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What does the future hold for the 20-year-old Web?

November 25th, 2010

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After making it through its teenage years, the World Wide Web is getting ready for the huge task of organising all of its information.

Last Monday, to mark the 20th birthday of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee published an article in the Scientific American.

“The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending”, Berners-Lee opened.

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Case Studies

Search semantically with Wolfram Alpha

November 25th, 2010

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One example of what computers can do with data they understand is an ‘answer engine’ called Wolfram Alpha.

What’s special about Wolfram Alpha is that it solves factual queries directly instead of offering a page with potential sources for the answer as normal search engines do.

Wolfram Alpha computes the answer from structured data and provides answers and relevant visualisations from a core knowledge base of curated, structured data.

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News

Newcastle firm launches art game for kids

December 2nd, 2010

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Children can now learn about art restoration through an online game developed by educational games company Ideonic.

‘ART LAB’ takes children behind the scenes of one of the UK’s top galleries and into a forensic-style laboratory to experiment with an array of art restoration tools.

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Spotify announces substantial losses in 2009

November 26th, 2010

As speculation mounts over if/when it will launch in the States, Spotify has published its 2009 financial results.

Spotify iPhone app

Spotify iPhone app

They make for an interesting, if somewhat predictable, read – the headline being that the music streaming service has lost £16.66 million, based on revenues of £11.32 million. Along with We7 (and Spiral Frog before it), Spotify has pretty much created a new revenue model for the global music industry in the form of advertising sales. There has been much doubt expressed over whether ad revenue will be enough to sustain the industry and Spotify’s figures indicate that it won’t be.
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Unknown beat combo sell millions

November 26th, 2010
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Guest

A little known pop group comprised of school friends from the north of England have become the world’s slowest overnight smash thanks to making their music available via iTunes.

The Beatles, from Liverpool, who self release their music via their own record label Apple and who cite their influences as “Oasis, Wings and peace”, have sold a staggering two million individual songs and more than 450,000 albums in their first week of release via Apple’s (no relation) iTunes store.

Their most popular song is Here Comes The Sun, which was inspired by a holiday that drummer and sometime voiceover artist Richard ‘Ringo’ Starkey took in Porthmadog, Wales as a child.

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Innovative cross-media project launched in the North East

November 25th, 2010

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A Northern Film & Media funded arts project is experimenting with storytelling through various different media.

Independent production company New Black Films is working with Pure Grass Films to develop a transmedia product, which will be delivered in film, comic and novel format.

Shape Shifter is a supernatural thriller set in the seemingly sleepy fictitious Northumberland village of Barrae.

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Communications minister hails cloud computing

November 25th, 2010

CloudCloud computing will be the solution to the storage problems created by the explosion of portable devices, communications minister Ed Vaizey has said.

“[Cloud computing] is especially significant today, at a time when we are seeing an explosion in the number of portable devices with limited storage capacity,” Vaizey said at the China internet forum in London this week.

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Trucks & Skulls opens the Angry Birds rip-off market

November 24th, 2010

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A Californian game studio is one the first developers trying to get their share of the huge success of the mobile hit Angry Birds.

Launched 20 November, Appy Entertainment’s rip-off of the hit game has been described as ‘Angry Birds for the Top Gear crowd’.

The birds are replaced by ‘nitro-burning’ monster trucks and the pigs by giant skulls, which explode into radioactive mushroom clouds.

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Tim Burton turns to tweeters for co-writing help

November 24th, 2010

stainboyFilm-maker visionary Tim Burton is writing his new story with the help of the Twitterverse.

The story-telling experiment invites anyone to chip in to create a tale about Burton’s beloved character Stainboy with a tweet featuring a hashtag #BurtonStory.

Each day the best tweet is selected to continue the story which at the moment is 18 parts long. The final version will be published on 6 December.

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Newcastle firm launches innovative mobile shopping app

November 23rd, 2010

After showcasing at a well-regarded DEMO conference in Silicon Valley in September, the mobile commerce application MobiCart has been launched to the public.

Developed by North East entrepreneur Wladimir Baranoff-Rossine, MobiCart is a free storefront application for mobile devices. It enables anyone to create their own mobile e-commerce site without even having a website.

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Taiwanese tech giant buys Tyneside gaming company

November 19th, 2010

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North Shields based gaming electronics company Innocore has been sold to a Taiwanese electronics giant Advantech.

Innocore is one of the region’s international success stories. In a recent survey by The Sunday Times, it was the only North East firm to be listed in the top 100 fastest growing technology companies.

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UK’s first ’social media in the workplace’ study published

November 17th, 2010

policyThe impact of social media on the British workplace has been documented in a ‘landmark’ paper.

Working in partnership with University of Leicester, MyJobGroup.co.uk has analysed the responses of 1,000 UK adults to questions covering a broad range of topics relating to social media use in the workplace.

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Digital Music innovators gather at Northern Stage

November 17th, 2010

microphone_eventThe North East music community is getting together in a series of free seminars this week to discuss how new technologies are reshaping the industry.

Hosted by the North East music development agency Generator, the seminar series features four panel discussions all taking place at the Northern Stage theatre at Newcastle University.

NMM had a chance to take a peak at the debate as our editor-in-chief Richard Myers was chairing the panel discussion at yesterday’s event.

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Bizpond helping small businesses with social media

November 16th, 2010

bizpondlogoA website founded just four months ago to help small businesses and freelancers in the North East has already shattered the growth plans of founder Di Gates.

Bizpond operates like an online noticeboard for businesses, allowing users to post their available skills in one place, and put out calls for services on another.

The site already has a community of over 2000, which is growing daily and has been shortlisted in the B2B category of this year’s North East Digital Awards, The SMACS.

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Micro Bites

Lateral thinking

October 28th, 2010
Lateral Thinking

Lateral Thinking

Q: You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

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Definiton: Master data

October 28th, 2010
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Definition

Master data, also called reference data master data is any information that is considered to play a key role in the core operation of a business. Master data may include data about clients and customers, employees, inventory, suppliers, analytics and more.

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Quote

October 28th, 2010
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Quote

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim. ~ Edsger W. Dijkstra

Profile: Joe Stump

October 28th, 2010
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Profile

Joe Stump is CTO and co-founder of SimpleGeo, a location-based service for web developers. Before SimpleGeo, Stump was the Lead Architect of the social bookmarking site Digg.

Born in 1980 in Michigan, US, Stump spent most of his childhood in Brooklyn, Michigan.

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