Now you can embed BBC videos

I’m testing a new feature that the BBC is selectively rolling out – the ability to embed BBC videos in your own blog or other website. This feature is going to be very useful for anyone writing anything that references a BBC News report where including an available video adds something to your story. So if I’d been writing a post about the video games BAFTAs last week, embedding the video you see above would have let you actually see…

Switching off the Twitter hashtag overload

Like many people, I wanted to keep an eye on some of what’s hot during South by Southwest 2009 in Austin, Texas, by seeing what people on Twitter are talking about when using the hashtag #sxsw. But it’s been a painful task not only keeping up with the flood of comment and opinion by people using that hashtag but also figuring out what on earth to pay attention to in that river of noise. Just look at this screenshot I…

No hoverboards in San Francisco?

I love a journalist who genuinely has a way with words. Who’s actually a good writer. Who might have an agenda and doesn’t pretend he or she doesn’t. Who touches on things that make you nod in recognition as well as laugh your head off. In sum, a journalist who writes so damn well and, usually, without giving a toss that I’ll read his or her content no matter what. For me, Paul Carr falls under that description. I tune…

The future of air travel from Air France-KLM

I’m a big fan of ‘DIY trip management’ when I fly anywhere – if the airline offers online check-in and that I can print out my own boarding pass, then I’ll use that service. Some airlines offer this wherever you are (when you’re already travelling, for instance, or don’t have access to a printer, you can get your boarding pass faxed to you). The convenience for both parties is clear – as a flyer, you control the whole process; as…

Waiting for Vodafone for my Nokia update

Last September, Nokia released updated firmware version 30.0.018 for its N95 8GB model, the one I have. Today, some six months later, running the Nokia Software Updater application shows that the updated firmware version is still not available on my phone. Running a manual check on the Nokia website by phone product code number confirms the non-availability of that updated firmware. That’s because my phone is tied to a particular mobile operator – Vodafone in the UK – who obviously…

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