the battery icon itself. The only drawback is that the text colour matches the white of the icon, so it’ll only be useful when your Nexus 5 reaches around 50 percent. Blame KitKat’s settings, the app won’t change (unless someone else hacks it in).

(via AndroidBeat)

November 6th, 2013

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I was looking for a Nexus 5 case to protect it from my children’s grubby little hands. I ended up choosing the Ringke Slim case from Amazon* for £6.99. Now it’s on the device, it’ll stay on. It’s light, slim, allows access to all the major buttons and doesn’t take away from the Nexus’ overall design.

Update: Amazon US link here.

*I’ll earn a few pennies if you click this link.

November 5th, 2013

First Day With The Nexus 5

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Having been an iPhone user since 2007, Android always left me feeling a bit cold, mainly due to the lack of polish in Android apps. That’s changed somewhat over the years, with Google starting to take big steps to surpass its mobile rival.

When Google finally confirmed the Nexus 5, I immediately decided to buy it. It’s my first Android device since the Galaxy SIII — a device that worked well but was a total nightmare to hold. I received my new Nexus yesterday and have spent a day customizing and getting to grips with Google’s new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

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October 9th, 2013

Engadgeteer

I just realised I didn’t update people on where I went after I left The Verge — let me rectify that. 

I’m proud to share that I am now Associate European Editor at Engadget, working to build UK content and bring more relevant news, reports and features to the site. It’s a pretty awesome team and I’m already enjoying sitting around the Engadget table. There’s a lot coming, I’m excited to share it with you all.

October 9th, 2013

Packing Up My Desk

Monday was my last official day at The Verge after six months and over 300 posts. While I am (and have been) spending some quality time with my family — as we cling on the the last of an unexpectedly decent British summer — I’m very eager to share news of my next steps, but must keep that excitement on hold for now.

I can be contacted via my personal email address until that time.

There’s a hole in my face.

[Funny thing was when I washed my mouth out, water came squirting out my cheek.]
April 4th, 2010

There’s a hole in my face.

[Funny thing was when I washed my mouth out, water came squirting out my cheek.]