Keep an I on our Week – Rocky Revs Adele Cover edition

Our top three articles this week were:

  1. Digitalia Dominates New Online Dictionary Additions 
  2. The Rise & Rise of Amazon  
  3. Picking a Winner to Succeed Steve Ballmer at Microsoft 

This years Tech Rich List retains its popularity,  and Peek’s Vision continues to attract attention

We were rather amused by Rev the two year old Labrador from Windsor Colorado (just north of Denver) who “sings” along with Adele to “Make me feel your love”.

We once had an Irish Setter who would dance to the Neil Diamond version of  Robert E Lee . Our header is of Jack  the Lab who has his own website at!

Here’s Rev from the Rockies cover version which has attracted more than 3.5 million views to date

We’ll leave you with Adele’s version unaccompanied by Rev!

Picking a winner to Succeed Steve Ballmer at Microsoft

The runners according to Ladbrokes with their odds as of am today are:

Odds* Current employer
5/1 Stephen Elop  Nokia
6/1 B Kevin Turner   Microsoft
8/1 Steve Sinofsky    Andreeson Horrowitz
Julie Larson-Green   Microsoft
10/1 Qi Lu  Microsoft
Tony Bates Microsoft
12/1 Kiril Tatarinov Microsoft
Terry Myerson Microsoft
14/1 Satya Nadella Microsoft
Paul Maritz  ex VMWare & Microsoft
16/1 Kevin Johnson  Juniper Networks
Reed Hastings Netflix
20/1 John Donahoe eBay
Dale Lee Samsung
25/1 Vic Gundotra Google 
Jeff Raikes   Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Robbie Bach  Ex Microsoft
33/1 Scott Forstall  ex Apple
Marissa Meyer Yahoo 
Sheryl Sandberg  Facebook 
40/1 John Legere  T-Mobile
Jack Dorsey Square ex Twitter
Sir Jonathan Ive Apple
50/1 Bill Gates  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
100/1 Tim Cook    Apple 

Links are generally to Wikipedia – we will update Dale Lee’s status on discovery!

The Rise & Rise of Amazon

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A rather telling graph from the WSJ in conjunction with Internet Retailer. There’s an interactive version available if you want to look at the individual retailers and underlying $ numbers.

The article has arisen apparently because of  the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  pushing for greater disclosure of the eCommerce element of revenues by certain  large chains. This arose following a, we think, not untypical statement accompanying a results announcement. In this case it was during a conference call by Target when an almost classic “grew faster than industry averages” statement was attributed to their latest quarters online & mobile sales! Internet Retailer also has the story.

We would be wholly in favour of this increased disclosure by all retailers. To us the proportion of revenues by channel where one is/some are growing, whilst others contract is an important consideration for all investors both here, over there and elsewhere!

Getting back to the sheer size and growth of Amazon it is quite remarkable how little, relatively, market share has been obtained by other top online retailers in the last decade.

In 2003 Amazon represented in revenue terms 30% of the (then) top 11 and Dell was in second place with 16%, third was Office Depot with 15% and the only other one over 10% was Staples at 12% . Now ten years later after the 4 additions (Office MaxMacysNewegg  and WW Grainger) Amazon has grown to just under 50% of the total (48%) and the only other retailer with over $10 billion sales is Staples with a mere 8% of the total.

On the overall size front Amazon overtook for the first time in 2007 THE TOTAL GB online sales and last year at $61 billion was some  26% greater than our £29 billion at current exchange rates ($1.55=£1). OK we know there’s some double counting of Amazon sales in the ONS figures but even so ….

Disclosure: We have marketing affiliate arrangements with Amazon.

Digitalia Dominates new Online Dictionary Additions

Oxford University Press have just announced the latest quarterly update to Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO), its free online dictionary of current English.  

As part of this update they have highlighted a selection of 44 additional words which we have categorised, in particular, into Technology and Social Media usage. On the one hand, arguably many of the abbreviations are Social Media driven, and on the other hand, certain of our Technology classifications are also abbreviations, combinations, fashion etc etc.

We calculate that 30% (13) of their selected words are digitalia derived. (our definition of the d word is Digitalia n.: everything or anything involving or relating to the use of computer technology.)

 Here are the ODO’s definition of the thirteen words with a little (hopefully helpful) addition for them in italics concerning MOOC:

  • bitcoin, n.: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.
  • buzzworthy, adj. (informal): likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth.
  • BYOD, n.: abbreviation of ‘bring your own device’: the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.
  • click and collect, n.: a shopping facility whereby a customer can buy or order goods from a store’s website and collect them from a local branch.
  • digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
  • emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.
  • FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
  • geek chic, n.: the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.
  • hackerspace, n.: a place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
  • Internet of things, n.: a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
  • MOOC, n. : abbreviation of ‘massive open online course’: a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people.
  • phablet, n.: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.
  • selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

So there you have it then – if you really must find out what twerk(ing) and the remaining thirty involve then simply dash on over to the ODO blog/press release!

