Author Archives: chrisjhorn

What next with Cloud Computing?

Google made an interesting announcement this week.   It brought to mind Larry Ellison’s vision,  but then at the time mis-executed,  of a “network computer” (yes,  I know,  I have a few grey hairs). This piece was published in November…. … Continue reading

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Irish Innovation Environment: Aspirations vs Reality

This piece ran in the Irish Times on November 2nd last. “The best small country in the world to do business”. Our Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, first asserted his global ambition for Ireland during his general election campaign in early 2011. … Continue reading

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Time for a further smartphone revolution..

I wrote this just before Apple announced its pencil and the iPhone 5 lookalike the iPhone 6.  It was published on 16th September.. “Smartphones are really complicated. Just for the basic stuff people have a hard time figuring out how … Continue reading

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Airbnb – trust, regulation and the sharing economy

I wrote this when Airbnb made the headlines in Ireland after agreeing to share the details of who had been renting what in Ireland,  with the national tax authorities,  the Revenue Commissioners…   It was published by the Irish Times on … Continue reading

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‘StageFright’ in Android

I wrote this piece on the susceptibility of Android to the ‘StageFright’ hack.  It was published in the Irish Times on August 3rd 2015. Worldwide shipments of smartphones have just had a stellar quarter. According to research firm IDC, global … Continue reading

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Wearables – and the Tudor Queen

Published in the Irish Times on July 6th last – just after the Fitbit IPO.. The Tudor Queen, Elizabeth 1st, was reputedly amongst the first in the world to wear a clock on her body, an ‘armlet’ received as a … Continue reading

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Advertising, Art and Technology

Published in the Irish Times on 8th June last… Ad vertere: to turn towards something. Advertising has been with us since the early Egyptians used papyrus to promote sales messages. Marketing strategists organise campaigns with almost military-like efficiency to evangelise … Continue reading

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