Things that made my day this week:
I enjoyed listening to Richie Hawtin’s set for Calvin Klein. Raf Simons, the current creative director of Calvin Klein has known Richie Hawtin for a while.
Earning attention in the digital age
One of them marketing ideas which so makes sense when you see it. Toyota Australia have tricked out a Hi-Lux as a Tonka toy and are taking it around the country
Classic techno playlist from Magnetic magazine
GHOST IN THE SHELL : Ash Thorp – don’t bother watching Ghost in The Shell because it’s gutted the meaning out of the original and whitewashed the characters. Instead look at this to enjoy the high production values
Many young Hongkongers unable to control their smartphone addiction, new survey finds | SCMP – I am sure that the same thing would have been said about television in the past
News Corp ad campaign asks tough question on ad metrics | The Australian – Rupert being an arse again because he can’t get online advertising to work whereas Facebook and Google can
Microsoft touts Microsoft-customized edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 | ZDNet – interesting that its now focused on apps for the Android eco-system for Microsoft phones (made by Samsung), it is a good enterprise story for Samsung though
Li & Fung misses estimates with 47pc decline in 2016 profit | SCMP – they’ve been declining for a while, but is this drop part of the (western market) retail apocalypse
How we made the typeface Comic Sans | The Guardian – interesting read – Microsoft Bob, which was designed to make computers more accessible to children. I booted it up and out walked this cartoon dog, talking with a speech bubble in Times New Roman. Dogs don’t talk in Times New Roman! Conceptually, it made no sense.
WATCH – Article 50: Professor Michael Dougan on Northern Ireland – University of Liverpool – really interesting analysis
More Ways to Share with the Facebook Camera | Facebook Newsroom – Facebook clones another Snapchat feature
Ruder Finn Launches App-Based Reputation Risk Management System | Holmes Report – I remember Zaheer Nooruddin showed me one of these years ago at B-M
Boris savages ‘disgusting’ Google | The Times & The Sunday Times – two things; one Google could be considered to be a straw man, a distraction from the big issues facing the government like Brexit. Two, since when has New Corp demonstrated the kind of social responsibility Boris talks about? Google and Facebook have issues, but the messenger lacks credibility
It had been a busy week with a couple of research projects becoming all consuming through the week. Here are the things that made my day this week:
BaselWorld left us with a plethora of new watches which belies the decline of the go-go days China luxury buying. Sales are down over 20 percent from what they were. This is actually back closer to a more normal market, but it fits in with technology journalists narrative that smart watches are going to eat the world. The reality is more complex, even the most successful fitness bands have had financial problems.
It is too early to tell about Android and Tenzen powered efforts. Apple seems to be doing ok. The change does seem to have rattled Rolex a little – rather than moving at its own pace it seems to be listening more closely to fan demands such as this double red Sea-Dweller with a cyclops magnifier for the date shows.
Cheil London have cashed in on YouTube phenomenon ‘Korean Billy’ quite shrewdly
Kong Seong-Jae was a smart person to bring in in order to help with Cheil’s ‘Huawei-like’ branding for western audience and his appointment of Cheil London’s chief communications officer was a nice April 1, prank.
Really nice video by the local government promoting Hikone to domestic tourists in Japan.
Reebok China’s 80 year old ambassador Wang Deshun redefines aging, more about it on Dazed Digital.
Vintage Leeds club night have some of their best mixes up on Mixcloud, here’s one from Sasha
This week I spent a good deal of time listening to the Flying Mojito Brothers
We past 25 years since the launch of Jump Around by the House of Pain and Everlast returned with his first hip hop project in years War Porn Industries. Here’s the mixtape put together
A great mix for St Patrick’s day without the cheese from Club Céilí
Magnetic magazine put together a collection of some very Belearic feeling tracks. The kind of collection that the likes of Test Pressing would have been proud of
This week has seen all eyes of watch fans turn towards Basel for Baselworld and Omega put together this great teaser in advance of their launches at the show
The economic rationale for public R&I funding and its impact – Research policy and organisation – EU Bookshop – good reading material showing the importance of government R&D spurring private enterprise innovation
SoftBank Drops $100 Million Investment in iPhone Rival – WSJ – stops investment in Andy Rubin’s next thing (paywall)
QR code scams rise in China, putting e-payment security in spotlight | South China Morning Post– interesting attack vector
Escape to another world | 1843 – changing gender roles, changing expectations of what they can achieve and escapism
China has overtaken Japan in South Koreans’ worst countries list, new survey claims | South China Morning Post – big longer term issue for the Chinese, probably bigger than they realise at the moment
Alienation 101 | 1843 – Chinese student experience in the US
Beijing public bathrooms equipped with face scanners in a bid to save toilet paper-Sino-US – there is something wrong about the economics of this, unless the average Chinese person is the pink panther of toilet paper?
