Last week, I said I'd reveal some personal news soon, so here it is: Starting next Tuesday, I'll be the Lead Editor of the Devices Segment at Pocket-lint.
Essentially, I'll be in charge of all coverage of Phones, Tablets, Laptops and Gadgets. That includes news, how-to articles, reviews, deals and buyers guides – you name it. If a story falls within those four product categories, it's my responsibility.
This is a huge change for me. Not only because it's a full-time contract position, but also because instead of chasing down every product sample, embargoed news release or random story idea, and pitching it to various outlets, hoping one of them says yes, I can focus all of my time and attention on a single place.
(Because it's a contract position, you may see me writing about non-tech stuff, like pizza ovens, at other publications here and there).
If you're in PR and represent a company or category that falls under my purview, let's chat! Pocket-lint has traditionally been a UK-focused website, but after being acquired by Valnet, the site's focus has shifted to North America. You can find my contact info on the Contact page of my site or just reply to this email so we can set up a time to talk.
If you're a freelance tech journalist and are looking for work, let's chat! I won't know what the freelancing needs are until I get fully up to speed, but it doesn't hurt to start those conversations now.
I can't wait to get started.
What I had published this week:
The list is very short this week due to wrapping up work for my freelancing clients before starting at Pocket-lint and editors being at CES.
- My review of the HP Envy Move went live on Forbes Vetted. Such a fun -- but strange computer.
I'll have more work published in the coming weeks at various outlets, such as the Wirecutter and Tom's Guide stories I mentioned last week.
- Apple announced that Apple Vision Pro will be available to order on Jan. 19, with deliveries and in-store availability starting Feb. 2. It's $3,500 for the headset, and $149 for prescription lenses if you need them.
- If you want to try Apple Vision Pro before you buy it (or just try it in general) starting Friday, Feb. 2 at 8 am, you can sign up for a demo session at your local Apple Store. Demos are only taking place on launch weekend, so don't wait.
- Samsung's Unpacked event is on Wednesday. You only have a few days left to reserve the Galaxy S24 and get a $50 Samsung credit.
- I recently set up Scrypted and Wyze Bridge so I can view my Wyze and Ring cameras in HomeKit, complete with HomeKit Secure Video support. It's not perfect, but it works. I wish Ring would have followed through on its promise to support HomeKit natively.
- Platformer is leaving Substack for Ghost. Casey Newton was one of the first tech writers to walk away from a full-time job and go all in on a newsletter, thanks in part to a deal with Substack. Since then, his newsletter has become a must-read for me. Welcome to Ghost, Casey!