• App Turns Social Media Feed Into 'Star Wars Crawl'
    Designed and created by McCann London and UM International to support the launch of "Kinect Star Wars" for the Xbox 360, the app aggregates information from users' Facebook and Twitter feeds and makes it resemble the iconic openings of the popular space opera franchise. The new title uses the Xbox 360's motion detecting Kinect hardware to translate players' physical actions into commands. The free app is available now for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices.
  • Chelsea FC's Qualification Final Broke Twitter Record
    Reported by dailymail.co.uk, users of the micro-blogging service broke the world record for the number of tweets published during a sporting event per second, smashing the previous record held by February 2012s Superbowl climax between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Activity peaked at an impressive 13,684 messages per second, beating the 12,233 set by the Superbowl and serving to highlight the vast amount of social media content sent to Twitter per second. It also shows the rapid rise of Twitter, as during the 2008 Superbowl, the service peaked at a mere 27 tweets per second.
  • Olympic Bosses Admit Image Ban 'Unenforceable'
    In the terms and conditions of ticket purchases for the London 2012 Games it states ticket holders cannot publish images, video or sound online. However, Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of organisers Locog, said "we live in an internet world... and there's not much we can do about it". He said a "common sense approach" would be used to protect media rights. Spectators will be able to watch many events, including the cycle road race, triathlon and marathon, without a ticket. But the ticket conditions as they currently stand prohibit ticket holders from posting photos and personal footage of the ...
  • Canada Ready For Mobile Payment For Purchases
    Thousands of Canadian retailers already have equipment in place to let customers pay for purchases with a swipe of their mobile phones, putting the country in the lead in developing a system that could one day make cash obsolete. If consumers embrace the system - and that's still a big "if" - clip-and-save coupons, transit passes, library cards and perhaps even driver's licenses could become things of the past. All that's needed is an agreement among banks, credit card companies and telecoms; it's coming soon.
  • British Do 25% Of Spending Online; 1 In 6 Via Smartphone
    Internet payments system World Pay says the high amount of money spent online was due to the ability to shop while away from the computer. Over half purchased items while watching TV and 3% did so in the bathroom. Britain's mobile spending revolution is partly due to it having one of the highest rates of smartphone ownership, according to a separate survey from TNS, a research consultancy. Over half of Britons own app-enabled mobiles.
  • Watchdog Adds Voice To Criticism Of Proposed Acta
    The European Data Protection Supervisor says the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement may trample individual rights. So far, 22 member states, including the UK, have signed up for the legislation. A debate on the EU's adoption of the treaty is expected in June. "While more international co-operation is needed for the enforcement of IP rights, the means envisaged must not come at the expense of the fundamental rights of individuals," said Giovanni Buttarelli, assistant European data protection supervisor.
  • Johnston Press Looks To Digital As Losses Pile Up
    As it aims to place digital at the heart of its operations, Johnston Press has revealed a loss of GBP143.8 million, while advertising revenue continued to fall by 9%. The company has said that the substantial loss was due to 'the impairment of the value of publishing titles of GBP163.7m, compared with the charge of GBP13.1m in 2010.' To reflect the move to centre its core offering around digital content in the future, Johnston Press saw digital advertising revenue grow by 0.7%, following the launch of online business listing directory Find it and local voucher website DealMonster.
  • Facebook Director Among Digital Cabinet Office Advisers
    Richard Allan, director of policy in Europe for the social network, is one of 12 members of the Digital Advisory Board that will inform the team behind Gov.uk, a single government domain currently in beta that's intended to eventually replace New Labour's Directgov website. It will be chaired by Martha Lane Fox, who reviewed the government's online services in 2010. The Cabinet Office has been in talks with Facebook and other industry players on identity-handling online. The board's first meeting took place on April 25.
  • Study Finds Shocking Lack Of Security Awareness
    While 71% of UK web users worry about the amount of personal information held online about them, 32% would still hand over confidential information, a new survey by security and computer management firm Faronics finds. One-third would hand over a password, bank account number or their mother's maiden name via email or social networks to someone they don't know. Many users will trust people they don't know when using sites like LinkedIn as they could be on the lookout for new job opportunities. One-third of respondents admitted to accepting contact requests on LinkedIn from people they don't know. Just 15% ...
  • Survey: Most Prefer To Get Tech News Online
    Asking participants where they went for technology news, a study by Eurocom Worldwide indicated that 78% used online media as their go-to for updates, way ahead of social media, print journals and national newspapers. Social media placed second to online, but still only managed 42%, while print journals and national newspapers managed 40% and 37% respectively. The readings could interest advertisers looking to boost their company's online profile, as good quality posts can be used to drive traffic to a website, through news content marketing.
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