I am over the emotional draining of Murray’s speech from last w/e and ready to believe the Olympic tennis promises the nirvana of redemption. Although to be honest more likely redemption for Nadal than Murray. This week we are having a look at the world of gaming and how the devices are more like entertainment systems than pure-play gaming machines. Video here
OUYA: If you enjoyed the video this week then here is the link to the OUYA Kickstarter page. Why do think this is so important? A couple of reasons really, the TV is still a core screen in the house and people like to gather around it so making that the destination makes sense. Cheap gaming is huge as demonstrated by mobile and because this is open source it will scale quickly. Already at well over $3m raised it has started to generate the interest it needs to get the developers wanting to build for it.
Is Twitter the first of the truly mobile social networks to make money?: Twitter announced the other day that they are now regularly seeing more money come in from Mobile ads than from desktop ones. Looking at the graph below it is no surprise when you see that mobile is now their dominant channel.
Twitter history of the @sign: Back in the beginning Twitter was more of a framework than the full on platform it has become. Here is a great timeline of the origins of the functionality of the @ feature. That, like the # was created by users rather than Twitter.
Patent wars: It seems that there is constantly some form of patent battle being played out at the moment in the mobile world. The general consensus seems to be build up an arsenal of patents and then enforce those to defend the challenges you get. Hence why Google bought Motorola, FB spent billions on Y! IP etc. At the moment Apple seem to be losing friends by going aggressively after Samsung and stopping sale of some of their products in Australia and Germany. Well, it would seem is the bully boy in a lot of this if you look at the litigation maze created by Kanzatec IP Group. When the iPhone launched Steve Jobs famously declared “...and boy have we patented it”. 5 years later with Apple at the centre of 60% of all mobile litigation that would seem true.
3D printing of blood vessels: If you haven’t already picked up on the 3D printing vibe then this might get you interested. A couple of months ago we saw how classic car enthusiasts were printing parts for their cars that were no longer in production. Well here is an amazing use case where scientists have worked out a way to print blood vessel networks, thus eliminating the problem of seams that were the critical weakness in the historic methods of their research. A really impressive video and less than 2 mins to really see Sci-Fi become Sci-Reality
McDonald’s make your own Big Mac: I’ve been really impressed with how McD's is changing their image at the moment as an open and "healthy" option through their honest videos. Personally I always thought there was a secret sauce in the Big Mac, apparently not
Random trail through web history: In celebration of their final gig happening this weekend, here is a picture of Les Horribles Cernettes a band of physiscts from the CERN labs (Higgs Boson), they are forever etched in to internet fame for being the first ever picture uploaded to the web back in July 1992.
And if you really want to know about the band and get a live stream of the gig then go for your life
And finally... You may well have seen this, but if not, worth a watch for simple randomness and pre-planning. 20 years ago a guy (then 12 yrs old) recorded a video to himself, now, older, he has recorded the 2nd half of the conversation
Have a great w/e.