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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Twitter is getting in the Wimbledon spirit

Summer has finally arrived and that means Wimbledon is right around the corner, with the usual frieze that happens this time of year Twitter has decided to give us a small helping hand. Being able to constantly tweet that you have having a much better time than your friends (because you're at Wimbledon) has now been taken to the next level.

Friday, 19 June 2015

The best ads from the Facebook Ad Awards

The Facebook Awards have just been released to coincide with the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where the international advertising world gets to gives itself a big pat on the back.

You can see a list of the full winners here, or you can stay here trust my judgement that these are the best of the lot.

Although a nightmare towards the end, the ALS 'Ice-Bucket Challenge' was an advertising sensation and brands have been scrambling to copy the tactic since then (with little success). Here's a compilation of the best ones:

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Typing and Clicking too much effort? Use your brain instead.

Brainwave technology is something that has been the clear next step in the digital world. Some elements of it have been seen in games and medical equipment but it has never really progressed. 

However, in August of last year the technology took a huge jump, a experiment was conducted where a man from India telepathically sent an email to a man in France, it was successful. Using headsets that pick and receive electrical currents it was possible.

Friday, 12 June 2015

@SnoopDogg drops some hot news

Everything about Twitter is short: the character limit, the attention span of those who use it, and now, also, the length of the latest CEO's tenure.

The recent resignation of Twitter's CEO, Dick Costolo, after just 5 years in the top spot has sent shock waves down the social network's ranks and followers. Who's going to replace the top dog??

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Can Apple Music Eliminate Spotify?

During June 2015 Apple unveiled the new on-line music platform; Apple Music. This new extension of the Apple empire occurs with the decrease in download sales on iTunes. Why pay the same price for an album when you could have an unlimited selection of music on apps like Spotify? Apple couldn't possibly miss out on this money generating venture.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Mo Money Mo Venmo

As cashless payments have come to overtake hard cash transactions, the use of peer-to-peer online payment services has skyrocketed.

The mobile payment service Venmo is making a big splash, having processed over $700 million in payments between people within the third quarter of 2014.That said, mobile payments in the United States alone are projected to top $90 billion by 2017.

Venmo is a free mobile app (currently only available in the U.S.) whose main promise is to mediate cash transfers. As Venmo’s GM Mike Vaughn explains “Venmo’s goal is to make sending money or giving money to people much easier, much simpler.” However, Venmo is not merely a payment app; it’s also a social network.

Friday, 5 June 2015

The next stage of the wearable device: your own hand

I know I already used a similarly hilarious headline way back when, about the future of handheld devices, but it really is just as appropriate and witty in this instance too...

This new Google venture is dubbed Project "Soli" (no idea why this may be... no one seems to have questioned it... just go with it... Google are geniuses).

The concept behind the project was to turn the user's hand and fingers into an interface, which, through certain hand gestures, is able to interact with various wearable and internet-enabled devices.

Although science fiction has been imagining this kind of virtual interaction for years, this may be the first attempt to really bring the concept into the real world. The magic, lies in radar signals.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

What Happens in Vegas Stays on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...

These days there's almost no such thing as being able to get away with disgraceful or embarrassing antics at work or when you're away. If you leave any kind of discernible digital footprint, social media will be able to name you and shame you!

Here are some examples:

1. On Wednesday last week, 'poor Madonna' went viral on Twitter went the singer was literally pulled off the BRITS 2015 stage by an overly zealous cape. The Armani cape was supposed to fall off her shoulders but it had been tied too tightly, and to save herself from being choked in front of millions of people, she instead collapsed..

A CCTV image of the couple was posted to Mojo’s Facebook page and has been shared thousan

2. In Western Australia, a CCTV camera witnessed a young couple ordering tonnes of food and wine - to the sum of $230. Trouble is, they didn't pay for any of it! On the 22nd February, Mojo's took action and posted an image of the couple onto their Facebook page, which has about 4,000 followers. To their happy surprise, the image went viral and garnered more than 31,000 shares in just a few days. Here's what they wrote: