FIR 188: Translating the Internet into Arabic

Finding news and information online you can trust about things you’re interested in is a high expectation for most people in these connected times in which we live. Unless you’re looking for wide-ranging content in the Arabic language, that is. Just 0.6% of Internet content is available in Arabic despite it being the fourth most common language among internet users, according to a report by the Guardian. What some people like Ameen al-Jaleeli in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and organisations such…

FIR 183: Let’s get personal

The May 2019 edition of “The Hobson and Holtz Report,” aka For Immediate Release episode 183, features Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz talking about these stories: A trio of technologies — from Google, Amazon, and The New York Times — show how marketers will be able to get into your head, assess your emotional state, and manipulate your intent. GDPR is one year old. Has it succeeded in protecting Europeans’ privacy? PR professionals are relegating earned media to the dustbin.…

SDF Podcast 15 – Reining in tech: responsibility, regulation and education

Our Christmas episode was recorded under the auspices of Janus, the god of all things related to time. Now into the month named after him, the SmallDataForum reviews its predictions and looks at the year ahead. Will Europe ‘take back control’, or will commercial pressures curb big tech’s enthusiasm? Will 2018 be the breakthrough year for chatbots and DPAs (digital personal assistants), both in business and personal use? How will continuous technological and economic transformations affect connections between people? This…

Amazon’s drone delivery service: not science fiction

A story that’s all over the news web today is about Amazon’s plans to start a delivery service that will get your package directly to your door straight from an Amazon fulfilment centre via a drone pilotless aircraft. No middlemen – no postal service, no couriers – just Amazon. And delivery within 30 minutes. Known as Amazon Prime Air, the service looks to be in an advanced planning stage – drones have been made and at least one test flight…

Easy content-sharing to your Kindle

Some years ago, Amazon made my blog available as a subscription option for Kindle users. It would cost you 99 pence a month; in return, you’d get all my content delivered to your Kindle device (or Kindle app on your PC, smartphone or tablet) as it was published. Amazon’s now introduced something perhaps more interesting – a ‘send to Kindle’ button for websites that lets you share specific content to your Kindle rather than get everything including things that might…

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