Damian Radcliffe

Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

links for 2011-01-14

In Daily Links on January 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

links for 2010-12-21

In Daily Links on December 22, 2010 at 1:03 am

Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-October to mid-November 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on December 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Useful stuff I bookmarked in the last month, and wanted to share. As ever, comments, feedback and suggestions welcome. Like the Murphy’s, I’m not bitter.


2bn Internet users worldwide by the end of the year (a/c to the International Telecommunications Union).

Keeping up with social networking sites: How much is enough? “The academic in me feels like, ‘Oh, this will be interesting,’ ” says Zeynep Tufekci, a professor of sociology at University of Maryland Baltimore County who studies social networks. “The user in me goes, ‘Oh nooo, another one!’ “

MIT’s 10 Emerging Technologies 2010: “The question that we ask is simple: is the technology likely to change the world? Some of these changes are on the largest scale possible: better biofuels, more efficient solar cells, and green concrete all aim at tackling global warming in the years ahead. Other changes will be more local and involve how we use technology: for example, 3-D screens on mobile devices, new applications for cloud computing, and social television. And new ways to implant medical electronics and develop drugs for diseases will affect us on the most intimate level of all, with the promise of making our lives healthier.”

Chris Gibson on the LSE blog on the links between digital literacy and functional literacy:“…putting people online may also be affected by problems of illiteracy and innumeracy that are closely related to digital and social exclusion. Research by the then Department for Education and Skills in 2003 suggested that 5.2 million people lacked functional literacy and 6.8 million people lacked functional numeracy. More recent research suggests that around 20 per cent of 16-19 year olds are functionally illiterate and innumerate.”


Google has announced a donation of $5 million for innovation in digital journalism — $2 million will go to the Knight Foundation and $3 million will go toward international news efforts

Google has agreed to pay $8.5m to settle a US class action lawsuit over alleged privacy breaches linked to its Buzz social networking service. In a statement, the group said: “The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users’ concerns. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz.”

Google has launched Place Search, a new feature which returns location-specific results to search queries. In a blog posting, product manager Jackie Bavaro described it as a “new kind of local search result that organises the world’s information around places. We’ve clustered search results around specific locations so you can more easily make comparisons and decide where to go”.

Google third-quarter profits climbed 32% to $2.2bn. Their mobile ads business is on track to generate $1bn in annual revenue.

Location Based Services

US users of Facebook Places will be able to access instant discount vouchers when they check in to shops. Businesses will use a self-service interface to publish their offers, and Facebook will not take a cut from the deals. There is also a charitable component. Starbucks will donate $1 for each presented check-in to Conservation International, and McDonald’s will donate $1 for each presented check-in to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The BBC reported that Gap plans to run a campaign offering a free pair of jeans to the first 10,000 users who check in to their local Gap store using Facebook’s mobile application.

A Pew Research Centre report has identified small and apparently static user numbers for location-based internet services, such as Foursquare and Gowalla, added that does not preclude rapid growth in the future. The New York Times highlights that in August 2008, for example, 6 percent of adults used status-updating services like Twitter. By September 2010 that proportion had quadrupled.

Starbucks and L’Oreal have become the first major brands to launch mobile marketing campaigns via O2 in which texts are sent to users when they are in the proximity of stores stocking their goods.


YouTube accounts for 13 percent of mobile data report The Register with video streaming from all providers making up 35 per cent of data carried over the mobile networks.

An Analysis Mason study forecast more than 16bn devices will be web-connected by 2020, with smartphones expected to act as a portal to the so-called ‘internet of things’, such as remotely controlled domestic appliances.


ABCes for September showed Mail Online enjoyed its ninth consecutive month as the most-visited UK newspaper website. It had a total of 46,910,754 browsers during the month, an average of 2,670,371 per-day. This was a 3% rise on August’s total. Guardian.co.uk retained second spot, up 5% month-on-month with a record 2,038,493 average daily browsers – a 16.2% year-on-year rise. Independent.co.uk, had the biggest month-on-month rise in average daily browsers, up 12.9% from August to 553,593.

