Archive for Ian Hughes

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mac Upgrades
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mac Upgrades

    By 28 August 2012

    So, as I sat down to start writing, something happened that filled me with a slight sense of dread. It was the same feeling you might get when eating a prawn sandwich, three days after its sell by date: “it should be OK, but…” My trusty old MacBook...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Dog Shaming
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Dog Shaming

    By 27 August 2012

    If you’re a cat person, you probably won’t get this – your pet of choice has no shame. It does whatever it wants, whenever it wants and there’s really nothing you can do about it. And positively the last thing on earth it cares about is your feelings....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fare Saver
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fare Saver

    By 24 August 2012

    It's Okay people - it's Friday. We made it. And it's a long weekend for some of us, with the August Bank Holiday. But if the thought of going back to work is something that's made even worse by the idea of commuting, we sympathise. Cramming yourself into...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Retina Apps
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Retina Apps

    By 23 August 2012

    If you've been taken in by the swanky ads featuring the new MacBooks, it’s likely that the Retina display is looming large in your mind as one of the reasons to possibly part with your cash at the nearest Apple store. If you’ve already taken the plunge,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Emphas.is
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Emphas.is

    By 22 August 2012

    It's probably safe to say that we live firmly in a visual world. We are bombarded with imagery from the moment we open our eyes in the morning until we finally let sleep catch up with us at the end of the day. Be it the latest must-see TV, a new piece...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Meowbify
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Meowbify

    By 21 August 2012

    Do you think that when they first plugged the internet in, they had any idea that, eventually, one animal would actually take it over? At first there was just the occasional picture. Then, as is the natural order of online things, came the animated GIF....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: What Does the Internet Think?
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: What Does the Internet Think?

    By 20 August 2012

    For many people these days there are really only two ways to find out something. You ask a mate, who hopefully will point you in the right direction, or you ask the internet. Now. This second one can be a tricky affair and, let’s face it; the internet...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Join In
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Join In

    By 17 August 2012

    It’s official: us Brits have gone sports crazy this summer. We all know why – the “inspire a generation” bit seems to have really taken hold. Sales of bikes, running shoes and Lycra have shot up, and everywhere you look you see people giving it...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 2012 Memorabilia
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 2012 Memorabilia

    By 16 August 2012

    There is something of an afterglow hanging around in post-Olympic London. And it’s definitely golden in hue. The memories of a glorious games have not yet faded and there are still a few Games Makers dotted around helping out bewildered tourists and...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Glossi
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Glossi

    By 15 August 2012

    Have you ever felt your life was a bit like a film, with you as the central character? Maybe yours has always been a bit of a melodrama. Or perhaps one of those triumphant, uplifting sporting epics? Perhaps even a musical – most of us have imagined...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: littleBits
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: littleBits

    By 14 August 2012

    Ooh, we do like this. You’ll know we like things like Lego and Meccano, obviously, but take the simple idea of little blocks snapping together to make bigger, more complex things into the 21st Century and you have littlebits.cc. These are small electronic...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mo Farah Foundation
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mo Farah Foundation

    By 13 August 2012

    With the smell of spent fireworks still hanging in the air, and the sound of the mother of all British pop concerts (which unfortunately did include the Spice Girls – sorry about that) still ringing in our ears, we bid farewell to London 2012. It’s...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: UKA Academy
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: UKA Academy

    By 10 August 2012

    There is a word that is uttered in these Olympic times that has become almost synonymous with the bureaucratic build-up, the political posturing and point scoring and the perceived heavy-handed corporate mentality of the Games. That word is “legacy”....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Pareidoloop
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Pareidoloop

    By 9 August 2012

    We’ve all heard about the infinite monkey theorem. You know the one: given enough time a monkey hitting random keys on a typewriter will eventually come up with the works of Shakespeare. Or is it an infinite number of monkeys hitting the same keyboard?...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Incredibox
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Incredibox

    By 8 August 2012

    It’s actually quite hard to describe just how much joy incredibox.com has brought to our world this week. While some people get to watch every living, breathing moment of the Olympics (had to squeeze a mention in somewhere, didn’t we?) some of us...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Olympian Peerindex
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Olympian Peerindex

    By 7 August 2012

    The London Olympics (sorry - we will stop banging on about it soon, promise) have proved to be the "social" Games. We knew it might be as soon as we heard about the organisers' restrictions placed on athletes within the Village. One thing the internet...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: This Is Now
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: This Is Now

    By 6 August 2012

    Crikey. What a weekend! Most of us Brits are emotionally spent after an unbelievable 48 hours of Olympic glory – not just for our home-grown athletes, but for the occasion itself. It’s safe to say that the Games have silenced the cynics and the critics...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ASCII Streetview
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ASCII Streetview

    By 3 August 2012

    You might not realise it, but you probably do a little bit of ASCII art everyday. You know when you want to make sure that somebody gets that you’re joking in an email or text? You do that little thing with the semi-colon, the hyphen and the close parenthesis?...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Buyapowa
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Buyapowa

    By 2 August 2012

    Good things happen when people get together. You can’t have a party on your own, can you? And pretty much any game is a bit dull if it’s just you playing. One voice can be lost in the crowd, but many voices saying the same thing can really get a message...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: BBC Body Match
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: BBC Body Match

    By 1 August 2012

    I think it’s safe to say that most people will be impressed by the BBC coverage of the Olympics in London. Twenty-five dedicated channels, with red button integration, online streaming, iPlayer catch-ups, peerless radio broadcasting and all manner of...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Guardian Picture Blog
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Guardian Picture Blog

    By 31 July 2012

    It’s probably safe to say that the 30th Olympiad will be the most digital so far. If you’ve been following Twitter you might not have even bothered turning on your telly yet. It's also likely to be the most photographed Games to date. And that’s...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Animals on the Underground
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Animals on the Underground

    By 30 July 2012

    So, today is the day. It’s the Mother of all Mondays. The reckoning. Judgement day. Public transport apocalypse looms. Today we find out what an extra million people does to London’s creaking transport infrastructure. And despite the soothing words...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Olympics
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Olympics

    By 27 July 2012

    You didn’t really think we would do anything other than an Olympic one today did you? Well, in fact, we’re doing more than one. We started, obviously with the official site at london2012.com, but after we had a quick flick through their guidelines...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Clients From Hell
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Clients From Hell

    By 26 July 2012

    There is a group of people out there who are routinely put into the most ridiculous situations. Day after day they put their reputations and their integrity on the line, often in the face of staggering stupidity. I am talking about creatives. There are...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Evermade
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Evermade

    By 25 July 2012

    You may have detected a slight cynicism from the more vocal Londoners regarding the Olympics that start this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love our city. Particularly this week – with the sun shining there’s not many places that can...