Links of the day

Coming Soon, to Any Flat Surface Near You – New York Times – they talk about the micro-projector being used by business travellers, but no discussion about home use. Big screens don’t fit all that well into smaller houses even if you can sell big LCD units out of ALDI

The need for speed – Yang-May Ooi on the impact of broadband and webservices

3 for 2 on selected manga titles – Amazon UK’s good deals on translated manga books

Mobile Web Trends & Products, March ’08 Update – ReadWriteWeb

KryssTal : The 30 Most Spoken Languages in the World

Facebook vs Asia’s Top Social Networks – ReadWriteWeb

KAWSONE – Original Fake designer back with a new shop full of fly gear | brandjunkie survey results – Interesting set of results by BrandChannel worth a read

Groove Armada sign ‘record deal’ with Bacardi – Brand Republic Login – Brand Republic – (pay wall) interesting the way artists are exploring new business models for the music industry

Trends in Japan » Bottle Innovations: Instant fresh tea – Cool idea on packaging design for drinks

Flux » Articles » Digital Inclusion at Futurelab Research Day – interesting nuanced take on adoption and challenges of digital serivces

PingMag – Archive » Design & Mystique of the Japanese School Uniform – this explains a lot of things

Jock Jams 2.0: Five Songs That Will Get Taken Out At Your Next Ballgame, Whether You Like Them Or Not – baseball grounds get into sampling cutting and blending

Middle-Aged Users’ Declining Web Performance (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox) – Jakob Neilsen has some interesting research on how age affects website use.

Social media usage and SMB owners – interesting data points, despite being American