Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

As if a beleaguered music industry didn’t already have enough to contend with, the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal –  yes! even Tidal! – have changed the way many people listen to music. It has also brought about a new form of piracy, known as “stream ripping”. This new type of copyright infringement has overtaken conventional music download piracy. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. It’s not all days of wine and roses at the streaming companies, either. Spotify is the most successful streaming music service in the … Continue reading Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

Book review: Head in the Cloud: The Power of Knowledge in the Age of Google – William Poundstone

It is often cited that we are living in an information age. Gone are the days of trawling through text books and library archives to find the material to complete your latest homework assignment. The internet possesses all the information you could ever need – and then some. Pick up your smart phone or connect to your computer and you have a wealth of data available at your fingertips. While it’s true that it is incredibly easy to look up facts on Google, it’s not so easy to remember any of them. Some have argued that having such a wealth … Continue reading Book review: Head in the Cloud: The Power of Knowledge in the Age of Google – William Poundstone

Book Review: Design Meets Disability – Graham Pullin

By Jade Fell “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry From their humble beginnings, balanced on the noses of monks and scholars in the 13th century, eyeglasses have undergone a fantastic transformation. The handheld lorgnette donned by ladies in the 19th century gave way to the inexpensive pince-nez of the early 20th  – but It was not until the latter half of the century that eyeglasses were transformed from a mere medical necessity to something more. In Design Meets Disability, author Graham Pullin … Continue reading Book Review: Design Meets Disability – Graham Pullin

#Google rolls out high-speed WiFi to India’s train stations – an annotated infographic

Here’s a high-tech counterpoint to the traditional Westerner’s view of Indian train travel, a picture of thousands of smiling brown faces crowded into – and onto – antiquated rolling stock, bodies sprawled over the rooftop, hanging off the sides of the train, enjoying the subcontinent sunshine, while a splendidly uniformed buffet car representative tiptoes delicately amongst the huddled masses, offering tea and samosas. From now on, those huddled masses might also be wielding smartphones, laptops and iPads and surfing the information superhighway, as we used to call the internet back in the last century. Google is collaborating with Indian Railways … Continue reading #Google rolls out high-speed WiFi to India’s train stations – an annotated infographic

Google’s Alphabet complicates the simplification – an annotated infographic

Google has restructured to create a new holding company called Alphabet, separating its core web advertising business from newer ventures like driverless cars. The planned structure resembles that employed by General Electric, with a central unit handling corporate-wide activities such as finance and relatively independent business units focused on specific areas. Analysts have interpreted the move as an attempt to focus on some of its more ambitious projects in areas such as wearable devices, driverless cars, home automation and Internet connectivity. The irony of this somewhat underwhelming announcement (it must be August for this to be such big news) is … Continue reading Google’s Alphabet complicates the simplification – an annotated infographic

#Apple still the world’s most valuable brand – least surprising news story of the day – an annotated infographic

In a news revelation on a par with such unremarkable headlines as “Earth still round”, “Pope still Catholic”, “Bears still pooping in the woods” and “Kanye West still a complete tool” comes the announcement that Apple has once again retained its top spot as the world’s most valuable brand, according to consultancy Brand Finance. So, you’re telling us that Apple once again enjoyed both an embarrassment of riches and also a multitude of end-user warm fuzzies? No shizz, Sherlock. The concept of being a valuable brand is based on perceived commercial value, derived from a combination of brand strength and … Continue reading #Apple still the world’s most valuable brand – least surprising news story of the day – an annotated infographic

Magic Leap’s tech vision explained, as #Google invests $542 million – an annotated infographic

Magic what now? Magic Leap, the little-known firm that has attracted $542 million of funding from Google and other wealthy backers. Apart from wondering why all those involved settled on the unusual sum of 542 (why not 540 or 550?), this is clearly one heck of a lot of money for a company that might or might not have something interesting to bring to the world at some unspecified date in the future. Nice work if you can get it. The four-year-old visual display company is developing its own eyeglasses-like device, designed to project computer-generated 3D images over real life … Continue reading Magic Leap’s tech vision explained, as #Google invests $542 million – an annotated infographic