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Internet of things – chances and challenges

Internet of things – chances and challenges

The first edition of the Internet of Things Congress took place on the 29th of September 2015 at the Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City. Approximately 200 delegates, experts and entrepreneurs gathered together to talk about the chances and challenges the...

Can Periscope (and live streaming apps) empower journalism?

Twitter’s launch of the live streaming app Periscope last March, was received with much enthusiasm by those who believe that it will empower reporting and citizen journalism. Live streaming apps are not something new. Few months before Periscope’s launch,...
Should you be worried by a networked street light?

Should you be worried by a networked street light?

This summer something remarkable happened in Amsterdam, in six weeks time an open source network was installed that covers an area encompassing the city center and beyond: The Things Network. This was done with a new networking technology –...
3D Touch improves our lives

3D Touch improves our lives

It is hardly not to notice that the new iPhone 6s has a new feature, which has been announced last week on September 9th by Apple. The iPhone 6s has been featured with 3D Touch. Every iPhone has some improvements...
Why Instagram finally lets us think outside of the box

Why Instagram finally lets us think outside of the box

Ever since it’s rise to fame, Instagram has been known for its square pictures. But with a recent new update the platform finally lets its users break free from that restriction. To make “telling our visual story easier and...
Big mother is watching you!

Big mother is watching you!

It will come to no surprise that in the past few years, digital media has changed primary and high school education in some major ways. Ipads, YouTube and “digital learning environments” have all been fully embraced by most dutch...
3D Touch is not a Game Changer – Because this is no longer playing games

3D Touch is not a Game Changer – Because this is no longer playing games

In the words of one of the worlds most famous men, unbeaten in his self-confidence on stage and ability to use rhetorical strategy to convince others of his visions: “Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along...
The Lebanese Hashtag War: People vs. Government

The Lebanese Hashtag War: People vs. Government

Like many of the Arab Nations that surround it, Lebanon has fallen into the hands of an escalating social revolution. The Lebanese population began voicing its discontent towards their government about the garbage that has been piling up, since July...
Amazon Underground – the app store insurgent

Amazon Underground – the app store insurgent

Recently Amazon launched a new app store Amazon Underground for Android users, which replaced the Free App a Day program. It features not only items from the Amazon shopping app and the whole catalog from its app store, but...
Cute Culture in Private Couples App: Communicating with Kawaii Stickers

Cute Culture in Private Couples App: Communicating with Kawaii Stickers

Mobile apps designed for couples to communicate in a private setting has started to gain popularity in the past few years. In the West, there are apps such as Couple, Duet, and Avocado. In the East, Between, an intimate...
Is Apple News what the newsroom of the future would look like?

Is Apple News what the newsroom of the future would look like?

Last month, Apple introduced an app named News. This newsreader gives Apple users the opportunity to collect all the news items that might be interesting for them. On their website, Apple states the following: News collects all the stories you...
‘Colby Does America’: A Queer Porn (R)evoloution

‘Colby Does America’: A Queer Porn (R)evoloution

Colby Does America is a free, independent, anti-capitalist queer art/porn project. Pornstar and artist Colby Keller is creating unique pornographic films for every U.S. state (and some Canadian provinces). Each film involves different teams of volunteer actors, editors and...
They tried to make me go to Talkspace I said, “no,no,no”.

They tried to make me go to Talkspace I said, “no,no,no”.

    Introducing Talkspace, the budding therapy app that claims to accommodate the ‘on demand’, ‘on the go’, ‘in the know’ culture. Therapy in the modern world. Ironically the need to be mindful has become an inevitable trend, digital...
The end of Secret, the end of anonymous social media apps?

The end of Secret, the end of anonymous social media apps?

How to stay anonymous on the web? It sounds like a trick question when the web constantly tracks your online behaviour and requires you to upload a user account on nearly every website you visit. However, the solution seems...
Too long; Didn´t watch

Too long; Didn´t watch

We all know the feeling – there are just not enough hours in the day to attend to all the interesting things out there. There might now be a solution for at least one aspect of the dilemma, a solution, that people...
A true astronaut of inner space: how your phone is making Virtual Reality a reality

A true astronaut of inner space: how your phone is making Virtual Reality a reality

“Looking like a cross between a T’ai Chi master, a navy frogman, and the Terminator, a man harnessed to electronic leads and fitted with a strange piece of headgear slowly turns and gestures. The pointing hand and the ballet...
Facebook Jumps on the Bandwagon!

Facebook Jumps on the Bandwagon!

Facebook Notes has been long forgotten over the years as the company’s main focus was to distinguish the platform from other what seemed similar ones in the past days. Today the company (Facebook) seems to have grasped the importance of...
Mobile Ad Blocking: Publisher’s New Nightmare?

Mobile Ad Blocking: Publisher’s New Nightmare?

Online advertisements are a great source of income for both web publishers and advertisers. These advertisements can be found in multiple ways, such as banners, pop-ups, news feed ads (sponsored stories) and trick banners. Banners and news feed ads...
Bringing authenticity to social media, one Beme at a time

Bringing authenticity to social media, one Beme at a time

Launched this past summer, Beme is a new video-sharing app envisioned by viral YouTube filmmaker Casey Neistat and realized with the help of Matt Hackett, a former VP of Engineering at Tumblr (VanHemert). Neistat, who gained popularity through his...
Paper Based Print to Counter Digitalization

Paper Based Print to Counter Digitalization

In an age where paper based prints are diminishing and digitalization is the ever winning cheaper option, there is luckily always a countermovement. This month Recently, the mobile-to-magazine app for iphone, was debuted. The new app for iOS is...
AI: is it just buzz or is it really changing the web design world?

AI: is it just buzz or is it really changing the web design world?

“A.I. Websites. Build for Humans.”   It has been quite a while since the non-stop futuristic flashy banners began showing up on my browser. The Grid is an AI web-builder that will build a website for you in a couple...
iBeacons at SXSW: How technology adds to the festival experience

iBeacons at SXSW: How technology adds to the festival experience

While beacons have become mainstream since the introduction of the iBeacon by Apple in 2013, there are still fields fairly undiscovered. One of these fields is integrating beacon technology at festivals and events. In march this year (2015) the...
Don’t be afraid of robots – be afraid that you become one!

Don’t be afraid of robots – be afraid that you become one!

Our fantasies about becoming cyborgs are getting ever closer to reality. We have been creating robots and software to do work for us. And now we are on the best way to become robots ourselves. A new achievement in...
Mobile Apps as a New Level of Reality

Mobile Apps as a New Level of Reality

“New Media”. This collocation is used so often nowadays (and not just by researchers or practitioners, but by journalists, self-proclaimed experts and general populace) that it takes a conscious effort to take a step back and ask “What’s new...