My 6 Best Travel Purchases Of 2017 (so far)


I’m on the move a lot whether the commute to work or flights to other countries, so I’m constantly looking for ways to “upgrade” my travel experience. Here are 6 purchases this year that have made a difference: Continue reading “My 6 Best Travel Purchases Of 2017 (so far)”

My 5 Measures To Protect Personal Data

There’s so many stories of hacks that lead to major data breaches. The latest is Equifax, the US consumer credit score company, who revealed that hackers accessed 143 million customer account details this year. The data included customer’s names, social security numbers, drivers licences, and credit card numbers! But there have been many more this year including in Europe. I’ve been fairly blasé about these risks, but now I’ve decided to take steps to protect my data. Here are my big  five: Continue reading “My 5 Measures To Protect Personal Data”

My Smartphone Was Resurrected!

There I was thinking whether I should buy a new smartphone or stay with my ancient Nokia when the repair shop called to say my I-Phone was fixed! I had mixed feelings. As my recent blog showed, I was quite enjoying a smartphone detox. But there are some things I really do need a smartphone for.

One is checking train times and Continue reading “My Smartphone Was Resurrected!”

Yikes! My Phone Died (and How I Survived)

It happened while on holiday. I dropped my iPhone in the salty sea, my phone got soaked, end of phone. I’ve been iPhone-less for over a week now. That means no WhatsApp, no social media, no Google Maps, no newsfeeds and no camera. I’ve had to resort to using my “back-up” old-school Nokia (pictured) – it can make calls and its battery lasts forever, but that’s about all it can do.

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Would You Trust “Doctor Artificial Intelligence”? (2 min read)

If you want to sound clever and entrepreneurial, just slip the words “machine learning”, “neural networks”, or “big data” into your conversations. Most people will pretend to know what you’re talking about and sound impressed. It makes it even easier, then, to simply re-label existing quantitative work as “machine learning” or “big data” and enjoy the halo effect. I should of course add that all my research is based on deep learning techniques using big data 🙂

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What Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) Told Me…

…(and 85,000,000 others) a few weeks ago in a 6000 word essay entitled “Building Global Community” was fascinating.  He essentially formulates a view on how we can create a global community that works for all. Within the essay, he makes some astute observations on human behaviour and polarisation: Continue reading “What Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) Told Me…”

9 Cool New Useful Apps I’m Loving!

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I’m always on the look out for cool new apps and here’s nine of my latest discoveries

  1. Twizoo – there are loads of restaurant recommendation apps from curated ones like Time Out to user generated lists like Foursquare. This is completely different – at least visually. It generates bubbles of local restaurants/cafes. The size of the bubble shows how much Twitter traffic (or buzz) there is about the place and the colour represents how good the place is based on the content of the tweets. Green is good, yellow middling and red is bad.

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11 Podcasts To Enrich Your Life

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Podcasts are the hidden gems of the digital world. While everyone is streaming music, Netflix and chillin’ and e-reading, podcasts provide an amazing array of free on-demand audio content. I regularly download or stream podcasts on my commute to work or listen for hours on flights around the world. I subscribe to around 80 podcasts ranging from the cerebral to the silly. Here are 9 with specific episodes to give you a taste: Continue reading “11 Podcasts To Enrich Your Life”

Which Is the Cheapest Country To Buy An I-Phone?

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I travel a lot and so often compare prices of the same items to see which country is the cheapest. This is especially the case with expensive small devices like I-Phones, but I’m never quite sure whether I have got the best deal.

So I’ve trawled through Apple websites by country to find the cost of buying a standard issue I-Phone 6s. Continue reading “Which Is the Cheapest Country To Buy An I-Phone?”