Archive for March 2014

Four key questions that will determine the future of news

1. How will news products grow and retain large 7-day-a-week customer bases?

2. How will news products make money?

3. How will news products address the content discovery problem?

4. What’s the demarcation between the future of publishers and next-gen news product companies?

If we are to find a new category of products for news that succeeds on a proper scale for news as compared with social, then we probably need to design products differently to align with interactive social trends and move away from consume-only products that mimic the newspapers or magazines of the past

via Four key questions that will determine the future of news — Tech News and Analysis.

300ms tap delay, gone away

However, as of Chrome 32 for Android, which is currently in beta, this delay is gone for mobile-optimised sites, without removing pinch-zooming!

via 300ms tap delay, gone away – HTML5Rocks Updates.

A Definition of Growth Hacking

See, growth hacking threw out the playbook of traditional marketing and replaced it with only what is testable, trackable, and scalable. Its tools are emails, pay-per-click ads, blogs, and platform APIs instead of commercials, publicity, and money. While traditional marketing chases vague notions like “branding” and “mind share,” growth hackers relentlessly pursue users and growth?—?and when they do it right, those users beget more users, who beget more users. They are the inventors, operators, and mechanics of their own self-sustaining and self-propagating growth machine that can take a start-up from nothing to something.

via A Definition of Growth Hacking — What I Learned Building — Medium.

Still Marketing, just not traditional marketing.

What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise

At the same time, endorphins, another chemical to fight stress, is released in your brain. Your endorphins main purpose is this writes researcher McGovern:

These endorphins tend to minimize the discomfort of exercise, block the feeling of pain and are even associated with a feeling of euphoria.

Overall, there is a lot going on inside our brain and it is in fact oftentimes a lot more active than when we are just sitting down or actually concentrating mentally:

via What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Whenever I get stuck writing code, a good walk or good night’s sleep is the only thing that helps.

What if MSFT doesn’t release Office for the iPad?

Tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the “cloud” – on internet-based systems.

via Microsoft’s $2.5bn question: what if it doesn’t release Office for the iPad? | Tech | The Guardian.

And every day they do nothing, that choke hold loosens.

Google Flu Trends gets it wrong three years running

Google may be a master at data wrangling, but one of its products has been making bogus data-driven predictions. A study of Google’s much-hyped flu tracker has consistently overestimated flu cases in the US for years. It’s a failure that highlights the danger of relying on big data technologies.

via Google Flu Trends gets it wrong three years running – health – 13 March 2014 – New Scientist.

The Best PR Advice You’ve Never Heard

“Being believable isn’t just convincing people you can win, it’s convincing them that they want you to win.”

The Best PR Advice You’ve Never Heard – from Facebook’s Head of Tech Communications.

Apple Gets Into The Car

Apple Gets Into The Car — Geek&Poke.

Does optimization ever end?

In reality, you cannot have a page that’s too long—only one that’s too boring.

via Does optimization ever end? How we grew Crazy Egg’s conversion rate by 363% | Conversion Rate Experts.

Getty Images makes 35 million images free

Getty Images has single-handedly redefined the entire photography market with the launch of a new embedding feature that will make more than 35 million images freely available to anyone for non-commercial usage.

via Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement » British Journal of Photography.

and as predicted photography joins music and apps in the race to free