Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blogging from iBlogger

A new version on iBlogger has just been released which has solved the multiple blogs in Blogger problem. Still no pictures, sadly, but great to be able to blog from the iPhone.
Mobile Blogging from here.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Google channel

I've noticed a rash of "how to" videos from Google referenced by various Google blogs. They can all be found on the "Official Google Channel" - a home page on YouTube.

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Spectrum white spaces explained

Google's Public Policy Blog helpfully points to a video which explains in layman's terms the issue with "white spaces" - or the gaps between the radio spectra being used by the big broadcasters. No prizes for guessing Google's position on the issue...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sound words in difficult times

Amidst the thousands of words which have been written about the credit crunch and more latterly about the proposed $700bn bail-out for Wall Street, this comments stands out in the crowd. It now looks likely that the deal will get approved after frantic weekend negotiation. Let's see what happens next.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Google processes the political soundbite

A Google Labs application takes quotes from Google News and puts them into a kind of head-to-head spin machine. Brilliant.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Android day

It's supposed to be Android Day today - the day Google officially launches the Android mobile phone operating system. Although widely tipped as a yawn by comparison to the iPhone near-hysteria, it is likely in the end to have far-reaching effects on the mobile landscape. Take a look at this post for some idea of the features which will start to pop up on a phone near you.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Google's view of the future

An interesting blog post from a couple of Google engineers speculating on what the convergence of cloud computing and massive hardware and software improvements might mean for humanity.

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City money and the housing market

My friend Andrew Don spotted this nugget in a Times piece on the expected clamp-down on city excesses:

Savills estimates that £5.5 billion was invested in property last year by City bonus buyers alone.

More woes for the property market ahead!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Online ads continue to grow

According the European Interactive Advertising Association, online advertising will continue to grow through 2009 and 2010. The association's Marketers' Internet Ad Barometer found 81% of advertisers saying their budget would grow (by 16% next year and 17% in 2010).

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How to behave on a forum

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CBS citizen journalists

US broadcaster CBS has created an iPhone app so that anyone can submit pictures automatically to its network and report on current news events in their area. The app also allows users to browse what others have been uploading.

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iPhone apps a great hit

The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports that Apple is on track for 1 billion iPhone app downloads by 2009. Not all those are paid for, but still - quite a figure.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Microsoft ad aims to amuse

Bill Gates teams up with Jerry Seinfeld for a series of off-beat new ads. This is the second in the series.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Lifecycle of a story web 2.0 style

There's a great post by Alison Gow detailing how much different the act of creating a news story is in a web 2.0 world (thanks to the Online Journalism Blog for the pointer). It's a great checklist for journalists and their editors and shows just how much has been added by the recent slew of new online tools. As Alison says:
I had no idea when I started doing this how thin the 'old' opportunities for investigating stories would look compared to the tools at our disposal now; it's quite stark really. It drives home just how important mastering these tools is for journalists as our industry continues to develop and change.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

d.construct in URLs

I've spent the day at d.construct 08, the quirky web design conference in Brighton which I have been going to for the part few years. In previous years I've blogged the experience but I've tended to find that distracting and it has reduced the experience for me. This year I'm trying something different: recording the conference in URLs - all relevant in some way - to the speaker, or the speech. Treat it like an eclectic detective story!


































Hope you enjoy the journey...

BTW - the Flickr feed is here.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google Chrome launches today

Google will announce today the launch of its own browser called Chrome. The browser has been built from the ground up to be robust enough to run applications of all sorts, as the company intensifies its challenge to Microsoft's desktop model. The browsers features are ingeniously described in this online comic from the development team.