Facebook has announced its third quarter numbers, with solid results across the board. Facebook’s monthly active user count (MAU) is now up to 1.55 billion users – up from 1.49b in the second quarter.
One in 5 smartphone uses will mobile payments by 2016.
2016 will be a year of significant growth in technology. The number of people in the US using their phones to pay for goods and services at the point of sale will continue to climb steadily. According to the latest proximity mobile payments forecast from eMarketer, the total value of mobile payment transactions in the US will grow 210% in 2016, according to the latest proximity mobile payments forecast from eMarketer.
In recent months, there have been a lot of changes to the mobile platform landscape. Innovative reimaginings of the way we connect with the world, new products and undeniably out-of-the-box features have made it an exciting time for consumers and the industry alike. But these big, bold changes have also created some uncertainty (and even anxiety) about where these moves are taking the market – especially the critical wearables segment.
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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.
Smartphone users found they use their smartphones for 221 tasks consuming three hours and 16 minutes per day.
Here are a few stats that were pulled together for the Code/Mobile conference that provide a snapshot of just how pervasive mobile technology is today.
MEF findings paint a global picture of the mobile content and commerce industry.
MEF is the global community for mobile content and commerce. They will launch their findings of their 4thannual Global Consumer Survey in November at MEF Global Forum 2014, which connects international mobile leaders in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Smart cites tap into technology and social experiments.
Cities are becoming the focal point for policy and investment activities that drive economic growth and build more resilient social structures to address disasters, climate change, and healthcare. The ongoing financial crisis has prompted city managers globally to think about ways to achieve greater efficiencies and compete against other cities and regions for talent and business.
Instead of putting fun first, Western developers focused too heavily on analytics.
The mobile-gaming gold rush is over, according to Rick Thompson of Signia Venture Partners. But he says the industry can reestablish a stronger, more sustainable model by looking to the East.
These emerging new businesses are already on track to create one million brand-new jobs in the U.S.
Uber and Instacart are just two examples of online marketplaces that are rapidly transforming the way people get what they want when they want it, whether it’s a ride, a meal, or a pet sitter. These companies are on a hiring spree in order to make this happen, one that’s gone virtually unnoticed by the statisticians and economists who track the labor market.
Mobile tech will help squash millions of annoyances we encounter with traveling.
Our lives have the potential of becoming completely automated because of beacons. The tiny transmitters will seamlessly give companies information about us that help them provide better service; control real-time opportunities for us to save or enjoy; and simplify the exchange of funds. They will remove the many steps we go through to get something done today. Steps which are so engrained in us that we don’t yet even realize how much they are interrupting our lives. Traveling in particular is full of millions of annoyances that beacons, sensors, and other advances in mobile tech will soon help to squash. Just imagine a 36-hour business trip:
Share of Internet usage is two times higher in Asia and Africa.
Over the past two years online photo sharing has sextupled. Nigerians are on their phones 30 percent more than Americans. We now spend more time on mobile than on print and radio combined.