Nokia Looks to Free Netflix, Other Promos to Boost Lumia Sales – Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD – do Nokia promos indicate the maturity of smartphone design or something else? Nokia also used to have a music service that had Nokia promos including 3 months of streaming, or downloaded tracks on the handset. I used to have a Hong Kong market Nokia 5800 ‘Comes with Music’ handset that had Eason Chen performing EDM inspired Cantopop. It isn’t only Nokia promos trying to shape smartphone marketing, I know magazine subscriptions were looked at a similar promotion on Samsung and HTC handsets via Flipboard.
Chinese firms stumble in overseas operations｜WantChinaTimes.com – stumbles is a strong word, interesting read though
Seth’s Blog: Is Google jumping the shark? – interesting that Godin thinks this is isolated to Google
Datagraphic: Understanding China’s Hugh Digital Footprint – already has the world’s highest number of Internet users and is the dominant smartphone market
Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY – Most of world’s youth still not ‘digital natives,’ study finds
Special mix from the Secret Garden People
Fuck Yeah Internet Fridge – the ridiculousness of not considering context in technological design
Hong Kong peg ‘could last another 20 years’, says its designer John Greenwood | South China Morning Post – “A number of people take the view that the [yuan] could become fully convertible and a competitor international reserve currency with the US dollar and in that case, it might make sense to peg to the [yuan], but, in my view, that is many, many years away,” Greenwood told the South China Morning Post.
Wechat Membership Card Aims Big in O2O Market — China Internet Watch – O2O online to offline
Coke vs Pepsi in EMs: different strategies, same gloom – growth slowing in emerging markets
Groceries Become a Guy Thing – WSJ.com – through packaging design
Can Coffee Vending be Saved? – ahhh Klix machines
Vaseline – good Facebook global page example
Hong Kong’s Enduring Identity Crisis – The Atlantic – the tension between Hong Kong and China
Cheap coffee triumphs over expensive espresso in giving caffeine fix | South China Morning Post – HK style milk tea & coffee 3 to 6 times more caffiene than expresso
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All Is Fair in Love and Twitter – NYTimes.com – the monomyth is a myth
GCR – Innovation – How Japan plans to beam power direct from space by the 2030s – straight up science fiction, I remember seeing NASA futurist pictures from the 1970s showing a similar concept
Physicist recalls witnessing Higgs particle’s discovery at CERN | South China Morning Post – awesome article on science (paywall)
Panasonic Kisses Plasma Goodbye | EE Times – rather sad as plasma screens do provide an image with superior contrast to LCD screens
Murdoch calls for world+dog to ‘expose’ Google • The Register – unfortunately Google is now as powerful as Murdoch used to be
Engagement with mobile video is three times higher than desktop: stats | Econsultancy – The average CTR for mobile is 13.64% (compared to 5.45% on desktop)
How efficient is Twitter’s Business Model? – not terribly
I, Cringely Breaking Moore’s Law – I, Cringely – or why the dot com era drove the current cloud era
Welcome to Sulia – interesting knowledge / social search service
Port.fm – awesome music streaming site
The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store – Businessweek – A peek Inside Amazon: “Frugality breeds resourcefulness, self-sufficiency, and invention.”
Back door found in D-Link routers – D-secret is D-logon string allowing access to everything A group of embedded device hackers has turned up a vulnerability in D-Link consumer-level devices that provides unauthenticated access to the units’ admin interfaces
HP CEO Signals Wintel Alliance May Be in Its Final Days – post PC era?
Revolutionary Coming-of-Age? | Welcome to CIMI Corporation’s Public Blog – interesting post on SDN
Web of no web
New Sony smartphone strategy shifts away from U.S. – In an effort to become a dominant force in the competitive smartphone space, Sony is refocusing its business to markets that already constitute 60% of its smartphone sales: Europe and Japan
And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ – NYTimes.com – reads rather similar to Steven Levy’s original Mac story Insanely Great