12 January 2009

a toothbrush, an iPhone and a Blackberry

I spent a surprise weekend in New York last weekend. Because it was a surprise I hadn't done my usual OCD thing of researching every possible bar, shop and eating venue in advance. Nor had I packed a single guide book. In fact I've never travelled so light, one small overnight bag, my Blackberry and my iPhone I haven't been to NY for …

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12 January 2009

What website do you wish you had designed and why? Vol. 1

Every month in 2009, each member of the Experience Design team will be posting a blog based upon a monthly theme. To get things rolling, my chosen theme for January is: “What website do you wish you had designed and why?” As this is my chosen theme, it’s only fitting that I go first. So what website do I wished …

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12 January 2009

Microsoft promises simplicity and speed with Windows 7

With what has the feel of admission to failure to it (Vista’s failings that is), Microsoft C.E.O., Steve Ballmer announced the release of its new operating system called Windows 7. It will be made available worldwide on Friday, 09 January 2009. It needs to be noted that this will be a beta version (trial) and that the official version will …

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12 January 2009

Adopt-a-blog #3 – DailyBlogTips

When I was assigning everybody a blog to review in this series of posts we've named 'Adopt-a-blog', I opted against being lazing an assigning myself one that I already read on a regular basis. Instead I chose Daniel Scocco's 'Daily Blog Tips' – a blog mainly about blogging, and one which is regularly in the 'Top 100 blogs' lists of …

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9 January 2009

Technology that smells

Creating an engaging website is always the Experience Design team's goal. In the offline world, marketers and merchandisers know that the more senses that they can positively effect in the shopping process the better. The online world presents a bit more of a challenge. Visual is the main focus and audio can be utilised but it is not often done …

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9 January 2009

Sacrifice a friend for a burger? Not on my watch!

If your immediate answer to the title of this post was a resounding "Yes!" then you're going to love the new application that Burger King have made to promote their Whopper Burger… If you install the app and remove ten of your Facebook friends, BurgerKing will reward you with a free whopper, apparently. If on the other hand you're like …

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8 January 2009

Adopt-a-blog #2 – StereoGum

When Henry first came up with the idea of reviewing blogs I was really excited by the idea, I love reading blogs, well, I just love reading really. So I read blogs, they're by the people for the people. I generally tend to read blogs about SEO (to further my knowledge of my job), sports (people's opinions can be very …

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8 January 2009

Hottest gadget predictions of 2009

I was wandering the wonderful web earlier today and I stumbled across a website called Gadgetophilia. The site claims to have an obsessive fascination with gadgets. Now, I certainly do not have an obsessive fascination with gadgets, having only just bought a mobile phone which not only does message texts and calls, but also takes pictures, sends MMS’s, has a …

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8 January 2009

Shift in focus from keywords to user experience

Marissa Mayer, vice-president of search products and user experience at Google shared some of her  thoughts on SEO recently. She says that SEO is likely to become less focused on keywords in the future with the possibility of returning results based on user questions rather than keywords. She added that making web-based data easy to access from mobile phones will …

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7 January 2009

Monopoly? No thank you!

Nobody likes monopolies, especially when they are not benefiting from them, and this is as true for search as any other sector. Google is usually the search engine singled out with accusations of unfair domination of the market, but it is Baidu’s turn now. The massive Chinese search engine is being by Qmyy.com for losses incurred after it was dropped …

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