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Data privacy issues were taken up another notch on the public interest spectrum recently with Microsoft’s primetime advertising of its commitment to our privacy and IE10′s default Do Not Track setting. Our privacy is their priority.
'Don't be Evil' was the simple slogan that Google used in its early days as the basis for all of its actions. Initially, it felt as though the company was different and genuinely aiming to make life better for web users. Inevitably, the commercial pressures a company the size of Google faces means it has had to bring in huge profits to keep innovating and providing the experience that users expect. This has led to something of a backlash over recent years, with Google's attitude to privacy facing heavy criticism.
In 2013 when time is the most vital commodity in our hectic lives, more and more people are willing to sacrifice whatever they need to, to gain back a few vital minutes. The most recent time saving device for website users is the ability to sign in via social media.
CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are amazing pieces of technology, designed to hold huge amounts of data. There seems little doubt that the former especially have had their time in the sun, the common CD was released in the early 80s.
Having decided on the designs and completed the mock ups of the different pages in Photoshop, the next stage was to start creating static HTML and CSS to get it ready for the CMS we would be using for the live site.
Every week we hear news of a new patent battle between two large corporations. The multitude of cases in which the offense has won suggests that there are far too many companies attempting to plagiarize other technology. The vast number of cases of void infringement claims can also reflect negatively on the industry and the patent system, with increasing speculation that rival companies use these disputes as attempts to score points against each other.
‘Zombified’ teenagers walking the streets, stalkers filming unaware victims, snoopers using their watches to capture industrial secrets; this is the stuff of horror films and lurid nightmares. However, a world where this is commonplace could soon be upon us, as wearable technology establishes itself. Google is one of the companies leading the way with its Glass project.
Believe.in is a true product of the modern digital age. Heavily influenced by social media, the site is like a trimmed down Facebook. Each user has their own profile to share their latest philanthropic exploits, charities have their own pages accessed via fellow believers news feeds or by search and instead of liking a charity you now believe in it.
All currencies require a certain amount of buy-in from their users. We all know that a piece of paper with $20 written on it is actually worthless but everyone has bought into the concept that paper can be exchanged for goods. Bitcoin is an even less tangible concept though.
Windows adverts along with their products have never found a consistent theme/brand. This chronology of Apple’s desktop and laptop adverts shows the exact opposite for the branding of Apple products and adverts over the past 29 years. Three words sum up both the ads and the hardware: Cool, simple, clean.