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Video Games

Fallout 4 launches a pioneering OOH campaign

Yesterday (November 10) Fallout 4 was released to its adoring public and my social life for the next fortnight took a tragic blow. Personally I'm only a few hours in thus far, but I can already quite say it offers everything the series' fans have...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

That Google Memo: The sacking, the fallout and everything else

Last weekend, an internal memo from a Google software engineer with an incendiary title and even more incendiary content, went viral. Yesterday, it was confirmed that the employee who birthed the memo had been fired. The real question on everyone's...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Social Media

The Phones And The Fallout. What we should learn from the hacking trial.

Following a lengthy process and an awful lot of money, we now know Andy Coulson is guilty of conspiring to intercept voice-mail messages; he is also to be retried on the remaining charges. Rebekah Brooks has been acquitted though - and this is not...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Video Games

Visions in VR: What has E3 2017 told us about the future of VR gaming?

Considering what a big year it had last year, VR was remarkably thin on the ground at E3 2017. Yes, VR has been largely absent from the show floor, save for a few niche booths and afterthoughts. Now that the three main gaming headsets are out in the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

Visions in VR: Is the VR boom over before it started?

It would, perhaps, be unfair to say that the VR bubble has burst, because from where I'm sitting, it looks as though the bubble has barely left the niche market that spawned it. Yet, with so many headsets now sat gathering dust in closets and display...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Latest Highlights & Trends in Tech

First Flower blooms in outer space! The orange zinnia plant, which is part of NASA's plant growth system on board the International Space Station, is finally flowering! The experiment began on November 16, 2015, when the zinnia's “Rooting...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Tomb Raider fans left to dangle from a billboard by McCann

Just when you thought video game inspired out of home advertising activations couldn't get more inventive (see my earlier post on Fallout 4's OOH activity HERE), McCann London only go and strap 8 maniacs to a billboard to promote a Tomb Raider game....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech: E3 2015 Special

Every June, the gaming industry converges on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, affectionately known to gamers worldwide as E3. The expo has, in parallel to the industry itself, grown from humble beginnings to...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Creative Opinions: GDPR

This week, on May 25, data protection rules across Europe will undergo the biggest change in the last two decades. It's a change two years in the making. In April 2016, after years of negotiations and legal tussling, officials agreed upon the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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The Unsustainable Nature of Crunch Culture

You’ve forgotten what your family looks like. It’s been months of overtime. Leaving the house before they’ve woken up, coming home after they’ve gone to bed. You tell them that ‘it’s expected, and everyone else is doing it’, well aware...

Posted by: REWIND
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

CHI&Partners Joining CHI&Partners this week are the talented creative team of Jo Griffin and Tom Dixon, who are coming to the agency after three years at rival London shop WCRS. As the team responsible for the multi-award winning campaign...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Creative Opinions: James Damore's Google Memo

Last week, there was a great deal of smoke being blown surrounding the memo released by Google employee James Damore, which inferred that women were biologically inferior to their male counterparts when it came to computer science and coding. These...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Sexualised shaving ad banned by ASA

In these supposedly enlightened times, it's rare for an ad to provoke a significant moral outcry, at least to the extent that it gets pulled from existence. It happened earlier this year, of course, with the woeful ad that saw Kendall Jenner solve a...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

m/SIX m/SIX has hired Alistair MacCallum, former CEO at Omnicom’s M2M, as its UK Chief Executive, allowing Jess Burley to focus on her role as Global CEO. m/SIX, which is a joint venture between The&Partnership and GroupM, experienced strong...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Economy

Creative Discussions: The verdict on Trump from Droga5, Cheil & more...

It's been 2 weeks now since D-Day (Donald Day) and our divided world has grown even more so in the ensuing noise, chaos and horror. The creative industries, however, prove ever resilient, and whilst my previous piece from last week regarding the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Social Media

DigitasLBi tells us which brands are most contagious on social media

Social media itself is pretty contagious. Indeed, try glancing over at a fellow commuter on your way to work tomorrow, seeing them on Facebook or Twitter, and NOT reaching into your own pocket to have a quick glance yourself. Seriously, it’s...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Entertainment

X-Factor's Stevi Ritchie has a lesson for us all. What could it be?

If you're in the habit of staying in and watching ITV on a Saturday and Sunday night, you'll probably be familiar with Stevi Ritchie. If not, then I just need to tell you he's this year's comedy offering on the X-Factor. You know, the one who can't...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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It's Armageddon! Also known as "Facebook is down"...

by Ashley Morrison If, like me, you have moved or are thinking of moving to the country, you’re taking a perilous risk. It doesn’t matter if you’re pretty much bang on one of the main corridors into London or not (the Cambridge -...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

What did you just call me? The tricky art of naming brands.

By Magnus Shaw Have you used your Tripod today? How about your Mobi? There's a very good chance you have, but you knew it as your iPhone. It seems the obvious name for Apple's mobile handset doesn't it? After all, they already the iPod and its...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - A quick guide to being made redundant.

by Magnus Shaw Throughout this increasingly insane financial crisis I have worked as a freelance. Disadvantage: I have to find my own work and therefore income. Advantage: I can't be made redundant. However, I have faced the redundancy...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Top hires this week

Laurentino lands CCO role at Ogilvy Ogilvy UK has appointed André Laurentino (pictured above, centre) to run its creative department as chief creative officer. Laurentino has led multi-disciplinary teams to produce work for the likes of...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Inspiration

Next-Gen Brand Builders You Should Know

If you spend a bit too much time sitting in back-to-back meetings, planning rollout dates, looking at demographics and campaign performance analytics you can sometimes be in danger of forgetting what ‘it’ feels like. What is it exactly?...

Posted by: Crush
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Social Media

Brands cut through with Banksy remakes

Street artist Banksy caused a stir this week with a tongue-in-cheek stunt which saw one of his pieces self-destruct after selling for £1m (US1.4m). An original version of his Girl with a Balloon picture was fitted with a secret shredder which...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Tapestry Treatment: Halloween Makeover

Are you or your colleague in need for a Halloween Makeover this year? It's hit that time of the year again where we give a halloween makeover to the winner of our Tapestry Treatment competition using the magic of post production - no make up, props...

Posted by: Tapestry
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Inspiration

Women who code: Hacking stereotypes

There is a pressing need for women in coding. Despite overwhelming interest in computer science by girls in lower stages of school, only a fraction continue to graduate in a relevant discipline. With Computer Science jobs predicted to be the...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Advertising

Top hires this week

Publicis Group unveils leadership team Publicis Groupe has appointed Jo Coombs as chief operating officer (COO), reuniting her with the company’s chief executive Annette King, who she worked with at Ogilvy UK. The new leadership team also...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

The power of cake: Content is making TV tastier than ever

From unpredictable reality shows to unmissable drama, TV programming is stronger and more captivating than ever, and there’s no better example than The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). Even after its controversial £75m move to Channel 4...

Posted by: TVSquared
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Advertising

Account Wins of the Week

McCann drives Opel/Vauxhall in Europe Vauxhall-owned car manufacturer Opel has appointed McCann Erickson as its new international creative agency. McCann replaces previous partner Scholz & Friends and will pick up the account as of January 1,...

Posted by: Industry Updates

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