Bill Riordan

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'Star Wars': 15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Original Trilogy

We're now only days away from the release of a little film called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The hype is real, but there's not much fans can do but wait patiently until opening night finally arrives.<p>Perhaps we can help pass the time a little. We've put together a list of 15 interesting facts …

Why You Need a Mobile-Native Website Today

I have been doing a lot of website audits recently, helping companies figure out how to optimize their websites for search. Even in 2015, a majority …

Here’s how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future

The British broadcaster released a new report looking at the future of news as it looks toward its royal charter renewal in 2017.<p>As the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster, the BBC operates under a royal charter, a formal document issued by the British monarchy that sets out the BBC’s priorities, …

Anybody who can't make money off iPads or TUAW should get out of the money-making business

Like many in our industry, I'm deeply saddened to see yet another fantastic Mac blog crumple as a result of big business decisions, putting several …

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Mental Disorders

Create A Sound Sculpture To Track Company Performance

So here’s a novel way to track your corporate performance: Generate a multimedia sculpture. You might think that’s a little over the top, but considering how hard you work to gather and analyze all those dry, boring numbers, a sound sculpture seems like much more fun — and certainly more creative. …

Posters

In boon to content marketing, Flipboard launches 'Promoted Items'

Starting Feb. 1, Flipboard readers will begin to see a new type of ad on the platform — articles, videos, products and photos that mimic editorial …

The Wildest Design Yet For Google’s Project Ara Phone

Russian design firm Lapka tells us that everyone behind Project Ara may be missing the point.<p>Google’s Project Ara is one of the company’s most ambitious projects. It’s a modular phone, in which users could snap in new cameras, batteries, or processors as quickly as snapping together Lego.<p>Thus far, …

Bigger than Hollywood

Apple paid $10 billion to developers in calendar 2014. Additional statistics for the App store are:• $500 million spent on iOS apps in first week of …

Apps

Twitter might be taking its ads into the wild on apps and websites

Soon you may be seeing more ads in tweets that aren't on Twitter.com or various third-party Twitter clients. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal,</i> Twitter spent the past week pitching advertisers on a new plan to roll out "ads within streams of tweets on other publishers' apps and websites," which …

Making and Breaking UX Best Practices

Imagine a website with a beautiful, enticing, full-screen image, where a transparent button leads to pages of well constructed, adaptive content. The …

UI Design

24 Tools for Journalists to Explore in 2015

<b>1. Plague</b><p>Plague works like a virus. When you spread information, it goes to the users who are closest to you physically.<p><b>2. Wire</b><p>A new way to write, …

Los Angeles is the content future

“Creative content people are frustrated with the industry and creating their content on their own terms. Sound familiar?”<p>From where I stand, 2015 is going to be a big year.<p>Sure, I can tell you about wearables reaching a new level of maturity. Likely not Google Glass in its current form, but the …

News in a remix-focused culture

“We have to stop thinking about how to leverage whatever hot social platform is making headlines and instead spend time understanding how communication is changing.”<p>We aren’t ready for Vine.<p>Hell, we weren’t ready for Tumblr.<p>We still don’t know what to do with Instagram.<p>For all our talk of …

Complicating the network: The year in social media research

Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here are 12 of the studies about social and digital media they found most interesting in 2014.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through …

Pinterest to Unveil Early Results From Promoted Pins, as It Looks to Ramp Up Advertising

Pinterest is also unveiling the "Pinstitute," an effort to share best practices for promoting brands on the site.<p>Pinterest* will unveil early results from one of its first formal brand advertising efforts on Sunday evening, as the San Francisco company looks to roll out the product widely starting …

Beyond IE: Microsoft reportedly building new “Spartan” browser

Back in September, ZDNet Microsoft-watcher Mary-Jo Foley reported that the next version of Internet Explorer was being developed under the codename …

With Its New App, DeviantArt Finally Has A Mobile Place For Those 65 Million Monthly Visitors

The big, bustling, venerable community of visual artists and their fans is landing on smartphones–and striving to upgrade its image.<p>With 65 million unique visitors a month sharing, exploring, and discussing artwork of all sorts–to the tune of 2.5 billion monthly pageviews–14-year-old DeviantArt has …

Why do we cling to beliefs when they’re threatened by facts?

People who read a passage that contradicted their viewpoint saw it as opinion.<p>People hold beliefs for a complex variety of reasons. Some of these …

Weird Animal Question of the Week: What's the Most Toxic Snake?

Technically, it's the inland taipan—but other snakes are more dangerous.<p>Snakes are sneaky-even questions about them can wiggle right out of your grasp.<p>When Arocha Musa of Kampala, Uganda, wrote in asking, "What makes the cobra the most dangerous snake?" we quickly realized two things: Cobras aren't …

Best photos of the year 2014 | Reuters.com

Inbox, Paper, And Sway: Why Tech Giants Are Suddenly Reinventing Their Core Apps

Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all launched new takes on old apps this year, and it’s not exactly a coincidence.<p>If you look through the App Store reviews for Facebook Paper, it doesn’t take long to find the recurring theme.<p>“So much better than the main Facebook app,” one user wrote.<p>“It is …

What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: Twitter as the new “boys on the bus,” and how we talk about the Dark Web

The impact of Do Not Track on news outlets and the complexities of filter bubbles and polarization: all that and more in this month’s roundup of the academic literature.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all …

The newsonomics of Talking Points Memo’s native advertising shift

The liberal political site is betting on something less commodified than banner advertising to find sustainable revenue — and to better take advantage of its unique audience.<p>Call it addition by subtraction, or deduction over misdirection. The commercial progress of Talking Points Memo is a telling …

StoryTracker is a new tool to track how news homepages change » Nieman Journalism Lab

It offers a menu of options, documented here, for creating an orderly archive of HTML snapshots, extracting hyperlinks with a bonus set of metadata that captures each link’s prominence on the page and visualizing a page’s layout with animations that show changes over time.<p>The potential uses for …

Maybe “time saved” is a better metric to watch than “time spent” on mobile » Nieman Journalism Lab

You may known Cory Bergman as the cofounder (and now general manager) of the innovative mobile app Breaking News, or as the cofounder of Seattle hyperlocal network Next Door Media. But now he’s got a new email newsletter, Mobile Media Memo, that I suspect a number of Lab readers will be interested …

The New York Times’ financials show the transition to digital accelerating

The numbers may look flat, but they contain a continuing set of ups and downs. Up next: executing on a year’s worth of launches.<p>Call it an acceleration of the digital transition. Those are the words that best describe this morning’s New York Times Co. Q3 financial report and conference call.<p>Take …

How to Keep Native Ads Honest

<i>Ash Nashed is CEO of Adiant, a digital media technology company.</i><p>Despite the media’s progress in defining native advertising, ambiguity surrounding whether it’s an honest or misleading is still prevalent in the headlines. It’s this confusion that has drowned out the industry’s progress in promoting …

Here’s What It’s Like To Click The First Banner Ad Ever

In celebration of the first banner ad, which debuted 20 years ago, its original creators, Otto Timmons and Craig Kanairick, have fashioned a website that mimics the original experience over at The First Banner Ad dot com. There you can time travel back to the gray Internet pages of 1994 and …

Banner Ads Must Die!!!

Earlier this week I was asked for my view on which marketing tactic is like “The Walking Dead” of marketing.<p>I was honored to be included on the list …