Music and YouTube – an uneasy marriage

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During 2015 more music was consumed in all sorts of ways, from streaming video and audio to good old-fashioned vinyl.  There was just one problem – money earned from sales and streaming actually fell. And the industry knows who it blames – YouTube. Source: BBC Technology Date: May 20th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36340447 Discussion 1) How does this YouTube… Read more »

The day competitive gaming became a serious global sport

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A new governing body is being introduced to the eSports industry to regulate the professional video games scene, much like Fifa does for football. The World eSports Association (WESA) has been announced to bring “traditional ruling” to this rapidly growing industry. eSports’ largest event in 2015 drew more than 35 million viewers. That’s more than most major US… Read more »

Facebook accused of suppressing news about conservatives and links to right-leaning websites.

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The Commerce Committee, led by Republican John Thune of South Dakota, asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to anonymous allegations that former contractors suppressed news about conservatives and links to right-leaning websites. Thune demanded to know who is ultimately responsible for approving stories for the “trending” box on the Facebook home page; what steps Facebook… Read more »

Mobile game Sea Hero Quest ‘helps dementia research’

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Dementia researchers have developed a video game that could lead to the development of early diagnostic tests for the disease.  The way players navigate the 3D levels in Sea Hero Quest will be anonymously tracked and sent to the researchers.  Understanding how people navigate 3D environments is important because the skill is often one of… Read more »

New order? China restaurant debuts robot waiters

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WWhile on first glance the five new robots at “Taste and Aroma” seem super-futuristic, it turns out they can only move along fixed paths and are unable to respond to requests from customers.  Frankly, we expect more from our interns — who on their first day in the office can be programmed to fetch tea… Read more »

Inside Facebook’s plan to be more human

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Source: CNN Tech Date: April 23rd, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/04/20/facebook-mostly-human.cnnmoney/index.html Discussion 1) Is this really “more compassionate products”? 2) The video talks about using an algorithm to surface favourite posts from the pasts.  How might other organizations use this sort of algorithm to better serve their own customers?

Hands on with the Microsoft Hololens

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The Microsoft Hololens, an augmented reality headset which allows the user to view the real world overlaid with objects realised with computer graphics, is ready to be sent to developers. Source: BBC Date: April 10th, 2016 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35931289 Discussion 1) How might a company like one of the Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG, PwC, E&Y, Deloitte)… Read more »

Show, don’t tell: How video is swamping the internet

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Asked what inspired him to write the cult 1979 hit single Video Killed the Radio Star, songwriter Trevor Horn said it came from the idea that “video technology was on the verge of changing everything”.  More than 35 years later, it’s digital video – particularly on mobile – that is changing everything again.  Video will… Read more »

One Facebook trick to prevent embarrassment

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How long have been using Facebook? One year? Five years? 10 years? Even if it’s only been a few months, you might have some embarrassing information lurking in your history that you don’t even remember posting. Do you want your new squeeze, a co-worker, family member or even a potential employer stumbling on it?  Fortunately, Facebook… Read more »