Wednesday, September 2, 2015
by Gord Hotchkiss
For me, the adoption curve of the Internet of Things is fascinating to observe. Take the PoloTech shirt from Ralph Lauren, for example. It's a "smart shirt": the skintight shirt measures your heart rate, how deeply you're breathing, how stable you are, and a host of other key biometrics. All this is sent to your smartphone. One will set you back a cool 300 bucks. But it's probably not the price that will separate the adopters from the laggards in this case. In the case of the PoloTech shirt, as with many of the new pieces of ... More

by Tyler Loechner
Today -- Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 -- marks the "Flashpocalypse." Google's Chrome has begun blocking ads using flash, pushing advertisers toward HTLM5, which can work across a wider range of devices, including mobile. Naturally, my inbox has blown up with Flash-focused stories, so I'm beginning to think "Flashpocalypse" refers not to the death of flash advertising, but to the death of an inbox by a thousand pitches. More
by Erik Sass
Turkish daily newspaper Szc is protesting a government crackdown on news media amid growing controversy over the military campaign against Kurdish separatists in the country's east. More
by Laurie Sullivan
Google took on a new identity Tuesday. The Mountain View, Calif. company rebranded and took on a new logo that more closely identifies with a changing world. The change reflects a turning point in the company's history. Read the whole story »
by Laurie Sullivan
In response to the growing backlash from Adobe Flash and the spread of malvertising across major portals like MSN and Yahoo, Google announced a series of new features and strategies to assist web developers build and support HTML5 ads. Read the whole story »
UK national and regional newspaper publishers have called for the BBC's digital news operation to be curbed to allow commercial players to flourish at home and abroad. The NMA, which represents most major newspaper publishers, is calling on the government to implement 10 changes to the BBC's objectives and governance. These include "specific controls" around the scope of BBC news online, partnerships with news brands instead of replicating content or launching competing services, and improved transparency. Read the whole story »

London's iconic black cabs have decided to defend the streets of the capital against the likes of Uber by fighting fire with fire. As of today, cabbies have confirmed they will be offering off-peak discounts on journeys over six miles through the Gett app. Available on both Android and iOS devices, Gett will give travellers in London up to a 30% discount when riding in black cabs. Read the whole story »

Google's decision to switch off Flash ads in its Chrome browser appears to have caught many brands "by surprise," according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which says the decision is "long overdue." The move means interactive digital ads that use Adobe's Flash technology will no longer play automatically. Instead they will show an empty grey box with a "play" button in the middle. Google says it made the decision to help speed up Web browsing and conserve battery life. Read the whole story »

The Silicon Valley giant will release a new version of its video streaming service with an assemblage of advanced features that will compete with game consoles, traditional set-top boxes and online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Its new box will include a built in microphone for Siri support, redesigned remote control and an app store that will allow developers to run programs on it. The new controllers have real and touchpad buttons as well as motion sensors which will make playing games easier. Read the whole story »

The average Briton actively spends nearly three hours online a day across different screens, according to a study designed to act as the official industry standard, which aims to dispel much of the confusion around how much time people are actually spending on the internet with the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB) and UK Online Measurement Company (UKOM) both hailing 2 hours and 51 minutes as the "definitive" measure. Read the whole story »

Contactless technology has been built into a jacket to allow payment at the sweep of a cuff. Barclaycard and its contactless bPay technology has partnered with fashion brand Lyle & Scott to create the "world first" jacket. It can be used to make payments in the same way consumers would use a contactless card. The jacket -- which is going on sale online and in the brand's Carnaby Street store -- has space in the cuff for a contactless payment chip, like those found in debit and credit cards. Read the whole story »