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Finally, it’s the end of the week. But what have we been reading and sharing around the office?

Here’s a quick round up of the content that grabbed our attention. Pop back later to see what our UK and US offices have being checking out as well.

Asian CEOs are taking to iPad, but shying away from social media

A focused survey of CEOs in Asia has found that executives are readily adopting Apple’s iPad, but they remain wary of social media… 

Originally published 30-Aug-2012 

Orbeus trains machines to recognize faces, emotions and broccoli

Never mind Facebook or Face.com, a new visual recognition engine uses a machine-learning algorithm to spot objects and scenes, logos and products, even gender and emotions--all to better target you.

Originally published 29-Aug-2012 

Australian online retailers innovate with express three-hour delivery

Apparel and grocery online retailers in Australia are lifting their game when it comes to delivery options, offering innovative express deliveries, where customers can purchase an item online and have it in their hands within 3 hours.

Originally published 29-Aug-2012 

Beyond wireframing: The real-life UX design process

We all know basic tenets of user-centred design. We recognise different research methods, the prototyping stage, as well as the process of documenting techniques in our rich methodological environment. The question you probably often ask yourself, though, is how it all works in practice?

Originally published 29-Aug-2012 

How algorithms rule the world

"If you look at who has the biggest opportunity in society right now… it’s developers."

Originally published 29-Aug-2012 

Australian Comms Council launches PR arm to address consumer agency gap

The Communications Council has launched a PR arm, a move that could see membership to the current public relations industry body, PRIA, dwindle.

Originally published 29-Aug-2012 

Does size matter? The pros and cons of boutique media agencies

The decision to hire a media agency is a huge one. Not just in terms of budget, but also when considering the scope and approach specific to your unique business… 

Originally published 23-Aug-2012 

The ad contrarian’s reality check

Those in digital media like to lampoon the out-of-control egos of traditional media titans. Well, you know what they say about those in glass houses… 

Originally published 15-Aug-2012 

Qihoo 360: No mixing of paid and organic links in SERPs

Qihoo 360’s representatives have being questioned about its search algorithm since last week when its search service was launched. The company kept quiet, even during rumors of rival Baidu taking legal action… 

Originally published 29-Aug-2012 

The 5 most terrifying sci-fi upgrades to deadly weapons

As long as humans exist, we will probably need weapons, and as long as we have weapons, we will be looking for ways to upgrade them to new, awesome, horrible levels. We do not necessarily approve of the use or even the manufacture of any of the following devices; we only feel a duty to alert you to their existence. Because they're insane.

Originally published 03-Aug-2012 

Jake Hird

Published 31 August, 2012 by Jake Hird

Jake Hird is Econsultancy Australia's Director of Research and Education. Follow him on Twitter and Google+, connect with him on LinkedIn or see what he's keeping an eye on via diigo

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