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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

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… Take Apple. In 2000, Mac was the hip, underrated indie-kid of computing. Now everyone’s got an iPhone and suddenly Apple is an evil corporate giant out to steal your money, digital rights and free will (if you believe the Guardian ).

People are instinctively suspicious of stuff that gets too big, too fast. Two years ago the term “gamification” barely existed, now it’s everywhere. There are gamification books, startups and even a dedicated gamification summit. With so much hype, …

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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

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… of water is hurtling out of the sea towards you. Do you drop everything and run, or take out your iPhone and start filming? A surprising number of people chose the second option. The Japanese tsunami was filmed close-up and from all angles. Far from being mere “disaster porn”, experts say these amateur and professional videos will provide invaluable new data. Storm researcher Dr Costas Synolakis hopes that footage of the force, speed and path of the Japanese wave may even help predict …

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Testing Times

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… app is left in the store with a two star rating, gathering virtual dust.

Back when Apple’s iPhone had an effective “app monopoly”, developers had it relatively easy. Okay, there was always the problem of getting stuff accepted into the app store, but apps only had to be designed for one interface, one handset, one puritanical CEO. iPhone apps still dominate world sales but now Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Microsoft are all focusing on smartphones. These days apps have to work …

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Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

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… deal with Microsoft. However, while citizens of London and New York are obsessed with the latest iPhone, in Nairobi the most popular handsets are still the Nokia 5130 and 3110. But, even stuck with this “classic” hardware, African companies have managed to come up with some truly innovative applications.

Show me the money

If there’s one area where Africa leads the world, it’s mobile banking. The Kenyan company M-Pesa is a branch-less, mobile money system that allows …

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Caught on Camera: the crowd calls the shots

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… that will be available to future film makers, journalists and academic researchers. Not to mention iPhone addicts, while they wait for their Starbucks.

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