Should Scotland be an independent country?

  • Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm
  • Across Scotland’s 32 local authorities, there will be 2,608 polling places/stations in local schools and halls, with a total of 5,579 individual polling stations inside.
  • 4,285,323 people have registered to vote.
  • 109,533 16 & 17 year olds have registered to vote
  • 789,024 have registered for a postal vote.
  • 4,410,288 people over 16, it is estimated, are resident in Scotland,


Apparently there are no exit polls being conducted so the likely first stat to be divulged will be turnout.

In the last three elections the Scottish figures were:

  • UK General Election 2010 – 63.8%
  • Scottish Parliament General Election 2011 – 50.6%
  • European Parliament Elections 2014 – 33.5%

It is widely expected that turnout today will be high some even estimating it could be above 80%.

The University of Reading have done some analysis of historic turnout and have detailed some of the records which may be at risk. We think it will be over 70%.

Grab your dot uk domain rights and certificates NOW

Nominet have started (from September 16) to email all eligible uk domain registrants (ie that’s .co.uk .org.uk .me.uk etc domain owners) letting them know that:

  • The short .uk equivalent of their UK domain has been reserved for them
  • This reservation is free, and they are under no obligation to pay anything extra, unless they choose to register the short .uk domain with a registrar
  • Registrants should contact a domain registrar or hosting company if they wish to register the .uk domain. However, they have time to think about it as the reservation will last until 10 June 2019, provided they continue their existing domain registration.

Each email for some (practical?) reason will only list up to a maximum of 5 domain names but you can access their Online Services in any case where initially you can use the “… first time logging in “ facility to set up your own password after which a complete list of domains is accessible.

It has editing facilities and is we thought rather useful.

Other Nominet links that you may need (together with a repeat of the online Services facility are:

The, sort of, icing on the cake is that you can download your very own certificate signed by ….. Lesley Cowley the past Chief Executive of Nominet!

Whilst Nominet stress that the .uk rights will continue until June 2019 (as long as the domain name is continually registered) we think there is much to be said for grabbing them NOW! This will need to be done through your registrar.

Incidentally if as with ourselves certain domains were registered without one’s own email address as the contact point it will be appropriate to contact the registrar used to progress matters.

We haven’t yet received any of the promised emails but may update this post on discovery!

Live Digital #LFW SS15

London Fashion Week (September 12 -16 2014) Spring/Summer 2015

The Digital Schedule features the definitive selection of the best SS15 fashion films and digital presentations showcased in the BFC Presentation and Digital Space and off-site venues. The rebroadcasts of the SS15 shows are screened between live streams of catwalk shows. (For daily details and times of LIVE SS15 presentations  see below.)

As the week is over a summary of the event is now shown below.

There have been some teething problems with the live screening so here’s a link to the main British Fashion Council’s London Fashion Week livestream just in case!


Day 5 – Tuesday September 16

  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Anya Hindmarch   

11.00 – 12.00   Fifi Chachnil Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 11:00   LIVE STREAM: – Simone Rocha      
  • 11.30 – 12.30   #LFW Talks Digital: 3 – Courtyard Show Space

12.00 – 13.00   Auria Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 12:00   LIVE STREAM: Marques’Almeida   

13.00 – 14.00   Claire Barrow Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 13:00   LIVE STREAM: – Fashion East         
  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM: – Emilio de la Morena        
  • 15:00   LIVE STREAM: – Ashish      
  • 16:00   LIVE STREAM: – Meadham Kirchhoff          

17.00 – 18.00   Wedgwood and Headonism Craftsmanship Film Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 17:00   LIVE STREAM: H by Hakaan Yildirim        

Day 4 – Monday September 15

  • 09:00   LIVE STREAM: – Antonio Berardi   

10:00 – 12:00 Designer Showrooms Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Roksanda Ilincic   
  • 11:00   LIVE STREAM: – Erdem Moralioglu            

12.00 – 13.00   Charlotte Simone Screening    BFC Presentation Space
12.00 – 13.00   #LFW Talks Digital: 2 – Courtyard Show Space

  • 12:00   LIVE STREAM: – Michael van der Ham       
  • 13:00   LIVE STREAM: – Burberry Prorsum

14.00 – 15.00   Matar Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM: Issa

15:00 – 16:00 Timur Kim Screening – BFC Presentation Space
16:00 – 17:00 Omer Asim Screening – BFC Presentation Space

  • 16:00   LIVE STREAM: – Thomas Tait         
  • 17:00   LIVE STREAM: – Peter Pilotto         
  • 18:00   LIVE STREAM: – GILES      
  • 19:00   LIVE STREAM: -Tom Ford  

20.30 – 23.00   Fashion Film Launch

Day 3 – Sunday September 14

  •   9.00    LIVE STREAM:  -  Preen Thornton Bregazzi
  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Margaret Howell  
  • 12:00   LIVE STREAM: – Marios Schwab    

