Smartphone and social media use set the basis for all types of retail marketing trends. A new report from BI Intelligence shows trends in sales within mobile and social media.
Last month, a Toronto startup, Figure 1, reached a million users, double the amount it had seven months ago. Now more than a million health-care professionals use the platform, that is similar to Instagram, to share images of patient ailments, without identifiable information, to other doctors from around the world, to seek opinions and get help for their patients.
Apple iPhone owners who have updated their device to iOS 9.3 are being notified via text message of AT&T’s international Wi-Fi calling feature. It is a service that allows users to place calls to — and receive calls from — the U.S. without incurring airtime charges.
We live in an era where new technologies are appearing so fast that it is hard to follow all the new developments. But, personal transportation, the one most often associated with speeds and progress, so far remained largely untouched by the revolution in digital tech – when compared to what happened to communications in the last couple of decades, car remained pretty much the same. However, we already see the first portents of approaching changes – so let’s take a look at car tech that may become reality in not so distant future.
Benedict Evans, a veteran mobile industry analyst turned venture capitalist, tweeted a chart on September 3, 2015, showing how traditional TV is losing its share of screen to smartphones and tablets. While Evans’ chart was not the first chart to alarm the cable industry, its timing was particularly interesting, as it came exactly a week before Apple’s major update of its Apple TV hardware. In fact, many financial and industry analysts have predicted the demise of the cable industry since rumors of a new Apple TV hardware or an Apple over-the-top streaming service emerged earlier this year.
A free personal-safety mobile app is now being used by tens of thousands of people around the world. The new app allows friends to virtually walk you home at night.
The success of companies like Uber can be attributed to one factor: independent contractors. A business model built around the sharing economy, it’s brought about a boom of cash flow in niche markets. But with new territory comes new challenges, and already these industries are feeling the heat for their approach to labor management. Continue reading… “1099 or W-2? Uber, changing the way we think of transit”
Vail Resorts is trying something different on its ski slopes this winter. The resort has updated its EpicMix smartphone app to offer its crowdsourced, real-time wait times for ski lifts. The app will collect data from the RFID-enabled season passes skiers carry at the resort. It’s one of the most ambitious efforts yet to bring Waze-style crowdsourced location data into the sports and vacation spheres.
Conveying messages about wealth, taste, and personal beliefs, our clothes speak volumes about us. So it’s no surprise that textiles have become another platform for electronic communication in this age of ubiquitous screens and social sharing. Continue reading… “Programmable clothes soon to be available commercially”
Are you constantly checking your smartphone? Are you opening apps on it more than 60 times a day? If so, you are not alone. Right now throughout the world there are more than 280 million of these so-called “mobile addicts”, according to recently shared statistics by Flurry, an app analytics company that Yahoo bought last year. Continue reading… “Yahoo: The number of mobile ‘addicts’ up 60% in the last year”
Modern da Vincni – I sat quiet and still in a clean, worn armchair; a good balance between luxurious and cheap. The near absolute silence was a pleasant break from campus outside. Were it not for the electrodes taped to my head, I might have been comfortable. The television before me, much like the one in my apartment at the time, would have been welcome if it weren’t for the oversized words flickering in black font on a white screen.
Efforts to draw in readers and court publishers are paying off for Facebook and Twitter as their role in news consumption continues to rise. Continue reading… “5 charts that show social media’s growing influence on news consumption”