Windows 8 falls to 6.66% share as Windows 8.1 hits 2.64%, but combined the duo barely grows to 9.3% – PC platform maturation, touch lack of a compelling reason to upgrade?
prosthetic knowledge — 252 Byte Demos of P01 Visual coding experiments… – inspirational
Nobel prize winning economist warns against US bubble
App Publish | Mobile Advertising – InMobi – simplified app store
Black Friday 2013 Report – IBM – PDF
Wolfram’s next thing – sentient applications
New Linux worm targets routers, cameras etc
The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo!
Could Social Media Storytelling Help Apparel Retailers Stave Off the Discounts This Christmas? – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International
Samsung’s ads are working, but not as well as it wants – Relentless advertising has helped Samsung take top spot in the global smartphone market, but it’s also given the company another title: it’s one of the biggest ad spenders around
Renren announces third quarter loss – reduced revenue from advertising and gaming, down some 5.6% year-on-year
Bigger (Data) Is Not Always Better – In2
R Kelly sets up ‘Black Panties hotline’ to promote new album – Callers can sign up to receive eight messages a month from US R&B star – old school marketing channel
Samsung execs to discuss ‘crisis awareness’ at huge company meeting. – Samsung’s management team is meeting from December 17th through the 20th to discuss its plans for the next year, and one of the main topics is “crisis awareness,” ZDNet reported. – PR opportunity?
Mac vs Chromebook: Google employees instructed to use OS X computers | BGR
Harvard Materials Scientists Invents 3D Printing Tech for Batteries – A materials scientist from Harvard University named Jennifer Lewis and her team have invented a new ink and printing process that allows or the manufacture of 3D printed batteries at room temperature. The scientists say that the tech is still at an early stage, but shows promise.
How Important are the MINT Countries to the Global Economy? – This acronym stands for Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey.
India probing Ericsson over essential patents – India’s antitrust regulator has launched a probe into Ericsson over allegations the company is making excessive royalty demands for standards-essential patents.
You lost the love…. are mobile operators the new banks in terms of branding
I met up with Ian Wood earlier on in the week and he pointed out that this year’s John Lewis adverts are about giving a single present and by implication – don’t make it a crap one. So I decided to go back and have a look at previous years.
||Amount of presents that the hero of the advert receives/gives based on the particular storyline
||Q3 UK GDP numbers – as a predictor for the Q4 growth – via Office for National Statistics
||Q4 UK GDP numbers as an indicator of how the economy performed in the Christmas period
||Delta on the GDP values
||Bear and the hare
||Christmas advert 2011
||5* looking at boy’s room
||Christmas Advert 2010
||2009 Christmas Advert
||From Me To You
||2* brought in by each person
The Bear & The Hare
Christmas advert 2011
Christmas Advert 2010
2009 Christmas Advert
From me to you
Guardian data dump of UK GDP data from Office of National Statistics (ONS)
Time-lapse footage put together by smartphone and connected consumer electronics firm XiaoMi.
The editing is quite choppy but still some nice shots. On YouTube so may not be visible to all readers.
A Beautiful Mystery - IDEO’s Spark app
Remote gambling in Singapore facing heavy restrictions - Online and other remote betting activities within Singapore will be illegal, subject to “specific exemptions”, under plans to be drawn up by the Government in the country.
Yahoo! Hong Kong Deals Most Popular Coupon site in Hong Kong, Groupon and Taobao Juhuasuan show strong growth - The coupon sector in Hong Kong has seen a healthy growth of 14.7% from 1.24 million unique visitors in April 2013 to 1.42 million unique visitors in September 2013.
Seattle Diner Booting Customers For Wearing Google Glass – Forbes
Samsung’s marketing splurge doesn’t always bring bang-for-buck | Reuters
Slide fodder: APAC internet penetration and social-media use – Campaign Asia
Samsung’s massive ad spend | Open (minds, finds, conversations)… - compensating for maturity in smartphone design and differentiation
Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year - According to friendly “leaks” passed to newspapers overnight, the government may force cigarette manufacturers to sell their wares in plain packaging after yet another review, despite rejecting the policy earlier this year.
Ministers will order ISPs to block terrorist and extremist websites | The Guardian - Great Britannic Firewall
Great Japanese burger wrapper design
270 million Android users in China
Xiaomi sold 150,000 handsets in 10 mins on Weixin
Microsoft admits it has ‘too many operating systems’ - Likely will merge Windows RT and Windows Phone
ISPs should block ‘pirate’ websites, says European Court of Justice - Advocate General Cruz Villalón hints at the future
Samsung’s curved Galaxy Round smartphone fails to sell - Firm can’t raise a glass, no one is buying a Round
Latest global comparison of household Internet speeds | Trends in the Living NetworksTrends in the Living Networks
How To Mail Hard Copies When Traveling Without a Printer
China launches antitrust probe into Qualcomm | Telecom Asia
British Airways brings British etiquette to China – Mumbrella Asia
There will be almost 200 million mobile augmented reality users by 2018 - putting pressure on battery technology currently solves by external battery packs and in-car charging
103 Compelling Social Media And Marketing Statistics For 2013 (and 2014) – Business 2 Community - slidefodder
19 minute trailer for a space related film Continuum, love the old archive footage in the film and amazing earth shots. Stewart Brand lobbied NASA to release the focus of the earth from space and it became a central part of the environmental lobby’s visual language and the countercultural movement’s bible: The Whole Earth Catalog and proto-online community The WELL.