13.30 – 14.30   Estethica Film Showcase – BFC Presentation Space

13.30 – 14.30   #LFW Talks Digital: -  Courtyard Show Space

  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM: – Temperley London           

15.00 – 18.00   Edeline Lee Digital Presentation – River Terrace, Somerset House

  • 15:00   LIVE STREAM: – Topshop Unique
  • 15.15   LIVE STREAM: – Ashley Williams
  • 17.00 LIVE STREAM: – Vivienne Westwood Red Label
  • 18:00   LIVE STREAM: – Mary Katrantzou   

18.30 – 20.30   Rejina Pyo Digital Presentation  – BFC Presentation Space

  • 19:00   LIVE STREAM: – David Koma         
  • 20:00   LIVE STREAM: – Jonathan Saunders            
  • 20:30   LIVE STREAM: – Pringle of Scotland           

21.00   Tessa Edwards Digital Presentation  – King’s College

Day 2 – Saturday September 13

  • 9.00     LIVE STREAM: – Barbara Casasola
  • 10:00   LIVE STREAM: – Jasper Conran
  • 12.00   LIVE STREAM: – Julien Macdonald
  • 13:00   LIVE STREAM: – Sibling      

13.30 – 15.30   HEMYCA Digital Presentation – See Invitation

  • 14:00   LIVE STREAM:- Hunter Original  (Hunter-Boots show video)
  • 15:00   LIVE STREAM: – Holly Fulton         
  • 16:00   LIVE STREAM: – J.W.Anderson
  • 16:30   LIVE STREAM: – 1205

17.30 – 19.30   Phoebe English Digital Presentation   – BFC Presentation Space

  • 17:30   LIVE STREAM: – Nasir Mazhar        
  • 18:30   LIVE STREAM: – House of Holland

19.30 – 23.00   Claire Barrow Film Preview and Presentation – Marylebone Gardens

  • 19:30   LIVE STREAM: – Lucas Nascimento
  • 20.30   LIVE STREAM: – Marchesa
  • 21:00   LIVE STREAM: – KTZ          

DAY 1 – Friday  September 12

  1. 10:00   LIVE STREAM: J. JS Lee
  2. 11:00   LIVE STREAM: Bora Aksu   
  3. 13:00   LIVE STREAM: Daks
  4. 14:00   LIVE STREAM: Eudon Choi
  5. 15:00   LIVE STREAM: Jean-Pierre Braganza
  6. 18:00   LIVE STREAM: Felder Felder
  7. 19:00   LIVE STREAM: Christopher Raeburn

Stream stream stream – Internet TV is the future

Viacom today announced that they have reached an agreement with Sony to provide 22 channels to their upcoming Cloud-based TV service likely launching later this year in the US.

Sony’s cloud-based TV service will offer subscribers Internet-based live TV and video on demand from major programmers, including the following content from Viacom:

  • At least 22 Viacom linear networks at launch, including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Spike, TV Land and VH1, BET Gospel, Centric, Logo, CMT Pure Country, MTV Hits, MTV James, mtvU, Palladia, TeenNick, Vh1 Classic and Vh1 Soul and all available HD.
  • Authenticated access to hundreds of hours of programming on Viacom’s TV Everywhere websites and apps. Viacom currently offers TV Everywhere apps from Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, CMT and Logo.
  • Viacom’s full video-on-demand package.

Almost as soon as this was announced rumours appeared that both Disney & Fox were considering following suit.

irdeto have also just done some research on viewing habits and both here and in the US it looks as if we are all increasingly watching internet TV and this is, unsurprisingly, most prevalent amongst the younger generation.

What’s on the Menu for the Original Apple Watch

Initially an apology. When we redrew the Apple Menu yesterday to cater for the Watch we sort of followed the chronology whereas we see that Apple have reordered their menu on the product front to be:

  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • Watch
  • iPad
  • iPod

Interesting discussion point for all avid Apple watchers!

Wheras the overall design / look, very much at a macro level, of the iPod, iPhone, & iPad products have not changed hugely from the original we think that the Apple Watch will be more akin to the dramatic changes in the Mac’s design history!

The Watch will become, we think, much thinner with a curved screen and a central digital crown. A single size for all we also think may occur in the future together with a vastly improved selection of bands.

Some think that the naming of the Watch without the “i” (which of course caused much disappointment here) is a move away from the technical connotation towards a more personal or fashion approach.

As mentioned the invited audience included representatives from the fashion world including Marie Claire but, whilst we may have missed it, we can’t see any coverage yet of the event nor any twitter comments  – likely they are concentrating on the NY Fashion Week which ends tomorrow!

The hands on videos we’ve looked at are we think very much of a techy nature (see below) and whilst exceptionally well produced the Jony Ive 10 minute version again we thought has a mainly technical & features approach.

Time will tell!

Watch Apple

Well it’s here the Apple Watch – no i!

