About Monty

Monty Munford has more than 15 years' experience in mobile, digital media, web and journalism. He is the founder of Mob76, a company that helps tech companies raise money and exit. He speaks regularly at global media events with a focus on Africa, writes a weekly column for The Telegraph, is a regular contributor to The Economist, Wired, Mashable and speaks regularly on the BBC World Service.

FIVE GOLD GIFTS #4 – Panono Panoramic Ball Camera

panonoChristmas is the best time of year for those who are normally too sensible to throw away their money on cheap electrical gadgets.

The Panono Panoramic Ball Camera is neither a gimmick, nor is it cheap or throwaway… even if it can be thrown and when it is, takes panoramic images using 36 embedded camera modules at various angles. This produces a 360° spherical spectrum, composed of 36 joined pictures.

The camera costs $549, a ‘premium’ Christmas present, not one for the stocking unless you happen to be in the higher echelons of our unbalanced capitalist society. But if you have the budget and you like unusual pictures, this is one for YOU.

FIVE GOLD GIFTS #3 – Maui Jim Waterways

WaterwaysAt first look, the European winter isn’t the best time to buy sunglasses, either as a present or for a personal style statement, but think again.

Think of the time between Christmas and New Year, let’s call it the seasonal perineum, the awkward gap between Christmas’s genitalia and the New Year’s arsehole, an unknown place where anything could happen.

Those long nights of excess and those mornings of very bright sunshine; the perfect time to cover your eyes… and the Maui Jim Waterways are the nuts. While the name itself may sound like it is trying to describe the aforesaid perineum, these sunglasses are still a recommended buy.

Depending on good your search skills are, price is between £109 and £140, but this is a better link than most. This is probably the most emotive review I’ve ever made, now I can’t stop thinking about my perineum.

FIVE GOLD… GIFTS #2 – EnerPlex Packr

EnerPlex_PackrNew to the UK this winter, after huge success in the US, the EnerPlex Packr is a ‘solar-integrated’ backpack that allows travellers and trekkers to charge up their smartphone when away from conventional charging stations.

In good sunlight, its three-watt solar panel can power up most smartphones in less than five hours and can charge almost any portable USB enabled device. Moreover, the backpack looks cool and will inevitably be a subject of discussion on the trek to Annapurna or at a hipster’s inter-city meeting point.

The Packr is available in orange, green and black with a SRP of £79.99, a reasonable price and one that middle-class parents may see as a secondary present, but extended family members may see as a primary one.

FIVE GOLD… GIFTS #1 Madonna by Caroline Sullivan

madonnaThis is the first in a series of five recommended gifts for Christmas, as might be alluded to by the highly intelligent pun in the headline.

This book, retailing at £25, is a story of Madonna’s career on the 30th anniversary of her Like A Virgin album* and is told in pictures, which should give you an idea of the market it is targeted at; that of the coffee table decoration.

While Madonna’s recent pictures for a magazine show a 50-year-old woman in full ‘mammorial’ splendour, this is a book for people (women) who see Madonna as an icon and inspiring figure.

Documented by New York music journalist Caroline Sullivan, this is the type of gift men should buy for their partners, but one that is unlikely to interest them too much… it’s not that TYPE of book. Good value at twenty-five quid though.

* A collection of songs, usually recorded around the same time that alluded to the record album cover that included the songs, fused onto a round piece of plastic known as a vinyl record

Porn being accessed by 20% of UK workers

porn-at-workAccording to a new survey by Elitetele.com of 2,000 UK workers, one in five have accessed porn and/or adult websites using a personal device which is also used for work (26% of men and 18% of women).

Moreover, one in 10 (15% of men and 8% of women) will have accessed such content on a corporate-issued device. This brings a whole new look to BYOD culture, and not one employers will welcome. Continue reading

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