Housing in the next decade: eco, corporate, and pre-fab

Housing in the next decade: eco, corporate, and pre-fab Veena Thangavel
The excellent  ​FT Weekend ​ has published an good overview of what housing will be like in the 2020s. It touches on three points. Firstly, it sees pre-fabricated homes as being much more popular. After Huf Haus became well-known in the past decade, the next decade will see a multitude of entrants in the market, spearheaded by Ikea/Skanska JV ...
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Blockchain all the routers: mining cryptocurrency without the need for GPUs

Blockchain all the routers: mining cryptocurrency without the need for GPUs Clint Adair
​M onte Carlo, Monaco — 19 June 2019— At the 9th Ritossa Global Family Office Investment Summit, OptDyn™ Inc. and GEMNET Pte Ltd. announced today the opening of pre-sales of the Subutai™ Blockchain Router. The partnership between the two organizations launches a new paradigm in cryptocurrency mining. OptDyn, maker of open source network softwa...
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Pushing influencer marketing to its limits

Pushing influencer marketing to its limits
Artist Paolo Cirio has been featured on Imperica before. His latest project takes the product placement from influencer marketing and puts it in its rightful, and legal, place: on real advertising space. Cirio puts it more succinctly: to "return subtle online advertising to its detectable form". ​There is some curation to the posts. They are taken ...
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Is marketing killing creativity?

Is marketing killing creativity?
Our friends over at  ​One Question ​ have a really interesting event coming up - exploring the tension between performance and creativity. Much has been said about the creative spirit being nullified in pursuit of numbers. However, there hasn't really been much of debate as to whether this is true, and indeed whether it's the right thing to do...
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The mightiness of the mouse is celebrated in new conference

The mightiness of the mouse is celebrated in new conference Harpal Singh
The GUI computer interface as we know it was developed by Doug Engelbert and his team at the Augmentation Research Center in Menlo Park, California, in the 1960s - itself influenced by the desk-based research of Vannevar Bush in the 1940s. Part of this now-ubiquitous means of interaction is the mouse - a throwaway device that deserves a celebr...
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New privacy-focussed IOT range launches for the home

New privacy-focussed IOT range launches for the home Jesse Howard
Candle is an incredibly interesting and comprehensive project: a range of speculative IOT products for the home, designed by a collective that wants to put control of personal data back into the hands of users. Based in Amsterdam, the collective has put together a rather nice range to show off their products - so much so that you would co...
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T69 collapse: an operating system for the apocalypse

T69 collapse: an operating system for the apocalypse Dean Maddocks
​Virgil Dupras is a Quebec-based software developer with a particular interest in (at least, what used to be called) FOSS. He has been part of the free/open source scene for a long time, contributing to many Linux projects the world over. In fact, you can hire him. He’s a friendly Linux dude . His latest project is borne out of a belief that the gl...
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California bans political and porn deepfakes

California bans political and porn deepfakes University of Washington / BuzzFeed
Last Thursday, California's governor Gavin Newsom signed AB730 into law. This is a new state law, which prohibits  ​"distributing, with actual malice, materially deceptive audio or visual media ​. Let's take a look at the text. ​This bill would, until January 1, 2023, instead prohibit a person, committee, or other entity, within 60 days of an ...
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Eat to the beat: New Balance offers pizza to marathon runners

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  ​Woo Sally Davies, Woo Sally Davies, Woo Sally Davies on your radio, yeah ​. On a day when outgoing Chief Medical Officer for NHS England, Dame Sally Davies, has suggested banning the consumption of junk food on public transport , New Balance is doing pretty much the opposite in New York - that is, if you count your own legs as public transp...
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Group Stories may come to Instagram

Group Stories may come to Instagram Kate Torline
Instagram appears to be testing a feature where a number of users can jointly contribute to a single story. A photo taken and tweeted by  Jane Manchun Wong  shows a group chat docked to the left, and a set of photos occupying the rest of the screen. The narrative appears to be that a group can collectively select a set of photos which are...
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Faith in fakes

Faith in fakes
Ian Hislop, editor of ​Private Eye ​ etc etc., presented a programme on BBC4 last night about the history of fake news. There are many fascinating bits of trivia in there. Fake news has, in one way or another, always existed; the mass production and distribution of newspapers over the past 200 years has led to some of the biggest fake media st...
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The fightback against Facebook is getting stronger

The fightback against Facebook is getting stronger NordWood
Facebook leader Mark Zuckerberg recently took the unusual step of visiting lawmakers in Washington, including President Donald Trump in the White House. The reason? Congress's anti-trust sub-committee has started demanding documents from Facebook and other big tech firms. It's part of the committee's investigation into whether dominant tech firms a...
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Adblockers: a national conference to halt advertising in cities

Adblockers: a national conference to halt advertising in cities Pawel Czerwinski
There‘s going to be a national conference in Bristol, later in the month, for those wanting to halt the continued rise of advertising in cities. Bristol is one of the more logical places to host the conference as local campaigns have stopped the installation of digital ad displays - with the narrative of this act being based on making public space ...
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Water as a service: more tech-hype bullshit

Water as a service: more tech-hype bullshit
Do you like WATER? Everyone likes WATER, right? I mean, where would we be without WATER?  ​(Dead. - Science Ed) The ridiculously-named Oollee is a startup based in - yes, you guessed it - Menlo Park, Silicon Valley. It offers a water filtration machine, with the site and its language built in such a way that it ticks every goddamn fucking tech...
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Frame your problem with UX frameworks

Frame your problem with UX frameworks Alvaro Reyes
Quoting the website  ​UX Frameworks, "Frameworks are repeatable mental models, methodologies, and activities that you can use to synthesize qualitative research, identify emerging insights and opportunities to generate ideas. Use these UX Frameworks to re-frame how you solve problems." This is a valuable website split into four topics: Re...
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Cutting through the crap: WeWork and the bubble

Cutting through the crap: WeWork and the bubble Oleksii Hlembotskyi
Almost 20 years after the Dotcom Bubble, it's disappointing to see that some businesses are still being overvalued, based on a set of opaque values, working practices, and accounts. This is the case with WeWork, a business which essentially provides working space, no more than a Regus or leasing business, but has sold itself as something much ...
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Instagram will remind you to buy

Instagram will remind you to buy Eaters Collective
Instagram is announcing new features on a weekly basis at the moment. This one is about setting reminders for product launches, so the hordes can buy your products as soon as they are available on Instagram. What will happen is that the product launch sticker in IG Stories and product launch tag in the IG feed will allow people to set up such a lau...
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Culture sector marches to protest against climate change

Culture sector marches to protest against climate change Marcus Spiske
Our climate is fucked, and we're not going to spend time either reminding you of the present and future fragility that our planet is in, or arguing that it isn't. We have done it through emitting far too much CO2. That's it. There is a rally this afternoon in Trafalgar Square, London, to lobby Arts Council England to adopt a much more pro-acti...
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Facebook wants social media to be truly virtual

Facebook wants social media to be truly virtual Sebastian Voortman
​We’re back with Facebook developments again, with these coming off the company’s annual event, Oculus Connect. The big announcement is that the company wants social interactions to “feel physical”, through the use of ultra-realistic avatars. Here’s how the company describes it... We call this "social presence." It's the 3D-enabled feeling tha...
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Facebook increases interactivity in its display ads

Facebook increases interactivity in its display ads
Across FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp, Facebook is extending interactivity in areas such as video gaming and advertising. As mentioned in a recent post to the Facebook Blog , the company is taking the interactive video poll idea from Instagram and applying it to Facebook. It means that users would be able to conduct simple reactive tasks such as vote,...
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