The Top Ten Internet Cities in the World

Unfortunately no places for any UK cities but Europe (5) tops the continents followed by Asia (3) and the Americas (2) according to UBM’s Future Cities recent analysis.

In alphabetical order (no numeric rankings are given) the winners are:

Links are to the Future Cities pages

The criteria for qualification and assessment are :

  • Average Internet connection speed.
  • Availability of citywide WiFi, preferably free and fast.
  • Openness to innovation.
  • Support of public data.
  • Security and data privacy.

South Korea / Seoul per Akmai  (in quarter 1 this year) have the highest average Internet connection speed at 14.2 Mbps.. The UK are in joint tenth place we reckon at 7.9 Mbps along with Austria. They list a total of 55 countries with only Japan (11.7Mbps), Hong Kong (10.9), and Switzerland (10.1) joining Austria in double digit performance. At the other end of the scale we reckon there are 8 countries below 2Mbps including China (1.7), India (1.3), Syria (1.9) and Egypt (1.1).

We are marginally surprised that London didn’t figure in the top 10 as in particular we would have expected it to score highly on the Openness to innovation front – maybe next year!

UK second to US in Online Freelance Salaries League

Online freelance developers sourced in the Phillipines are nearly 70 % cheaper than their US equivalent and 60% cheaper than their UK equivalents. This is according to some research published by  based on several thousand workers from the oDesk  site.

Some of the country differentials are interesting as well. Notably that the UK cost (arguably) worth drops from its average second place to lag behind Russia in third! Infographic.


Keep an I on our Week – Ashes Oval Applause edition

Our top three articles this week were:

  1. Will we all Spend £200 Online on Christmas this Year 
  2. JFK Urges Us all to Get Connected  
  3. Two thirds of the Unconnected World are in Asia

This years Tech Rich List retains its popularity,  and Peek’s Vision has had a lot of views!

Interesting / useful site over at In a nutshell it has direct (URL) links  to the main social media email & online retailers “ delete my account” sections.

Currently there are 40 inclusions from Amazon (via ebay Facebook Google Tumblr & Twitter) to Yahoo and they are colour coded for ease of deletion  (number in category)

  • Green: Simple process (24)
  • Yellow: Some extra steps involved (2)
  • Red: Cannot be fully deleted without contacting customer services (10)
  • Black: Cannot be deleted (4)

Black marks for Netflix, Starbucks, Stream and WordPress(.com)

We’ll leave you with Lady Gaga’s latest video release which already has had over 23 million views!

Two thirds of the Unconnected World are in Asia

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Following’s plan to connect the unconnected we wondered where they all are and a Mobile Phones usage chart from Statista initially seemed to reinforce the under developed / African countries plus theory.

We have now traveled a little further and using the header statistics from the International Telecomms Union (ITU) the UN  agency (with inevitably some of our own calculations derived from their data) and conclude that 64% of the “unconnected” are in the Asia Pacific region.

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This regional grouping includes Australasia Japan and South Korea where the internet access figures are over 80% and we estimate their unconnected amount to under 40 million and hence less than 1% of the total of 4.3 billion.

 The huge populations of China and India (over 2.5 billion in total) are bound to have an enormous influence on the overall figures. According to at June 2012 the total unconnected amounted to some 1.9 billion which is 44% of the total.

JFK urges everyone to get Connected

Well, sort of. Mr Zuckerberg (for Facebook) and several “partners” namely, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung  at this stage, have got together to implement plans to get the remaining 5 billion of us connected to the internet.

Their intentions are contained in yesterdays press release and on their site which they summarise as:

“ is a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it.”

They list their “…three key challenges” in developing countries as:

  • Making access affordable
  • Using data more efficiently
  • Helping businesses drive access

Here’s their inaugural video;

We thought it a rather impressive set of words, very well delivered.

The words are sort of extracts (with a bit of poetic licence and some reordering) from J F Kennedy’s speech made just over 50 years ago  (June 10 1963) at the American University.

We’ve done a Pdf from the JFK Library transcript italicising the video’s content (it starts on page 2) and at the end we’ve done our transcript from the video.

Here’s the original speech – to be honest we think this definitely, in delivery terms, far outshines the latest cover version!

Stranger than Lost

Increasingly trailers for upcoming TV series are, sort of, prereleased on the internet.

Here’s J J Abrams latest teaser.

If you want, sort of, analyses / hypotheses about the likely event then read this, otherwise just wait & see!

Bad Robot is J J Abrams production company.