They say:

“Apple Watch introduces a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate. The Digital Crown is Apple’s most revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod® Click Wheel and iPhone® Multi-Touch™. Apple Watch will enable you to communicate in new ways right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch, sending something as personal as your own heartbeat. Apple Watch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.”

Starts at $349 and availability in early 2015 in the US.

Here’s the video – mpressive!

99’s for Apple & Amazon

Click to enlarge

Today is Apple’s day for their “special event” with the anticipated announcement of the iPhone6 and (increasingly likely) the iWearable which may or may not be called the iWatch.

Rumours of course abound and the somewhat unlikely combination of U2 and the Mayo Clinic are amongst the latest. Also we hear that many glitterati from the fashonista sector are expected. We wonder if Burberry may feature at the behest of Angela Ahrendts, their ex CEO, who is now Apple’s  Senior VP of  Retail & Online Stores.

You can watch the event live, running Safari on iOS or Mac, or on your Apple TV and “… follow every moment.”

Numerous live bloggers will be in attendance and Apple watchers such as:

will guide you through it all with their informed commentary.

In accordance with tradition the Apple Store is now closed and you can read “We’ll be back” in 19 different languages. Hungarian is our favourite as they can say it in one word “Visszatérünk”

We shall wait then watch from 6pm BST/10am PDTand likely report back (briefly) later tonight after it’s all over (around 9-10pm BST we guess).

Amazon in an attempt to make their FirePhones move off the shelves have cut the US starter price to 99cents.

The firePhone has also been launched over here  and can be pre ordered from O2  starting at an even lower cost of £nil on a monthly £33 2 year contract with availability indicated as Tuesday September 30. As in the US you also get (until December 31) a free year of Prime membership which normally costs £79.

Announced for the UK last week was the Amazon Fire TV also at £79. Availability is Tuesday October 14.

Disclosure: We have marketing affiliate arrangements with Amazon

D40 Tech Venture uses F6S

Diageo are using F6S  (that’s the network for Founders {The F6S name comes from shortening the six letters between F and S to F6S}) as the portal for its new start up accelerator – Diageo Technology Ventures.

In Diageo’s  words this is:

“a new global innovation programme … to rapidly develop and pilot technology solutions in response to a series of focussed business briefs. Successful applicants will work with some of Diageo’s leading talent to develop their solution and a US$100,000 fund will be committed by Diageo to support each pilot project.”

The first 2 briefs are:

  • Responsible Drinking – We are passionate about the role our brands play in celebrating life the world over, and the value created through their continued enjoyment. Our commitment to this is matched by our commitment to tackling irresponsible drinking – doing so is good for our business and our consumers. Our long standing efforts focus in particular on addressing excessive drinking and drink driving. We want to work with companies offering technologies and platforms that can be used to help consumers to drink responsibly, in ways that do not intrude on the social flow of life. We want solutions that tap into existing digital behaviours or utilise platforms that are in wide use. We’re particularly interested in simple and effective tools for young adults above the legal drinking age, both in developed and emerging markets.
  • Combatting theft  - Theft affects brands and retailers in all sectors, with millions lost in sales for US retailers. The problem includes shoplifting, employee theft and organized crime in the supply chain. We want to support our key stakeholders in the industry to counter these problems and are looking for new technologies and digital partners that can help us with this mission.

They “…are looking for applicants from innovative digital and technology companies of all shapes and sizes, from new start-ups to established technology businesses. Successful companies are likely to have already proven their technology and will be looking to deploy it at scale”.

Apply via F6S’s portal

Keep an I on our Week, Tchaikovsky edition

Our most popular articles this week were:

  1. Mapping the Connected World for the UK
  2. 2022 & all that 
  3. Eye I there’s a new robovac in town

Our Tech Rich List for 2014 continues to be popular, and Peek’s Vision still attracts many eyes.

We’ll leave you with the rousing Part 2 of the 1812 played at the same venue as our header photograph but by a different orchestra!

Eye I there’s a new robovac in town!

It’s the Dyson 360 eye TM .

Launched yesterday by its namesake in Japan it could arrive in the UK towards the end of next year and at 100,000 yen it likely costs around $1,000 which at current rates ($1.63 = £1) might imply a price of over £600 over here.

The Apple approach, of not first but probably the best, seems to be in evidence.

Allegedly it has been under development for 16 years which predates the iRobot Roomba!

It has its very own website  and android & iOS apps should appear for really remote robotic control!


Some of the features are given as:

  • Fast 360º camera (30 frames a second)
  • Powerful lithium ion battery providing a 29 minutes operation between charges
  • Light 200w digital motor operating at 78,000 rpm
  • Wifi connection for smartphone apps
  • Continuous tank tracks
  • Full-width brush bar with carbon fibre filaments

You can register to get updates on the website.

We’ll leave you with the most popular 360 eye video.