When everyone is forging ahead of you and you’re powerless and paralysed that’s not a nightmare – it’s the queue at a supermarket.
The now infamous Sainsbury’s checkout lady who refused to serve a customer while she talked on her mobile phone has clearly pleased a lot of people, if reaction in the media reflects public opinion.
Microsoft announced on Wednesday night that it will go back on its decision to make Xbox One a primarily online device, and restored game ownership to the joy of gamers around the world. But, does this U-turn have any downsides?
Too many retailers use technology to ignore the disabled
There was a time, not so long ago, when shop staff lived in fear of a complaint letter to the manager. These days it’s impossible to have such an impact. Technology hasn’t improved relations between customers and the bosses. In fact, it’s made it a lot harder to communicate your dissatisfaction. Deliberately so, in many cases, I would argue. And yes, I do have evidence to back this statement up.
Did you go to your local record shop on Record Store Day? It was a nationwide series of events aimed at saving the nation’s independent record shops. Come on, these are the keepers of the flame. If we don’t support them they’re gone and the world will belong to the likes of Simon Cowell. So did you go and buy something from your local record shop?
I was recently fortunate enough to get the chance to sit down with Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO of SoundCloud. For those of you not familiar with the service, SoundCloud is the web’s largest online audio distribution platform with over 30 million registered users, hosting content that reaches more than 180 million people per month.
The retail industry has always been fun because it’s about people. You see everything in this environment: all human life is here.
Dogs are big business! As well as dog ownership doubling in six years, the pet industry has boomed in the UK, with an estimated value of £7 billion, increasing by seven per cent annually despite the recession. The past decade has seen an explosion of doggy gadgets, toys and clothes. Well, now it seems the computer age has targeted dog owners with the app market believing it can enrich your relationship with your dog.
Mental illness can be your very worst companion. It might keep you in your bed all day, coiling round you with its tight embrace and soft whispers, “Stay here. The morning’s past and you’ll never manage anyway. You can try again tomorrow but today’s already lost.” When bedtime beckons, you might not sleep. Your illness bothers you with its tears and its worries or its silence until morning returns.
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