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Music making tech

31 October 2014 in -e.showcase

music-consumer-techBritish music industry body the BPI is staking a claim for music’s role in technological innovation with the claim that, between 2008 and 2012, the UK’s high consumption of music accounted for an additional £11bn in sales of tech products. The argument is that the music market creates a significant multiplier effect which provides a massive boost to the consumer tech sector, and that this effect is close to three times the value of recorded music income itself.

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Internet of toast

30 October 2014 in -e.showcase

internet of thingsThere’s a new breed of social and attentive machines which are being meaningfully integrated into daily lives. They’re capable of understanding a range of human needs and behaviours to provide support at key moments – opening the possibility of more intimate relationships with the objects in our lives, according to the Real World Web report on the Internet of Things from PFSK/Intel. Yes, we’re talking empathy tech here.

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Redmi rolls on in India

29 October 2014 in

xiaomi redmiXiaomi is a smart smartphone brand and knows a thing or two about marketing and PR. It has conducted seven highly successful Redmi 1 S flash sales, with only the eighth showing that demand on the Flipkart ecommerce website was losing a bit of its power – Xiaomi wasn’t able to shift all the 60,00 devices on offer within a few seconds as previously. It seems the culprit for this diminished appetite was a report that security solutions outfitF-secure had been testing the Xiaomi Redmi 1s, and found that the company was forwarding names, phone numbers and device identifiers back to China for storage. The Indian Air Force told personnel to stop using Redmi 1s phones for security reasons.

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Nokia by name

29 October 2014 in

Nokia brandNokia is the most recognised mobile brand – along with Samsung – in the world. But… although four in 10 online users say they have owned a Nokia handset in the past – more than any other brand – only 15% currently have one. And more than one third of online users now own a Samsung, according to GlobalWebIndex metrics. In addition, just one in 10 are considering buying a Nokia.

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Ways to pay

28 October 2014 in -e.showcase

mobile paymentsEveryone from messaging apps makers to retail consortia to fast-food giants is testing mobile-enabled payment platforms. But mobile isn’t the only show in town: some are focusing on wearables, biometrics (paying by fingerprint or vein pattern) or simply paying by tweet or text, says JWT in its the Future of Payments and Currency report. And marketers have become more creative with currency, turning everything from social media shares to mobile minutes into forms of value exchange. Some are creating their own currencies, like Amazon with Coins.

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Hailo to the Future City

27 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Hailo Future CityHailo has developed a take on the city of the future (with the help of a couple of UK futurologists). For one, the taxi app outfit says currency will be reimagined in an age of contactless and mobile payments, with a host of new ways for paying or receiving payment in quicker digital ways. More arrestingly, Hailo says it believes we will become the destination. What does that mean? “Modern cities are adapting to our needs rather than us needing to adapt to the demands of the city.”

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Social burst

27 October 2014 in

social networks-stockSocial media companies Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are the tech outfits with the highest P/E ratios and need to multiply earnings many times over to warrant their current stock prices, argues Benjamin Dean, fellow at School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, in The Conversation. The problem is that user growth has plateaued in recent years and advertisers aren’t willing to pay much for the supposedly superior, targeted advertising these social networks offer.

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Mobilising programmatic

27 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Programmatic advertisingAs audiences move en masse towards mobile devices, every advertiser’s programmatic campaign must include a strong mobile element. Brands simply cannot afford to ignore the areas consumers are heading, with attention now split across multiple screens. A single programmatic campaign can target and optimise against desired audiences in a holistic and unified fashion, says Andy Mitchell*.

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Latest News


31 October 2014 in

The most incomprehensible social network? That would be LinkedIn, according to UK consumers.

Glass begone

31 October 2014 in

The US Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners is banning wearers of Google Glass and other wearables from entering cinema.

Go slow mobile

30 October 2014 in

Over 9o% of global consumers turn to a competitor site if they find that their first mobile destination choice is offering a poor experience, says Netbiscuits,

Lyft, Luxe and Shuddle

29 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Start-up watch: San Francisco is home to sharing economy outfits Uber and Lyft can also boast car start-ups Luxe Valet and Shuddle.

Screen nation

28 October 2014 in -e.showcase

The UK is a leading multiscreen nation, able to boast an average 3.1 connected devices per person, compared to Germany’s 2.4 and Japan’s mere 2.3, according to the Google Consumer Barometer.

Silicon sales

28 October 2014 in -e.showcase

The fastest-growing companies in Silicon Valley? Forget those social networking and mobile app outfits.

Working Glass

27 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Google has announced five new partners for its Glass At Work programme, the initiative the company launched earlier this year to deliver business solutions for Glass wearable technology.

Beacon benched

24 October 2014 in -e.showcase

Los Angeles bus benches are hosting beacons to give municipalities, museums, brands and retailers to disseminate information.

Bearable wearables?

24 October 2014 in

Wearable metrics: Fifty seven percent of consumers believe that people will end up relying more on their wearable devices than on friends and families.