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Posted on19 February 2016 6:14 PM GMT

Tide turns on Kanye as latest release becomes fastest pirated album of all time

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Tide turns on Kanye as latest release becomes fastest pirated album of all time

Kanye West’s latest opus, name-changed for the 5th time to ’The Life of Pablo’ (after Picasso) was engineered to help sign up more subscribers to Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service. This comes hot on the heals of exclusive releases by Rihanna and Beyoncé which featured for advance screening - solely on that platform. In order to drum up even more support, Kanye announced that the album would never be made available for sale / download on any other platform - that

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Posted on06 February 2016 12:28 AM GMT

Facebook Freeze

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Facebook Freeze

Pretty much since the start of this year, perhaps earlier even, I have noticed that Facebook on Desktop seems to freeze up and crash the browser after about 5 or so minute of regular scrolling and perusing. I’m not doing anything unusual here, and have been a Facebook user from the earliest days with plenty of experience on how things should work - I can’t quite recall it ever performing as poorly as this. First I thought it was my preferred browser - Chrome, but I’ve tried

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Posted on25 April 2014 11:32 AM GMT

Is Facebook Mobile App Unbundling a good thing?

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Is Facebook Mobile App Unbundling a good thing?

Regardless of the many predictions of Facebook’s imminent demise, I still use the site on a daily basis to keep tabs on friends and family. The beauty of the desktop version is that everything is seamless and together (well almost everything). Conversations usually evolve around a recently posted photograph (often via Instagram), event or video, or shared topical / amusing social media. The main thrust being that Facebook on the desktop holds together the context and the conversations.

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Posted on29 January 2013 2:16 PM GMT

The Essential Ingredients Required for Full Social Commerce

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The Essential Ingredients Required for Full Social Commerce

In my definition, the essence of Retail Social Commerce is not just the ability for customers to interact with ecommerce catalogue items and convey their likes and recommendations - it is the ability for other customers to correlate those recommendations with their own personal preferences.

 

The above illustration touches on the 4 key areas in my opinion, and I will reference examples of each here below:

 

LIKES - largely popularised by Facebook, these are now pretty much

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Posted on03 November 2012 11:38 AM GMT

Affino 7 Key Integrations

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Affino 7 Key Integrations

Doing business online is much bigger than any one website. You have to be where the people are, integrate your business hub with all the key sites out there, and make sure that everything integrates effectively with your back-end systems that you use day in and day out to get things done within your company.

 

Affino 7 integrates with over 100 systems, and of those 60 are out-of-the box integrations that you can simply enter your settings and connect to Affino. Affino also has a great

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Posted on02 November 2012 4:23 PM GMT

Affino 7 Key Inspirations

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Affino 7 Key Inspirations

An enormous amount of input goes into every major Affino version release, and Affino 7 is no exception. Front and centre to all our considerations are our customers’ ongoing requirements and feature requests - Affino almost wholly evolves along collaborative lines between the Comrz Team and every single one of Affino’s users.

 

It’s frequently a tough job consolidating all the different diverse requirements into a single streamlined system, but this is what we do every

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Posted on25 June 2012 11:52 PM GMT

BBC's Hackney Weekend Coverage is Peerless, could do a lot more with Social Media though

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BBC's Hackney Weekend Coverage is Peerless, could do a lot more with Social Media though

I’m an avid follower of the world’s leading music festivals - specifically how they are broadcast and ’packaged’ for the digital audience. I’ve kept tabs on the BBC’s and YouTube’s coverage of music festivals over the last few years, and reported back on how each has evolved their offering - benchmark events have been Glastonbury in the UK and Coachella in the US. In this Olympic year, there is no Glastonbury, so we will use BBC 1’s Big Weekend

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Posted on18 April 2012 10:36 PM GMT

YouTube's Coachella Live is even better second time around

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YouTube's Coachella Live is even better second time around

Last year I blogged about catching the year’s first big music festival courtesy of YouTube - who broadcast live form the 5 stages over the 3 days. I raved about the really clever interface - how they included hashtags into their live updates - and how slickly the whole thing worked, including the uninterrupted streaming broadcast itself.

 

This year the layout of the interface was even better - with the current and upcoming bands listed in the centre, and the updates off to the

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Posted on01 March 2012 12:01 AM GMT

Participation is the future of everything on the Internet

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Participation is the future of everything on the Internet

We people want to be involved in everything today - we want our say, we want our opinions to be heard and shared, and we want to be able to express ourselves artistically through clever parodies, skits and remixes of popular social media.

There’s a brilliant, brief TED talk (below) by

- where he tries to identify how out of millions of hours of video - phenomena ’
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Posted on18 January 2012 7:40 PM GMT

Why a stance against SOPA and PIPA is important for all Internet Users

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Why a stance against SOPA and PIPA is important for all Internet Users

Wikipedia and Reddit were blacked out today in an attempt to highlight to Internet Users - the serious likely impact of this legislation on the basic rights of freedom of the typical netizen.

These 2 new bills - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) - are in the process of passing through the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively. They would end up giving Copyright Owners way too much power in shutting down and commercially crippling any site/s they choose to

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