Continental and IBM to collaborate on connected car solutions for auto makers

German automotive supplier Continental has entered into a collaboration agreement with technology giant IBM.

At the Frankfurt IAA International Auto Show this week, Continental AG and IBM announced a collaboration agreement to jointly develop fully-connected mobile vehicle solutions for car manufacturers around the world.

 

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CrowdRoaming app will cut your overseas data roaming costs to zero

CrowdRoaming

Travel internationally has become easier and cheaper. Accommodation platforms, such as CouchSurfing, offer more affordable places to stay and travel apps provide tourists with cheaper dining options. But there is one part of traveling that has remained expensive despite development in other areas, mobile data roaming.

 

 

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Digital coupons – the future of mobile wallets: Study

Google Wallet

Everyone likes a good deal, a new study on digital wallets by the mobile marketing tech firm Vibes has concluded. It means that mess of flyers on your front door could soon be replaced by a smarter set of customized and personalized digital flyers in your Apple Passbook or Google Wallet.

 

 

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84% of Americans say they couldn’t go a single day without their smartphone

We’re addicted to our phones.

Chances are you’re addicted to your mobile device if you are reading this article. The question is, just how addicted are you? Forty percent of iPhone users would rather not bathe than give up their precious mobile devices, according to research compiled by gadget insurance service Protect Your Bubble. (Infographic)

 

 

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Showrooming is on the rise: Report

25% increase in the use of mobile phones in retail stores.

More shoppers are using their mobiles for ‘showrooming’, checking prices and product information while shopping in stores. There has been a 25% increase in the use of mobiles in retail stores, which has significant implications for retailers, according to JiWire’s Mobile Audience Insights Report for Q2 2013.

 

 

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12 tech trends that will alter higher education

Technology trends will transform higher education.

Higher education is facing an onslaught of disruptive forces right now. Technologies such as MOOCs and mobile devices are disrupting institutional structures from the classroom and across entire campuses. As tech transforms these learning environments, universities must decide whether to resist the change or get out in front of it. To choose the latter option, however, we need to envision what universities of the future will look like—if they exist at all.

 

 

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Top digital priorities for retail are site conversion and mobile: Study

There are more effective and efficient digital tactics to invest in than social media.

A Forrester Research and shop.org study done recently reveals that site conversion and mobile are a far higher priority for retailers than social media for 2013. The reason for this is both orthodox and unconventional: the data supports these tactics.

 

 

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The 5 most important metrics for app engagement

It’s an app world.

The mobile market has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide and makes up 15% of all internet traffic, according to Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends report. Despite these findings, many brands have yet to reap the benefits that are now possible through the most personal connection available with their target consumers – the app.

 

 

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70% of developers are dissatisfied with app marketing and advertising

Mobile developers are unhappy with app marketing and advertising.

Over 70 percent of developers are dissatisfied with their current options for app marketing and advertising. That’s the results of a survey by Papaya Mobile, which offers the AppFlood service for promoting mobile games and apps. The survey shows that the majority of developers don’t have a clear idea of the benefits of mobile marketing channels. In particular, they don’t trust ad network providers.

 

 

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Now you can shop at Walmart while waiting at the bus stop

QR codes lets bus riders pick up a few things on the way home using their phones.

The time you spend waiting for a bus can normally be put to better use, if only you weren’t stuck at the bus stop. That’s exactly why Walmart has decided to bring the supermarket to you, making it possible to do some of your weekly shopping while you wait.

 

 

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