Brutalist web manifesto takes things back to their roots

Brutalist web manifesto takes things back to their roots
 The older and more jaded among you will look at this and think  ​"Huh, that's just how the web used to be" ​ but to the less savvy, the manifesto for Brutalist Web Design should be a compelling and rational call for designers and digital agencies to strip the crap out of their websites. The BDW guidelines are: ​ Content is readable on al...
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Life, by an algorithm

Life, by an algorithm
Luke Rhinehart's 1971 novel  ​The Dice Man ​ has been updated of sorts: software developer Max Hawkins has been living his life based on events suggested by a set of algorithms. He's done it in a pretty considered way: rather than just be completely random, he has overtly chosen to reject advice which the algos have suggested ("Kill a dee...
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What happens when people lose trust in the Internet?

What happens when people lose trust in the Internet?
An April 2018 survey by the Pew Research Centre has found that fewer people believe that "the Internet has been mostly a good thing for society" as compared to four years ago. This worsening perspective on the social benefits of the Internet contrasts with the view that these same respondents believed that the Internet continued to be a good thing ...
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Web Curios 06/07/18

Web Curios 06/07/18
Pride! Pride in our country! Pride in Gareth's Plucky Young Lions! Pride in the idea of IT coming home (what is 'it'? Have you considered the idea that maybe the 'it' whose return you're all so joyously anticipating is, I don't know, a horrific monster borne out of irradiated Chernobyl isotopes, temporarily disguised as 'football'? HAVE YOU? I don'...
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Camera draws cartoons by reinterpreting what it sees through a neural network

Camera draws cartoons by reinterpreting what it sees through a neural network
Dan McNish has built a new type of Polaroid camera, and... well, if  ​I ​ was the Polaroid brand manager, I'd be pinging Dan with a chequebook at the ready. The camera is a mash up of a neural network for object recognition, the google quickdraw dataset, a thermal printer, and a raspberry pi. Initially, I began with some experiments on my lapt...
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WhatsApp launches message broadcast feature

WhatsApp launches message broadcast feature
​WhatsApp has launched a feature which we're surprised hasn't been included before. Available to all users, administrators can now broadcast messages to a group. WhatsApp highlights the use cases as: T oday, we're launching a new group setting where only admins are able to send messages to a group. One way people use groups is to receive impor...
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Instagram tests a new "Questions" feature

Instagram tests a new "Questions" feature Tracey le Blanc
Facebook-owned Instagram is trying Questions, a new feature where - obviously - it's possible to run a Q&A from within an Insta story. The new feature is only rolling out to select users at first (let us know if you're one of them), and offers yes/no and slider functionality. The slider, as you might expect these days, uses a scale for an emoji...
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Richard Shotton: burden of proof

Richard Shotton: burden of proof
"The Choice Factory" is the most popular new book for marketers so far this year. Well read, well discussed and well liked from everyone, it casts an eye on the the history of how customers come to given decisions, and the psychological background behind them doing so. We caught up with its author  ​Richard Shotton ​ on the book's themes,...
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The warmth of Net culture in the 1990s

The warmth of Net culture in the 1990s Wikipedia
Before the insane fascist nonsense that currently pervades our networks like liquid shit on a towel, there were some parts of the Internet that were warm, friendly, and intensely personal. People wrote to each other; they met up in real life; and had communities where mutual trust and support were baked in. Helena Fitzgerald reminisces about t...
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Web Curios 29/06/18

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Is it coming home? Is it staying away? Are you all being ironic? CAN ANY OF YOU EVEN TELL ANY MORE? That's right, the nation is once more labouring under a heavy dose of WORLD CUP FEVER and all of that pleasant, self-effacing, self-awareness has vanished and in its place is the purple, throbbing, swelling spectre of lovely, lovely nationalism and j...
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Google simplifies brands: goodbye AdSense and DoubleClick

Google simplifies brands: goodbye AdSense and DoubleClick
The big G has overhauled its advertising offer, to focus on three primary brands:  Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform, and Google Ad Manager. ​Google AdWords is now Google Ads. Expanding the service's positioning to the SME market, Google has also announced Smart Campaigns, where media buying is largely automated. (One might see this as a g...
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Windows 95 goes mobile

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This is a brilliant pastiche. Well, we assume that it's a pastiche, but it's done  ​so well ​. Microsoft has apparently launched Windows 95 onto a mobile handset...

Web Curios 22/06/18

Web Curios 22/06/18
Hi! How are you! Still alive? GREAT! It seems a bit redundant to kick this off with some sort of tired scream about how everything is in fact terrible and frightening, so I shan't. Instead, let's focus on the good and happy stuff - the sun is shining! It's Friday! Your team may or may not still be in the football! Maybe your fantasy team is doing w...
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Astrology domine

Astrology domine
​What is it? An article uncovering the explosive growth of astronomy-based memes. What is it about? The format at least should feel familiar. "It starts with the photo," Courtney Perkins, a 23-year-old Los Angeles–based screenwriter and Gemini sun, rising Virgo, and Pisces moon, told me about her process to come up with memes for her @notallgeminis...
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Facebook wants a share of the creators

Facebook wants a share of the creators
​What is it? Facebook has announced a range of new initiatives in order to steal the "Creators' Crown" away from YouTube. What is it about? Well, quite a lot. ​Interactive video is now available, which contains features such as live polling, and "gamification for live video", although we're not yet sure what that's about. Videos from Pages now appe...
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Trying to make trainers go viral: a tale from Spain

Trying to make trainers go viral: a tale from Spain
​What is it? Spanish resident Philip Sherburne writes in  ​The Outline ​ about the rather haphazard way that brands, in this case Adidas, seek followers and influencers. What is it about? It's great. Here's a snippet: "In this guide I will teach you how to use your sneakers to get more likes on Instagram," George says. "Don't forget to sh...
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Hotel Alexa: you'll never leave

Hotel Alexa: you'll never leave
​What is it? Amazon has launched  ​Alexa for Hospitality ​, a programme which aims to place its Alexa voice recognition technology and Echo devices inside hotel rooms. What is it about? As you would expect, it's an extension of the consumer Alexa proposition into hotel estates and chains. Marriott is the first chain to run with it, with the se...
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Unilever wants influencer marketing to be squeaky clean

Unilever wants influencer marketing to be squeaky clean Wikipedia
​What is it? A call from ubiquitous Unilever CMO Keith Weed to ensure that there is transparency in, and an ethical approach to, influencers and influencer marketing What is it about? Announced at Cannes, Unilever is making three commitments: Transparency from Influencers: We will not work with influencers who buy followers. Transparency from Brand...
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Killer robots won't exist if we don't create them

Killer robots won't exist if we don't create them
​ What is it? New predictions from Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Oxford Professor of Computer Science, regarding the future of robots, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. What is it about? "The danger is clearly not that robots will decide to put us away and have a robot revolution," he said. "If there [are] killer robots, it will be because we've been st...
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New writing: Flesh Moves part 2

New writing: Flesh Moves part 2
Noor smiled, cracked lips over the black tooth. "That's right. You use a pay4phone, you tell me where you at. And you wait there. No matter how Bigurl screams, no matter what sort of shit you see in the lot, no matter if Tibetan Santa comes with a gift-wrapped key for your addled ass. You take the fucking dock, and you wait for me to get there. Som...
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