Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

Mary Branscombe

Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.

Latest Posts

Is HealthVault missing the self quantification point?

If Microsoft wants HealthVault to take over from Google Health, plumbing in APIs for the tracking devices people already use to monitor health and fitness would be a great start.When Google canned its energy monitoring service, Microsoft's charmingly named Hohm quickly followed suit.

July 19, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


It's 1 am - do you know where your data is?

If you're using a US-owned or hosted cloud service provider, then there's no way of knowing.That's because the US's PATRIOT Act means the US government can access and copy your data, without you knowing.

July 13, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Why iPhone jailbreaks are good for security

Jailbreaking iPhones and iPads has always relied on security vulnerabilities. Different jailbreaking strategies have relied on issues in the browser related to image rendering or open font standards or - as again in this case - PDF rendering.

July 7, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Out of practice: patent trolls and re-examination

Could re-examining unused patents change the lawsuit landscape?The recent flurry of patent lawsuits between Oracle, Google, Lodys, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Nokia, RIM, Kodak and just about every technology company you can think of, between themselves and from a host of patent-holding companies shows no sign of dying down.

July 6, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Oh Google…

Whimsy is all very well, when your obsession with irrational numbers gets you headlines about the Nortel patent auction by making your losing bid pi billion dollars. But perhaps there are more important things for Google to do than amuse the world?

July 5, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


A minor Bitcoin miner injury?

Bitcoin is looking increasingly naïve as a currency; with a very expensive computer churning away at an overclocked speed you can create 'money' you can spend in very few places for only the cost of the electricity - and the risk of brain damage.Bitcoin is a problematic economic proposition - and not just because US authorities are cracking down on the sites that allow you to buy drugs with bitcoins.

June 29, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Navigating with Windows Phone, turn by turn

Before Windows Phone 7 came out, we repeatedly asked Microsoft if app developers would be able to create turn-by-turn GPS navigation apps - not only are they useful (we drive everywhere in the US and UK using CoPilot, now on iPhone instead of Windows Mobile) but they're a good test of how much access to the platform a developer gets.

June 22, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Security wood, meet security trees

Information security is in the news a lot at the moment, what with the theft of key data from RSA and the resulting attacks on...

June 17, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe