For agencies, anticipation is everything. We look ahead at the trends that will influence our clients’ campaigns, and test and analyse our work to gain an understanding of how we can improve future projects. In the same vein, it’s equally important for us to be aware of how the needs of our clients are changing, and what this means for the way we work.
Following a great event earlier in the year discussing mobile cross-platform tools, we’ll once again be hosting an event for the SWmobile meetup group, exploring the topic of ‘Continuous Integration’.
If my late-80s/early-90s childhood taught me anything – it’s that clever robots are always going to be our downfall. Skynet went self-aware, a mega-naff supercomputer made Christopher Reeve blow out the Olympic torch and The Hoff’s best buddy was sassy, sarcastic and strobey. Against the odds, we always managed to come out on top. Until now. You see, things are changing. Wordsmith™ and Quill are coming. And these robots can write. Just. Like. Us.
Well, that’s that. The fundamental dichotomy between data privacy in the EU and the US has come to a head. Edward Snowden’s revelations that the US National Security Agency has been routinely dipping into the private data of EU citizens has caused the voluntary Safe Harbor agreement to be declared invalid by the EU Court of Justice.
If you’ve ever watched the rather excellent Community, you may well be familiar with the show’s MeowMeowBeenz episode, where some app developers create a new social channel that allows users to rate each other out of five stars, or five ‘MeowMeowBeenz’. The end result is predictably catastrophic (and silly), resembling something like The Hunger Games in the real-world social status divide. In short, it was publicised last week that two entrepreneurs from the US had basically decided to make that app, and call it Peeple.