Is this the final nail in the Flash coffin?

Google have announced that from 30th June 2016, you will no longer be able to upload display ads built in Flash.

And from January 2nd 2017, display adds built in Flash will no longer display.

This announcement from Google follows similar news from YouTube and Facebook in the not to distant past, and sees a number of “outlets” no longer allowing Flash to deliver content. The trend has been moving in this direction, so will it have been a surprise for Adobe – probably not.

The market for effective HTML5 just got a bit bigger.


Vacancy – Multimedia Developer

Multimedia Developer required by eLearning specialists in Central Glasgow.

You’ll be responsible for developing a host of different eLearning and training tools.

The role includes gathering information from subject matter experts, designing interactive tasks and programming learning objects.

In terms of organisational structure, they offer a small, niche team within a stable, global organisation.

The team work with a range of technologies. Their remit is to build multimedia e-learning and training tools for a large industry – with global reach.

Your skills and experience:

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong understanding of eLearning standards/SCORM.

If this role is of interest, and you feel you have the relevant experience, please apply and/or call Rhona Kennedy on 0131 510 1500, or see more at Cathcart Associates.

Salary: £20K – £35K per annum
Location: Glasgow

The Nine Slides That Matter From “Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends Report”

Venture capitalist Mary Meeker presented her annual Internet Trends at Code Conference at the end of May.  Presenting 197 slides of the things technologists need to know about the state of the world in 2015.

AdAge have summarised their view of the nine most important slides here.

The full 197 slides are available here.

  • Tech is well-entrenched at the consumer level, but “government, health care, and education have the longest way to go”
  • Desktop traffic peaked in 2011; all the growth is mobile. And the video boom hasn’t slowed.
  • Advertisers are overspending on print, leaving $25 billion room for growth in mobile
  • “Six of the top 10 mobile apps globally are messaging apps… messaging apps could evolve into the central hubs for communications”
  • Millennials are looking for meaningful work and a sense of accomplishment, and managers aren’t offering it
  • The U.S. is the top market for drones, but other countries have more drone-friendly regulations
  • E-commerce continues to grow, leaving physical retail in continuing jeopardy
  • “India’s Internet penetration in 2014 was where China was in 2008, and the U.S. in 1996.” So the Indian boom is nearly upon us.


Innovative MOOCs Take Learning in New Directions

The MOOC philosophy has always come across as “Go big or go home.” But some of the most interesting experiments occurring right now would better be described as “Divide and conquer.” These undertakings — one an experiment at Harvard (MA) and the other a longer-term commitment at the University of Michigan — are allowing schools to try out new practices from a narrower perspective, while still impacting the broader workings of the institution.

Read the full article at CampusTechnology.

Forget 21st Century skills – revive 18th Century skills

Donald again

“It’s schools, colleges and Universities that need to be dragged into the 21st century, not their users.”

“Samuel Johnson said, “Lectures were once useful; but now, when all can read, and books are so numerous, lectures are unnecessary. If your attention fails, and you miss a part of a lecture, it is lost; you cannot go back as you do upon a book“”


Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World

71 page report from Federal Trade Commission summarising a workshop the FTC hosted and provides a number of recommendations.

“The Internet of Things (“IoT”) refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet and to send and receive data. It includes, for example, Internet – connected cameras that allow you to post pictures online with a single click; home automation systems that turn on your front porch light when you leave work; and bracelets that share with your friends how far you have biked or run during the day.”

“Six years ago, for the first time, the number of “things” connected to the Internet surpassed the number of people. Yet we are still at the beginning of this technology trend.  Experts estimate that, as of this year, there will be 25 billion connected devices, and by 2020, 50 billion.”