Two fingers hover over the master switch

Google’s takeover of Motorola’s mobile phone operations may strengthen its hold on the master switch of the Internet, to the detriment of all users. The Cycle: Open then closed Communications technologies before the Internet have gone through an open founding phase and then become closed.  One company or a select few have been then able to have Read More

Haymarket uses QR to link programme to video at FA Cup Final

Haymarket linked a paper mag with video content at the weekend in its FA Cup Final programme.  The match day programme had 5 Quick Response (QR) codes printed in it which smartphone users could scan and get videos downloaded from the FA site, FAtv.  Highlights 3 hours after kick off The codes linked the captive Read More

Just one little prediction for 2011

My one surefire forecast for this year is very, very simple: “Predictions and forecasts for the future will become so short-term and safe that they will cease to have any impact or relevance.” With some notable exceptions, such as Richard’s very specific tips for the magazine industry (see his post below) the vast majority of predictions for 2011 that I have seen are along the Read More

Surfing the endless wave

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting a headache from the pace of change in media…? Touchingly, mobile phones now seem rather mature and traditional in technical terms, even though they are only just reaching the point (25 years old) of being handed down from one generation to the next.  And now they are merely one Read More

In pursuit of ‘appiness

 Once again, we’re falling into that peculiarly human flytrap known as technology… Just because we can do it doesn’t mean anyone will actually want to do it…. I’m thinking of things like the red button on digital TV (except for Wimbledon on the BBC of course), the option to surf the net while you watch TV, or Read More

Is Augmented Reality the next “red button” ?

Remember the fuss about the digital TV “red button” ? You press it while watching a commercial and hey presto! you’re whisked to a rich media advertisement featuring video, text content, interactive web pages, etc. Problem is, nobody wants to actually do that. It took broadcasters a few [expensive] years to recognise this, and now, as far Read More

It’s imagination Jim, just not as we need it.

So, Eric Schmidt of google reveals how we are finally catching up with the future, as immortalised by Star Trek!! He’s telling us that in a few months time, users of Android (google) smartphones will “…be able to speak into the phone in one language, and have the phone read back the translation aloud in another language.” [remember Read More