Jul 13

Facebook ‘likes’ and adverts’ value doubted

This article on the BBC regarding advertising on facebook suggests it may no be as valuable as it initially seems with millions of fake users liking companies erroneously.

May 13

40 Artists 40 Days

This page is a countdown of the 40 days leading up to the 2012 Olympics featuring a different artist with a London connection for each day.

Including sculptors, architects, composers , poets and painters, it paints a graphic picture of the cultural richness and diversity of the great city of London.

May 13

Light+Architecture

Some stunning photos of Anish Kapoor‘s Cloud Gate sculpture combined with neon lighting effects on this page. The sculpture, nicknamed “The Bean” is in Chicago’s Millennium Park and is impressive enough without being lit up in colour at night (just do a Google image search for more fantastic pictures).

Mar 19

Free mobile apps ‘drain battery faster’

Free mobile apps which use third-party services to display advertising consume considerably more battery life, a new study suggests. Findings suggested that in one case 75% of an app’s energy consumption was spent on powering advertisements.

In the case of Angry Birds, research suggested that only 20% of the total energy consumption was used to actually play the game itself. Of the rest, 45% is used finding out your location with which it can serve targeted advertising. This is partly due to the fact that many apps leave connections open for up to 10 seconds after downloading information.

Read the whole article here

Mar 16

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner on track for super jump

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner leapt from a balloon-borne capsule 22km above New Mexico, landing safely eight minutes later in a test run of his up-coming attempted world-record 36km high jump.

If successful in his attempt later this year he would beat the record jump set by US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger in 1960.

Baumgartner, who is famous for stunts such as jumping off the Petronas Towers, tested the special pressure suit he must wear to stay alive in the thin air and extreme cold of the stratosphere. The 42-year-old was quoted afterwards as saying that the cold was hard to handle. “I could hardly move my hands. We’re going to have to do some work on that aspect,” he said.

Read the whole article here

Mar 02

Making a bit on the side

This article aimed at students has a list of 10 ways of making a little extra cash, especially useful in the light of the rise in tuition fees. Ideas include becoming a secret shopper, selling old stuff on E-Bay, dog walking, extra work, etc.

A bit on the side…: Clever ways to make money

Some ideas of use to the rest of us non-students too.

Feb 28

Olympic rings on the Thames

BBC News: In Pictures

Photos of giant Olympic rings measuring 11m by 25m being sailed on a barge on the Thames from London Bridge to the Thames barrier to mark 150 days until the start of the Olympics, 2012. The journey is set to take all day, 28th February, 2012.