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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A preview of some of the trends that Loic Le Meur will be talking about at LeWeb in December.
Amazon opens doors to Kinesis: The Hotel California of the cloud • The Register
JPMorgan’s Twitter session that went horribly wrong
How to Get the Classic Mac Sounds Back Into OS X Mountain Lion – genius
A Better Backpack: Sustainable Design – Sustainable Future by Daniel Eckler — Kickstarter – nice bit of heirloom design
How Bank of England measures economic uncertainty from newspaper cuttings | Westminster blog – press clippings are not a meaningful economic measure
Reasons Why Tesco Mobile, Jaffa Cake, Yorkshire Tea, Cadburys And PhileasFogg WIN At Twitter
WeChat helps Tencent make over HK$637m in Single’s Day sales | South China Morning Post – “Shopping habits in the mobile space are different from the PC space,” Song Yang, Tencent’s deputy general manager for e-commerce, explained to STCN.com. “The PC space is more search driven while the phone space is meant to be simple, convenient, and good for quick decision-making… For [WeChat], rather than showing all models, we decided to go with a selection of the year’s best-selling goods instead.
“We believe that [this year’s Singles Day WeChat sales] were mainly testing the water and positioning us to understand the needs of mobile users,” Song acknowledged, pointing out that Tencent’s usage of WeChat in its sales promotions was an ongoing experiment and would likely change and improve over time. (Paywall)
WeShare – Site – Hong Kong blogging platform to replace Yahoo! blogs
What do we actually do on our phones? « PRmoment Blog
Yahoo work-from-home ban is a trust issue, says Microsoft chief envisioning officer – Brand Republic News
How to Get the Emoji Keyboard on Your iOS or Android Device | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
CONSUMER BAROMETER – insights in online & offline purchase behavior – some great international data points here
Jolla spurns Google, picks Yandex’s alternative Android app store for its smartphones – The Next Web
Open sourcers can’t create new penguins – Mules of the IT world | TechEye
WeChat’s growth is slowing but it’s finally set to start making money – Quartz
The British economy continues to do better. British people, not so much – Quartz
Smithsonian X 3D
Next-gen HTTP 2.0 protocol will require HTTPS encryption (most of the time) | PCWorld
Google Is Bigger Than Magazines And Newspapers – Business Insider
Impatient Beijing subway commuters get the better of German fare machines | South China Morning Post – not understanding the user context
Group of China Internet firms say to sue Baidu over copyright violations | Reuters
Japan to tap technology for military use, another step away from pacifism – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun – also could kickstart Japanese innovation which has been lacking
Cisco Systems Q1 2014 earnings transcript – interesting thing here is how Cisco is winning deals and then having the wins cancelled in China