I'm a technology journalist, editor, and professional geek. After ten years writing, commissioning and editing copy for tech magazines, I recently helped launch Apptitude Media, where we turn paper magazines, brochures and books into tablet and smartphone apps. I continue to edit Popular Science UK, an iPad only edition.
I previously worked at Computeractive and Computer Shopper magazines, and my articles have appeared in Computer Buyer, Personal Computer World, Mac User and dozens of "bookazines", although that word still makes me shudder.
I've appeared on TV for BBC News, Channel 4 News, ITN, Sky News, CNBC and Al Jazeera, on radio for Radio 5, TalkSport and dozens of local stations and I've been quoted in the Evening Standard, The Scotsman, the Irish Times, BBC News, and the Sun, which somehow billed me as a 'Computer Security Expert' (tip: I'm not). Once upon a time (read: when last unemployed) I wrote a short article about the worst job I'd ever had for The Idler magazine. This has now been published in The Idler's book of Crap Jobs.
I also create geeky things. I made www.teaandkittens.co.uk after a stressful day at work, and it picked up over 35,000 pageviews in two months. My Kitten Block for Firefox extension, which prevents accidental visits to the Daily Mail and Daily Express websites, has been hugely successful, with over 1,000 recommendations on Twitter (two people hated it). A spinoff, Wedding Block, somehow made Time Magazine's website. I have a couple of iPhone apps of my own in the App Store, ranging from photos of kittens to a system for learning the conjugation of Japanese verbs, and created a WordPress plugin to limit blog registration spam.
This is a personal website. Any opinions or comments published here do not reflect the opinions of the publications I work for, my employer or, necessarily, me. To contact me, please email tom – at – tomroyal.com. For anything work related, please use tom -at – apptitudemedia.co.uk.