Handsets at MWC: Same But Different | EE Times – from the perspective of electronics engineers
Nike Sees Online Search Spike from China’s Consumer Rights Day | The Daily | L2 – oh Consumer Rights day – that festival of bashing the west….
Hong Kong jewellers poised for joy as Chinese big spenders return | South China Morning Post – I guess its also about creating portable wealth as capital restrictions continue and change
As Uber Woos More Drivers, Taxis Hit Back – NYTimes.com – when will Uber’s cheap capital and toxic culture run out of road and become this decade’s pets.com
A Small Table Maker Takes On Alibaba’s Flood of Fakes – NYTimes.com – Alibaba’s PR pain
Demis Hassabis plays to DeepMind’s strengths by using artificial intelligence for social impact – interesting read. One pout stood out though wasn’t Google X and Google Research supposed to be the kind of medium / long term research DeepMind claims to be. Secondly, there is no ‘general purpose’ AI in DeepMind’s current vision or structure
Facebook Goes Full “Black Mirror”: How Facebook Is Making Membership a Prerequisite to Everyday… – In some ways this is worse than Microsoft Passport; that the IT industry and privacy wonks fought off in the early noughties
Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds – NYTimes.com – fire the millennials in your social team
Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? – NYTimes.com – drugs replaced by digital alternatives?
Aral Balkan — We didn’t lose control – it was stolen – interesting framing of the modern day online media industry
Bot Check-In: A Year of Disappointment — The Information – bots will take a while longer
Netflix Ratings System Changed From Stars to Thumbs | Variety – simpler choice increased reactions by 200% in A/B testing
Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable storing personal data on iCloud | MacTech – sounds like Apple needs to educate on the security of their services
Quiz question | Big Lychee, Various Sectors – on duopoly of retail in Hong Kong
i-Cable’s demise is a case study in how property conglomerates fail at innovation – having just finished Joe Studwell’s Asian Godfathers this proved to be a case study for pretty much all the points that he makes on the nature of their business prowess
How did Yahoo get breached? Employee got spear phished, FBI suggests | Ars Technica – Yahoo was under no government mandate not to tell customers of the breach. But the company did delay disclosure for nearly two years – this could get interesting
The week has been long and diverse. I ended up doing a takeover of the work Instagram account here.
Henry Rollins critique of Dr Seuss would make Breitbart readers apoplectic
ninetiesDJarchives | listen to music and sounds on hearthis.at – epic found from Matt Muir’s newsletter
Exclusive Premiere | Everlast Comes Home With WARPORN INDUSTRIES – CraveOnline – Everlast’s first rap project since he left La Coka Nostra
What It’s Like to Serve Inside the Sinaloa Cartel – really interesting set of documentaries, though I suspect part of the reason why they got access to make this film is that it won’t do recruitment any harm
Finally, the FT did an interesting bit of research on the role that bots played in the online discussion around Geert Wilders in the run up to the Dutch election
‘China used to copy Silicon Valley, but now it’s Silicon Valley that copies China’ – China doesn’t copy Silicon Valley it’s more like sampling and building something new
UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off • The Register – real time censorship for commercial interests. I get why its happening but the implications are profound
Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism — Quartz – absolutely terrifying
China’s internet censorship under fire – but proposal against controls gets … censored | South China Morning Post – interesting but the reasons suggested are marginal gains compared to the greater concerns of protecting societal harmony
Gawker founder Nick Denton believes the ‘good internet will rise up again’ | PCWorld – “An honest review of the Samsung Galaxy Note is a dangerous proposition,” Denton said. “There will be no drama, you just won’t see any advertising from Samsung for the next two years. That’ll be the salaries of 10 or 20 journalists that go up in smoke.”
I have been thankful that I use Accuweather as the go to weather app on my phone this week as the weather has been changeable from seasonal to miserable.
Things that caught my attention this week
My favourite listening material this week: Playlist: Crush Club Share Their Favorite Funky Songs To Dance the Night Away With – Magnetic Magazine
I didn’t get to go to the Monocle media summit but there is a great set of highlights here: The Monocle Media Summit, The Stack 236 – Radio | Monocle
Chanel’s fashion show as rocket launch shows by Karl Lagerfeld is still in the game
See how Wong Kar wai influenced the Oscar winning film Moonlight – The side-by-side comparisons that show how a Hong Kong director influenced “Moonlight”
Great to see this manufacturing story – Jack White Celebrates Third Man’s New Detroit Vinyl Pressing Plant [VIDEO] – hypebot