Links of the day | 在网上找到

New details surface on the UPU: A next-generation CPU architecture | ExtremeTech

Yunyun (云云): Social Search Meets Q&A | TechRice

Splunk IPO explained and why it matters — Tech News and Analysis – Siebel-style dashboard promise for big data

Samsung Merging Its Bada OS With Intel-Backed Tizen Project – Forbes

Snapshot: Viaweb, June 1998 – Paul Graham on what the web used to look like when I first started off in agency life. The site looks curiously mobile friendly!

Shadow Minister slams costly 4G delays – £1 million lost every day for the economy | TechEye

CES 2012: Mr. Elop makes bold statements about Nokia in the Windows Phone space | ZDNet – ok what is important here is what Elop isn’t saying. No real reasons around Android and they seem to be having a problem building an on ramp that gets their ecosystem to support them

TVShack Admin Fights Extradition To U.S. On Movie Piracy Charges | TorrentFreak

CES: Survey Finds Traditional TV Viewing Is Collapsing – Forbes – this is more about more personal, less social (within the family) media consumption and also consumers are exhausted by TV innovations that don’t matter. I still rock a Sony Trinitron from the late 1990s

Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA

Brand leaders predict little benefit from London 2012 Olympics – Brand Republic News

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly | 好,坏和丑

I hadn’t done one of these posts in a while so I decided to focus on the media sector, the consumer electronics sector and developments in search.

Participants in the Korean wave who are currently doing good business in both Japan and the US:

  • Wondergirls
  • Girls Generation
  • 2NE1
Publishers finding that tablets aren’t a panacea for declining print sales and consumers finding that e-magazine are huge data files and aren’t that well designedMedia industry lobbyists running amok and going to war with their customers a la Digital Economy Bill
Protect IP
Samsung including vacuum tubes in their top-of-the-line home cinema set-ups. Now if they could just learn how to make hi-fi separatesStill surprised by the relative lack of support for DAB radio broadcasts amongst hardware manufacturersTraditional Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers who have lost their mojo on high-end products and lost their market everywhere else as there is no longer a compelling reason to buy their brand.Their convergence strategies and undifferentiated SKUs have been a commercial suicide pact
Innovations in trying to understand consumer intent like Hunch and developments in social search like QuoraNew poorer versions of Google tools; notably the new beta Analytics look-and-feel which is just plain awkwardAdvanced search functions and tools. No longer with us

  • Link command
  • Yahoo! Site Explorer
  • + command in building search terms

The end of design? | 设计结束?

Kurt Anderson wrote an essay in Vanity Fair where he argued that product design in everything from fashion to homewares has stood still over the past two decades. It was an interesting that got me thinking about hypothetical reasons why his theory maybe true.
Why hasn't design changed
There were a number of possible factors that I came up with:

Design – design education has gone global – design professionals now know more about design than they ever have done before. You now have designers who can access the same influences from all over the world from the same place. The design computerised tools haven’t changed radically from the early 1990s but they have become more pervasive. Design and culture are inextricably linked and culture as we previously knew it has been disrupted.

Culture – The structure of culture has changed. Where the mass-media, publishers like Taschen and (often hard-to-get) style magazines or fanzines were the arbitors of the latest tribe, high and low culture trends, now Google is likely to turn up images and blogs about what whatever you want. This has meant that fashion is no longer linear in its timeline, but massively parallel: from cosplay and rockabilly  to ‘rugged’ style – fashion sensibilities resonates around the world in a self-sustaining loop with more power than previously.

The pressures on culture have also changed; in the west there is no longer a sense that progress is inevitable. Even up to the 1990s with the Hubble space telescope and the Channel tunnel; big exciting things were being done and aspects of technology were interesting or exciting. You still have this; only its in China, Brazil and India. Environmental concerns and a wider anti-science movement that has gained momentum have squeezed the joy out of progress.