 Australian ‘futurist’ Ross Dawson has created a newspaper extinction timeline, claiming they will die out in the UK by 2019 while hanging on in France for a further decade in part due to state support. He forecast there will be “a transition of what newspapers currently do to other channels of various kinds”, adding “(The) big overlay in all of this is we’ll get digital paper that combines all the qualities of print and the benefits of digital within the next decade”.

News Corp plans to launch The Daily, a tablet-only US digital newspaper, by the end of the year. in six weeks, It will charge $1 a week for the service.


Microsoft has launched a fully cloud-based version of its Office applications suite, initially as a test in 13 countries, before being offered worldwide on a subscription basis next year.

Microsoft said it anticipates selling 5m units of its new Kinect video games motion-controller over the holiday season. The NY Post reckons this could provide a $750m boost to revenues.

Social Networking

10 things about Facebook that aren’t in the movie – some useful stats c/o Experian Hitwise.

Skype has integrated Facebook‘s news feed and phone book into its service. Skype users can video-call Facebook friends who are also Skype users for free, while users can make a voice call to Facebook friends who are not Skype members via its paid-for service. Skype director of product management Mike Bartlett said “Rather than create social functions ourselves, it made much more sense to partner with Facebook. It’s a natural marriage.”

Electronics Arts announced it has agreed a five-year strategic relationship with Facebook, adopting Facebook Credits as its exclusive payments option under a 70:30 revenue split.

LinkedIn has added a product reviews and recommendation service as a way of increasing revenues. CEO Jeff Weiner said: “A big part of what we’re working to do is becoming the essential source of information for our membership.”

Internet Security Firm AVG has published a study which claims 5% of babies under 2 have social media profiles, 7% have an email address, and 81% of two-year-olds have a digital footprint. This is shown in a neat graphic here.

links for 2010-10-21

In Daily Links on October 22, 2010 at 2:03 am

Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid Sept to mid Oct 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on October 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Social Media – General

What They Know – WSJ – “The Journal analyzed the tracking files installed on people’s computers by the 50 most popular U.S. websites, plus WSJ.com. The Journal also built an “exposure index” — to determine the degree to which each site exposes visitors to monitoring — by studying the tracking technologies they install and the privacy policies that guide their use.”

The rise of social media and its impact on mainstream journalism – Working paper from Nic Newman.

101 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained

How Do You Balance Personal and Professional on Social Media? – “Social media is all about people connecting with people, and so your true personality is bound to come out — no real point in trying to hide who you are as a person.”

36 Awesome Social Media Blogs Everyone Should Read

The Future of Social Media in Journalism – “The future of social media in journalism will see the death of “social media.” That is, all media as we know it today will become social, and feature a social component to one extent or another. After all, much of the web experience, particularly in the way we consume content, is becoming social and personalized.”


Twitter plans to step up monetisation by allowing advertisers to use data on which brands and people users follow to target ‘promoted tweets’. Product manager Shiva Rajaraman said: “Who you follow is a good indicator of what you are interested in. As we move forward, we are going to implement targeting mechanisms that allow people to engage their audience in that way. We are starting with essentially keywords but the basic goal is to build out interests based on who you’re following.”

Twitter has rolled out what they have called the “biggest overhaul of its web page in its four-year history”, incorporating images, video and other media into its main page in a bid to increase stickiness.

Best of the Greater Manchester Police 24-hour Twitter experiment – Between 5am on Thursday 14 October and 5am today (Friday 15 October) the northern police force dealt with 3,205 incidents and posted the details of every alleged misdemeanour on micro-blog Twitter.

Twitter’s Impact On News Traffic Is Tiny | paidContent:UK – Facebook sends 13 times more clicks to news sites than Twitter in France, according to European internet monitor AT Internet Institute.

16 bitchin’ commands and shortcuts for Twitter | Econsultancy


Facebook is introducing new procedures to identify accounts which have been hacked after admitting fraud has become a “major issue” for the company.

Six Reasons Why I’m Not On Facebook, By Wired UK’s Editor – “My cautious use of the social networks has nothing to do with paranoia about privacy; and yes, I celebrate the unprecedented transparency and connectivity that these services can empower. But what’s increasingly bothering me is the wider social and political cost of our ever-greater enmeshment in these proprietary networks. Here are half a dozen reasons why.”