My good friend Stephen Holmes is looking for a middleweight designer for his agency near Old Street: it’s a small operation that works with some large brands.
Here is the full spiel:
Middleweight Graphic Designer
Bloodybigspider is a small design agency in East London working across a huge variety of local and global campaigns, both digital and print. We’re looking for a middleweight designer to join our small team and help out with our ever expanding work load!
You’ll need to have:
- Strong portfolio of design across branding, literature and digital
- Hawkeye for detail
- 3 years+ agency experience
- Strong CS skills
- Client facing experience (there’ll be phone calls and meetings)
- Ability to manage your own time / prioritise workflow across multiple projects
- Ability to work on your own and in a team
- Ability to prepare artwork for print and check proofs
- Initiative and common sense and be a self starter
It would be great (though not essential) if you also have:
In return, as a small agency, we can offer an opportunity to really make your mark and step up in terms of responsibility and projects – some of which you’ll be running.
£27 – £30K DOE
To start as soon as possible
Portfolios under 5MB
* Thanks but no agencies please *
Drop them an email email@example.com
50 ways that you know you are generation-x, in no particular order:
- You were afraid of a hole in the ozone layer before climate change became the new green cause
- You hear the word portal and think of an early website with a cluttered layout like a broadsheet newspaper from companies like MSN, Yahoo! and Excite rather than a round window with a nautical theme or the PC game
- You can remember when your cellphone was smaller than your current iPhone
- You can remember feeling sad when the local HMV | Tower Records | Fopp closed down
- One of your coolest friends worked behind the counter in an independent record or comic shop
- Bill Gates is the ex-CEO of Microsoft, not a global do-gooder
- You can remember when Sony and Nokia were cool
- Morrissey is up there with Plato
- The M in MTV stood for music
- You can remember when the Argos catalogue was a cornucopia of consumerism
- You remember reading American Psycho and sharing which page you were able to read up to with friends before having to give up on the book
- The first time you heard of Calvin Klein was as a punchline in Back To The Future
- You still call a Snickers bar a Marathon on occasion, ditto Starburst and Opal Fruits
- You ‘got’ the Rutger Hauer Guinness adverts
- There weren’t comedians before alternative comedians like Ben Elton
- You can remember when watching TV meant four or less channels
- You can remember the wonder of the internet before the spam became overwhelming
- When you see Guy Pearce in a film, you still think of his character Mike Young; a friend of Scott and Charlene in Neighbours
- You were blown away by the first series of This Life; it really spoke to you
- The truth is out there still; Edward Snowden’s allegations sound like a plot from a lost series of the X Files
- You find yourself asking when did Lego get so expensive?
- You can remember River Island when it was Chelsea Girl and Concept Man
- You can remember the static build-up on the front of the TV when it had been on a while and then turned off and watching the dot in the middle of the screen fade to black in a darkened room like some impromptu nightlight
- You had considered booking a last minute getaway in Spain at some point because of the amazing offer you had found on Teletext
- Everyone you knew had Dire Straits Brothers in Arms in their CD collection, even if they hated Dire Straits. There was some dark conspiracy involving black helicopters in how the discs made their way into every home
- You owned a ‘Groover’ Hoover logo t-shirt at some point
- You’ve had someone come up and offer you money for your decade old Adidas Superstar reissues from the early noughties
- You customised your instant messenger client with AIM buddy icon packs that brands used to provide as a download alongside with screensavers and wallpapers. My personal favourite was the swirling cow in the tornado offered as a free download to promote Twister when it was released at the cinema
- You’ve owned an Ericsson mobile phone
- You can remember when petrol stations sold four-star leaded petrol, older people can even remember the five-star leaded petrol that stopped being sold sometime after the 1973 OPEC oil embargo
- You wore a Swatch watch and thought it was cool, you may have even splurged for a Swatch internet time (@time) watch later on
- You’ve got the original 1994 version of Renaissance: The Mix Collection by Sasha and John Digweed. You may even point out by how the 2004 re-master of the album was ruined since it no longer features the Qat Mix (by Sasha) of M-People’s How Can I Love You More? If you actually went to Renaissance at the Venue 44 in Mansfield you are probably hoping blurry photos of you in a Versace shirt, leather trousers and a pair of Red Wing engineers boots never make it online
- You know the weak spot of Global Hypercolour t-shirts, contrast coloured arm pits
- You’ve used an AOL install CD as a coffee coaster
