Pixel Art and Chip Tunes: a documentary

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mqAZ06dwKU The resurgence of 8-bit art and chip tunes. Lots of interesting discussion about nostalgia, the lure of simplicity and the way emulators and modern screens have distorted our perception of the pixel - the fundamental building block of digital imagery.

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Wow, what a breakthrough: researchers develop online sarcasm detector

No, I'm not being sarcastic, this is actually a pretty big deal, or at least the first step down a road towards something that is actually a pretty big deal, because if you've used one of the myriad social media sentiment trackers that have suddenly sprung up in the last year or so you'll know how patchy they are. Particularly as sarcasm, irony, LOLS and other types of non direct speech are pretty much the default mode for a lot of Internet dialogue. Researchers at Hebrew University have developed a machine algorithm that can recognise sarcasm in online postings. The algorithm was tested a...

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Adobe’s Kevin Lynch talks about HTML5, Flash and Apple

Adobe's Kevin Lynch talks about HTML5 and Steve Jobs' recent pronouncements on Flash, which Jobs argues doesn't play nice with the iPhone, iPad, etc. Now, believe me when I say that I'm no lover of Flash, indeed I actively dislike it in many ways, but like extremist parties in a democracy I support its right to exist. And in truth, if used well, in the right context, etc, etc, Flash can be pretty cool. But that's not the point, the point is that if, as Apple argues, Flash on mobile platforms sucks then developers and users should be given the right to reject it, without Apple banning it...

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Television is a social medium

This story from the Economist quotes a recent quantitative study into TV viewing habits which suggests that despite the rise of PVRs and online, on-demand video most people seem to want to watch TV at the time at which it is broadcast. It seems that people still really want TV to be a shared cultural experience, despite the fact that they love their PVRs and iPlayer, etc. In other words: television is a social medium. In fact, one of the odder things about this study is that most people greatly overstate the amount of timeshifted content they watch compared to the 'live' broadcast materia...

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