405 Tech Round-Up: Google Plus has been assigned to the internet task force’s war against racism

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This is an excerpt of a satirical tech column I sometimes write for The 405 – click the link below to read the whole thing.

If you thought Google would have given up on Google Plus by now then you need to realise that Google will never give up. Ever. Unless it’s on Reader, which was a shame. Because Reader was cool. Either way, the reality is that Google is still fully on its mission to force us all to use Google Plus.

The latest news is that Google’s own video network YouTube will have its comments section revamped. To say this overhaul is overdue is a bit of an understatement. Many of us that grew up on the internet have slowly been indoctrinated into the bullying, sexist, racist world of YouTube comments. The internet certainly didn’t start out that way, or at least it took awhile for these miscreants to be given such an accessible soap box. We know to ignore them, albeit with a little more despair for the human race, but imagine being a teenager thrust into this world from the start.

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Andy Price interview – Cassette Culture, Music & The Co-op Meal Deal

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If you’ve been on here before you’ve probably noticed I play in a band sometimes, just for fun. But part of that fun is doing silly things like this.

Jodie is a good friend of mine and she does a good job writing about local music. When she put out a tweet the other night urgently looking for a band to interview for her October slot I put my hand up.

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405 Tech Round-Up: The iPhone 5s & 5c went on sale today – but how did they handle the pressure at Apple HQ?

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This is an excerpt of a satirical tech column I sometimes write for The 405 – click the link below to read the whole thing. 

This week started pretty well for Apple – the run up to the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c saw hundreds of their most loyal customers take camp outside Apple stores with an aching in their loins for fingerprint technology and 64 megabits. The queues fueled the usual stories in the press. Who are these geeks asked the Telegraph like it’s still 2001 and nerd glasses and geek culture isn’t actually a celebrity endorsed fashion empire…

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Encounters Short Film Festival: So you think that’s funny

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I’ve always had somewhat of an ambiguous attitude to the Encounters Short Film Festival, which has taken place in the city of Bristol once a year for the last 19 years.

I’m a fan of the short film, I enjoy sitting in a darkened and otherwise quiet room when all gets a little too much. Whether that’s hiding in the corner under a blanket with a cup of coffee watching A Field in England at this year’s End of the Road Festival, or escaping to the press room – where lights are compellingly dimmed – at almost every single conference on game development I’ve been too as I try to escape both the talks, and a hangover. Stranger still, I’ve never been a games writer.

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Review: Akron/Family @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 24.07.13

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I journeyed over to Cardiff to catch US psych/folk band Akron/Family support their new album ‘Sub-Verses’. I’ve seen them a handful of times now, and somehow manage to catch them along the way on other travels. I’ve seen them in Denmark, Canada, England and now Wales. Because everyone knows it counts as an entirely different country. Every time has been completely different – they’re an entirely unpredictable band both on record and in live form – I hope I got this across in the review. Have a read…

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When Cassette Culture met the Wave Pictures for the very first time: A short story

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For those of you that don’t know, I play guitar and sing in a band called Cassette Culture. We’re based out of Bristol in the UK and play fairly frequently in the local area.

One of my favourite bands is a band called the Wave Pictures.

The last few times they’ve come through Bristol we’ve been asked to support them. So once again I’m doing a bit of promo and got a little over excited and wrote my first meeting with the band in to a short story. Is it a fictionalised account? Well, as I think you’ll notice – it’s impossible to tell.

Here’s the full piece, with the promotional blurb too… obviously.

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iPhone 5s & 5c launch imminent – but what does that C stand for?

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The ‘anticipation’ is ‘hotting up’ due to ‘feverish speculation’ as we prepare for the ‘expected launch’ of the new Apple iPhone today.

Or in other words – because every visiting executive, courier and pizza boy coming out of Apple’s factories in China appears to have been gifted with a comprehensive press release with a list of new features, we’re going to be seeing a premium model – the 5s, and a cheaper model, the 5c.

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