Stamp of innovation

Stamp of innovation

With the success of recent films featuring the likes of Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing, techie types are clearly pretty cool to UK consumers right now, says Maria Stadtmüller. Little wonder, then, that the Royal Mail has issued a series of postage stamps which depict eight key innovations developed by British inventors. Cue the Colossus computer, world wide web, catseyes, fibre optics, stainless steel, carbon fibre, DNA sequencing and the i-limb.

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UK music gets physical

UK music gets physical

Digital music isn't having everything its own way. The number of UK bricks and mortar music stores selling music spiked in 2014, with 10,391 outlets selling music, an annual increased of 20.4%, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association. The growth in the number of physical outlets comes despite the explosion in digital services - industry estimates suggest there are now 76 digital music services platforms operating in the UK.

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Cash for sweeper sats

Cash for sweeper sats

Start-up watch: Surely $7.7 million isn’t too high a price tag for cleaning up space. That’s the amount of finance Singapore-based start-up Astroscale has just picked up to help it in its quest of developing satellites to remove space debris from orbit around the Earth. And it aims to do that by incubating services such as active space debris removal technologies while raising public awareness of space environmental issues.

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Everyday wearable

Everyday wearable

LG is going after the luxury end of the smartwatch market with the LG Watch Urbane. So, no plastic fantastic for this device - which comes in gold or silver metallic format - which is aimed at the ‘sophisticated and cosmopolitan wearer’. And while the new timepiece is a riff on the existing LG G Watch R, it’s less of a common-or-garden fitness tracker and more of a, well, a watch.

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Creating an app window

Creating an app window

UK spending in the brand app channel now totals around £4 billion a year, as the average consumer spends £89 through apps made available by consumer brands, an annual increase of 24%. A new report from Conjure suggests that while the number of apps downloaded is not on the up, one in four consumers is now spending more time than ever before in apps made available by brands. 

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Nike's digital year

Nike's digital year

In 2014, Nike spent $3 billion – equivalent to 11% of revenues - on ‘demand creation’, much of that in the digital space. In FIFA World Cup year, the brand rolled out its most successful video campaign ever - Risk Everything - prior to the tournament. The seven-video series featured some of football’s biggest stars and generated over 370 million views and 22 million engagements (such as likes, comments, shares) through the end of June, halfway through the event, according to L2, which ranks Nike the world’s top digital sportswear brand in its new Digital IQ Index.

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