MySpace is to undergo a “dramatic remake” to return it to its “roots of music, discovery and self-expression”.  

Internet TV

Virgin Media CEO Neil Birkett said internet TV will “make people fall in love with their television sets again”, expressing confidence that Virgin’s status as a “trusted brand” will ensure it is well positioned to persuade consumers to take up new services.

Sony has announced a range of Wi-Fi enabled TVs built on Google’s Android platform, which allow users to find content online via Google’s search engine. They can toggle between live TV, or browse online content while regular TV plays in a corner of the screen. Jeff Goldstein, vice president of connected home products and services for Sony, said: “There’s a lot of folks out there who want to see something more out of their TV. I think the adoption rate on this type of device is going to be very fast.”

Google TV product manager Ambarish Kenghe said in a blog posting that the group has been working with “some leading technology and media companies to optimise their content for Google TV, including news sites like The New York Times and USA Today… information networks like Twitter and online networks like blip.tv.” Reported here.

A Google spokeswoman said the group “does not have any specific plans for advertising” on its Google TV service as yet, although industry sources said Google has set out plans to sell ads alongside viewer search results.

Project Canvas is now YouView.

Initial iterations of YouView will not feature a web-browser, “We’ve essentially built a TV experience” that will function in a similar way to Apple’s App store said Richard Halton. “For content providers, it means you can create a TV experience that’s tailored for the TV set. The reason mobile apps work is because they’ve been tailored for the mobile. In a way, that’s even more so for the TV set, because you’re 10 feet away from the screen.”

Apple has launched  a new version of its Apple TV set-top box priced at $99, less than half previous iterations, as well as unveiling a new interface which allows users to stream movies from Netflix as well as content from the iTunes store.

Ofcom has formally handed over responsibility for editorial complaints related to online and VoD content to the Association for TV On Demand. The Advertising Standards Association retains oversight of advertising across the platforms.


Nearly two-thirds of US adults with cell phones say they have slept with their phone on or right next to their bed.

 A study by Orange found that 13% of smartphone owners said they consume more online newspaper content as a result of their handset’s capabilities; however 14% of people who access the internet via mobiles said they read fewer newspapers as a consequence.

TNS Digital Life | Internet Statistics & Social Media Usage | Online … Interviewing almost 50,000 consumers across 46 countries, including all BRIC and most N-11 markets, Digital Life is the largest, most comprehensive study of the Global Digital Consumer, ever. These markets represent 88% of the global Digital population; we cover markets from where Digital is close to ubiquitous to those beginning their digital journey whether through PC at home, mobile or internet cafés.

Social networking makes you happy – New research has established a direct link between IT access and happiness; social networking and instant messaging were found to provide the biggest benefit. In contrast to the stereotype that IT causes social isolation, the research reveals that the biggest positive contribution that IT access makes to the newly connected is the additional social contact with family and friends.

Almost Half of All British Using Social Media While Watching TV – With the rise of ‘event TV’ like X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and sporting events, more and more British viewers are using social networks and instant messaging to chat to friends as the events unfold according to research from Intel has found that almost half of (45%) Brits have admitted to using sites like Twitter, Facebook and MSN messenger to discuss a TV programme whilst it’s on air.


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the group will roll-out Windows-based tablet devices in time for the Christmas market.

The FT says its new Apple iPad app had generated more than £1m in ad revenues since it was launched in May, with more than 400,000 subscribers. It represents 10% of the paper’s new digital subscriptions. Traditional print advertising now accounts for just 40% of the FT’s overall revenue.

Ofgem said it expects electricity traffic to double over the next decade, warning investment of about £32bn will be required to ensure networks can meet demand.


Toshiba plans to launch the world’s first LCD TV which offers 3D images without requiring viewers to wear 3D glasses.

Sky has launched its 3D TV channel, the first in Europe, kicking off with coverage of the Ryder Cup. Viewers require a Sky+HD package, a 3D-enabled TV and glasses. Virgin Media said it plans to produce its own 3D content from events such as the V Festival. Its own 3D VoD service is now live.

