Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week:

  • Google’s I/O conference was fascinating in an anthropological way. Whilst many of the products were fascinating they seemed to lack a clear understanding of how people (outside the ‘Valley) would incorporate them into their life. Nexus Q seems to be more a way to try and find a way for consumers adopt NFC rather than as a real product with a user case
  • It’s exhibition season in London with UCL Bartlett School of Architecture finishing this week and the Architecture Academy running for a while longer
  • I have been enjoying this mix by the Balearic Gabba Sound System.
  • I found out that Canford still sell new pairs of Sennheiser’s classic HD480 II open back headphones which are ideal for listening to music at home and annoying people on public transport with your personal selection of music
  • Thanks to Rik Ferguson for Trend Micro’s Site Safety Centre

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Star Trek app warps into TiVo space

New York Times Joins Weibo, Starts Chinese News Edition Tomorrow

Microsoft loses appeal against EU antitrust smackdown

China to rival US tech knowhow, say execs

What are your customers really worth?

Revised Nokia 2012 Market Share Projections, Revenues, Profits ASPs by Quarter | Communities Dominate Brands

Yojimbo iCloud Transition Update

The SEOgadget Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization | SEOmoz

From Islands To Ecosystem: Connecting Social, Digital + Mobile | Edelman Digital

,The coming tablet computer rumble – I, Cringely

Infrastructure for Startups – Paul Hammond

EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week | Techdirt

Facebook forces all users over to e-mail addresses | Ars Technica

Microsoft: We Won’t Build Own Windows Phones – Windows – Informationweek

On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels – – data like this is why eBay bought Hunch

How to use Pinterest for link building and blogger outreach | Econsultancy

Out and about: UCL Bartlett Summer Show

One of the best shows across the different schools in London is the Barlett School of Architecture summer show.
Wireframe model detailed view
Unlike other shows this only runs for a week. More information here.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

IS STEALING MUSIC REALLY THE PROBLEM? – FutureHit.DNA – despite shouty headline, an interesting article

Yahoo Chief Plots Return to Ad Basics – – trying to get back to a media portal positioning with an emphasis on events and quality content (paywall)

How NatWest’s IT meltdown developed | – according to this Guardian article offshored jobs and Computer Associates software were to blame

A Personal Assistant Mines Your Life to Help Out – Technology Review

Boehringer data competition produces academic-standard models in just three months – PMLiVE

OFT launches probe into Facebook’s Instagram deal – Brand Republic News

RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally • The Register

Inside Minority Report’s ‘Idea Summit,’ Visionaries Saw the Future |

Failed HP Slate 500 behind Microsoft’s Surface tablet ambitions | The Verge

Teens turn from Facebook to fresher social-media sites

Why Do YouTube Views Freeze At 301?

Sony to make $623 million investment in Olympus, Nikkei says | The Verge

5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Google Analytics | PR Daily

Jail For File-Sharing Not Enough, Labels Want ISP-Level Spying Regime | TorrentFreak – interesting proposed layer 7 network surveillance system for Japan. The big question is where it stops, why not monetise the equipment and sell pertinent data to insurance companies or marketers?

Default Upload Settings for YouTube Videos

Why all the fuss about Habbo Hotel? | Snowblog

OLED TVs — Sony, Panasonic to announce partnership next week – think LCD screens peaked. Sales declined for the first time last quarter

Acer slates Microsoft’s hardware push | Reuters

WordPress Comes To Chinese Users Via’s New Cloud Service –

Google slashes price 88% for using Google Maps API | CNET News

QRcode challenge

I picked up a leaflet put out by Lavazza to promote their tie-in with Wimbledon as coffee of the event or some such linkage. On the leaflet was a QRcode. A very small QRcode, one which wouldn’t work with the two QRcode readers that I tried on it.
I wonder how that affects the campaign audience engagement and conversion rates?