The Unofficial Apple Weblog (tuaw.com), another AOL Tech property focussed on all things Apple. He handles product and software reviews for both OS X and iOS as well as general Apple news. Samuel is currently reviewing apps for TUAW's new Daily Mac App feature, which features great apps for the Mac OS platform.
Find his author feed here and RSS here.
Find his author feed here and RSS here.
Cnet UK website as part of the Cnet explains series (skip to 2:27).
As a PhD student at Imperial College London, Samuel was recently interviewed by the BBC about iTunes U and the recent launch of the Imperial iTunes U channel for the BBC's Knowledge Economy series. You can see a small snippet of that interview as part of an article on the BBC website by Merlin John.
It's a sad day for all those involved with one of the world's best software blogs; Download Squad is no more. I say this because AOL has decided that DLS, and its parent site Switched, which it was rolled into just before the end of 2010, were marked for folding into the new Huffington Post Media Group. What that meant in actuality, was termination. We had our suspicions at the time, and true enough early last week we got the call we were all dreading. Our fearless leader, Mr. Thomas Houston, had bad news for us.
But it wasn't until late last night, at least late in Britain, that we got the now very familiar copy-and-paste email. I won't bore you with the details, but sufficed to say, is was basically a 'Thanks for what you've done, but you're surplus to requirement.' Boom, just like that.
Personally, I have to say I think AOL/HuffPo are making a mistake. Software, gone from the days of actually having to get things on CDs, or even diskettes, is ever more important. What's the difference between a good Android experience and a crappy, budget, old one? It's the software, and I'm not just talking about apps. It's the software OS that powers the machine, that you interact with, that can either thrill you, or ruin your experience. But then what about the apps? Mobile OS launches seem to live or die by the amount of apps you have and the developers you can get on-board.
It's not just mobile either, take a look at cloud computing. You might think Web apps aren't really software, but you'd be wrong. Just because you're not running them on your computer in the traditional sense, doesn't mean they aren't important, aren't software, and aren't worth covering.
There has never been a more important time for the software sector of tech, and with the loss of Download Squad, we've lost a place squarely positioned at the forefront of the software revolution (and yes I know I'm biased).
So it is with a heavy heart that I am forced to hang up my News Editor's hat, type in my password for the last time, and bid thee farewell. To the good ship DLS, may she sail on in our memories.
The team at Download Squad are pleased to announce that DLS has gone through a complete redesign to incorporate a fresh new look. We've also merged with our sister site, Switched.com, but rest assured the high quality, high technology content isn't going anywhere. Download Squad can now be found at www.downloadsquad.switched.com, but DownloadSquad.com also still works just fine.
I'm also pleased to announce that I have taken up the role of News Editor and shall be focussing on bringing up-to-date, comprehensive software, services and high technology news to the site. I'm lucky to be joining an impressive Editorial team headed up our new Editor-in-Chief Thomas Houston.
Head on over to www.downloadsquad.switched.com to check it out, we hope you like it.
Samuel is pleased to announce he has joined DownloadSquad.com as an Associate Blogger. Download Squad covers, as the name might suggest, anything you can download as its primary editorial mission is to seek out the best in tools, utilities and applications, browser add-ons, distractions, time-wasters and other facets of your digital lifestyle. DLS is part of the Aol Tech family, which also includes Engadget, TUAW and Switched.
Samuel's posts at DLS can be found here, or the RSS feed here.