Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!
Apple held their first global iPhone launch yesterday, releasing new phones iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, with simultaneous events being held in both California and Beijing.
The iPhone 5c, made of plastic and styled in bright colours, has left audiences surprised at its higher than expected price point. This model is said to be aimed at the Chinese market, where Apple are purportedly close to gaining regulatory approval to work with China Mobile.
The iPhone 5s has a simple and more refined design, albeit in questionable medallion style colours. The big new feature is touch ID fingerprint-reading technology, introduced at the keynote as a “simple and secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger,” and can be used instead of a password for iTunes and the App Store.
At the same time as the iPhone launch, a designer based in the Netherlands released a concept for a modular phone called Phonebloks, an open platform to allow users to define specification and upgrading, rather than throwing away. Over 30,000 people have signed to support the concept and to lobby phone companies to investigate it further.
Yahoo launched a new logo this week, after a very long build up named ‘30 days of change’ – unveiling 30 ‘logos’ in 30 days. (It’s worth checking out this very funny site by Nick Asbury pastiching the Yahoo brand tone).
For the final mark, CEO Marissa Meyer rolled up her sleeves for two whole days, releasing a blog post named ‘Geeking out on the logo’ to coincide with the launch…. “On a personal level, I love brands, logos, color, design, and, most of all, Adobe Illustrator. I think it’s one of the most incredible software packages ever made. I’m not a pro, but I know enough to be dangerous”…
Android Kit Kat
In a collaboration absolutely no-one could have seen coming, Android have named their new operating system Kit Kat, and with it have launched a set of tongue in cheek adverts, imitating the Apple style product videos we have all come to know and become suspicious of.
Apparently, no money changed hands over this collaboration as it was deemed to be “mutually beneficial” and they just wanted to create something “fun and unexpected”; however a cursory Twitter search reveals that the new site (and possibly wider campaign) was handled by JWT London (read behind the scenes).
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With the quiet launch of iBeacon, will Apple sidestep NFC?
Nissan launch new smart watch
Is design still about making things? A conference in Finland aims to find out
New technology can extract a 3D model from a single, 2D photograph (Link thanks to Neil)
A rather nice time lapse camera obscura in Paris (Link thanks to Campbell)