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 teams have being checking out as well. 

Daily deals: Controversial, but important to e-commerce in Asia

It’s true that daily deal sites are the epitome of the copy-catting gone wild, which has plagued the Asian start up scene. However, the tech community will look back at 2012 as a watershed year for e-commerce in Asia…

Originally published 27-Sep-2012

Australia’s ad market is ‘uncertain and volatile, return to ‘slight growth’ expected in 2013

Australia’s advertising market is “uncertain and volatile” with print and television under continued pressure and only 0.7% growth expected for next year, according to ZenithOptimedia’s global adspend forecasts.

Originally published 02-Oct-2012

The usage lifecycle 

As users interact with your product or service, they proceed through a series of steps called the usage lifecycle. The usage lifecyle is a mapping of the user’s experience with your design. 

Originally published 12-Feb-2010

Infographic: the fragmentation of TV in Australia

Almost a third of all owners of a smart TV are yet to connect it to the internet, but with the web spilling out of the computer domain and into every facet of people’s lives, including this ‘traditional’ channel, that won’t remain the case for long.

Originally published 29-Sep-2012

Asian tech firms turn the tables by pursuing US manufacturing bases

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has confirmed that it will open a production line in North Carolina next year, creating 115 manufacturing jobs in the US. The news comes little more than a month after a recent commitment from Samsung to invest $4 billion in upgrading a factory in Austin, Texas.

Originally published 03-Oct-2012

12 of the world’s most annoying technologies

Most consumer technologies, when wielded correctly, are magnificent. But so are bagpipes. In the hands of someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, technology can be an annoyance enabler. These 12 technologies are not the future we were hoping for.

Originally published 11-Sept-2012

FTC shuts down tech support scams from India 

Have you ever got a call from an individual claiming to be from Microsoft, a security company, or a general tech support company who insists you have a virus? 

Originally published 03-Oct-2012

Whistlin’ GST: Australian retailers trot out the same old tune

Perhaps it’s time for retail bodies and industry figures to come up with a new line, as NRA’s Executive Director Trevor Evans blames high delivery prices on GST avoidance.

Originally published 02-Oct-2012

How algorithms will help us spend, spend, spend  

We’ve all heard it. That little imaginary companion, sitting on your shoulder. “Go on,” it says. “You deserve a treat. Buy it.” But what if that imaginary voice – which is, willpower permitting, under your control – one day became real?

Originally published 20-Aug-2012