More possibilities with extended-time live video from Google+

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Wow – now you can do a Google Hangout On Air (a live video broadcast) for up to 8 hours! That’s a huge amount of additional time from the previous 1-hour-maximum you had. And remember: up to 8 hours means just that – you don’t have to do 8 whole hours. Oh what possibilities! Here […]

The difference between America and Europe

Reshared post from The Economist: Today’s #Dailychart shows how entrepreneurship differs wildly among countries. America is an engine of innovation, as attested by the upcoming public listing of Twitter, which aims to fetch a cool $1 billion. How do other countries rank in terms of entrepreneurship? Sadly, not so well http://econ.st/1f62ZQG View this post on Google+ Many of […]

Chrome ready for the post-PC era

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The map presents a dramatic perspective of the changing fortunes in the desktop browser market.The line graph makes the rise of Google Chrome even clearer over the past five years. I’d say Chrome has a rosy future as the post-PC era develops – I see the mobile Chrome more and more on Android devices. Early […]

Buy a real pint with a virtual currency

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A British pub lets you pay for your pint with Bitcoins: [...] The system is quick and effective. The bar staff press two buttons on the till and the screen displays a QR code. The customer opens their digital Bitcoin wallet, takes a snap of the screen and confirms the payment. The staff press one […]

The sound of an F-type

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Intriguing piece of story-telling in this short (13 minutes) film “Desire” for Jaguar and its new just-launched F-type sports car, made by Ridley Scott, starring Damian Lewis and Shannyn Sossamon with music by Lana Del Rey. Best viewed in 1080p HD at full screen to get the maximum impact from the beautiful photography. Not sure about the […]

Content, authenticity and engagement

The Social Media Show

I enjoyed listening to episode 5 of The Social Media Show with Ann Hawkins and Eric Swain, published yesterday. Ann and Eric had invited me to be interviewed about what to do if you are not a natural writer or communicator and need to create content. A great topic that embraces elements such as measurable business goals, […]

Unwelcome brand recognition

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The scare in the UK about horsemeat in food products that are supposedly made from beef presents real issues for the brands concerned. The latest news is about Findus UK which makes beef lasagne products. Media reports everywhere are about the discovery that some of those products contain “up to 100% horsemeat.” See what you […]

Six reasons why Vine is worth your time

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The buzz about Vine – pro and con – is non stop. BBC News has a great 6-point analysis of why they think it will continue grabbing attention: Stop motion animation is alive and well Ads work at six second length People tend to do rather than say Artificial limits help hype a social media offering […]

Wifi authentication via SMS not such a good idea

Free wifi at Asda

Popped into Asda this morning (wicked prices on fresh papayas) and noticed free wifi, offered via EE. Terrific, I thought! Tapped the ‘Get Online’ button, entered my phone number into the subsequent dialog saying EE would send me a text message with an authentication code. Equally terrific! Except, I was inside a huge store where […]