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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 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

Trailer for Continuum film

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.

More information
Continuum website

Pretty vacant: middleweight designer required for Old Street design agency

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.
Taikonaut graffiti
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:

  • Basic HTML
  • AfterEffects

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

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Why Intel wants to be everyone’s chip maker – interesting analysis

Brands need to reassess Gen Y – focus on experiences, not really surprising given how many ‘objects’ have been obliterated by digital economy

Unnamed US officials speculate on Snowden’s ‘doomsday cache’ – feels a bit like spin, we’ll never know though

Safeplug delivers Tor-in-a-box for anonymous web surfing | SiliconANGLE – interesting accessible Tor, will this get around the Firefox vulnerabilities that government agencies have used to crack Tor?

Luxury Brands and the Lure of Social Media – Euromonitor International

ROLEX Facebook page – really nice terms of service that the brand shines through

Consumer Appliances 2014 Edition – The State of the Market – Euromonitor International

Tackling the Potential Christmas Spending Slump

High Protein Trend Set to Revive Peanuts – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

50 ways that you know you are generation-x

50 ways that you know you are generation-x, in no particular order:

  1. You were afraid of a hole in the ozone layer before climate change became the new green cause
  2. 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
  3. You can remember when your cellphone was smaller than your current iPhone
  4. You can remember feeling sad when the local HMV | Tower Records | Fopp closed down
  5. One of your coolest friends worked behind the counter in an independent record or comic shop
  6. Bill Gates is the ex-CEO of Microsoft, not a global do-gooder
  7. You can remember when Sony and Nokia were cool
  8. Morrissey is up there with Plato
  9. The M in MTV stood for music
  10. You can remember when the Argos catalogue was a cornucopia of consumerism
  11. 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
  12. The first time you heard of Calvin Klein was as a punchline in Back To The Future
  13. You still call a Snickers bar a Marathon on occasion, ditto Starburst and Opal Fruits
  14. You ‘got’ the Rutger Hauer Guinness adverts
  15. There weren’t comedians before alternative comedians like Ben Elton
  16. You can remember when watching TV meant four or less channels
  17. You can remember the wonder of the internet before the spam became overwhelming
  18. When you see Guy Pearce in a film, you still think of his character Mike Young; a friend of Scott and Charlene in Neighbours
  19. You were blown away by the first series of This Life; it really spoke to you
  20. The truth is out there still; Edward Snowden’s allegations sound like a plot from a lost series of the X Files
  21. You find yourself asking when did Lego get so expensive?
  22. You can remember River Island when it was Chelsea Girl and Concept Man
  23. 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
  24. You had considered booking a last minute getaway in Spain at some point because of the amazing offer you had found on Teletext
  25. 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
  26. You owned a ‘Groover’ Hoover logo t-shirt at some point
  27. You’ve had someone come up and offer you money for your decade old Adidas Superstar reissues from the early noughties
  28. 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
  29. You’ve owned an Ericsson mobile phone
  30. 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
  31. You wore a Swatch watch and thought it was cool, you may have even splurged for a Swatch internet time (@time) watch later on
  32. 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
  33. You know the weak spot of Global Hypercolour t-shirts, contrast coloured arm pits
  34. You’ve used an AOL install CD as a coffee coaster
  35. You know Graffiti
  36. You paid (or dodged) poll tax
  37. You felt discriminated against by the government because of your love of repetitive beats
  38. You own a Ministry of Sound mix CD collection in a hard back book type case
  39. You used to read Select magazine
  40. You’ve used Wella Shockwaves ‘wet-look styling gel’
  41. You tried to get a Magic Eye poster to work but all you saw was a fractal mess
  42. You bought a copy of NME with a flexi-disc on the front
  43. The first Tolkien film you’ve seen was Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of The Lord of The Rings
  44. 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’
  45. Bod, Auntie Flo, PC Copper, Frank the Postman, Farmer Barleymow, Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band – need no explanation
  46. You liked the Beastie Boys before their seminal Paul’s Boutique album
  47. Audio on the move meant Walkman and a selection of carefully curated mix cassettes
  48. The line ‘Get on down and party’ meant that you had caught the opening credits of Dance Energy with Normski
  49. It’s still weird catching Janet Street-Porter of ‘yoof TV’ fame on Loose Women whilst channel-hopping
  50. You’ve used a television without a remote control