Microsoft have their very own social network. Who knew? It’s called Socl and seems to be structured more around the sharing of photos, videos and collages of interesting snit-bits, rather than plain old status updates. It has just been released for IOS and Windows 8 phone; Engadget have a review.
According to Computer Weekly, the Tories have tried to delete records of their previous speeches from the Internet. Various tricks have been used such as robot blockers. However, they seem to have forgotten that the British Library has been archiving the UK Web since the mid-2000s. You can see snapshots of old Tory party sites here.
Blackwell’s latest foray into digital media should prove interesting. The Bookseller reports that they have released an App for students that allows them to order books and then electronically, and automatically, send the bill to their parents.
Blackwell’s digital director, Matthew Cashmore, described the new development as “really cool”. I’m not sure some of my friends whose children are just reaching university age would concur.
I also found myself imagining what life would have been like in my student days if such an App existed. I’m not sure of the full range of stock at Blackwell’s at the time but I’m thinking bills for copies of Lord of the Rings, scripts of Withnail, and Bert Weedon’s Play in a Day landing on my Dad’s doormat rather than Advanced Algorithm Design.
I’m loving this. A scale model of the world’s first electronic computer – The Colossus – built from Lego.
See the photo at Telegraph website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10228501/A-brief-history-in-Lego-History-recreated-in-Lego.html?frame=2637963
The inaugural Nottingham Festival of Words has officially started and is building up to the main events over the weekend of 16th/17th February.
I’ll be speaking on Sunday afternoon, presenting some of the future-facing material from my recent Web 2.0 book and looking ahead to the development of a global brain.
If you are interested in the future of the Internet, Web Science, artificial intelligence and the wisdom of crowds then why not pop along?
There are still tickets: http://www.nottwords.org.uk/homeIndex.html
“Have you ever thought about what the World Wide Web looks like? Some people have. They are mapping the interconnections we make in cyberspace, the flow of information and the trail this leaves behind. Like astronomers exploring a newly discovered galaxy, they are sketching out the details of the brave new world of the Web and social media to produce amazingly beautiful maps…”
Read the rest of my piece for the Nottingham Festival of Words blog at: http://nottwords.org.uk/WordPress/?p=143
I’ve long been a supporter of the campaign to put Alan Turing on the back of a ten pound note in recognition of his mathematical achievements. So I was pleased to get an email over the weekend confirming that the national e-petition has reached 21,996 signatures. This is good news for the campaign and as the e-mail from HM Government says:
“As this e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures, the relevant Government department have provided the following response: The Bank of England has been including historic characters on its notes since 1970. The Bank welcomes suggestions from members of the public for individuals who might feature on future banknotes, and publishes a list of these suggestions on its website. These suggestions inform the process when a new note is under consideration.”
So all good. A glance at the published list, however, shows the competition that our Alan is up against. There must be around 150 names, ranging from philosopher Roger Bacon to singer Robbie Williams (yes, you read that correctly).
More signatures on the petition can only help. Surely the inventor of the founding theory of digital computers can beat the singer of 90s hit ‘Angels’?
“Web 2.0 and beyond: Principles and technologies explains Web 2.0 and its wider context in an accessible and engaging style, helping readers, especially beginners, understand every aspect of Web 2.0 without difficulty.”
The first formal review of my new book has been published in the highly respected Internet journal, First Monday. The author, Yijun Gao, an Assistant Professor in library and information science studies, paints a generally very favourable view of the book, particularly emphasising its suitability for undergraduates with little formal academic knowledge of Web 2.0 and social media.
You can read the full review at First Monday’s September issue: http://www.firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4227/3314