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Not for vegetarians

Published February 24, 2010

Not for vegetarians

Everyone has been talking about this, so I guess I should too. I tried to resist but it is impossible to ignore. More information is available via Kottke. When it’s cold outside, people are using sausages on their touchscreens so they don’t have to take their gloves off. I find the whole idea kinda gross and would much rather use something like the Etip Gloves. That seems like a much more elegant solution to me, but thinking outside the box should always be encouraged.

It doesn't work like that anymore

Published February 13, 2010

It doesn't work like that anymore

The first episode of 2010 has a brand new look, and covers a wide range of topics that have caught my eye over the past month. It doesn’t work like that anymore From the Apple iPad, to the Amazon Kindle and everything in between, MFC gets a fresh look for 2010. Topics in this show also include how to keep wiki sites in business, and what would happen if you printed Twitter.

Selective reading

Published January 27, 2010

Selective reading

I’m currently listening to some old episodes of [email protected], one of the TWiT stable of podcasts, and Leo Laporte was talking about feed readers. The episode is about a year old now, and even back then he was discussing the fact that everyone gets their news from Twitter, they choose a few key sites to visit every now and then, and that having a news reader is just too much information.

Beware where you film

Published January 4, 2010

Beware where you film

A news item I have been catching up with on Buzz Out Loud recently has me a little bit stunned. In Chicago, a young woman was at a birthday party where they rented out an entire cinema for the duration of a screening of New Moon. She was filming some video of the party-goers and managed to get about three minutes of the film on camera as well. This is odd to me because I can’t imagine the cinema letting a camera get in the screening in the first place, but still, perhaps just a short word to say: “Please don’t film here.

Movie clips are Paramount

Published January 2, 2010

Movie clips are Paramount

Ooh, at last, something from the movie industry that is both progressive and good! Presumably in an attempt to both halt the many unauthorised film clips available, and perhaps monetise it along the way, Paramount have opened up a site that allows you to select a clip from a movie, and purchase the licence to it. From the article where I learned of such things: Paramount will initially restrict use to business customers — advertising agencies, mobile carriers, foreign broadcasters — that want to license pieces of films for commercial use.

It's down to the user to be sensible

Published December 31, 2009

It's down to the user to be sensible

I have returned with another episode of Media. Future. Change, catching up with some of the news from the past few weeks. Google have been dominating things recently, with lofty goals and tons of new products, but there’s plenty more to discuss in this episode. It’s down to the user to be sensible Coming up today we’ll discuss how you can celebrate New Year at home, why Switzerland isn’t a fan of Google, and when video viewers are switching off.

From Twitter to USA Today

Published December 26, 2009

From Twitter to USA Today

Mashable has a brief article about a new advert taken out in the USA Today newspaper from chewing gum company Trident. Supposedly the tweets were discovered naturally, rather than the writers being sponsored to talk about the gum, and everybody was consulted to make sure they approved being included in the ad itself. A bizarre concept of micro-blogging turning back into print media.

The Christmas number one

Published December 26, 2009

The Christmas number one

For a long time, the Christmas Number One single in the UK has been rubbish. I don’t remember the last time there was a decent song at the top, but then again, there haven’t really been an enormous amount of worthy festive songs released recently anyway. For the past few years, the Yuletide number has been dominated by the Simon Cowell sponsored X Factor winner, and that’s usual a cover version of a song that has nothing to do with snow or Santa or anything.

Celebrating the iPlayer and more

Published December 26, 2009

Celebrating the iPlayer and more

The BBC released some statistics to coincide with the iPlayer’s second birthday ahead of the festive season. Some facts: Average of 5 million unique users a week iPlayer on mobiles peaks on weekday nights between 7pm and midnight The top streaming series for the year (Top Gear) generated more than 1.5 million streams, whilst the top radio was just 183,000. Supposedly Mac users prefer comedies, while PC users prefer dramas. Just after these numbers were released, the BBC Trust provisionally approved plans for the Beeb to get involved with the Project Canvas initiative.

YouTube takes on the TV

Published December 18, 2009

YouTube takes on the TV

I’m not sure how long this has been around for, but I noticed today that YouTube have a new section called Shows. This is an expansion of the idea that broadcasters and networks have been signing up and posting clips of their TV programmes to YouTube in an attempt to a) stop people ripping their stuff and b) still use the site as a marketing tool. Now, though, there is the option to watch full episodes of selected shows.