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Friday, 24 October 2014

Is Google losing its grip on search advertising?

Call me mad, but Google's dominance of the online advertising world may be diminishing. According to the latest Q3 figures, stock fell, and revenue was up just 19.5% year-over-year - Google's lowest level since 2009.

Even though the search giant booked $16.5 billion in revenues on its search business in Q3 alone, many are seriously beginning to consider whether Google might eventually lose the search war.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Google Testing SERPs Without Bold Text

Google's always drawn attention to relevant words in the search results by formatting the words in the listing that match the search query  with bold text. Now, they are testing a new search engine results page format where all listings are in plain text with no words in bold.

SERP Test Without Bold Text

Monday, 20 October 2014

Facebook Let's the World Know When You've Snuffed It!

There’s a new thing on Facebook. It’s a little screen that pops up when you are within the boundaries of IMMINENT DEATH and asks you if you’ve snuffed it, or have managed to wrench free a hand in the midst of the rubble and are using the last of your energy reserves to tap a little button on the screen to say ‘yes, Facebook masters, I live on yet’.

Friday, 17 October 2014

The funniest not-funny moments from the Apple iPad and Mac event

There were many takeaways from the recent Apple event: the OS X interface is going to look different, the iPad Air will look thinner, the iMac screen will look better, and you'll be able to look at your iPhone on your wrist.

But what I think really came across with this event is that no one is above a good Dad joke... even the 'coolest' company on the tech scene.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

What do we think about Earthcam?

If you haven’t heard of Earthcam, it’s like a live version of Google maps i.e. a place where you can endlessly drown in the experience of other lives in other places (which mostly involves watching the snail-like speed of New York taxis trapped in their Times Square nightmare).

Personally, I’ve dedicated a good deal of (un)valuable time to watching the tourists in London as they try to dodge the traffic at Abbey Road long enough to take a picture. I’m not watching it in the hope that one of them will eventually provide me with some real Eastenders-stylee drama by snuffing it under a passing ice cream van, it’s merely addictive to see real life, y’know, live.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Spain's first pay-per-laugh (PPL) comedy club

A comedy club in Barcelona is charging it's patrons per laugh, according to the BBC. No joke.

In order to counter falling audience numbers, The Teatreneu club, in partnership with ad agency The Cyranos McCann, has installed tablets on the back of each seat equipped with facial recognition software.

These tablets detect and charge 0.30 Euros (£0.24) each time an audience member laughs, and at the end of the show they pay for how many laughs they laughed.