Some imaginitive ways teachers are using QR codes in the classroom.
30 August 2011
25 August 2011
More impressively, Tesco is using QR codes to expand their market share in Korea in an innovative way. Here is a video explaining how they are using them to compete with the market leader.
There is an increasing number of tools available to help businesses keep track of the effectiveness of their social media marketing. Mashable has a good article explaining some of the tools on the market.
Mashable - The Social Media Guide
BBC News - Podcasts: Who still listens to them?
22 August 2011
20 August 2011
19 August 2011
I just don't understand why the university clearing service's website crashed today.
Websites crash due to unexpected demand. But, UCAS know exactly how many people to expect on their website at this time of year. It is hardly an unknown quantity to just how many people are going to be wanting to know whether they have got the grades for their first or second choice university.
So, why the crash of their website?
The only plausible explanation can be that they were basing their demand forecast on what they experienced on their website last year.
Or, that the UCAS website was so tightly managed that the fact that it went live half an hour earlier than was widely known by its audience meant that the bandwidth allocated for usage on the site was utterly inadequate.
How long does an organisation need to anticipate demand like this? Five years? Ten years? I think I smell the whiff of either inexperience or incompetence here.
17 August 2011
You know when something is really being taken seriously when the news is full of stories about companies suing each other over patents.
The news is full of stories about Apple suing Samsung over their Galaxy Tab stating that it's a blatant infringement of their iPad patents. But, then you hear reports that Apple manipulated photos of Samsung's tablet so that it looked as though it was the same size as the ipad in the submission to the court.
In the BBC news article below, HTC is now suing Apple over patent infringements.
This can only show how big this smartphone and tablet computer business is going to be. I, for one, am so enamoured with my Samsung Galaxy smartphone that I am actually considering getting a Samsung tablet when they become cheaper. They are so useful.
15 August 2011
I love the idea of Google's Chromebooks, their recent innovation of providing an operating for laptops which run almost exclusively with the 'cloud'.
However, they do have some limitations with what you can do with them.
Citrux, however, has come up with a solution for business whuch could prove useful.
Read more below.
QR codes are a great way to add a link from a printed page to, say, a mobile webpage.
Read the article on Engadget below for more details.
Your friend is sharing the 'Comscore finds 6.2 percent of smartphone users scan QR codes' article with you.
14 August 2011
Much as I like Firefox, I still use Chrome most of the time these days.
Nevertheless, it's available.
12 August 2011
Firstly, it's noticeably larger than the ubiquitous iPhone, having a large screen. However, it's not so big that it won't fit easily into my pocket and it is very slim. The advantage of the large screen, is that a) it makes it that much easier to hit the right keys or buttons on the screen (My Blackberry 9700 has a keyboard designed for people with great hand-eye-thumb coordination (i.e. not me) and b) it makes watching videos and reading web pages a much better experience than on smaller screened smart-phones.
The next thing I noticed about the S II is how easy it is to hook up with Google applications like GMail, Docs and Blogger. Now, you would expect that from an Android phone, but suddenly, using these 'cloud' based services come into their own.
For instance, I have started this post using the Android Blogger app (which is clean, easy to use and much better than other free Blogger app alternatives). Getting my personal emails is a synch on the phone and my inbox is always up to date. Using Google Maps is a joy, especially when recently in Sweden on holiday and trying to find my way around Stockholm. (The data bill wad somewhat horrific).
But, the biggest thing I have noticed is how quick it is to change between applications, as well as how bright and clear is its screen. It is very responsive to my touch commands and there is a good choice of apps on the 'Market'.
Its battery life is about the same as my Blackberry 9700, which means I have to charge it everyday if I leave the wifi on; if I have the GPS; if I leave the screen on full brightness and if I use the apps on it a lot. So, that's nothing I'm not already used to.
One experience I had with the handset was when I fell asleep listening to the radio through the internet. I had left the mobile phone plugged into the charger and it was in a case. I woke up in the morning and the S2 had switched itself and discharged the battery. I put this down to the fact that it had probably overheated (it was under my pillow too!). This is probably a good thing, though.
The aspect about the Galaxy S II that I have found pretty annoying is the position of the power button. It's on the right hand side of the smartphone and I have, on a couple of occasions pressed it by mistake when answering a call, which switches it off.
Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy S II is a smartphone. I am very pleased with it. It is fast, powerful and very easy to use. It is more impressive than the iPhones many friends and colleagues have. It takes good photos and videos and the Google Android applications for it are excellent.
One company called 'Push Pop Press' is making software to help publishers make highly interactive books. Take a look at the video below to see what they are doing with Al Gore's latest book:
Smartphones worse at phone calls than older models - Telegraph
The beginning of the end PCs is already here. As much as many will continue to use them, they no longer lead the world of computing.
This article in the Daily Telegraph explains why.
08 August 2011
With the major stores like Waterstones and Borders either closing shops left right and centre, or liquidating themselves entirely, you would have thought that it was nearly all over for bookshops. People are either buying books online, in a supermarket or as eBooks on their Kindles or iPads.
But, there is a small handful of niche bookshops around the country who provide what the big booksellers cannot which is local knowledge and specialist knowledge. There is still a market for these bookshops. You just have to look on The Guardian's website to see where they are.
And, the joy of running a niche business, serving customers in a close and personal way is what still remains a strong reason for anyone with the wish to exercise their entrepreneurial drive on a traditional business with the potential of bringing the potential of the internet to bear and, so, bring it to new customers.
So, if you have £35,000 kicking around and fancy running a bookshop with potential for the future. There is one available, here.