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Jamie Hewlett was not someone that I would have associated with luxury menswear brand Dunhill. Dunhill have been creating interesting content for a number of years, that used to be accessed through an iPad application and their own site. This interview with Jamie Hewlett is brilliant. Hewlett’s talent as a comic creator developed early with him working in the studios of Bob Godfrey. Godfrey is famous to UK TV watchers for the cartoon series Rhubarb & Custard. After college Jamie Hewlett was recruited for Deadline magazine, which is where his iconic Tank Girl creation was formed and his relationship with Damon Albarn of Gorillaz.
Jamie Hewlett submarined during the 1990s when the underground became mainstream drawing Get The Freebies. Eventually Jamie Hewlett teamed up with Albarn to provide the visual look of The Gorillaz.
United colours of Beijing | South China Morning Post – graffiti artists in Beijing
CYPHER: Cyberpunk Text Adventure – looks brilliant
BBC News – Pages from Ceefax: Into the archives – nice slideshow of Ceefax. The criticism that the digital service equivalent has received has been interesting and instructive in terms of UX design
The concept art behind the futuristic cities of ‘Cloud Atlas’ | The Verge – eye poppingly good
Let’s hear it for the girls – a trend report on girlstyle
Silicon Valley residents more upbeat about economy – SiliconValley.com – increasing confidence
UrsaClemenger turns Raid into a bug-killing first-person shooter game – Campaign Asia-Pacific – I love this campaign idea
BMW Guggenheim Lab Publishes “100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin”. Lab Advances Public Conversations about Urban Life Through Ongoing Projects in Berlin and Online.
The Hardware Renaissance | Paul Graham – so maybe the silicon needs to go back into Silicon Valley
Starbucks Japan Unveils Posh Leather Cup Sleeves as Part of Charity Drive | RocketNews24 – love these Loewe Starbucks cups leather cuffs and they benefit victims of the Great Tohoku earthquake
Toyota raises profit forecast – more diversified markets than peers Honda, Nissan etc so less exposed to the nationalist consumer sentiment in China
Happy campers – Coleman Japan ‹ Japan Today: – interesting how camping supplies has shot up in Korea as workers no longer have to work on Saturdays
MediaPost – six things you need to know about real-time advertising – great paper from Quantcast
FT digital subs pass 300,000, growing readership and revenue — paidContent – looks like subscriptions growth is slowing
Gmail edges Hotmail as world’s top e-mail service | CNET News – another area where Yahoo!’s lead has been slipping
Comet is latest technology retailer to go into administration- The Inquirer – its not a recession it’s a restructure
UK becoming a ‘nation of returners’, survey says – interesting patterns to replace instore purchases
Coke Hacked And Doesn’t Tell – Bloomberg – disclosure and homogeneous IT system based on Windows seem to be main issues
RSA 2012: US Lobbying Hard To Alter EU Data Protection Law | TechWeekEurope UK – US doesn’t like EU’s tough privacy laws
Daring Fireball Linked List: Curious Timing – Google and Apple apps
Windows Phone sales to ramp quickly: Microsoft CEO | Reuters – the how doesn’t seem to appear in this article
Dodgy Coder: The slow decline of PCs and the fast rise of Smartphones/Tablets was predicted in 1993 – which is why they took so long to get to Windows8?
The state of Linux | visualizing.org – another good reason why Microsoft did its deal with Nokia. Microsoft’s enterprise business would have been happy to see Nokia no longer contributiing to the Linux kernel
Chrome Web Store – Do Share – handy for Google Plus activity
The Upcoming Microsoft Train Wreck – Seeking Alpha – interesting analysis
LG reportedly working on Open webOS-powered smart TV | The Verge – interesting comments on Google’s conditions on smart TV software
Two burning questions for ARM this week – interesting points around computing power per watt
BYOD for our own staff? That would be ’embarrassing’ – HP exec • The Channel – not terribly surprising
Yoshida in China: NXP deals with ‘freeze mode’ – interesting downturn in demand
Exclusive: Reynolds and Reynolds explores $5 billion LBO – sources | Reuters – sources (Banks: Quattrone’s Qatalyst, Deutsche Bank)
Apple – Press Info – Apple Announces Changes to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services – interesting moves, the ex-Dixon’s guy was no surprise ejection. Forstall was a bit more of a surprise: on one hand tipped for the top with a reputation for being a nasty piece of work, on the other scapegoated in the media for Apple iPhone missteps
Strange game | Ars Technica – interesting analysis of Microsoft
Web of no web
Robots making inroads in the home, study finds – interesting delineated attitude to acceptance by task
UK spectrum use worth £52bn a year – no it’s worth whatever the users are prepared to pay
Samsung: Rebranding rumor claims a new look to debut in Janaury | BGR – Samsung tries to reposition brand, or is it to move away from the associations of family court battles and political corruption? Ok, I was being a bit harsh, in reality decoupling brand from being a cheap Sony to being a cheap Apple
For The First Time Ever, iPhone Owner Loyalty Declines – perceived lack of innovation, maps and a tough economy especially in Europe I would have said were factors. Interestingly Strategy Analytics didn’t seem to touch on the economy as a factor
Panasonic set to ditch smartphones | T3 – a few things about this. Beyond the product launch did anyone see the Panasonic phones, you know in shops where they could buy them? What went wrong on the channel? Finally given that Sony and Panasonic’s success plans look similar: abandon brown goods, win through ‘convergence’, mobile (because that’s successful) and cameras – does this mean that Sony will have a similar burn?