Smartphones preferred device for news among affluent consumers says BBC

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The results of a new survey for BBC World News shows a surge in smartphone use for consuming news among affluent consumers compared to the general population. The BBC defines “affluent consumers” as the highest 20 percent income earners in each country surveyed. What the BBC describes as the world’s first study into the use […]

Instagramming NYFW

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A frequent topic over the past year on the FIR podcast that my co-host Shel Holtz and I have pondered and discussed is the rise of visual communication. A key reference point for us was the interview we did in August 2012 with Brian McNely on Instagram as a medium for image-power and his research […]

Renault pushes envelopes with the Kwid

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Since the 1950s, concept cars have been ways that car manufacturers have showcased their ideas, talents and creativity about a new model of car, new styling and new technology. They’re typically shown with great fanfare at motor shows to gauge media and public reaction to new or radical designs that may or may not make […]

If you want my data, reward me

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At the moment, we provide our personal details free to data-gathering giants like Facebook and Google. That won’t always be the case, says guest writer Daniel de Bruin. Data security promises to be one of the main issues facing organisations in 2014. During the past year two main threats to data security have emerged. First, […]

Is a (search) picture worth a thousand words?

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I’ve been having some fun this morning with Jelly. Jelly is a new mobile search service announced yesterday that works via apps for Android and iOS. The company was co-founded by Biz Stone, one of the original founders of Twitter. So what is Jelly? In a nutshell, it’s an app you use to ask a […]

The thrill and heartache of BlackBerry: employee perspectives

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Whether Canadian mobile technology company BlackBerry has a viable future or not is still a big unknown. The company fell from grace during this year as sales of its smartphones plummeted in the face of competition from Apple and Android devices, plus a collapse in confidence in the company,  in the brand and in its […]

Re-imagining the retail banking experience

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Retail banking in the UK is set for a radical change in how customers use branches, and what their experiences are like, over the next five years. The Telegraph reports that some major banks are thinking about introducing “express” branches, similar to self-service checkouts in supermarkets. These smaller outlets would be almost completely devoid of […]

On a digital roll at the FT

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If you want evidence that digital and print publications can live together very nicely in the midst of continuing change and declines in circulations and advertising revenues for printed newspapers, look no further than the Financial Times. In July 2012, the paper reported that, for the first time, digital subscriptions had surpassed print subscriptions. And […]

For wearable technologies, bandwidth matters (and other things)

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Today, UK mobile operator EE is launching what it describes as “the world’s fastest 4G network” in part of London. The company says that the network – running LTE Advanced technology, capable of reaching 300Mbps speeds – will initially cover London’s Tech City, with companies in the area being selected to access it first. One […]