Online journalism, Social networking

13 great social data tools for journalists

Social Data The nature of communication has fundamentally changed in the age of the network society. We are in contact with people via an email address, Twitter or Facebook name, or LinkedIn handle, even if we never have met them in real life. In the more traditional society of the past century our contacts were limited to people we knew face-to-face from our circle of family, neighbours, colleagues, and friends. Now our contacts are in a huge network of connected nodes. Some ...

Gearburn

App of the Week: This Day in Pink Floyd

This week I take a look at This Day In Pink Floyd, a digital companion to (and a concise encyclopaedia about) Pink Floyd, arguably the greatest band in modern existence. That is, of course, just my opinion (though it's true). We all have our favourites. You know what I'm talking about: that absolute gem of a group that you can listen to over and over again, that talented bunch of musicians that could never disappoint you, the band that you will ...

Gearburn

Eight household items your smartphone’s made redundant

There are items common only a few decades ago we'd simply not recognise if they were put in front of us. A fleem. A wringer. A carpet beater. A warming pan. Our kids are going to look the same way at these eight devices – all replaced by the smartphone. 1. Remote control - Have media centre, have smartphone? Then download something like Gmote (Android) or Air Mouse (iPhone). Sit on your couch, browse your collection, pick what you want. ...

News

BlackBerry shareholders bail as stock slumps to seven year low

BlackBerry Failure It would seem the raft of new services and product offerings are either yet to bear fruit or have been pointless; because despite all its troubles, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion’s (RIM) shares have hit their worst levels since 2004. The clobbering RIM’s shares took were as a result of RIM finally admitting in an earnings outlook that sales of its much-maligned BlackBerry PlayBook tablet were not all that playful. Despite constantly dropping the price of the tablet, RIM has attempted to ...

News

Farmville creator Zynga looks to go big with IPO

Social gaming giant Zynga is finally ready to take its stocks public. The San-Francisco-based company reportedly plans to raise around US$1.15-billion in an initial public offering that would value the company at US$7-billion. The expected IPO figure is significantly lower than the $15 to $20-billion valuation the maker of popular games like Farmville, Zynga Poker and Mafia Wars was reportedly looking for when discussions about an IPO first began in July. But it would, nonetheless, be the largest valuation by ...

Gearburn

Google engineer leaks first phone to get ICS as update

The Nexus S, Google's powerful LTE smartphone, may be the first Android device already out in the market to receive the gift of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) as an update, this is a according to (rapidly redacted) status updates from employees at the big G. Hackers are also hard at work to get a version out for modders -- more details below. Now, getting back to the Nexus S.

News

Russian sites hit by massive hack amidst elections

A group of websites which were reportedly set to expose widespread fraud in Russia’s legislative elections have been targeted in a massive hacking attack. The owners of popular Russian radio station Moscow Echo and election monitoring group Golos, said their websites were under attack, while a number of opposition news sites were also rendered inaccessible. "The attack on the website on election day is clearly an attempt to inhibit publication of information about violations," Moscow Echo editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov wrote ...

Online journalism

Why online publishers need to think like magazines. Yes, print magazines

News Image I've had a long career in online media. I don't really know much about the print world, except that you get your hands dirty when you page through newspapers. The closest I've come to deadwood publishing is running the internet departments of newspapers. It's a strange world to work in. You're an evangelist, a pioneer and something of a disrupter. That's why I never thought I'd say that online publishers need to start thinking like their print counterparts -- magazines ...

Advertising & Marketing

QR codes: from Hollywood to Shrinky Dinks, they’re here to stay

Skanz QR Bracelets Sitting down for an interview with Tower Heist actor Alan Alda, I was a little surprised to see he was wearing something that’s becoming a familiar sight here in New York -- a QR code bangle. When I scanned it on my iPhone, it took me to his site and instantly gave me information about his new project, a play he’s written about Madame Curie called Radiance, and all the details on the show’s run in LA. In a flash, ...

Google

The quest for inner space — Google’s Floor Plan

Google Locations Google launched its controversial product, Floor Plan, this week on the Android mobile platform to much cheering from those who are easily lost in big, labyrinth type places. A few sceptics of the product have already jumped on the “Streetview is an end to our privacy” bandwagon but most of the PR around the launch of the product has centred around convenience with Search Engine Land going on to ask “How did I live without this?" A few of the big ...

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