Wembley

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Last night I went to England V Ukraine at Wembley Stadium. The stadium was completed in 2007 and has a capacity of 90,000. I managed to get this shot of the Wembley arch as the sun was going down. Which was lucky as the football on show was rather poor and England only managed a 1-1 draw!

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Spinnaker Tower

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The Spinnaker Tower stands 170-metres (560 ft) over the Portsmouth coastline. It was built in 2005 and is the tallest accessible structure in the UK outside London. I managed to get this shot from across the Solent in Old Portsmouth. The two wooden posts at the bottom of the shot frame the reflection of the tower in the water and really bring the shot to life.

iPhone 5 Launch

Apple are known for producing suprises during their iPhone keynote events and many are expecting this trend to continue when Tim Cook takes to the stage on September 12. Fans will stay fixed on Blogs, Twitter and News Channels to find out first what new features will be present in the iPhone 5

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As always there is a wealth of speculation across the net as to what the new iPhone will feature.

Features that we can expect include:

New Body Design

Many images have popped over over the net predicting what shape the new iPhone will be. Although we cant be certain on how it the new device will look we can be sure it will move away from the design Apple went with for the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S

New Screen

Sources inside the production process have suggested that the iPhone 5 will have a larger screen than its predecessors bringing it more in line with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy.

New Dock connector

Apple’s familiar dock connector – used to charge the device or to connect it to docks and other accessories – is being replaced in the new iPhone. Sources suggest it is too big for a gadget that needs to get more powerful, while also getting thinner. Replacing the familiar dock connector will be a much smaller connector, which will frustrate those of you that have just bought a new Bose docking station!

Further Improved Camera

One of the biggest features of the iPhone 4S was the advancements in the devices camera over past devices and this is a trend that is due to continue with the new phone. Apps such as Hipstamatic and Instagram have increased the popularity of iPhoneography and which smart phones all but killing the standard digital camera you can be sure Apple will be looking to develop the iPhones photographic capability going forward.

iOS6

As always the new iPhone will come loaded with the latest update to the operating system and we already know what features iOS has to develop the device even further. The main features of iOS6 are Facebook integration, New ‘Apple’ Maps, Facetime over cellular connection and shared photo streams. You can read more about iOS6 on Apples site here.

Learn With Google

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Today I am at the Learn With Google event at Google HQ in Central St Giles.

First thing to say is that the Google offices are absolutely fantastic. Located on the 9th floor the offices boast panoramic views of the London skyline. The rooftop terrace is particularly charming and provides a nice little sun trap in your lunch break.

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Throughout the building there are a number of quirky features that you would expect from a google building. There is an Executive Google croquet set, a menacing dentists chair and a electric buzz where of course you have to navigate around the word Google.

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Speaking of navigating around google.. During the Learn With Google event there are a number of keynotes covering Search, Display, Mobile and Data. The workshop provides marketers with an insight into what the California based company are working on next, as well as providing some useful tips into exiting features like Analytics.

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What is clear is that Google are at the forefront of the way that company’s will communicate with their consumers and are sculpting and defining the way products and services will be bought and sold in the future.

As with most marketing talks these days the focus has been on the way consumer behaviour is changing with the development in technology. Many people for example operate using a wide range of devices in daily life. What is challenging for marketeers is attributing a value in each of these spaces and what percentage they contributed towards the consumer purchase. In many cases the customer journey is very complex and often over a number of weeks/months but what Google suggest is that some presence at all these ‘Moments that matter’ can help to manipulate consumer behaviour and ultimately increased the likelihood of a purchase.

Olympics 2012

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Well what an Olympics it’s been. We are left in little doubt that the games were a resounding success. Following the Queens jubilee, London 2012 only added to the feel of community and pride in Britain. I was lucky enough to see the men’s cycling at Box Hill, near Dorking in Surrey. Although the event didn’t fruit any medals for Team GB it was a spectacular occasion. As the athletes ploughed through miles upon miles of English countryside one could seldom thing of a better setting for such an event. I managed to get this shot whilst lying on the asphalt in Box Hill. Although I very nearly got flattened by the hoard of cyclists it was worth it as I feel this shot really captures the drive of the athletes. Shot using my iPhone 4S.