The web is woven in space and in time

Monday, 7 January, 2013 0 Comments

The web, she wrote, “is made of loyalties, and interdependencies, and shared experiences. It is woven of memories of meetings and conflicts; of triumphs and disappointments. It is a web of communication, a common language, and the acceptance of lack of language, too; a knowledge of likes and dislikes, of habits and reactions, both physical […]

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The success of smartphones comes at a price

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012 0 Comments

That’s what John Naughton argued in The Observer on Sunday. How ironic it was, then, that an ad for one of the biggest smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, should intrude on his column and put the squeeze on his words. Success does, indeed, come at a price and the unwieldy Samsung device, which exists […]

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An ever-connected generation is going asset-light

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 0 Comments

Who said it and when? “The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.” […]

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Anticipating @Pope

Monday, 3 December, 2012 0 Comments

Pope Benedict XVI will launch his personal Twitter account later this morning at the Vatican. Among those present for the big moment will be Revered Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office and Claire Díaz-Ortiz, who heads social innovation at Twitter. And the papal Twitter handle? In June last year, the Pope launched the new site by sending a tweet from @news_va_en. He wrote, “Dear friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.” That signature has led some to believe that @BenedictusPPXVI will be the name for the 85-year-old Pontiff’s account, although @Pope would be very fitting.

UPDATE: #HabemusPapam…. @Pontifex

Macmillan Dictionary: “exiting print is a moment of liberation”

Friday, 23 November, 2012 0 Comments

Back at the beginning of this month, the Macmillan publishing company announced that it would no longer make paper dictionaries. In a blog post titled Stop the presses — the end of the printed dictionary, Michael Rundell, the editor-in-chief of the famed Macmillan Dictionary, made the case thus: “Thirty years ago, the arrival of corpus […]

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How to parse a tweet

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 0 Comments

“A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” said Gertrude Stein, but a tweet is much more than a text-based message of up to 140 characters. This is what a lot of Brits are about to learn now that Lord McAlpine’s team of technical and legal experts has set to work. Background: […]

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Getting responsive

Monday, 19 November, 2012 1 Comment

As a motto, ABO: Always Be Optimizing doesn’t sound half as compelling as ABC: Always Be Closing, which was immortalized by Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, but it’s useful and less menacing. If your business involves getting people to read your digital content, ABO is far better than ABC. In this era of devices, […]

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The digital foxes are in charge of the human rights henhouse

Thursday, 15 November, 2012 1 Comment

On Tuesday, swelling with regional pride, Al Arabiya noted, “UAE wins seat on U.N. Human Rights Council, garners highest Asia vote“. The foreign affairs minister of the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Mohammad Gargash, welcomed the “victory” with the following quote: “The win crowned a series of achievements made by the UAE in its human rights […]

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One. Billion. Views.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 0 Comments

Analysts at ChannelMeter are predicting that the viral video sensation Gangnam Style will smash through the billion-views ceiling before this year is out. Take that, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez. You’ve been and Psy-ed out. The ChannelMeter projection is that Gangnam Style will pass JLo’s On the Floor by the end of this week and […]

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Microsoft does text-to-speech with a twist in China

Tuesday, 13 November, 2012 0 Comments

It’s one thing to convert spoken English into Mandarin text, but to output that written Mandarin as speech in the vocal style of the original speaker is something very new. Yet that’s what happened when Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid spoke in China at the end of last month. At the 7.35 mark in […]

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Shipments of Samsung phones from Vietnam surge

Friday, 9 November, 2012 0 Comments

The visitor to Vietnam is confronted by so many contrasts that it’s difficult to make sense of the picture. A buffalo stubbornly pulls a traditional wooden plough through rice fields as a sleek Toyota Lexus whizzes by on dangerously pot-holed roads. Tired workers gulp down rice noodles at ad-hoc sidewalk restaurants while svelte communists shop […]

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