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#LoveWins, Pride and Apple Music kills the shuffle button (amongst other things)

It was great to see the positive reaction to the SCOTUS decision to legalise gay marriage in the US and people from all around the world supporting their local pride events. For a good week, the pride flag was all that you were able to see on social media.

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POTUS hits 1 million Twitter followers in five hours

POTUS joined Twitter (again) last week and his first Tweet quickly flew across the social networking platform. In fact, President Obama set a new record for reaching 1 million Twitter followers in five hours – it took previous record-holder Robert Downey Jr. 22 hours to hit 1 million followers.

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Despite its many flaws I think my Apple Watch will help me manage digital distraction and stay active

My 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with the sport armband finally arrived on Thursday.

Here are some of my first impressions on a scale of brilliant to pants and a summary as to whether I would recommend getting one.

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Apple Watch: a seamless connection between the digital and real world?

The Apple Watch is here. Kind of. It’s available for pre-order starting at £299 for the smaller Apple Watch Sport and goes up all the way to £13,500 for the Apple Watch Edition.

I pre-ordered mine on the first day possible and was still landed with a delivery window of sometime in June, so that gives me a lot of time to read reviews and worry that I’ve made a mistake and gone for the first iteration of a watch that is slow, needs a phone to do anything interesting and will undoubtedly get better with the following version (according to some of the first reviews I’ve read). Continue reading “Apple Watch: a seamless connection between the digital and real world?”

Dickpics – it’s where we draw the line between ‘OK’ and ‘Oh no you don’t!’

An important question. Unless you’re an exhibitionist, the answer you’re hoping for is ‘no’. And of course, if you’re a women then you can substitute dick with your choice of naughty bits.

Anyway.

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Apple Watch will save time as well as tell it (and I can’t wait to strap in)

I’ve made no secret about how excited I am about the launch of Apple Watch. It is going to be big.

I mean, look at it. Pure tech porn. Continue reading “Apple Watch will save time as well as tell it (and I can’t wait to strap in)”

BBC Taster vs. Snapchat Discover – how traditional media learned new tricks and self-destructing social media goes old school

BBC Taster is the Beeb’s brand spanking new approach to “open innovation”: all about testing things, playing around on the web, being as interactive as possible. It’s a ballsy move as the Taster Team quite happily launch prototypes that are perhaps only 80% done – just to see how they go. Throughout the site, you’ll see warnings about the site being a test area, a place where things might break while you use them. You’re also encouraged to rate the experiences you have (something that you can do from within the projects in an entirely slick way). Continue reading “BBC Taster vs. Snapchat Discover – how traditional media learned new tricks and self-destructing social media goes old school”

Adidas embracers the haters, the future of PR and how often do you look at your phone?

Adidas have launched a new pair of football boots, and with them, a campaign graced by none of the world’s best footballers. Seriously. Adidas sponsor the World Cup 2014 winning side and they don’t include any of them? Instead they bring back Suárez despite having distanced themselves from him due to his ferocious appetite for Italian. Continue reading “Adidas embracers the haters, the future of PR and how often do you look at your phone?”

A look back at Fox News Facts and the Cadbury Creme Egg ‘First World Problem’

We started the week with the fantastic trending topic #FoxNewsFacts. A ‘terror expert’ had been on Fox News talking about how Birmingham is a Muslim-only city and that there are parts of London where Muslim religious police beat and wound anyone who doesn’t dress in Muslim attire. I’m paraphrasing the idiocy, here it is in all its glory (he really ramps up the madness at 1m40s). Continue reading “A look back at Fox News Facts and the Cadbury Creme Egg ‘First World Problem’”

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