Last week, mobile operator Three UK announced it will block advertising on its network in a trial taking place in mid June.Three's action marks a new milestone in long-running arguments about online advertising between the online advertising industry, individual web publishers, and consumers who are the targets for much of that content.There's growing opinion - authenticated, so to speak, by the increasing use of software to block online advertising - that a large proportion of … [Read more...] about Ad blocking: reaching a tipping point for advertisers, publishers and consumers
Like robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning, one topic getting a lot of attention at the moment is chatbots.Much of the news and commentary about these relatively simple computer programs have been on the negative side - Microsoft's Tay, for instance, and the blanket coverage of the conversational meltdown that happened within days of the chatbot's public trial in March. Not a good pointer to the utility and value of such algorithms! (I noticed, btw, that the Tay URL currently … [Read more...] about Are chatbots in the workplace the entry point to cognitive personal assistants?
One of the most credible articles I've read this year on what's happening with live online video appeared in the Guardian last week.Written by Jerry Daykin, a global digital partner at Carat UK, the feature describes a complex landscape where live-video tools like Periscope, Facebook Live Video and Snapchat enable individuals to create and share content on-demand, yet highlights an issue that could have a big impact on how this landscape continues to evolve: A growing problem for social … [Read more...] about Lights, camera, action: the unexpected rise of live online video
Catching up this weekend with news and information in Inoreader, my RSS reader of choice on every device I use, I selected a good dozen or so stories to blog about when time permits. They all join a long list of in-draft posts that, by the time I really do get moments to complete and publish them, the attention opportunities will probably be long past.So I'll share some of the actual stories directly in this aggregate post that might enlighten your Sunday/Monday morning reading if you hadn't … [Read more...] about 3 great reads for this week
The smartphone market continues to rapidly evolve. Who thinks about a smartphone these days as simply a device to make phone calls and send text messages? I don't - a smartphone is a powerful computer that also makes phone calls and sends text messages.That thought came to me more than once or twice while I watched and listened to Samsung's press event via live video stream from the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on Sunday evening. The company announced their next smartphones in the … [Read more...] about Samsung (and Facebook) raise the mobile game