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Advertising Algorithms are hard

Last week we mentioned a complaint from the Procter & Gamble (the world’s largest advertiser) about transparency and standards in programmatic ad selling. In less than seven days this has turned into a major issue with both governments and over 200 big advertisers pulling their ads from YouTube over claims that algorithms are placing their content next to extremist material,…

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The Charts Are Flawed

As the Ordnance Survey celebrates being in business for over 225 years, a distinctly more recent player Telefonica is busy buying an even newer player, Statiq in order to geo-locate customers and serve them targeted advertising; sound familiar? Does knowing where someone physically frequents for advertising purposes count as surveillance? Perhaps so as Facebook & Instagram ban developers from…

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Autonomous cars in London

It’s been a bad week at the keyboard as the major Amazon S3 storage outage was caused by someone making a typo; like remotely shutting down a computer a hundred miles away rather than restarting it. There are always gestures instead of a keyboard, or Elon Musk thinks there will be direct brain interface in the future (which could be closer than…

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And the winner is …

Two things from the Oscars this week; don’t tweet if you need to concentrate at work, and  the emergence of the streaming providers.Amazon got 6 nominations and one win for ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and Netflix one nomination and a win with ‘The White Helmets’. These upstarts are disrupting the existing studio collective and streaming consumption on YouTube alone totals 1…

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Code that can code itself

It’s week 8 of 2017, and this week techspel is on the move, as for reasons of health we take to the car park, and the city of Dubai looks to take to the skies. There are AI bots locked in battle – over the content of Wikipedia whilst in Cambridge AI is learning to write its own code by looking…

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The $1,000 iPhone is an augmented reality

There are more connected IoT devices in the world than people, but try not to sacrifice security in order to be first to market with a product. Microsoft Artificial Intelligence team argues to keep the human in the loop in the interest of making tech more accurate. It seems that play just got serious with MIT and Google pitched AI…

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Half-Time Investment

Last week, we asked if advertising in the Super bowl half-time was worth the money & there is no shortage of those willing to part with $5 million + for the spot including Google and H&R Block. What is it that both of these companies so desperately wanted to tell us about? I’ll give you a clue –…

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Worth $25 billion?

As we welcome in February 2017, in the mobile scene there have been announcements from both Apple and Google this week. Whilst the former is closing the feedback loop a feature which brings it in-line with the Play store, the latter is offering the ability to use an app without downloading it. If successful, is it the end…

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Q is not a man

This weeks’ techspel kicks off with an attempt by streaming service Tidal to differentiate itself from every other streaming service.  “You can now edit the length and tempo of a track and save it to a playlist with the new Track Edit feature.” Will it be enough to stand out against Spotify, Pandora, and every other service?…

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No such thing as a Blue Monday

The third week of January began with the dreaded ‘Blue Monday’ allegedly the most depressing day of the year. Let us lighten the mood with issue 3 of techspel, your weekly gander at all things technical in music, radio, ad-tech, mobile and emergent. In a little over a decade, Blue Monday (that’s the day and not the…

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Resolution not broken

Week 2 of 2017 and unlike most resolutions by now, we are still here, with the sophomore issue of techspel – the weekly heads-up of technology related to music, radio, ad-tech, mobile and other emerging technologies. We would be remiss if we didn’t first and foremost address what will surely be one of the biggest…

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techspel

Happy New Year and Welcome to a brand new, and mostly shiny week-note called techspel, which sucks on the fire hydrant of the internet, passes it through a filtration system and adds a shake of magic 8-ball. In short, towards the end of every week we will share a handful of snippets from across the technology…

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