Whatcha up to Google? Stars, Glass Wallet and Now Retail

1. Google Star-ing

A cloud service for favouriting, saving, organising and sharing web items, not just pages.

http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/04/22/google-is-testing-a-feature-that-lets-chrome-users-save-share-and-organize-their-favorite-web-content/

http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/05/05/leaked-google-stars-video-screenshots-show-built-search-filter-folder-security-sharing-features/

2. Your Glass Wallet

Send money to your mates through Wallet by voice commanding Glass to “Send Money.”

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/05/google-wallet-is-coming-to-glass/

3. Google Now Retail Alerts

Be an android user and walk past a store and be alerted if a store carries an item that you have previously searched for.

Can’t tell you whether the item is in stock though…yet…

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/5/5684634/google-now-tracks-if-nearby-store-has-product-you-searched-for

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It’s all about the money, money, money: Mobile life from TNS, Pew’s Future of mobile and Google’s playbook

1. Mobile Life survey from TNS Global

TNS have created a lovely site where you can explore their findings of 48,000 people’s mobile habits in 58 countries. The general consensus was that Mobile Commerce was fast on the increase.

http://www.tnsglobal.com/mobile-life/map/global/feature/lbs/both

2. Pew’s 35 page The Future of Mobile Money Report

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Money/Overview.aspx

Or read RRW’s part 1 and part 2 reviews

3. Google PlayBook – The Busy Exec’s Guide to Winning with Mobile

Includes affects on value propositions, digital destinations, organisations and marketing adapting to mobile and conneting with tablet audience.
Suitably powerpoint-y too:)

http://www.themobileplaybook.com/

When sitting back TV makes you lean forward

1] Take a moment to reflect about TV
Kevin O’Connor explains how social media is changing TV as we know it
“Social TV is a broad term referring to sundry technologies that support social interactions in the context of watching television or consuming TV-related content. In the hardware realm, those could be streaming devices, gaming consoles and internet-connectable Blu-ray players and TVs. On the software side, consumers are looking at a wider variety: content discovery, check-in, gaming and programming applications, for example.

Yet many key questions about Social TV remain unanswered. For instance, how will these concepts come together into sailable technologies? What do consumers want to see from the world of Social TV? To answer these and more, the User Insight team began a yearlong Social TV research project, calledThe Social TV Experiment,” applying the best of what the firm does: user research.”

 2] Get close to someone who knows TV
Daniels Lee working on Google TV
Design best practise for TV web applications including directional pad navigation, user interface design for TV, colour issues, and zooming, as well as discussing some unique opportunities.

3] Realise that when it comes to TV, size does matter
Patterns to help understand and define strategies for the multiscreen world from German design consultancy Precious
“Working for all those devices was interesting and challenging. Not just because of the diverse screen sizes and input methods, but because we learned in our user research how different the contexts are in which these gadgets are used.

Even more interesting, is the question how those devices relate to each other. What does it mean for the digital products and services we are designing, when PCs, smartphones, TVs and other electronic devices are connected? What implications does it have on the interfaces, if people are interacting in an ecosystem of screens?”

 Does the newly launched last week, Argos TV shopping channel sell smart TVs?

Guest Post: G Mappage from Henry Bilson

1] Google Galleries
Teaming up with some of the world’s most famous galleries such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Modern in London, Google has used their street view technology to take you on virtual tours.
The company says it will “enable people to discover and view 1,061 artworks online in extraordinary detail”. Visitors to googleartproject.com can zoom in to more than 1,000 works and see details that would be hard to make out in a gallery itself. Dr Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, said that “Viewers will see details and explore the painting in a way that hasn’t been possible before.” He added that it would let “institutions work in partnership to reach out globally to new audiences”.

 2] Red Bull Street Art View
With the buzz of Google Art Project that invites web users to explore galleries virtually online, http://streetartview.com/aims to take people on a virtual journey along city blocks in a number of cities.
The enterprise, created by agency Loducca (Sao Paulo), is a gallery of graffiti works by both renowned and emerging graffiti artists. Users are encouraged to enrich the collection by submitting new street art pieces on the list (to date, only works on the street of the USA, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and a couple of other areas can be added). The procedure is simple; find the graffiti in the city with the Street View icon, choose the best angle to view it, and then click the submit button.

