This Week in Digital…

Joseph Fitzpatrick

This week in digital

CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has dominated the news this week. From weird and wonderful prototypes to brand advocates fleeing the stage in a panic, CES has monopolised the tech pages of the mass media for the past few days. Here are some of the biggest stories to emerge from the Nevada desert:

  • PlayStation plans to go console free. Sony announced plans to allow people to play some of their most popular games on a cloud service, meaning there wouldn’t be a need to own a console to do so. This would also allow Sonys latest console, PlayStation 4, to play games from the PS3s back-list.
  • Forget jet-fighters and space shuttles, you can now 3D print sweets. Two printers were unveiled that could 3D print sugar and chocolate-based food in the kind of shapes not usually seen in your average pick-n-mix aisle (pictured below).

3d sweets

    • The most covered story to come out of CES was not any kind of new technology but a very human error – namely Hollywood director Michael Bays very public meltdown while presenting for Samsung. Bay, who directed Armageddon and Transformers, couldnt handle an autocue error and left the stage to a flurry of apologies. If cringe is your thing, you can watch Bays embarrassment below.



Yahoos new advertising platform

Also at CES, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, told the world of Yahoo Advertising, which is a new platform designed to make buying ads on the internet companys sites simpler. The platform includes a comprehensive suite of web, mobile, and video ad products across native, audience and premium display, according to an accompanying Yahoo blog.

The blog also stated: “These products are supported by Yahoos data and analytical tools, with insights into the daily digital habits of more than 800 million people worldwide.”

Social search served with Jelly

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has launched a new app, Jelly, that uses social networks to answer search queries. “Jelly is designed to search the group mind of your social networks – and what goes around comes around”, a blog on the company’s site read. The basic premise – which hinges completely on human nature and seems to grossly underestimate our pre-disposition for sarcasm – is you take a picture of something, ask a question about this and wait for other users to provide answers.



And finally…

Frances digital privacy watchdog, CNIL, has fined Google $200,000 for refusing to comply with the Data Protection Act. CNIL also ordered the internet company to publish a notice about the decision on within eight days.

In an even more expensive mistake, singer Lily Allen admitted she turned down a performance five years ago because the proposed payment was hundreds of thousands of Bitcoins. In todays market that equates to around £118m – Chin up Lily!

The British Retail Consortium has announced that December was a record month for online shopping, with ecommerce purchases up a massive 19.2% year-on-year.