Societal change – seems on some levels to be going at an ever faster pace, which means that culture values things like authenticity, by looking to simpler times in the near past. Authenticity comes from:

  • Simplicity
  • Heritage
  • Esoterism
  • Quality

Globalisation – Autenticity can also be seen to be a backlash against the tyranny of choice that globalsiation has provided. Retailers in the west have created giant sheds to handle their massively expanded but similar product lines. This has promoted a homogeneity in many product lines. It has also promoted a throwaway culture: H&M clothing for instance – which is at odds with environmental concerns, particularly when you think about what goes into growing cotton. On the plus side it has also created opportunities for mass bespoke manufacture – supporting various subcultures through ecommerce and better logistics.

Marketing – finally marketing has changed from being intuitative and demand-driven to being much more data and insights driven in nature and this has affected the product development process with every aspect of it undergoing scrutiny. The key challenge is that often people don’t really know that they want, but the space for vision is now lacking.


CoverItLive hacked | CoverItLive 安全破

One of the digital tools that I have encouraged use of at work is CoverItLive. It consists of two elements: a dashboard and an embeddable module which is compatible with many media company content management systems to share content and engage in conversations. So live blogging of an event (we’ve used it for the UK budget announcement and social media conferences we’ve attended) or live interaction like a question-and-answer session. It looks like they have been hacked looking at this announcement this morning:

CoveritLive recently discovered that certain proprietary data files were accessed without authorization starting on or about January 7, 2012. We have not yet determined if, or to what extent, CoveritLive account information (i.e., user names, email addresses and/or passwords) was accessed. We do know, however, that no financial account information has been compromised.

Our investigation is ongoing, and, as a precautionary measure, we will implement required password resets for all active CoveritLive accounts. We plan for this process to begin Saturday January 14, 2012 at 12 AM EDT (5 AM GMT). The next time you log in after the process has begun, you will be asked to change your password before you will be allowed into your account. NOTE: we do not anticipate that you will experience a disruption in your event if you are using CoveritLive while the change is invoked.

Your password and all account passwords are encrypted as a standard CoveritLive information security practice, and we have no evidence that an unauthorized individual has actually retrieved, or is using such data. However, out of an abundance of caution we recommend that if you registered for CoveritLive using an email address and password combination that you use for other online accounts, you should immediately create unique passwords or new login credentials for those other sites and accounts.

We take this matter very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to protect your personal information from unauthorized access. We also would like to take this moment to remind you of a couple of tips that should always be followed:
Do not open emails from senders you do not know. Be especially cautious of “phishing” emails, where the sender tries to trick the recipient into disclosing confidential or personal information.
Do not share personal or sensitive information via email. Legitimate companies will not attempt to collect personal information outside of a secure website.
We regret any inconvenience that this password change process may cause you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions.

CoveritLive Team

Links of the day | 在网上找到

What Luxury Brands Should Learn From Dolce & Gabbana’s Hong Kong PR Disaster – Forbes

China denounces ‘Hong Konger’ trend – The Washington Post

[CES] Sony Develops Self-luminous ‘Crystal LED Display’ — Tech-On!

Apple Suspends iPhone 4S Sales in Mainland China Stores –

A VC: Pseudonyms Drive Community

Steve Ballmer Reboots – Businessweek – interesting in that it gives you an idea of what Microsoft wants to project in terms of image

Apple’s Foreign Cash Hoard – Seeking Alpha – also shows the diminishing importance of the US as a market

UK is the Largest Market for Health Sites in Europe

TelecomTV | Facebook “evading questions” about subscriber tracking

Communities Dominate Brands: Spin and Sin: Why 37 Million Lumia Number Spells Disaster for Nokia (but not for MIcrosoft)

Tencent’s Pony Ma Challenges Real-Name Advocates By Talking About Prostitutes | Tech in Asia – argument on real-world ID

Facebook suffers 7% decline in UK market share | The Drum

Microsoft hits pause on web TV service because shows cost too much – SplatF

HK again named freest economy | RTHK – ironic that the British created it, yet haven’t been able to achieve similar success

Monocolumn – Bigger isn’t always better [Monocle] – claimed linkage between skyscrapers and economic collapse

More Conflict Seen Between Rich and Poor, Survey Finds –

What’s happening in Japan right now?: Social Games in Japan – interesting that this is part of mobile gaming

Microsoft Said to Be Planning Job Reductions, Reorganization of Marketing – Bloomberg – this has been due for a long while