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John E. Karlin, Designer of the 20th Century Telephone, Dies at 94 – what becomes apparent from this obituary is the amount of thought that went into device design, which is usually sorely lacking in much technology hardware today

200 Million Want A Microsoft Tablet – Business Insider – the methodology used by Forrester seemed a bit flaky but interesting take-outs

TV drama captures public angst at ‘Made in Japan’ decline ‹ Japan Today

Reflective display funnels light – EETimes displays to show things more like the way that we sea the real world

Mediascope Europe: Digital First for Europe’s Mums | IAB UK – 48% of digital mums in Europe say how a brand communicates online is important in influencing their opinion of it Electrospective: Music – love this curated collection of albums. The price of CDs has dropped so much and is so much better than iTunes

In One Fell Swoop, Facebook Deep-Sixes the Web – AllThingsD – shows how fragile things can be

Always on, always connected – Accenture – 2012 consumer electronics usage survey

Global trends in consumer electronics to 2015 – Euromonitor

Nearly Half of European Online Audience Visit Sports Sites – comScore, Inc

Teardown: Inside the Blackberry Z10 – interesting high spec device components

HMV to sell famous Oxford Street store | The Guardian – saddened, but HMV hasn’t been the same since selections have been driven centrally, there was no serendipity, no understanding of local cultural nuances

BPI’s antidotes for HMV woes: 4G, tablets, connected cars, smart TVs and more

Time to kill the “unique”? | Media Week Blogs – but what’s the alternative?

Virgin Media bought for £15bn by Liberty Global |

Crooks Net Millions in Coordinated ATM Heists — Krebs on Security – interesting mix of hacking and smurfing being used

Here Are the FBI’s Official Tips to Avoid Being Sexually Extorted Online – smart tips on information security in general

The Japan Story – – interesting take on the Japanese economy that gives at least some home

Apple, Samsung mobile profit share: 103% of all industry profits | BGR – like the PC industry most other people are losing money, so the percentages run over 100 per cent

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2012–2017 – Cisco Systems