As one of the tech journalists lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Apple's pre-Christmas line-up, I got to get my hands on a the new iPad mini with Retina display and the new iPad Air, which is due to go on sale on 1 November. Both are lovely, but it's the iPad Air that is grabbing all the headlines, and rightly so.
After Jobs' death, Apple seemed to have lost its streaking edge. But, do the times look promising and do things look like they are binding themselves together? Well, for starters, we certainly hope so!
The Hudl is no powerhouse, but it's far from being something to dismiss out of hand. You get a lot of tablet for your money - and it's a great present for younger children who don't need the raw power of more expensive alternatives.
Life can get pretty complicated, with a million and one things that need to be done at once. Sigh. Luckily, in a cave somewhere, they've found the Ten Commandments of Clutter.
Technology, it is often yet accurately said, sets you free. Nowhere is this more true than it is for disabled people, like myself. You often do not think about it: like so many other things in our day to day lives, it just fades into the background. Yet without technology, I simply couldn't be myself.
Over the next few days thousands of normal people will be plunging into the depths of updating the core operating system of their Apple mobile phones and tablets... we are all geeks now, and happily tap away at iOS7 updates and Android settings as we'd they'd been born clutching a smartphone.
t IFA, Philips announced a new collaboration with globally-renowned DJ Armin van Buuren. Industry innovator and five-time winner of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll, Armin is working with Philips to develop audio products for both DJs and music fans.
Once again the news is full of warnings about the dangers of children spending too much time on screens. New research by Public Health England suggests that greater amounts of screen-time correlates with increased potential for depression and anxiety in young people and was responsible for limiting a child's opportunity for social interaction and physical activity.
Since Windows 8 was first released, I had the feeling that it was a poor hybrid. As far as I'm concerned, there is little wrong with Windows 8's traditional desktop mode. But used on a regular desktop machine, it has always felt to me that the 'modern' side of things was tacked on almost as an afterthought.
Apple has succeeded in becoming a cultural icon as well as a successful business, its desirable products and clever advertising set it apart from other technology companies. But it isn't the only enterprise that has been touched by the Jobs halo, remember he's also the man behind the Pixar animation studio.
Although having emails and internet on hand 24/7 has, I confess, been a massive help to my life in recent years, it still saddens me slightly that technology is fast taking over our everyday lives.
I took my poo phone into the Apple Store and the genius up the back told me, "This phone has been water damaged." I replied, "Hey genius, I'm not here because it's working. Can you fix it?" He told me it'd be cheaper to get a new one. So I told him about the time I had sex with a real girl and his head exploded.
Danny Kitchen, a 5 year-old from Bristol, racked up a bill of £1700 in less than 10 minutes. He'd been buying bombs in the 'free' app Zombies vs. Ninja at £69.99 per pack. He bought 19, as well as various other bonuses. When asked what happened Danny said, "I'm not sure how I did it, I thought it was free."
Tablets seem to embody the neutralisation and monetisation of a technology's liberating potential. What is more, after the rise of hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, tablets certainly appear more conducive to placidity and less threatening to the status quo.
One of the traditional barriers to online shopping has been the fact that consumers like to hold items in their hands and examine the quality up close. Clever technologies, such as the Retina screen of the iPad, are helping the most innovative in the industry to experiment with things like textured screens to emulate the feel of items.
We spend a lot of our time strapped in, consuming, connected and charging. We're living in a world that's driven by technology and we drive technology too. I recently had two of my friends over who I met in college 11 years ago and we reminisced on the amazing times we had growing up.