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Digital Magazine Prototype “Part Deux”

Following on from this months earlier post on the future of magazines I have just spotted this article and video which is from a project set up by Bonnier R&D into the experience of reading magazines on handheld digital devices. There are some interesting concepts and it is good to see how they have looked at traditional print and how it is consumed at the moment, then show how the digital medium can deliver an advanced offering.

Both of these posts show that we are set for some exciting times in the near future with regard to digital print!


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Festive Greetings from Happy Dude..

Well it’s that time of year again and instead of flooding everyone’s inbox’s with festive cheer, I decided to create a selection of greetings for you to view.

First up is hard at work Happy Dude elfs:

then some elfing around (sorry)…

There are some more which can be found by reading the full post but they do carry a warning 😉

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Australian Bank Westpac say Financial Crisis Akin to Smoothies?

OMG is this for real my mate in Australia Malcolm just sent me this, as The Reserve Bank of Australia put interest rates up 0.25% last week, so Westpac put their rates up 0.45% hence they thought they needed to release this Peter & Jane Style Ad for Australian Consumers, is it all really down to Banana Smoothies?

I thought it was more to do with greed and avarice in the banking sector, maybe just a little confused but you have to love the way they describe how the banks work like a smoothie operator and how the financial crisis is the equivalent of a perfect storm!


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More from Google – Google Maps – Earth Enhancement


Yet another from the house of Google this time which seems like a big sucker punch at Bing’s latest map enhancements made last week. You can read more about the features over at Google Blog.


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Is Google Goggles the New Rosetta Stone?

Told you it was non stop from Google at the moment, just spotted this insight from Wired its a very interesting take on their new Google Goggles android app as they say “Interesting Times Ahead!”


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Google are Rapidly Changing the Face of Search – Again!

Well a day does not seem to go by without Google announcing yet another enhancement to their search offering today it’s the turn of “Real Time Search”.

Over at the Google blog the features are explained in more detail but as brief snapshot here is a comment from Amit Singhal, Google Fellow : “Our real-time search features are based on more than a dozen new search technologies that enable us to monitor more than a billion documents and process hundreds of millions of real-time changes each day.

“Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our new partners that we’re announcing today: Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Jaiku and — along with Twitter, which we announced a few weeks ago.”

Microsoft’s Bing has already introduced a beta version of real time search, using Twitter it is going to be intersing to see how this changes the landscape for search engine professionals as more and more control moves to the searcher themselves!


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Marketing Master Classes with Drayton Bird Learning

The above video is one of many which a good mate of mine Drayton Bird has decided to share with people online, he has to be one of the most straightforward talking people I have met  and he has been fortunate to be involved in some of the biggest marketing businesses in the world!

On his site you’ll find lots of free stuff you can steal. All guaranteed to make your marketing work better and help you work better and grow your business in a sensible way and here is an example of his straightforwardness:-

“Don’t be ashamed, because I stole a lot of this stuff myself in the first place … And got the rest through bitter experience, some with my own money but most with millions of £££s worth of my clients’.”

Go over to his site and you can see more pearls of advice and find out about his new “Commonsense Marketing Masters Series”.

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Hamsters to Star in Britains Got Talent 2010

Looks like Simon Cowell and company or now looking out for animals with talent as can be seen from these leaked auditions.

Okay just joking it’s an advert for Drench water but they do seem quite talented 😉

Hat tip: Caroline

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The Future of Magazines – Sports Illustrated & Tablet Technology Style.

This demo shows some amazing benefits of what digital publications have over print and how new technology like Apple & Microsoft tablets can make the adoption process very easy.

Makes you think as to why all the old media barons are currently trying to claw back control from out dated business models, maybe it’s due to the fact that things like this are on the horizon and approaching fast!

Hat tip : Matt


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Star Wars Jedi Force Trainer for Christmas

Okay is this for real?

How does it work can it really make you a Jedi Master, pondering to put it on my Christmas List 🙂

Hat tip Tasha Harrison from Tweet