Archive for Ian Hughes

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Ifttt
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Ifttt

    By 19 June 2012

    Every action, apart from having an equal and opposite reaction (just to keep the physics crowd happy), has an outcome. But what that outcome actually is can be affected by certain conditions. If you’re able to determine and control those conditions,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Adidas Football
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Adidas Football

    By 18 June 2012

    The presence of the big corporates at major sporting events was once the stuff of controversy. Fans were outraged that their beloved shirts and stadiums were suddenly adorned with sponsors' names. Now it’s par for the course. Whenever you switch on...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Match Pint
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Match Pint

    By 15 June 2012

    Whether you’re toasting success or drowning your sorrows, nothing goes with the beautiful game like a couple of beers. And possibly a bag of pig snacks. Footy and beer have always been good mates, but when they started to control the flow of alcohol...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Have You Seen?
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Have You Seen?

    By 14 June 2012

    Three words that, these days at least, might fill you with a slight sense of world-weary dread: Have. You. Seen? Usually these words are followed by a lame video of a cat falling off a kitchen counter, or a spoof movie trailer, or maybe even just a pithy...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Letterboxd
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Letterboxd

    By 13 June 2012

    How do you decide what films to watch? Do you go by what the papers say? Or what they write in specialist film magazines? Maybe you follow sites like Rotten Tomatoes or FilmCritic.com? The ratings in IMDB, Netflix or even at Blockbuster will give you...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Great War Journeys
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Great War Journeys

    By 12 June 2012

    We are approaching a time when there will be nobody left to tell us firsthand the tales of derring-do from the Second World War. Sadly, we lost the last of the Great War veterans earlier this year, and with them went the living legacy of memories of that...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WeBike
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WeBike

    By 11 June 2012

    If you’re sitting at your desk, half dreading the drudgery of the week that stretches out in front of you, it’s possible that you've thought there could be something more constructive you could be doing while you sit there. Well, now there is. At...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Squawka
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Squawka

    By 8 June 2012

    Once upon a time, football was played by men called Stanley and Arthur. They wore long, baggy shorts and Brylcreem in their hair. They kicked ball as heavy as a Mini Cooper and celebrated their goals with a simple, modest wave. They stood for fair play...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Airtime
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Airtime

    By 7 June 2012

    Video calling was once pure science fiction. Even in recent years when the capability became almost commonplace, the experience often left much to be desired. It’s fair to say that those days are now long gone. Skype, Facetime, KuluValley, Tango, Facebook...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Koalas to the Max
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Koalas to the Max

    By 6 June 2012

    A few weeks ago, a story started to surface that claimed a couple of members of the floppy-haired boy band One Direction were worried about having contracted chlamydia. From koalas. I know. It’s shocking isn’t it? Those poor, doe-eyed fuzzy little...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Track Your Bud
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Track Your Bud

    By 5 June 2012

    I don’t wish to brag, but I’ve known more than my fair share over the years. Some were cool. Some left a nasty taste in my mouth. Occasionally, when the conditions were just perfect, they were out of this world. It hardly seems fair to pick a favourite,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Exaro News
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Exaro News

    By 4 June 2012

    And here is the news: what you think is the news, probably isn’t the real news. No matter from where you get your fix, there will be stuff that doesn’t get reported. That might be because of a particular agenda that the broadcaster has, or perhaps...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Taptu
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Taptu

    By 1 June 2012

    With the incredible increase in sales of smartphones in recent years, it’s no wonder that a lot of companies have spent vast amounts of time, money and effort transposing their web content over to the world of apps. It’s not too often that you see...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Where Does My Money Go?
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Where Does My Money Go?

    By 31 May 2012

    "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin once wrote. It’s not a cheery thought, but it’s probably true. What’s less certain is where our taxes go. Every month, millions of us open our paypackets...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Beautiful Crime
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Beautiful Crime

    By 30 May 2012

    Here’s another arty one for you, in the shape of beautifulcrime.com, a daily dose of news from the contemporary, urban and digital art worlds. Urban art has taken off in a big way, with the likes of Banksy now being seen as part of the art establishment,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Tadao Cern
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Tadao Cern

    By 29 May 2012

    Here’s a picture story that really cheered us up yesterday. We were all feeling a bit, sort of, you know … Monday … and this arrived just in time. It’s a simply brilliant work of modern art from the photographer Tadao Cern, and you’ll find it...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: BBC Torch Cam
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: BBC Torch Cam

    By 28 May 2012

    The Olympic Games coming to London is a subject that has become a topic of conversation and consternation for may. The hype, the expected inconvenience, the politics and the sheer cost are what get people most animated. But none of that has dampened the...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Luv and Hat
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Luv and Hat

    By 25 May 2012

    They used to say that money made the world go round. Alas, nobody has any money any more so it must be something else. We reckon it could well be the opposing forces of differing opinions that keeps the world on an even keel. How dull would it be if we...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Earth Book
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Earth Book

    By 24 May 2012

    The way we’re carrying on as a species, you’d think there was another Earth sitting around somewhere, still in its bubble wrap, waiting for the time when we’ve finished wrecking this planet and need a new one. This probably won’t come as news...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: IQ by Intel
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: IQ by Intel

    By 23 May 2012

    If you’re a big, globe-spanning corporate, how do you use social media? In the traditional set-up, you’ll probably have an account on all of the major networks to promote your products and services. You might even employ somebody to keep an eye on...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Did You Know Gaming?
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Did You Know Gaming?

    By 22 May 2012

    Before we start, here’s your style pointer for the day: go to where you keep your coats. Pick up your waterproof jacket. Put it on. Zip it up all the way. Resume reading. Yes, dear readers, we are going on a journey to where only the true gaming anorak...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Your iPlayer
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Your iPlayer

    By 21 May 2012

    We are probably the last generation of viewers who will ever know what it was like to have to sit down at a set time to watch our favourite TV shows. And to sit through all the ad breaks in all their shouty, garish, lowest common denominator hideousness....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lend With Care
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lend With Care

    By 18 May 2012

    How often do you lend your mates money? Quite often? Good on you if you do. It’s what friends are for. And what did they do with the money? Buy a round of drinks? A CD maybe? Do you really care? Possibly not. But at lendwithcare.org you could actually...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: BT Art Box
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: BT Art Box

    By 17 May 2012

    If you’re in the UK this summer, you’re going to see lots of things. You’re going to see the pomp and ceremony as we celebrate a massive royal occasion. (We do those rather well.) You’re going to see the eyes of the world focused on our capital...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cowbird
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cowbird

    By 16 May 2012

    Since even before the time when Neolithic man started to scrawl on the walls of his cave, there has been a human tradition of telling stories. From campfire tall tales to elaborate operatic sagas, throughout the ages we have loved to tell each other what...