Wieden + Kennedy published a desktop wallpaper as a digital Christmas present for the blog readers based around one of their favourite Wiedenisms:
It sounds like a great test of whether a creative execution (whether it is a product, service or marketing) will actually work.
I currently have two mobile phones, an iPhone 3GS for all that stuff that smart phones do and texting. My second phone is a Samsung B5702 DUOS phone that does my voice calls. Its a great phone with a week long battery life and a space for two SIMs.
With the Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS, it looks like I’ve been finally given a reason to upgrade. On the specifications the phone is a basic Android smartphone. But unlike the vast majority of dual SIM phones available it supports UMTS networks which gives you more options when you are roaming abroad on networks. It should be available early next year, but you will need to trawl Google and Amazon (I’d advise Amazon Germany) to find it as the mobile phone carriers won’t like it. More information on Samsung’s press room – the press release doesn’t give an exhaustive breakdown of the technical specifications and too much meaningless marketing platitudes.
Betting the Farm on US Takeover: Failed Deal Leaves Telekom Without a Plan B – SPIEGEL ONLINE – puts the Deutsche Telekom position in broader perspective
The 6 Pop Country Archetypes « Saving Country Music – genius someone should turn this into a TV series a la Portlandia
24/7 -Hyundai Motor | The Korea Blog – is it just me or does this remind you of Ford’s NEW EDGE design language?
Social media case study: Dettol in China | FreshNetworks London – great simple word-of-mouth case study from Dettol in China via Hamid at Fresh Networks
Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn’t it Taken Off? | cek.log – interesting analysis on why Windows Phone hasn’t been working that well. Reluctant carrier and hardware partners who don’t like being dictated to
DOCOMO and Five Companies to Set Up Communication Platform Joint Venture Company | Press Center | NTT DOCOMO Global – interesting collaboration on silicon design for mobile devices between Japanese and Korean players
Mao’s past mistakes show need for open government – interesting piece in the Global Times calling for check and balances, whilst learning from the past. It looks like a middle way between the economic liberals and conservatives in Chinese policy
No Fiscal White Knight for China’s Distressed GDP Growth – WSJ – interesting piece on the Chinese economy, underestimates the Chinese government’s capacity for inventive solutions but interesting none the less
NEC wins Asia Pacific Gateway submarine cable system contract ‹ Japan Today – linking Southeast Asia and North Asia critical for economic expansion. Factories have been moving to the Southeast Asia so the communications infrastructure needs to cope too
Hologram-on-a-wafer may be the answer to the problem of bad 3D | The Verge – kind of like the MEMs that are in TI’s DLP chips
CES Pay for Play? No Way – a whole bundle of ethical issues in this PR campaign for LG by Ogilvy
Sony, Samsung dissolve panel joint venture ‹ Japan Today: Japan News – why buy a Sony TV?
China market: Handset demand weak – manufacturers rather than just consumers, lunar new year falls in January this time around so expecting sales from now on
Scripting News: This is a Facebook-free Zone – start of a movement?
A VC: Where To Find Your Future Customers/Users – future growth markets for web / mobile services
Carlberg’s cinema stunts in Belgium have been getting a lot of views online.It’s less of an advert and more like content brought to you by the brand a la the original soap operas on radio which got their name from the washing powder manufacturers like Procter & Gamble who used to sponsor and produce them.