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Beyond The Specs

Beyond the Specs is a weekly column written and crafted by Urbanology Magazine’s Associate Editor Noel Ransome. Its aim is to serve steady translations to the PR speak that drives two commerce driven worlds: the tech and gaming industries. It’s about the products we use on a daily, the nameless faces that provide them and challenging the status quo through those that defy the stereotypes of the game. Using personal experiences combined with the past, present and future of both industries, Beyond the Specs starts the dialog that begins a conversation. Join in by reading each week and direct any comments, ideas or feedback to beyondthespecs@urbanologymag.com

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TIDAL: A Saviour For The Few

By  •  2 years ago

Despite it being 25 years since the birth of the MP3, the conversation over music distribution remains just as convoluted as when it started.

“We think it’s good for artists …
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Augmented: Beyond 20/20

By  •  2 years ago

A lanky kid with the goofy grin on his face, the Levi’s branding matched with skintight jean shorts – a clear victim of ’90s nerd fashion – my former self.


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Technology and Hope: The Blind See

By  •  2 years ago

For a long time now I’ve been struggling with the tedium of writing about technology. It was never for a lack of available news, but for its ironic sense of …
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Dumb in a world of smart

By  •  3 years ago

I remember uttering the words, “I want to be a Hacker when I grow up.” While I can feel eyebrows collectively rise, rest assured, there was nothing too abnormal about …
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Gamers are hypocrites

By  •  3 years ago

“Videogames can never be art.” I remember those words back in 2010 stinging with their suggestion that gaming lacked any possibility. Here I was, this optimist who had these grand …
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Gaming Development: An industry lacking in racial diversity

By  •  3 years ago

“Games is this thing that’s pretty much dominated by white guys,” says former Rockstar Games employee, Shawn Allen at a North By Northeast (NXNE) panel discussion. “I had been really …
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Apple, where you at?

By  •  3 years ago

Whether you love him for his ideas or hate him for his character flaws, the former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a visionary. He was known as that stubborn …
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Finding the smarts in the smart watch

By  •  3 years ago

I remember experiencing a moment of nostalgia when the “smart watch” as we know it became an actual thing in the tech world. Strangely enough, it involved a long-running Saturday …
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