Gadget Blog RSS MastheadOnline Blogs RSS en-us Sun, 29 May 2016 18:57:30 EDT Sun, 29 May 2016 18:57:28 EST COPA Digital Media Spotlight - How Radio reinvented themselves in the digital age Martin Seto Thu, 19 May 2016 18:33:58 EST The demise of radio as depicted in the 1979 song from the Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star is a great example of what's happening to all traditional media in the digital age. Doom and gloom came to the radio industry when TV was invented, but it is still around and is ranked #2 of all mediums after TV.  This high ranking could be higher if AM/FM tuner apps were available on top selling smartphones. The technology CNW News Widget Review - Content Automation Technology for publishera€™s websites Martin Seto Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:37:38 EST One of the competitive advantages of the ad tech community is that they are positioned as the low cost medium with CPMs as low as $1.00 for ad impressions. To achieve this low price, these companies have automated the content publishing (via user generated) and the ad buying process as part of their business model. This is a huge competitive advantage for the ad tech sector versus traditional media organizational structures, who have editorial and sales teams and ad rates in the $10-50 CPMs rang Smartphones - The Good, the Bad and the Money. The Top 10 In-Effective Habits of Smartphone Zombies Martin Seto Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:48:56 EST The smartphone has change the way society interacts with each other. Who would have predicted that the personal communication device unveiled in the Star Trek series from the 1960’s would become a reality in 2016, but it has. The Internet Factories a€" A Behind the Scenes Look at a Data Centre Martin Seto Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:45:51 EST The engines that drive the great world wide web are data centres. These are nodes on the Internet that connected to everybody and I want to take you on a  behind the scenes tour of a data centre that host all the applications and data. I reached out to Cover-All, a company based in Toronto to get a tour of their 10,000 sq. ft. datacentre. Cover-All offers, data centre management, cloud computing and outsourced IT services for their clients. When I arrived at their facility, b Is 2016 the Year of the Digital Shakedown of the Ad Tech community? a€" The growth of ad blocking software Martin Seto Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:43:11 EST The growth of the adtech segment in the advertising world has gone through various lifecycle stages as seen in other industries. An adtech company is Google, Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, YouTube, Taboola, ad networks etc. The phases of any industry are early adoption, great growth, mass adoption and finally maturation where sales peak. For the ad tech industry I would guess estimate it is in early maturation phase as sales are starting to level out. The best indicator of this is the recent 28% decline My Christmas Wish List for the Publishing industry - A recipe for digital success from La Presse Martin Seto Wed, 23 Dec 2015 02:38:53 EST If I had a Christmas wish for the publishing industry it would be a recipe for the right mix for a modern media brand and a market opportunity to hitch a ride on. I think in 2016 both of these wishes may come true. The first market opportunity I see is a web creditability problem, with the growing concern in the media buying community of automated traffic created by bots and spiders on the internet being estimated as high as 40-50% of global traffic. Current web stats cannot accur Bring back the Dell Computer Dude a€" A look at some classic TV tech ads just in time for the holidays Martin Seto Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:37:23 EST As we enter the holiday season we will be seeing a lot of TV ads, so I thought I would reminiscence on some of the high tech classics and talk about online video consumption. There is no denying the fact that a TV spot, through the power of sight and sound, can cultivate a cool brand image. Adding “Cool Product” to your brand is a huge competitive advantage for technology products, but it is not easy do and sustain over time. Here is a look how DELL, Apple and Microsoft used TV spots The Riches of the Digital E-Waste Land a€" $68 million in gold, silver, palladium and copper waiting to be E-harvested for Charity Martin Seto Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:22:55 EST One man’s junk is another man’s riches cannot be more true when you look at the recycling efforts being made with electronic waste generated by the digital revolution. With every new Apple iPhone release that breaks sales records, somebody has to dispose of the phone in a responsible matter via recycling efforts, as E-waste contains toxic materials that cannot be sent to landfill sites. Even with this knowledge it's estimated that only 30% of E-waste is recycled global The Dark Web a€" What are Your Website Security Measures? Martin Seto Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:37:57 EST Cyberspace is still full of unknowns to explore and I found it fascinating to know that the World Wide Web can be divided into two segments: the “Surface” web and in the shadows, the Deep web. The Surface web is all the content that can be indexed by the public search engines and is estimated at 15-20 billion web pages or 4% of all pages. The Deep web is a place that is not indexed by search engines and is ball-parked at 400-500 times bigger in the number of pages. These deep web web Blackberry Passport Review a€" A Device for the Power User with Peace of Mind for Hacker Attacks Martin Seto Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:12:27 EST It has been almost two years (Nov. 2013) since Blackberry appointed its new captain, John Chen, to steer the ship. We have seen Blackberry (formerly RIM) grow from a must have business device, to a consumer staple in 15 years since the Blackberry (BB) 957 was launched in 2000. At their height in market adoption they had 79 million users worldwide in 2012 and now sit at 46 million in 2015. The overall market has now grown to 190 million users in the USA and 28.5 million in Canada with Apple Is Behavioural or Native Advertising the latest smoke screen from the tech community to reinvent advertising online? Martin Seto Thu, 9 Jul 2015 11:24:33 EST As a freelance media director for an ad agency I have been pitched ad networks, behavioural ads and native advertising concepts. As part of the due diligence in any media plan, I look at the ability to deliver to the target market, based on the person’s profile, location, timing and purchasing influence that the person has on the company’s products that I am advertising. The objective is the right person at the right time with the right message. To illustrate this poi Why the Digital Content System is Broken. How Can We Fix It? Martin Seto Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:42:17 EST One of the challenges facing the media industry is converting free web readers to a paid one. This is a near impossible task if you start out giving it away for free. Some have tried and failed and went back to free. In the early years of the Internet it had to be free to get a trial so it was good strategy at that time. But, if you give it away for free the writer suffers in this industry model, as there is less money to pay them. Companies like Google have benefited from this ac The 2015 COPAa€™s Search for Digital Excellence begins. Martin Seto Wed, 20 May 2015 17:53:12 EST The benchmarks for digital excellence for the Canadian media industry are set each year with the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The call for entries began May 4 with a deadline of July 6. The Early bird deadline is June 1.  We have made some adjustments to the categories this year that includes a “Best Editorial Packaging” award for publishers that meet the highest journalistic standards in the multiplatform digital world. The COPA awards party is schedule fo Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review a€" Backyard Mobile technology for Patio Living Martin Seto Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:44:06 EST It is hard to fathom that Microsoft is now an underdog in the consumer heavy weight technology division with Google, Apple, Sony and Samsung as other contenders for the title. But times change. Technology companies in their search for growth to meet stock market expectations have expanded into different industries to generate new revenue streams. They have become conglomerates like GE in their business strategy. GE makes appliances, lighting for homes and business, provide The Kid that Cried Wolf - When is Social Media going to grow up and act like a responsible adult? Martin Seto Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:16:32 EST I am amazed at all the childish behaviour of social media companies. It seems that the rules of good conduct does not apply to this supposedly superior medium versus traditional media. I beg to differ, as I believe that social media is like that child that never grows up and acts like a spoiled little brat, but nobody has the guts to discipline them, as they will cry child abuse, well I do! The recent social media scandals include a professional hockey player&rsquo