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Here comes Nokia 2.0

2 December 2016 in

NokiaNokia is officially back in the mainstream mobile phone business after years in the wilderness precipitated by a massively wrong call on the future of the smartphone. Nokia has cut a deal with fellow Finns HMD Global which has now kickstarted a programme to put Nokia-branded handsets back in consumers’ hands. The objectives aren’t modest as they include the aim of becoming a ‘significant player’ in the global smartphone market. Maybe the demise of Samsung in the space will prove fortuitous.

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A weaponised election

2 December 2016 in

Russia's cyber election Russian attempts to influence the US election included hacking and leaking documentation as well as ‘weaponising’ social media with false narratives to alter public perceptions, according to analysis conducted by cybersecurity outfit FireEye. “The dawning of Russia as a cyberpower is at a whole other level than it ever was before,” FireEye chair David DeWalt told Bloomberg. “We’ve seen what I believe is the most historical event maybe in American democracy history in terms of the Russian campaign.”

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Start-up shortfalls

1 December 2016 in -e.showcase

startupsOver two-fifths of start-ups crash and burn because there’s no market need for their products and services, with founders out to build a solution looking for a problem rather than address an actual pain point, according to an analysis of start-up failures conducted by CB Insights. Running out of cash is the second-most-common reason for new outfits to go belly up, as firms struggled with the issue of how to spend those monies raised.

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Little Cab looks to be bigger

1 December 2016 in transport

Cab hailingKenyan taxi-hailing newcomer Little Cab is taking its war with Uber across borders as it plans to expand the cab service into both Uganda and Nigeria. Little Cab, a joint venture between leading East African comms group Safaricom and tech start-up Craft Silicon, only launched in July but has already emerged as a rival to giant Uber with its low-price strategy. Little Cab recently upped the ante in Kenya by lowering its fares from US$054 to US$0.29 per kilometer, the cheapest rate in the marketplace.

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Beemer in the Valley

30 November 2016 in transport

BMW iVenturesNot only is BMW iVentures, the venture capital arm of the prestigious car maker, getting an injection of funds from €425 million to €500 million, its also upping sticks and moving from its base of operations in New York to Silicon Valley. The geographical move is clearly because BMW i Ventures feels a bit out on a limb on the East Coast, and that’s because an estimated half of all start-ups in and around the Valley are currently involved in the mobility sector, and BMW is hoping that energy will rub off.

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Bowling with Jürgen

30 November 2016 in Social

Dugout socialNew social media football platform Dugout has hard-launched its digital offering in partnerships with 27 leading clubs – among them Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea – and with a number of pro players to deliver exclusive behind-the-scenes original content to fans around the globe. Each club has a dedicated channel to upload its own fare or feature content produced together with Dugout.

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A revolution for esports

29 November 2016 in -e.showcase

esportsUK entertainment production outfit Attention Seekers – think, The Boot Room FIFA video game show, the Xbox Upload video channel along with mini-series Dead Space – has joined forces with US events firms Done + Dusted to launch AD+D, a platform for esports. The new outfit will look to bring competitive gaming more into the mainstream. AD+D will provide a one-stop shop for clients seeking the planning and production of live gaming events and will operate out of a US West Coast so that it can more easily work with games companies and broadcasters.

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Tech women suffer pay gap

29 November 2016 in technology

Gender pay techThe median salary of women working in tech in the UK is 9% lower than that of the men they work alongside, corresponding to a £5,000-a-year gap in salary terms. That’s at least better than in other sectors, because, across the UK as whole, females are paid an average of 13.9% less than their male counterparts, according to analysis conducted by Hired of its data set across gender, location, role and company types.

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Time-charged, wearable

21 November 2016 in technology

Look out for a smartwatch that powers up on body heat, which could well be one the first wearable devices that never needs a recharge.

Gimme drone, VR

18 November 2016 in technology

US consumers are set to purchase 1.2 million drones, 700,000 virtual reality headsets and 4.5 million 4K UHF TVs during the course of the fourth-quarter holiday season

Brexit slams UK fintech funding

17 November 2016 in Finance

Thirty UK-based fintech start-ups have had their funding cancelled or delayed by investors since the Brexit vote in June, giving them serious cashflow headaches.

alt-right tweets terminated

17 November 2016 in

Twitter has suspended a number of accounts associated with the US alt-right (aka right-wing extremist/white supremacist) movement backing Donald Trump.

Reining in the Net

16 November 2016 in

Two-thirds of all Net users live in countries where criticism of the government, military or ruling family are subject to censorship.

Google pops up in SoHo

24 October 2016 in -e.showcase

Google has launched a bricks-and-mortar, pop-up store in New York in SoHo, just a few blocks from Apple’s more permanent retail location.

Onside with Brexit

20 October 2016 in -e.showcase

Sports Interactive has built a Brexit variable into the latest version of its Football Manager video game.

No business for sharing

29 September 2016 in Sharing economy

Business travellers aren’t opting in to the sharing economy, with only little over one-quarter of them using offerings from such as Airbnb, Lyft and Uber

Bloody Booker book goes short

13 September 2016 in Publishing

Historical crime novel His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet, published by indie house Saraband, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.

Kickstarter heads east

2 September 2016 in Finance

US crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has opened local platforms in Hong Kong and Singapore, with entrepreneurs able to launch projects and raise finance directly in those markets.