Paul Brannan

Blog posts in total 12

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  1. The growth of Facebook has been given another boost by the social network's acquisition of mobile start-up Snaptu for an undisclosed sum. No big deal, you may think, but, as images by Facebook engineering intern Paul Butler show, people accessing the social networking site via their mobiles ar...

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  2. The cult of celebrity is firmly established in journalism and, whether you like the idea or not, it's producing compelling television. Ross Kemp's Extreme World on Sky 1HD (below), about the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, is the latest from the Bafta award-winning reporter formerly known as G...

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  3. Not so long ago, wire copy was the bedrock of many a publication but newspapers never openly revealed their dependency on agency material. The intro was tweaked, the copy rejigged and the reporter's byline put at the top. The web exposed the lie when people were easily able to read multiple, ...

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  4. Commentator Tomi Ahonen's mobile industry statistics guide is always compelling reading - in fact, many of the numbers have found their way into Marc Settle's excellent BBC College of Journalism course on mobile. There's one number in the blizzard of information that's especially interesting -...

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  5. Has social media killed photojournalism? That was the question debated last week at an Online News Association (ONA UK) event at the offices of the Telegraph Media Group, and it sparked some lively exchanges. The panellists who led the discussion were Turi Munthe, founder and CEO of photo ne...

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  6.   I didn't get it when details were first being leaked and, now the wraps are off Murdoch's the Daily, I still don't. If it wasn't for the Digger's very deep pockets and obvious enthusiasm for the iPad, it would have been laughed out of court long ago. As former BBC tech editor Darren Wa...

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  7. Take two product design guys in California, add a garage and an idea and you have Satarii - a start-up operation behind a mobile accessory for solo video shoots. With your smartphone lodged in its pocket-size docking station, you don a small tracking device and, as you move about, the dock "s...

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  8. Next week I'll be at the College of Journalism's awayday to do a brief turn on future trends in an attempt to signpost some potential training needs for BBC staff. Data journalism is looming large on my radar as demand grows for greater openness and accountability from government and business...

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  9. The politics of food is a story that will be revisited many times in the next decade as pressure on resources mounts. And it's one where the growing impact of advocacy journalism is evident. We've already seen riots in Algeria, Haiti, Senegal and Bangladesh over rising food commodity prices. ...

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  10. Imagine being able to get through security at your workplace by using your smartphone. Or never having to queue to renew a smartcard, such as an Oyster card - or even needing an Oyster card. Imagine the billing being done through the mobile device, and the payment being taken care of through t...

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  11. Digital tractors now outsell real ones in the USA. A remarkable statement which, if true, shows the world really has gone mad, but it's the packaging as much as the content that I want to draw attention to. Surrender two and-a-quarter minutes of your time to watch A Day in the Life of Socia...

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  12. Have you tried Google Goggles yet? It's a picture-based way of searching for information with a smartphone. Point your mobile at a building and, if a recognition scan matches what's in the Goggles database, it'll instantly provide you with supplementary information. When I took a snap of a boo...

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