Bigger isn’t always better

Above: Huawei’s Watch device works with standard size watch bands and comes in a women’s edition dubbed the Watch Jewel. Photo courtesy Huawei.  BitDepth#1043 for March 31, 2016 Over the past month, I’ve been dipping into and out of the experience of using Huawei’s Watch and Mate 8 smartphone. The two naturally gravitate together, I think, […]

A new Idol from Alcatel OneTouch

Above: The Idol 3 from AlcatelOnetouch BitDepth#1030 for March 01, 2016 My first encounter with a smartphone from Alcatel, now trading as Alcatel OneTouch, was in October 2012 at a Digicel event when the line was introduced as a budget alternative to the Blu series, then being championed by rival bMobile. The phones were pretty […]

Can calypso survive in the digital age?

Above: Kurt Allen performing at the finals of the 2012 Calypso Monarch competition. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. A review of Kurt Allen’s Griotism, originally published in the T&T Guardian, January 19, 2016. Griotism is that rarest of Carnival albums, a full collection of music, prepared and produced before the formal start of the festival and […]

Five notes later

Above: Samsung’s Note 5 includes a stylus and apps that support its use. Photo courtesy Samsung. BitDepth#1022 for January 05, 2016 Samsung, with the Note 5, has refined the big smartphone to quite a lustre. None of the previous models of the phone have been particularly bulky, despite their commanding screen size, but the fifth version of […]

Stanching the Flow

BitDepth#988 for May 12, 2015 . A couple of months ago, Flow kindly switched me to their new Advanced Video Services, a suite of IP based technologies designed to launch the company’s cable TV offerings fully into the 21st century, giving me a month to test the service before asking me to choose my package. […]

Samsung drops the S6

BitDepth#986 for April 28, 2015 Like a particularly fine needle seeking its groove, Samsung introduced the new flagship models of its smartphone line at Home a week ago, the design and art collaborative space incorporated into the family home of the fashion forward Anya Ayoung-Chee. The event, appropriately chic and accented with cool blue lighting, […]