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    More on kids and technology

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 23, 2013
    I recently wrote about the value of exposing kids to technology, so I really enjoyed reading Hanna Rosin’s The touch-screen generation:

    To date, no body of research has definitively proved that the iPad will make your preschooler smarter or teach her to speak Chinese, or alternatively that it will rust her neural circuitry—the device has been out for only three years, not much more than the time it takes some academics to find funding and gather research subjects. So what’s a parent to...

    Google Pushes Google Search App With Commercials

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 22, 2013
    The commercial in the middle of an episode of “Worst Cooks In America” this weekend caught me off-guard. Was that an ad for the Google Search App? It sure was, and the restart of Google’s campaign to push its cross-platform search tool.

    It was the first time I spotted this particular campaign on TV, though Google tells me they’ve been running since the fall. That’s true, but those seemed to have stopped soon after the New Year, and now the campaign has begun again, it looks like.

    Of...

    Google changes – Results for similar searches

    DaveN
    by DaveN
    Mar 22, 2013
    I haven’t seen this before, It would appear that Google have started replacing some organic positions with Results for similar searches : https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=how+to+ask+a+guy+for+his+jacket Dave Google changes – Results...

    Email signoffs: the end is (hopefully) near

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 22, 2013
    I know there are more important things in the world to get annoyed with, but I completely agree with Matthew J.X. Malady’s rant about email signoffs:

    After 10 or 15 more “Regards” of varying magnitudes, I could take no more. I finally realized the ridiculousness of spending even one second thinking about the totally unnecessary words that we tack on to the end of emails. And I came to the following conclusion: It’s time to eliminate email signoffs completely. Henceforth, I do not...

    Jack Wills Best Summer Job – Data Leaked

    DaveN
    by DaveN
    Mar 22, 2013
    A friend of mine was voting for his friend on a contest for a Jack Wills Summer Job (http://www.jackwills.com/en-gb/bestsummerjob and #BSJIGB on Twitter) on Tuesday and as a web developer he was curious what voting system they were using and in...

    Research process: note-taking for one

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 21, 2013
    The ideal situation for any qualitative research project is for the facilitator to rely on someone else to take notes. That way the facilitator can focus all their attention on the participant. This holds true for contextual inquiries, in-depth interviews (IDIs), as well as usability tests. However, sometimes it’s just not possible to have a separate note-taker on a project. In those cases the interviewer has to take their own notes — but that can be distracting and terribly inefficient....

    Bing Snapshots Grow To Understand People, Places & Things With “Satori” Expansion

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 21, 2013
    Over the past year, Bing’s been steadily growing the “Snapshots” it shows on the right-hand side of its pages. Now Bing says those are taking another leap to better understand relationships between people, places and things using an expansion of what it calls its “Satori” technology.

    Bing writes on its blog today saying: Today, we are inviting people to check out Snapshot to experience our expansion of Satori. Since its introduction in June, we have expanded Satori to include a...

    Google Alerts: Still Broken

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 21, 2013
    Last month, I wrote my Dear Google Alerts: Why Aren’t You Working? story. Soon after, Google told me things were improved. That’s not been the case for me, and now another open letter about how poorly the service is working has appeared.

    The latest letter is from The Financial Brand, a web site for financial marketers. It writes, in part: The Financial Brand has frequently encouraged bank and credit union marketing executives around the world to use Google Alerts. This advice is now fully...

    Google: Sorry We Accidentally Penalized Your Site

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 21, 2013
    Yesterday, Digg was completely delisted from Google's search index. Some thought it was an issue with their robots.txt file, some thought it was a Google bug and some had no idea what to think.

    What was it...

    On careers and parenting

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 21, 2013
    I never used to like interview articles — I felt they lacked substance. Too much backstory, not enough useful information to help me do my job better. But over the past few years I’ve realised the error of my ways. It became clear that by getting to know the people who make the things we use every day, we keep being reminded that we’re defined by more than the jobs we do. And we find that we have more in common with people than we might think.

    This week I read two great interviews with...