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Apple vs. Samsung – graphic of the day

Yesterday, A U.S. judge rejected Apple’s request for a permanent sales ban in the U.S. against some older Samsung smartphones. Today’s graphic is a timeline of Apple’s continuing legal battle with Samsung. Apple’s claims on infringements made by Samsung in their original suit are categorized in three groups, highlighted below.

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London apps launch event

Apps for Good

Last month, our Thomson Reuters office in Canary Wharf hosted the launch of the winning apps from the 2013 Apps for Good competition held last summer. These apps are built by third parties who are really good at working with the kids, refining their winning concepts, and turning them into finished products for the GooglePlay store, although one actually also launched on iOS. We had such a huge turnout for the event, that at one point, the security team was having to hold guests in the lobby until others left to prevent going over maximum occupancy! I owe a special thanks to the Canary Wharf security and catering staff for their hard work all day and to Patrick Webb and Karen McArthur for their support on the ground!

All of the apps can be downloaded from this link as well as apps from previous years. There is also a very nice press release that AfG put out here. I thought it was also very cool that John Thurso, the MP for Caithness, Sutherland, and Easter Ross (the area where our Wick High School kids are from) came to the event and was truly impressed by what he saw. It was a real pleasure to meet and speak with him about this program.

I thought I’d also share with you some of the other press that the kids received as a part of the launch of their apps in local and national media: (more…)

UPDATE: Flagship smartphones compared – graphic of the day

UPDATE: We took your comments to heart and added the Google Nexus 5.

Yesterday, Samsung unveiled the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone, the S5. Market expectations for the new device remain subdued, given its comparative lack of innovation. Today’s graphic is a side-by-side comparison of the flagship smartphones from seven of the major players in the industry.

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The state of mobile first at Thomson Reuters

By Marine Leroux, Thomson Reuters

Are we being a mobile first company? What does it mean anyway? In this short video, Luke Wroblewski, author of the book “Mobile First” and speaker at a recent employee session on the topic, speaks about the three fundamentals that led to the birth of the Mobile First approach: (more…)

Into the Wayback Machine

Today’s blog post stems from a couple of different stories I’ve been reading lately. The start of the year always feels like a point in time when we reminisce about the good old days or things that had significant meaning in our lives. 30 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced us to the Macintosh.  If you’ve never watched the video of that launch, you should definitely take the five minutes to do so.

In retrospect, that personal computer was truly an amazing machine for its time.  Pick your font, create graphics, all on a machine that could speak. A very young Steve Jobs changed the way that we interacted with computers forever. One of my favorite reads is Siliconvalley.com - a website hosted by the San Jose Mercury news – and Mike Cassidy has a terrific article on that launch and what it has meant to users everywhere.

I also came across a brilliant article on the Huffington Post about a guy who recently bought a bunch of Buffalo, New York newspapers from 1991 as the Gulf War had broken out. At the back of one of the pages was an ad from Radio Shack showing all sorts of gadgets – all of which have functions now that are mainstays in our mobile phones: (more…)

TechTalk: Internet of Things – you can’t build a platform without a product

by Andrew Fletcher, Manager, Emerging Technology

We’re proud to partner with Cass Business School on a series titled TechTalks@Cass, featuring speakers from successful start-ups in and around London. Here’s a recap and recording of the second talk, featuring Matt Webb, co-founder and CEO of BERG.

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is a catch-all term for the phenomenon of more and more everyday objects becoming connected to the internet, and the blurring of the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds which that enables. Matt Webb, co-founder and CEO of BERG, started by explaining that he doesn’t actually like saying BERG is an IoT company at all. He finds it to be too nebulous and vague, like saying he works with plastics or electricity, and instead prefers to focus on connected devices.

techtalkSo what are connected devices? Well, you don’t really know what one is until you build it. In 2012 BERG built and launched Little Printer, a device which prints out whatever you ask it to: news headlines; crossword puzzles; favorite pictures from your social network; lists and messages. The device has a personality too. It has a face, which is on every strip that it prints, whose hair gets longer every day like a tamagotchi. BERG can also personalize it further at will, for example adding heart-shaped glasses to the face on Valentine’s Day. Has it been successful? They’re selling them as fast as they can make them. 3000 so far, which Matt describes as good but not great. So why was BERG listed in Fast Company’s top 50 most innovative companies in 2012 when it had only just launched a product?

It turns out Little Printer is actually a Trojan Horse. Until recently BERG was a design consultancy, and a successful one, working with global brands and creating products such as the first magazine app for iPad. Time was split between building stuff and consultancy, which Matt described as tearing the company apart. So in 2013 they chose technology, now consider themselves a tech start-up and took $1.3M of investment. The real aim is not making and selling as many Little Printer’s as possible, but focusing on BERG Cloud as the infrastructure of choice for connected devices. The goal is to make it easy to prototype using the BERG Cloud platform. But you can’t just build a platform; you have to to be product-led, getting your hands dirty building things before extracting the platform later on. (more…)

HTC results – graphic of the day

HTC’s shares dropped 2% after it reported an operating loss and lower-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Today’s graphic is a snapshot of HTC’s recent performance, with a timeline of key events and share price, net income and smartphone market share.

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Tech in 2014: This year’s top battle fronts

For the world’s biggest tech giants, there’s a lot of turf to fight for in 2014, from your wrist to your digital wallet. Reuters’ Jon Gordon reports.

The kids are alright

Apps for Good

Earlier this month, I had a chance to spend the day in Wick, Scotland with one of the schools we have been working with closely in the Apps for Good program. It was great to be joined by our former intern from last summer, Tanya Howden, as well as Kate Farrell who is the NESTA Digital Education Manager for Scotland.

In addition to working with the kids on their current AfG ideas that they will be presenting next year in the competition, I also had the pleasure of judging an event that was genuinely fantastic. I had mentioned to the Computer Science teacher, Chris Aitken, about the simulators that had been created for Google Glass. He and I actually wanted to have Glass ideas be accepted as entries in the AfG competition since it is built on Android, but we were told that they could only be submitted as “over and above” the standard application.

This did not stop Chris or his kids at Wick. Chris decided to run his own little Google Glass competition with no support from anyone other than a donation the corporate mobile team made in two new Samsung Galaxy 3 Mini phones to the winners. (more…)

The Wider Image site launch Q&A

Reuters’ award ­winning Wider Image is now available on all devices. Access our very best visual stories from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. Jassim Ahmad, global head of multimedia innovation at Reuters, answers our questions about responsive design, multimedia and trends in visual storytelling.

Why create a responsive experience?

As habits of media consumption change, photojournalism must adapt to reach audiences wherever they are. That may be a smartphone during the morning commute, a desktop at the office, or a tablet on the living room couch.

Building a native product for every device is prohibitively expensive and unsustainable. Responsive design fluidly adapts to any screen size. It achieves the broadest reach for the stories, which you have invested so much time and effort to report. It facilitates discovery through search and social media, and creates consistency across platforms.

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UK device ownership, UK Ofcom 2012 Communications Market report 

What advice would you give someone considering a responsive site? (more…)