Cars get smarts

Cars get smarts

By 2020, there will be a 14% rise in ownership of in-vehicle entertainment systems, and a 28% spike in ownership of wearable fitness monitors, along with a 17% uplift in the number of homes equipped with connected surveillance cameras, according to the 2015 Accenture Digital Consumer Survey. However, a huge 83% of consumers say they have difficulty using intelligent devices, with one-fifth of owners of wearable health gear reporting set-up issues, one-fifth saying the devices don’t work properly, and one-quarter finding their kit too complicated.

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Who wants car control?

Who wants car control?

Consumers are looking to smartwatches primarily as a way to control their cars and their homes. However, Chinese consumers are significantly more receptive to car control (64%), followed by Americans on 52% and South Koreans on 43%, according to a five-market survey conducted by GfK.  Europeans are less bullish - just one-third of British and German respondents are interested in car-control. 

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Chasing unicorns

Chasing unicorns

The world has around 80 unicorn start-ups – those able to boast valuations of $1 billion and above – with seven of the top 10 richest from the US, and three from China, according to a unicorn ranking compiled by Fortune magazine. Also, worthy of note is the fact that there are eight ‘decacorns’ running around the planet - unicorns which have gained serious traction and are valued at $10 billion or more.

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Mobile content slows

Mobile content slows

US mobile game revenues - including downloads and in-app purchases – will total $3.04 billion this year, up 16.5% on 2014. And mobile games will account for 31% of the US mobile content market in 2015, up from 29.3% last year, according to eMarketer. And this year, in-app revenues for mobile games will total $1.82 billion, or 59.8% of all mobile game revenues, increasing to nearly $2 billion in 2015.

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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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