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Manchester, UK
Editor at Large — The Next Web
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Editor-at-Large at The Next Web, member of Manchester Digital council. Making music as @TheStarFighterP. I say 'Yes' a lot.

WhoSampled + Spotify = a fascinating new way to explore music on iOS — WhoSampled has been around for years now, as a service dedicated to mapping which songs contain samples of other songs. So, if you search for Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice, you'll see that it sampled Under Pressure by David Bowie & Queen (as if you didn't know), but the WhoSampled goes way more deep and obscure than that.
Feb 10, 2016

The screenshot here illustrates my favourite bit of music trivia; the link between Dudley Moore and acid house: lets startups show investors traction in real-time — Is there a better way of pitching potential investors in your startup than just requesting a meeting and taking along a slide deck? How about letting them access your growth metrics so they can see how you're performing in real-time?
Feb 09, 2016 lets startups show investors their traction in real-time < Another aggregated dashboard product

Anchor for iOS brings audio blogging back from the dead — Just a few weeks after the launch of Zcast comes another startup with a fresh take on social audio. Anchor, which is out today on iOS, bills itself as an easy way of creating short podcasts that others can respond to with their own audio comments.

Snapchat seemed pointless, but suddenly I love it — I used to be one of those people - the people who don't get Snapchat. But now that's changed and I'm embracing it with open arms. Maybe you can learn to love it too... Like many others, I used to get frustrated by: The weird UI with a learning curve that looks more like a mountain range.
Feb 08, 2016

I wrote about how Snapchat suddenly 'clicked' for me. Maybe it will for you, too:

Feb 08, 2016

'Snapchat seemed pointless, but suddenly I love it' - by @MartinSFT

Feb 08, 2016

From earlier: my Snapchat epiphany… (I'm 'MartinSFP' if you want to add me)

Feb 08, 2016

RT @TNWsocialmedia: Snapchat seemed pointless, but suddenly I love it and it all makes sense

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No reordered timelines next week — In a move designed to reassure the people who made the #RIPTwitter hashtag trend around the world today, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has gone on a charm offensive in a tweetstorm. He says "we never planned to reorder timelines next week." Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening.

I ALMOST managed a week using only my iPad for work — When my trusty 12-inch MacBook went in for repair last Saturday, I decided to try a week using just an iPad Air as my main computer. While Apple's tablet may be 'good enough' for most people's general work tasks, dig into the niche cases and there's still a lot of refinement needed.
Feb 07, 2016

What happened when I tried only working on an iPad for a week:…

The incredible story of CNET founder Halsey Minor — Halsey Minor has had remarkable entrepreneurial career by any standard. He was an early business partner of Jeff Bezos; practically invented the online tech media business when he co-founded CNET in 1994; led innovative telephony startup GrandCentral to a $45 million acquisition by Google that in turn led to the launch of Google Voice, and he's invested in and started many companies besides that.
Feb 06, 2016

Honestly, CNET founder Halsey Minor's entrepreneurial journey has been incredible. Please read my feature about it:

Feb 06, 2016

RT @TheNextWeb: The incredible story of CNET's founder: He beat bankruptcy, now he wants to beat the banks

Feb 07, 2016

Some Sunday reading: The incredible story of CNET’s founder: He beat bankruptcy, now he wants to beat the banks

Feb 07, 2016

RT @MaureenB2B: Gather round the tech campfire, kids, for this true tale from @MartinSFP re the incredible story of CNET’s founder:…

algorithmic tweets won't ruin Twitter — The Twitter-sphere has got itself into a tizzy over a report from BuzzFeed that algorithmically-sorted tweets could be switched on as soon as next week. We knew Twitter was testing the idea but it looks like it's coming to us all soon.
Feb 06, 2016

Four reasons addition of algorithmic feed won't ruin Twitter, imo. Article screengrabs from

Feb 06, 2016

Interesting post by @MartinSFP#RIPTwitter? Calm down – algorithmic tweets won’t ...” via @thenextweb

Feb 06, 2016

Dorsey's charm offensive is interesting, but doesn't deny algorithmic elements are coming:…

Citymapper now makes your daily commute less painful — Citymapper, the much-loved urban journey-planning app, has just rolled out a new feature on iOS and Android that should make that painful daily commute on public transit a little less... painful. Smart Commute currently works best on Android, where a live-updating lockscreen notification will pop up each day as you start your journey to work.
Feb 03, 2016

Smart Commute is another useful feature from Citymapper:

Ceco Home keeps your smart home connected via 3G — Each week we're profiling one company that has been selected for Boost - our early-stage startup growth program. Catch up with these companies in person at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam on May 26-27. The 'smart home' has made great strides forward in recent years, but there are still basic problems that can leave you in two minds about embracing the Internet of Things.
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Feb 11, 2016

@Ronin_Jim indeed, and I'm over-simplifying, but it's things like that that get on people's nerves outside the Valley

Feb 11, 2016

@Ronin_Jim legitimate businesses should stick to the letter of the law. Irresponsible corporate governance otherwise.

Feb 11, 2016

@Ronin_Jim flouting the law in the name of 'disruption' gets on many people's nerves outside Silicon Valley.

Feb 11, 2016

@alex sorry, couldn't reply - I'm sure you've seen by now

Feb 11, 2016

This Zenefits thing = why people hate Silicon Valley.

Feb 11, 2016

Strange Foursquare notification. Let's compare notes on castles.

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