Monthly Archives: September 2011

Google Wallet

I have two words for you. Google Wallet.

We’ve already entered the age where technology is the new It girl/thing so its not surprising that radically innovating services pop up more and more frequently.

Google wallet is the thing on every techaholic’s lips. It allows you to pay for goods by swiping your phone past what looks much like an EFTPOS machine.

Techcrunch

Techcrunch Review: Google Wallet

Techcrunch provided a lovely and detailed overview. The article totally owned its online location by utilizing the features characteristic of the medium.

It includes pictures of the software on the android phone and how the wallet works as well as two videos-“Google Wallet Walkthrough” and “Paying with Google Wallet”

The first video resembles a Youtube user review of a new gadget they had just received (I love those) and the second is actually an amateur video done by the writer of the article as he embarks on his Google Wallet trial i.e. buying fries from Maccas.

The comment section is also really cool. You can choose which social media you want to comment from. For example you can choose to comment using Facebook, Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo. Nice! The downside is you HAVE  TO  comment using one of those four options. You can’t, just, comment. Which I find a bit constricting and prejudiced against those of us who actually aren’t on any social networks at all.

Eweek

Google wallet won’t dominate mobile payment scene: 10 reasons why

Eweek has valid and clear criticisms of Google wallet, however the layout of the page makes me cringe. I’m sorry but….its really really UGLY! *tear.

And its filled with ads which adds (haha pun) to the visual unpleasantness.

The content is good and simply organised however. Basically the article describes ten criticisms of the google wallet

Apparently Eweek is “published twice monthly, eWEEK covers a wide variety of industry topics and is a top resource for IT professionals who are responsible for researching, purchasing and implementing IT solutions for their companies.” But how can it be so…ugly and unsophisticated if its for IT professionals, how??

 

 

 

 

I leave you with this awesome promo:

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9/11 and The Birth of New Media

In 2001  I was in year eight. Yet its still a struggle for me to remember that new media didn’t exist the way it does today. I was reminded of that after reading news stories and personal reflections.

Fast Company

Decade Of Disruption: 9/11-Inspired Innovation

Content

The article speaks about different types of innovation. When talking about “social media and crowd journalism” the article reminds us that “ubiquitious social media sharing” didn’t exist, the internet was much less sophisticated and smart phones with in-built cameras weren’t around making it difficult for non professional journalists to share information and images.

The comparison it makes between now and then makes it very easy to see the differences and appreciate how much has changed. It is a very relevant article both because it is timely and because it reminds us that the knowledge we take for granted on a daily basis was not always accessible to us.

Layout

I’ve noticed a difference between Fast Company’s web page layout and the layout of other online media sources. Fast Company puts all the written info on the left and all the extra information such as related coverage and ads on the right. Lots of websites I’ve seen do the opposite or have a three column layout.

Decade of Disruption

The way Fast Company has done it is easier on the eyes because you are not bombarded with as much information and are more focused on the written content. It’s a ‘keep it to the basics’ approach which is great.

Media Rhetoric Blog

How the Internet Changed after 9/11–Citizen Journalism, Social Media and Mobility

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This reflection from a university lecturer  (Janet Johnson) who specialises in media described the lack of citizen journalism in 2001 and the void that it left in the coverage and the information flow of the attacks. Here’s a quote which sums it up pretty well.

“Trying to connect to the East Coast during that time was hard. The overload on phone lines was tremendous. I resorted to e-mail to ask my brother what it was like where he lived. My brother and my friends all lived in central New Jersey about an hour from New York City. I tried to connect to CNN.com during that time, but remember the web site’s message that said CNN.com was over capacity and to check back later.”

The writer feels that new media and citizen journalism became prominent to fill a need, a gap that the traditional media is unable to satisfy when unexpected disasters strike. Only those present while it is unfolding can share the most precious and useful information.

The entry was written on September 11 so it is timely, relevant and has currency in the news which are likely to continue covering September 11 from different angles even after the date of the anniversary.

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