The BBC has cut their digital media initiative after already spending a hefty sum on £98 million since its initiation in 2008. The project was created to help BBC staff to “develop, create, share and manage content digitally from their desktop as well as retrieve archive footage direct from the BBC’s vast archive”. The BBC now plans to use existing products, instead of investing into their own. Director General Tony Hall stated in a press release “Ambitious technology projects like this always carry a risk of failure, it does not mean we should not attempt them but we have a responsibility to keep them under much greater control than we did here.”
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Wearable tech is picking up a lot of interest this week, especially since the introduction of Google Glass and rumours of the Apple smart watch, with Apple CEO Tim Cook deeming it “ripe for exploration” at the D11 conference this week. IBM researchers have now predicted the industry will be worth 6 billion dollars by 2016. The core advances this industry are cited to be health, fitness and productivity. Mashable have also been exploring the theme, looking into ways it will impact the startup world, and not just the consumer.
More news stories of design-by-social-media-mob as fans of the Everton football club complain against new badge design. The company have apologised to fans, but not yet retracted the design. There is an interesting article about the issue on Creative Review, charting why this would be a bad move for the creative industry if they did. It also draws parallels to the University of California uproar, which ended up in the new brand being ultimately retracted.
(Story link thanks to @KABLAMO)
As you may have heard (or seen pictures of homemade frozen bananas popping up on your social network feeds) Netflix released original content in the form of a much anticipated comedy series originally cancelled in 2006, Arrested Development. Netflix launched the full season of episodes all at once, promoting the ‘binge’ watching TV culture that their service is known for.
The Netflix series was initially deemed a great success, with released stats showing a lot of insight into the vast viewership numbers and their habits. Interestingly though, the Netflix stock dipped after the release, and the series also received poor reviews. The long term effects of whether the initiative will be successful for Netflix are not yet clear. Despite this, Netflix listening to users and taking a chance on original programming will surely be an unavoidable takeaway for every media network in the world. It will be interesting to see what exciting commissions are announced soon…
YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Graffiti drones in Germany (Link thanks to Mat)
Terrifying accounts of childrens iPhone addictions and ‘wanting to be liked’
Interesting feature from The Guardian over the weekend, looking into online reputation management.
The ‘Famicase’ exhibition ends in Tokyo in a few days – an exhibition of Artist and Designer created NES cartridges http://famicase.com/ (Link thanks to @danclarke)
Why some investors think Facebook can never be as big as Google
Alibaba Group starts work on massive logistics network to provide 24-hour deliveries throughout China
A look at the code behind the FT web app (Link thanks to @alexfjelldal)
Google conversation search goes live. We shout at our screens
3D printing defies gravity (Link thanks to @BryanKuBryanKu)
Our friends at ustwo released a PDF guide about designing for pixel perfect digital (Link thanks to Nico)
Does what it says on the tin – Birds with arms