Welcome to the first of many Wide Angle round-ups. Here we’ll share all the things that have inspired us throughout the week and other things we think you should know.
Foreign Correspondent: USA – Revenge of the Nerds
Great insight into the rise of the start-up scene in the USA and how young entrepreneurs are making their mark in the exploding world of disruptive innovation. If you have 30 minutes to spare, it’s well worth the watch.
Facebook for iOS goes native, waves goodbye to HTML 5
For those of you that are avid addicts of the Facebook app on iOS (sorry Android and Windows Phone fans) you’ll be greeted by a pleasant update this morning that improves the load times of content over 3G significantly. Now you can stalk your mates on the go at lightening-quick pace.
Real-Time Electromagnetic Dot Display by Breakfast NY
I’m a little late to the party on this one, however I think it’s worth sharing. A really cool execution of bringing an interactive digital experience to the streets of NY promoting TNT’s new show Perception. The display physically allows pedestrians to search for clues and create anagrams similar to how the show’s protagonist does.
6-8 Weeks Until Bitcoin Debit/Credit Card, says BitInstant
One of the more exciting announcements of the week and potentially the most disruptive step towards a new direction of payments in recent times (NFC notwithstanding). BitCoin is a decentralised, digital, peer-to-peer currency with real-world value. Despite many high-profile hacks/ransacking of user account balances by nefarious individuals, it’s exciting to see a service offered to bring BitCoins into everyday use via a debit card. Next stop mobile wallets?
How Hollywood Is Encouraging Online Piracy
A well-considered argument into how Hollywood is perpetuating online piracy. Whilst the article is written from a US perspective it’s definitely validated by content restrictions and corporate red tape that can significantly delay if not completely block releases of popular TV series and blockbuster movies down under.