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Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson are big news right now, and while it's not tech, I wanted to use some of the insider knowledge I have to explain what that show is like to work on. I'd love to hear your comments, and any questions, I'll try to answer. 
Before I became a technology journalist I worked at the BBC for many years. During that time I was lucky enough to work on Top Gear. My job was to maintain the BBC's official website. In the past I haven't written much about my time there, but now seems like [...]
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+Paul Newport the contract negotiations could well be the nub of it ... the simple test of that will be: if the lads end up on another broadcaster, what will be their pay packets be in 1 year, 3 years, and beyond?  +ReminderBot can you get back to us periodically with that answer? Thanks :) 
They all may well love their rum, but wave enough zeros and the lucrum always tastes better... 
Any takers on a bet that it goes that way? ;-) 
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http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2015/02/19/apple-watch-edition-will-cost-at-least-5000-probably-a-lot-more/

If I'm right the Apple watch will cost $5000 minimum, but I'm thinking $8000 is closer to the mark. 

Estimates suggest there's around $850 of gold in this thing and that Apple will weigh any returns to make sure none has been shaved off!
Apple tends to make a decent profit on its devices. It's quite well known that the Bill of Materials for the iPhone (known as the BoM) is a fraction of what it charges. Various analysts suggest that it makes about 50-70% profit on its phone. That profit is less on [...]
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Since computers became popular in the 80s people have dreamed of creating a virtual world. In TV shows and movies as well as in the minds of every gamer across the globe, the idea of being able to immerse yourself in a world of virtual reality is a dream that just won't [...]
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As we're all Google people here this might be an unpopular opinion, but I welcome the debate. 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/12/30/google-needs-to-fix-android-wear-in-2015-to-fend-off-the-apple-watch/
I've pretty much had an Android Wear device on my wrist since the summer and one thing I've realised, with my time using the LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3 and Moto 360 is that for all their individual hardware faults, the biggest problem of all with these devices [...]
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I'm not dumping anything. I shared it, and it's getting some comments. Most of these comments seem to assume that I'm somehow trolling, and there's really no way to answer that point because I'm never going to convince people any different. 

If you want my engagement, say something I can engage with, and you'll have it. 
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Here's a nice piece I wrote today about new streaming audio service Tidal, which offers lossless music at CD quality over the internet for $20/£20 http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/10/28/tidal-lossless-music-streaming-review-forget-spotify-get-cd-quality-music/
Streaming music is great, but quality has never been the primary concern for Spotify, Google and the others, but Tidal hopes to change that with CD quality streaming.
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I signed up for the trial period, but I don't believe the improvement in audio quality was enough to justify the extra cost and - just as importantly - the data use.
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Later today HTC will launch a new phone and an action camera. But these product are more things that mean the company is in dire straits; http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/10/07/htc-is-fading-fast-and-an-action-camera-and-nexus-tablet-cant-save-it/
HTC is in massive financial trouble, its market share is slipping and its solution to all these issues is to launch a GoPro competitor.
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Well said: t currently produces the most powerful Windows Phone on the market. The HTC One for Windows takes the hardware from the HTC One M8 and ports Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS to it. It’s very good indeed. I’ve used it and it’s impressive. So why isn’t it causing a storm in the Windows Phone world? Because it’s a Verizon exclusive in the States, and you can’t buy it in most other countries at all."
I opted for the LG G3 because the M8 for Windows was not available on T-Mobile.
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It's hard not to love Einstein. He was a scientist who made predictions so ridiculously accurate that they couldn't be proved correct until long after his death. Here's an amazing example: in 1916 he theorized that a pulsar would attract its orbiting white dwarf at a rate of 7mm per [...]
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David Cameron, the PM of the UK would like to see Snapchat and WhatsApp killed off after the 12 people murdered at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2015/01/12/the-british-prime-minister-wants-to-ban-snapchat-and-whatsapp/
Video As the world continues to be shocked by the events in Paris last week it's time for the leaders of the world to prove just how little they understand technology. At an event in Nottingham, England, David Cameron spoke about how Britain has, in the past, been able to get access [...]
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Here's my review of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/12/12/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-review-the-future-of-smartphones-is-here/ spoiler, I love it, which was a slight surprise to me too. 
The Note Edge was, I think, only ever supposed to be a phone for Korea. Despite its IFA launch, the way Samsung refused to announce firm plans to bring the phone to the EU and US sort of suggested that the company was going to stick with its home turf. [...]
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Google is now taking pre-orders for the Nexus Player, a product that makes no sense at all while it is still selling Chromecast
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There are actually a lot of games with controller support already for Android. Mostly FPS and 3rd person shooters, but if you are buying a controller, that's what it's for because the touch screen is awful with fast paced games. 
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    Head of Video, 2011 - 2014
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