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Monday, 30 April 2012

The History of Mobile App Stores [infographic]

This infographic shows the history of mobile app stores. The Android Market, iPhone App Store, Ovi Sotre, BB App World and Windows Phone Marketplace have all been analysed.


Friday, 27 April 2012

iTunes? No thanks, I go for Anontune

For those who, like me, hate paying for the music and support the free Internet, Anontune might be the perfect solution. It's not a spelling mistake (iTunes?), but a great concept that could change our way of listening to music while avoiding to be prosecuted by the giants of the music industry. The idea is simple but clever: create a platform that pulls up music contents from around the entire web, making it the largest database available for users. In this way, Anontune would also avoid to be shut down by the FBI, the music industry and all those who want to make Internet a squared and closed box where to decide what stays inside and what not. After the SOPA, what shall we now expect?

Support free music! 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Have you ever wondered how Google Search works?

Google have released this video that explains the science behind how the massive search engine actually works.

It only takes half a second for Google to return a search based on keywords you type in, but there’s a whole lot more happening behind the scenes.

Monday, 23 April 2012

This infographic shows how to measure the results of your social media strategy.
The first step is to define specific and measurable KPIs and have metrics in line with business goals.The second one will be to measure the Social Media campaigns with Google Analytics, landing pages, social interactions, etc. Tools, there are many Social Media tools, paid and free. Use them to collect all the information in order to be ready for the next step: interpretation of every metric network. Both, quantitative and qualitative data, activity, loyalty data, etc. Finally, check your strategy and ask yourself if you are meeting your goals. If you are not achieving them then identify the problem, analyzing the content or its format, publishing schedule, study your audience and their comments, and don't forget to think about your goals, maybe they are a bit unrealistic. Otherwise, if you are meeting your goals be sure to measure and act on results, maintain an active listening and carry on testing to get even better results.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Raspberry PI: the world's smallest and cheapest computer

Raspberry PI, the world's smallest and cheapest computer, has received a very warm welcome from the market, with pre-orders hitting 350,000 just a few days after its launch.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Social media - The best place to find news

The popularity of social media platforms as a source of news has been rapidly increasing in recent years, with websites like Facebook and Twitter often the channels that people discover breaking news through. The popularity of traditional news channels such as TV and newspapers is falling as the popularity of social media rises and this has meant that social media is now the third most used source for news.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Have you ever asked yourself what happens during one minute on the Internet? Intel's image below shows it.
Today, the number of network devices is the same as the global population, but by 2015, the number will double the global population!

Friday, 13 April 2012

'Make a Movie' of your Facebook Timeline [Video]

No kidding? It just got real easy to make a movie. 'A Year in the Like', a tool created by Microsoft and Facebook lets you make movies and also gives a visual tour of the past year activity of your FB profile. And not just one but several movies can be created and shared with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Striptease on Facebook [Video]

'Strip' is the buzz around Facebook currently. Rather, it comes as a surprise as to what extent a brand can go to promote itself. Stussy, a clothing brand, are re-launching their Amsterdam Facebook page with, if I should say, a 'very thoughtful' social media campaign called "Strip for Likes" in order to promote it's spring/summer 2012 collection. The tagline: "Like to see less, and share to undress." Creepy it may sound, the Facebook page Likes has already crossed 1,000.

The sexy model is herself desperate to get rid off the bulge: "Phew! That feels better. But please help me remove my clothing by sharing the link..." However, there is only one small problem, Facebook's promotion policy that states "You must not use Facebook features or functionality, such as the Like button, as a voting mechanism for a promotion."

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

A smartphone app that manipulates dreams?

The new smartphone app is DreamON. It's the largest dreaming experiment ever. It has been launched at the Edinburgh Science Festival. 

The app monitors a person 20 minutes before they wake, playing a 'soundscape' designed to invoke pleasant scenarios, such as lying by the sea or walking in the countryside. Participants will then be asked to record their final dream to a database. Researchers expect up to 10,000 people to take part in the study. The app has been designed to "manipulate" people's dreams, in an attempt to conjure up situations and experiences inspired by the sounds they are hearing.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs until 30 April.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Facebook vs Google: the new Social Search War

According to Businessweek, Facebook is currently working on a search engine that can compete with Mountain View by offering an even more personalised searching experience. In fact, the new FB search engine might integrate, as for Google +, search results with what our FB friends 'like' and have viewed. If this rumour happens to be true, we would be able to see a 'social to search' move as opposed to the 'search to social' move that we have already seen with Google and Google+: similar outcome but from opposite starting points. A team of twenty super-engineers are working on this not-so-top-secret plan that confirms how FB, like the big G, is taking the social search concept very seriously. We are only at a premature stage, as Google+ can confirm, but this seems to be the ideal path towards a deeper integration between search and social.   

KONY 2012 SEQUEL [Video]

Kony is back but not with a bang this time. Invisible Children recently released a sequel to the most viral video of all time. KONY 2012: Part II - Beyond Famous, apparently addresses the criticisms raised over the original film that led to violence amongst the Ugandans for not showing their very own people in the video. The sequel reveals deeper insights of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) who nearly has 444,000 fighters displaced over the country. Having killed more than 2400 people since 2008, Joseph Kony has abducted 57 more since the launch of KONY 2012.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Instagram available for Android

It has been one of the most popular apps on the iPhone being named Apple's app of the year in 2011 and now Instagram, the photo sharing app that allows users to share images via their social networks, has become available for android phones.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Have you heard about Google's Project Glass?

Google's research team recently launched a Google+ page for Project Glass, its augmented reality glasses project. Google will sell them for roughly the cost of a regular smartphone.