A YouGov survey of 4,199 Britons for Deloitte revealed only 89 respondents planned to buy a 3D-enabled TV set over the coming year. Five per cent of 25-34-year-olds said they would invest over the next 12 months, while only one per cent of over-45s said they would buy a 3D set.


Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes computers will be able to suggest useful information based on past preferences, the location of the user and the time of day.

Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead – A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. “vision statement” shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels—the vast trove of data it possesses about people’s activities?

Mergers & Acquisitions

AOL has bought TechCrunch for an undisclosed sum. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said: “We’ll try to be as hands-off as possible.”


The News of the World’s online content is now behind a paywall, costing £1 a day or £1.99 for a month’s access. Editor Colin Myler said the switch represented a “very significant moment in the history of the News of the World”, adding the site would have a “real focus on exclusive video and pictures”. An iPad app is to follow which will cost £1.19 per week.

Google plans to add social features to its core products this autumn, adding he hopes people will use the site to grow their network of contacts. Eric Schmidt said: “The best thing that would happen is for Facebook to open up its data. Failing that, there are other ways to get that information.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee criticised recent calls by telcos and tech groups for net neutrality to be superseded by a tiered pricing regime.  “The moment you let net neutrality go, you lose the web as it is. You lose something essential – the fact that any innovator can dream up an idea and set up a website at some random place and let it just take off from word of mouth.”


Fox Mobile has launched its Bitbop subscription mobile entertainment service, which offers unlimited streaming of TV shows for $10 per month, on Android-powered handsets.

Verizon Wireless has launched a media storage service which allows users to back up 25 gigabytes’ worth of documents, photographs and other unprotected content from their phone to the cloud. The $2.99 monthly service’s aim is to ultimately allow the content to be viewable on TVs, phones, PCs and tablets.

A report in the Independent said new research found that smartphones running Google’s Android software could take the largest share of the global market by 2014 – rising from a less than 4% share last year. Gartner said Android’s share will hit 17.7% by the end of the year, overtaking Research In Motion’s BlackBerry (17.5%).

The BBC has launched the latest version of its iPlayer VoD service following beta tests. New features include a facility to download programmes ahead of linear broadcast, which can be viewed immediately after transmission, and integration with social networks Facebook and Twitter.


Sony has unveiled MusicUnlimited, a cloud-based music streaming service which it said will “deliver a variety of digital entertainment content and services” within its Qriocity online platform. The service will initially launch in five European countries, including the UK, and will be available across devices including web-enabled Bravia TVs, PlayStation 3 consoles, Vaio laptops and Blu-ray players.

Government will pay you to download music legally…in France – The French government will subsidise young music fans who agree to download music legally, by footing the bill. Under the scheme, French residents will purchase a card, called the Carte Musique, to download music from subscription-based website platforms. But they will only pay half the cost of the €50 credit included in the card, because the French government will step in to pay the rest.


Video calling is poised to become a mainstream consumer sector, with Cisco and Logitech are to launch ‘couch-to-couch’ offerings this autumn, while Microsoft will add the function to its Xbox 360 console alongside its Kinect motion controller in November.

links for 2010-10-03

In Daily Links on October 4, 2010 at 2:01 am

links for 2010-09-17

In Daily Links on September 18, 2010 at 2:01 am

What I learnt over the summer aka Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links for August and early September 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on September 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Here’s the best of what I’ve read in the past four-six weeks relating to social networking, social media, technology et al. Comments, additions and your own contributions are very welcome.


50 Best Websites 2010 – file under ‘stuff to do on a rainy day’. List by Time Magazine. 

Best Blogs of 2010 more of the same from Time.

Internet 2009 in numbers from Royal Pingdom.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia will double their Internet users to 1.2 billion by 2015

Social Networking

The top countries on Facebook (chart) | Royal Pingdom

Web Users Now Spend More Time on Facebook Than Google

Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies

The Next 5 Years in Social Media

How News Consumption is Shifting to the Personalized Social News Stream

75% of news consumed online is through shared news from social networking sites or e-mail. Social news is finding us.

