Nokia is back. And the one-time leading mobile brand is taking on Microsoft with the launch of a new tablet, the Nokia N1, which is based on a customised version of Android (using the Z Launcher skin). The N1 will go on sale in China first at the beginning on next year prior to roll out in other markets. The tablet is manufactured by Taiwan’s Foxconn and is expected to sell for $249.
One billion people will be using mobile as their only form of online access in 2015. No surprise, then, that , not the exception. And mobile-only and mobile-first consumers stand to influence online media in a number of ways on a platform where user experience is everything and the focus needs to be on sophistication and simplicity, according to Say Media. “Companies spend tons of time and millions of dollars perfecting their brand story and brand DNA, only to have it dashed in literally three seconds by a complicated, or lazy mobile experience,” Say Media points out. “It’s too easy for consumers to move on to another brand that ‘gets mobile’ and leave you in the dust.”
Move over North America, Asia is now the global innovator. For the first time since the launch of the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators rankings, Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan dominate the innovation landscape. The rise of Asia is down to focused strategies – the percentages of GDP spent on R&D are higher for South Korea and Japan, at 3.6% and 3.4%, respectively, than the 2.8% in the US. Additionally, China extended its R&D tax credit to all firms working in key areas of technology – biotechnology, information and communication technologies, and other high-technology fields – even for firms outside the specially designated new technology areas.
Brands just can’t help themselves. They simply have to have a go at reinventing something. Sony has decide that the TV experience is ripe for its reimagining and has come up with PlayStation Vue, with live and on-demand programming viewable only via PlayStation gaming consoles. The content is courtesy of the likes of CBS, NBCUniversal, Viacom and Discovery.
Guvera is back making headlines and is in pretty bullish frame of mind. The outfit rolled out its music services in the US back in 2010, having inked deals with Universal Music, EMI and IODA to offer free tracks to consumers, with brands picking up the tab. “Guvera will allow advertisers to offer the world’s most engaging content to their target customers without disrupting them with ads, but rather creating brand experiences within channels that offer specialised content,” Claes Loberg, Guvera CEO, said at the time.
Deutsche Telekom is taking a €500 million bet on innovation with the launch of a new investment fund, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners. The new vehicle will support the telco’s strategy as an ‘external innovation engine’ via venture capital investments, with a special focus on Germany’s burgeoning start-up scene. DTCP will also undertake private equity investments in existing activities to foster cooperation with Deutsche Telekom.
How many ‘things’ in the Internet of Things? Gartner reckons 4.9 billion connected devices will be in use in next year – up 30% on this year – reaching 25 billion by 2020. This spurt will power up the economic impact of the IoT as consumers, businesses, city authorities, hospitals et al find new ways in which to exploit the technology. Gartner reckons that the IoT will support total services spending of $69.5 billion in 2015, rising to a whopping $263 billion by 2020.
Want to know what Big Business is making of Big Data? We’ve got that covered. Senior executives see Big Data providing significant business benefits, from greater insight and learning, the ability to obtain answers and make decisions more quickly and in a more informed manner, greater agility and more flexibility. How much do they care about the kind of tech that delivers all this? They don’t. Just 4% see technology selection as being critical to successful Big Data adoption, according to the Big Data Survey 2014 from NewVantage Partners.