 3] On Piste
Not content with getting you close to great works of art, Google street view also intends to bring the mountainside to life on your laptop. Zermatt ski resort, Switzerland has recently been chosen as the first European outing for the special panoramic capturing snowmobile.
First tried out in Whistler, Canada the snowmobile will map out the runs in the resort and upload them to street view. Zermatt was chosen amongst 30 other resorts, and received 2,800 votes. Zermatt Tourism thinks the new service will be a useful addition to the existing webcams.“Our visitors who are already familiar with the pistes can enjoy them even when they aren’t holidaying here, and potential visitors can see what they are like,” said Zweifel Matthias Meyer, spokesman for Google Switzerland, enthused about the winning destination in a press release.

Thank you Mr Bilson; hope you’re enjoying your placement time here at good ole’ Republic getting stuck into a bit of Planning, Strategy, IA and Measuring & EvaluationJ

 

Less is More: Loopt, Google & Twitter

1] Loopt, fed up with fighting with Foursquare & Gowalla, is releasing Loopt Star, a rewards scheme that basically turns it into a store loyalty card, stored electronically on your iPhone. … more from Fast Company
The main thrust of the new service is this location-based reward scheme, and to demonstrate its power Gap is taking part in the launch with a 25% discount voucher on the second checkin to a store location–redeemable on the spot.

2] Starting today,when you conduct a Google search on your iPhone or Android device, you’ll get apps as results along with regular search results.
These special links will take you directly to the app’s page in the Android Marketor iPhone App Store, where you can buy or download the app immediately. Links will include star rating, number of reviews, price and the name of the app maker.

3] Twitter kinda doesn’t copy facebook’s mutual friends functionality with its new ‘you both follow’ feature. More fun for stalkers (aka those who have an interest)?

Google shows apps, fed-up Loopt & Twitter follow

I know, I know…I’ve been sloppy sloppy…bad bad in sending these out for the last couple of months…well..I’m back and I’m trying a different copy link colour scheme since DNS didn’t like the last.

1] Loopt, fed up with fighting with Foursquare & Gowalla, is releasing Loopt Star, a rewards scheme that basically turns it into a store loyalty card, stored electronically on your iPhone. … more from Fast Company
The main thrust of the new service is this location-based reward scheme, and to demonstrate its power Gap is taking part in the launch with a 25% discount voucher on the second checkin to a store location–redeemable on the spot.

2] Starting today,when you conduct a Google search on your iPhone or Android device, you’ll get apps as results along with regular search results.

These special links will take you directly to the app’s page in the Android Marketor iPhone App Store, where you can buy or download the app immediately. Links will include star rating, number of reviews, price and the name of the app maker.

3] Twitter kinda doesn’t copy facebook’s mutual friends functionality with its new ‘you both follow’ feature. More fun for stalkers (aka those who have an interest)?

Bring on the formalities of Friday!
Don’t forgot your parasols (useful for shade, not getting soggy, support for walking or leaning especially when you’ve eaten/drunk too much, and of course as a general gesturing and pointing device to amplify the impact of any stories you may be telling at the time for maximum entertainment)

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Plain text vs Masked, V-travelled ala Virgin & Bing vs Google

1] The glasses wearing usability man Jacob Nielson has caused more waves than usual by calling for all log in forms to display plain text as opposed to masked. Quite interesting retaliation but even more interesting usability findings in the comments.

Coxy, Payne, know you’re going to have a field day, this one goes out to youJ

2] Virgin have launched last week (when I should have been writing this) a UGC travel siteV-travelled. It includes v-pods – ‘useful pieces of kit to make travel planning less of a chore and more the beginning of something exciting’ and ‘matching your travel DNA to other travellers on the site. That way you get a better feeling of whose advice you’re taking – makes sense doesn’t it?’
Quite nice I thought, lets keep an eye on this one…

3] And it was Bing vs Google for Catalyst who studied search engine usability – am sure you’ll all make up your own mindsJ

Have a lovely hot tropical week, its supposed to be a melty 31c on Wednesday! Blimey!