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Ten things learned at Thinking Digital

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1. The rest of the world is working less hours and eating more regular meals than I do.
The claim by Holly Goodier of the BBC that only 10% of the UK are at work at 6pm and that the majority of people eat their tea at 5pm was treated with much scepticism across twitter.

 

2. That some of the most important innovations happen via unsexy old technologies.
A timely reminder from both Ken Banks that the old and trusted technologies such as SMS and solar panels continue to have vital, even life-saving applications. But that new technologies, such as drones are proving valuable. In a separate session, Patrick Mier demonstrated their application in humanitarian work.

3. Getting the multi million investment deal is the start if a whole lot more Hassle…..
Being involved in start-ups (this and now this) means spending a lot time, thought and energy attempting to attract THE ONE, that investor which means hires can happen and those growth charts boom. But UK entrepreneur of the year Alexandra Depledge brought some no-nonsense experience to the matter revealing that, after raising $6m (and crying), she knew it would lead to yet another round and even more challenges to face.

4. Everyone seems to want to be ‘the Uber of something’

5. Artificial intelligence probably won’t mean a humanoid army coming to destroy us. (Unless the speakers were actually sent by robot overlords to mislead us, of course). Instead they may save our lives by entering our bodies to treat our ills with robotic surgeons and implated devices as Dr. Catherine Mohr explained.

6. Sounds unlikely, but Live coding on stage is actually a good performance. Or at least it was when Sam Aaron And Seb Lee-Delisle did it. Seb used his demo to show a tiny part of what was involved in creating this incredible digital firework display.

PixelPyros official video from Seb Lee-Delisle on Vimeo.

7. The dropping of letters from words still has an irresistible particle pull on start-ups seeking names for their companies. Looking at you start-up competition finalists Bristlr and Skignz.

8. We are all data slaves Jennifer Morone.
One woman’s answer – to incorporate herself and exploit those resources. Everything she is biologically and intellectually, everything she does, learns or creates has the potential to be turned into profits.

Jennifer Lyn Morone, Inc from jennifer morone on Vimeo.

9. Journalism needs to take a long hard look at how useful, valuable and beautiful the data visualisations it produces are.
Stefanie Posavec made our reliance on big numbers and charts look prehistoric with her visualisations.

(Pr) Stefanie Posavec from Protein® on Vimeo.

10. Finally I have an answer to why my electricity bill is so much higher than I think it should be.
Andy Stanford-clark has the house that tweets – he has wired up just about everything that can be measured and collects huge amounts of data from that. On analysing it, he discovered (among many more things) that leaving three laptops on standby costs a whopping £120 a year.

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May 22nd, 2015 at 10:29 am

Journo stuff collected on 05/15/2015

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May 15th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Journo stuff collected on 05/13/2015

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  • “Instant articles will be available from nine publishers starting at 10 a.m. ET: the Times, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, National Geographic, NBC News, The Guardian, BBC News, and Germany’s Bild and Der Spiegel. For now, you’ll only be able to see them on the iOS version of Facebook’s app; an Android version is forthcoming. Many instant articles won’t look much different from the links you’re already seeing as you scroll through your feed. But Facebook has created tools to help them stand out, including video “covers” that autoplay as you scroll.”

    tags: facebook instant articles news

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May 13th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Journo stuff collected on 05/11/2015

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Journo stuff collected on 05/09/2015

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  • “Selling a purpose, not a chat tool
    The ‘We Don’t Sell Saddles Here’ article from Stewart hits the nail on the head. I read that article every month. It’s 100% true but incredibly hard to achieve. Slack didn’t come in and compare itself to HipChat, it just said that this was the new way to work as a team. The messaging around Slack has been amazing. You most definitely need to have the product to back it up too and Slack has that.”

    tags: design slack startup

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May 9th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Journo stuff collected on 05/06/2015

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  • ““It has been a really valuable resource,” Wilton says, “allowing me to dig deeper in my research and spend more time on the craft of writing. I hope to be using Contributoria for a long time to come, although I would like to see a stronger community develop, facilitated by improved functionality of the site. It is an innovative approach to journalism that is particularly helpful for those new to writing.”

    Despite its shortcomings and regardless of whether it’s a solution for the long-haul, it can be a very useful resource for journalists, especially freelancers who are reporting from outside their home countries and incurring extra costs. It may be particularly good for journalists who don’t intend to use it monthly or those who propose projects with less onerous reporting requirements and lower fees, and it’s an untapped resource for freelancers who live in non-English-speaking countries and produce work in other languages.

    tags: journalism freelancers contributoria

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May 6th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Will you back my crowdfunding bid for this tech article?

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I’ve recently launched another crowdfunding project on Beacon Reader -and you can take part in it here.

The site has introduced these handy widgets that you can see above to make it easier to link through to the site.
So, if you’d like some hot tech news during May, you can back my bid for funding via the crowd and then, if my bid succeeds, the website will top up the amount by a further 50%.

Thanks for your support!

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Journo stuff collected on 05/05/2015

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  • “In earthquake-ravaged Nepal, the BBC is using messaging app Viber to share information and safety tips

    In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake that devastated Nepal, BBC News is today launching an account on the messaging app Viber to publish news, information and tips for staying safe as the country continues to recover. (Nieman Lab, 4/30)

    tags: journalism bbc nepal viber

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May 5th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Journo stuff collected on 04/28/2015

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Journo stuff collected on 04/18/2015

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