Gender, Education, Age and Income analysed for social networks around the world, including many I’d never heard of!

MySpace has struck a deal with Facebook which will allow users to “sync” their status updates on both social networks. 

Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley told the Sunday Times the location-based social network, which boasts 3m users, does not regard Facebook’s newly launched Places service as a direct threat, saying: “I use Facebook, but not to announce which bar I’m in. That’s for your good friends, not for some half-forgotten college acquaintance.” Ouch!

Apple said 1m people signed up to Ping, its music-based social network, in the 48 hours after its launch

Virgin Media has launched Sofa Stadium, a new dual-screen app which coincides with the start of the Premier League season, giving fans match stats and social networking feeds alongside televised games.


A Look Back at the Last 5 Years in Blogging

Royal Opera House threatens to sue blogger over photo row

Without Prejudice – why all the Royal Opera House posts have disappeared

Non-profit blog threatened by legal action from the Royal Opera House for using unauthorised images of the ROH. This post lists the correspondence.


Leading article: Thanks to the internet, the customer is king again …

Hoteliers to take their revenge on TripAdvisor’s critiques in court …


9 Awesome Search Engines That Aren’t Named Google

“On Google, 34,000 searches occur each second….”

Search Google like an expert

Selected coverage of Google Instant:


Google phones set to overhaul competitors in four years – Business News …

Quarter of all searches on Android devices in the US are now made using voice.


Town halls ‘saving millions by embracing new technology’ – Telegraph

How Flickr can work on a local government website – a nice example from Walsall.


Crowdsourcing tubestrike info

TV online

Research by SeeSaw.com and Radio Times found 34% now watch their favourite shows online, rising to 56% among students. Radio Times editor Ben Preston said: “The couch potato is dead, the age of the hunter-gatherer is nigh. Technology means television isn’t a passive activity any more. We hunt down what we want to watch, we gather up great shows we’ve missed and we chat and joke about what we’ve seen – whether friends and family are sitting next to us or are online thousands of miles away.”

Apple iPhone users accessed 5.3m BBC programmes in July, according to new figures. New Media Age reported that an average of 230,016 Apple mobile handset owners visited the BBC iPlayer service to download shows each week during the month.

4oD accounted for 25% of TV watched by students with YouTube accounting for a further 13%.

TiVo has announced a research project that will see the company monitor how much time users spend watching online content on their TV sets alongside regular programmes.


New Facebook safety concerns have emerged after the social networking giant launched a feature in the US which automatically shares location information of users with their ‘friends’. People will be able to “check in” at locations, with the information shared among their chosen online contacts. But US Privacy Rights Clearinghouse spokeswoman Rainey Reitman warned: “What we see with Facebook is a massive learning curve. Every time they make a change, consumers scramble to figure out the privacy settings. Location data is tied to people’s safety – if people know where you are, they know where you’re not. Your location data is some of the most sensitive data we have.”
Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/aug/19/facebook-places-location-tool-unveiled and http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/de665226-ab2e-11df-9e6b-00144feabdc0.html

Defending the new Facebook Places feature, product manager Ana Yang said: “People are already sharing their location on Facebook, so we looked at this to see if we could make it easier, more consistent and more social. But if it means removing friends you don’t know or even blocking someone, we support all those things because you’ll have more control. People should be establishing the social norms that it’s OK to block the sketchy ex-boyfriend and in some ways it’s easier to do this on Facebook than in real life.” She added that users could opt to be notified if they are tagged at a location, and said a total opt-out of “places” tags was available.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has suggested a radical plan for today’s teenagers whose social networking site activities could embarrass them into their adult lives – change your name. In an online debate hosted by the Wall Street Journal, he predicted this could be an effective way of disowning potentially compromising photographs and comments preserved for all time on social media sites, stating: “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time.”
See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/16/schmidt_wsj/ and http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-on-privacy-change-your-name-20100817-127xj.html?from=smh_sb

links for 2010-09-14

In Daily Links on September 15, 2010 at 2:04 am

More Android tips

In Daily Links on July 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Assorted, but good
Fun, but probably not very useful
Google’s Top 30 apps