Pretty data: the cream of infographics

A book of The Best American Infographics 2013 has been published showcasing exactly what it says on the tin - with lots of inspiring examples for use of design to make data sing (thanks to the ever excellent Maria Popova of Brain Pickings for alerting me). This video is a pretty tour of what's in … [Read more...]

The Fox News news deck: BATS or just batty?

Fox News's Star Trek-esque 'news deck', unveiled this week as the future of TV news, has taken a slap from all and sundry. Ludicrous ... Absurd ... Ridiculous... and those are some of the kinder adjectives.Naturally, Jon Stewart piled in saying it looked "like an Apple Genius Bar had an orgasm, … [Read more...]

Watch out Memoto: is that a wearable miniature camera with HD video and audio as well?

It was only a matter of time before Memoto, the much vaunted Swedish company behind the 'world's smallest wearable camera', started facing real competition in the lifelogging space. In the last few months, that has appeared in the US market in the form of ParaShoot, pictured above, a wearable HD … [Read more...]

“If you don’t fail enough times over the coming year you get downgraded.”

What the hard-working journos at the Telegraph can expect to hear from Jason Seiken, their new chief content officer, when he takes up his role after leading a successful digital revamp of the US broadcaster PBS, known to generations as the home of Sesame Street.The quote is from Seiken describing … [Read more...]

iSpy drones: the hack’s third eye in the sky

Finally, a simple iPhone-controlled drone fitted with a camera that could revolutionise the job of the warzone reporter, paparazzi snapper, or merely curious hack. All you need is a simple attachment for your iPhone and $70 and away you go. A review in 9to5Mac gives the lowdown.  Of course, much … [Read more...]

Peretti’s wake-up call to papers

"The world needs sustainable, profitable, vibrant content companies staffed by dedicated professionals; especially content for people that grew up on the web, whose entertainment and news interests are largely neglected by television and newspapers." Jonah Peretti's much-shared memo to his … [Read more...]

Online video diced and spliced: the stickiness of Popcorn Maker

My discovery of the week is a new online tool called Popcorn Maker, which allows users to 'remix' online video footage using a range of features such as overlaid text and images, maps and even links. No more monolithic talking heads! Here they have remixed some video with a song written and … [Read more...]

Raju Narisetti of WSJ: how newspapers should tackle 2013

This Nieman interview with the Wall Street Journal's Raju Narisetti is an absolutely crucial read for anyone who works in newspapers who cares about the future of newspapers. The highlights, digested, start with paywalls (which he claims have been installed by 450 newspapers in the US and North … [Read more...]

The £15 tablet

A low-cost Indian tablet could blaze a trail through Africa, and even perhaps upset the likes of Apple and Samsung. Imagine if tablets weren't a £250 product? Here's a video about it, while Quartz has a nice piece about it. … [Read more...]

The Summly summary: the 16-year-old who wants to stop us being ‘inundated with drivel’

...with a little help from Stephen Fry. The pitch is this: Summly is an app developed by 16-year-old Briton Nick D'Aloisio that writes news summaries using an algorithm, making bite sized pieces of news that are easy to consume on a mobile screen - and if you want to read a longer version … [Read more...]