- You know Graffiti
- You paid (or dodged) poll tax
- You felt discriminated against by the government because of your love of repetitive beats
- You own a Ministry of Sound mix CD collection in a hard back book type case
- You used to read Select magazine
- You’ve used Wella Shockwaves ‘wet-look styling gel’
- You tried to get a Magic Eye poster to work but all you saw was a fractal mess
- You bought a copy of NME with a flexi-disc on the front
- The first Tolkien film you’ve seen was Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of The Lord of The Rings
- You can remember when the first McDonald’s opened in your town and served root beer. Secondly, when you asked for a Coke you were told ‘that’s McDonald’s cola’
- Bod, Auntie Flo, PC Copper, Frank the Postman, Farmer Barleymow, Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band – need no explanation
- You liked the Beastie Boys before their seminal Paul’s Boutique album
- Audio on the move meant Walkman and a selection of carefully curated mix cassettes
- The line ‘Get on down and party’ meant that you had caught the opening credits of Dance Energy with Normski
- It’s still weird catching Janet Street-Porter of ‘yoof TV’ fame on Loose Women whilst channel-hopping
- You’ve used a television without a remote control
My colleague Matthias Lüfkens based in Geneva is the prime mover behind twiplomacy.com and the research hosted on the site. He recently extended the remit beyond governments to also address international organisations. Here he presents the findings from the research.
Matthias’ presentation can be found here
Matthias on LinkedIn
How Ford is building an app program by developers, for developers (video) | VentureBeat – how long before we have Stuxnet for cars used to target people who may own a Ford like say some of the Mexican cartels?
PARC and SAP Co-innovation: Adding Graph Analytics to SAP HANA | PARC blog
Swatting at a Swarm of Public Relations Spam – NYTimes.com – expect a detonation on media relations practices
Pharrell Williams – Happy – despite the insanity of having a 24-hour video, it works. In addition the time visualisation is lovely. Simple flat design that feels a bit like HUD (head up display). My favourite clip kicks in at 4:20PM
Deconstructing the narrative of American Exceptionalism in Mobile Technology
Cool Websites & Tools – PDF Search Engine, Brain Teasers, & Real-Time Filesharing – PDF Fetch – is a search engine for finding PDF files. According to the site, it fetches PDF files, eBooks, digital publications, presentations and electronic documents. Simply type what kind of PDF file you are searching for – yes there is a Google shortcut but people may find this easier
Early History of HTML – 1990 to 1992
China’s Fathers Say Driving Children Is Their Most Important Job as a Parent – WSJ
Will mining the big data translate into less sales?
World Wide Web founder predicts Chinese leaders will take down ‘Great Firewall’ on their own – The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, predicts that Chinese leaders will eventually dismantle the ‘Great Firewall’ on their own because it’s inhibiting economic growth.
Botched RFID launch lost JC Penney a fortune | WSJ
Managing expectations is more important than actual performance for CEOs – Quartz – And PR has it’s role to play
Starbucks is now selling 46% more things an hour than it was five years ago – Starbucks product sales
Wolff Olins Blog – Make enemies, not just friends – or stand for something
Behind the Lancôme Digital Experience | L2′s The Daily
How Important is Measuring Social Media’s ROI? | L2′s The Daily
Social Proof: How and Why it is the most important factor in modern marketing — mobileYouth®
Unintended Consequences of Mobile Payment – Euromonitor International
Is Smart Wi-Fi Router the Next Big Thing in China? | Technode
WordPress Goes Legal: Sues Over Two Egregiously Bogus DMCA Notices That Were Designed To Censor | Techdirt – interesting as this could have implications for Hotfile / Time Warner
Intel Chairman Andy Bryant Says Chipmaker Had Seemed to Lose its Way – AllThingsD
Baidu Launched Brand Digital Equity List With Millward Brown — China Internet Watch
It’s a Good Policy to Have Social Media Rules in Writing – NYTimes.com – social media policies tame the wild world of digital.
In London next week to take care of business and realised I couldn’t meet up with everyone that I wanted to. So I have organised an understated meet-up on 28th from 6pm onward at De Hems, 11 Macclesfield Street, London W1.
Obligatory Facebook event or just post a comment in this post if you are up for coming along.
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After I got over the excitement of yet another installation in the Ghost In The Shell anime series, I realised that the new trailer which came out to promote a move of the film website from a .com to a .jp domain was a bit more than that. There is a quick explanation of how the web works and then a big shout-out for JPRS or Japan Registry Services – the people who are responsible for the .jp top level domain name.
The clip is up to the high standard that you would expect from the Dons of CyberPunk anime – Production I.G.