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Ad blocker insights – the base, the growth and the reasons why

By | Featured Post, m-commerce, Tech Focus

Debate rages about the pros and cons of ad blocking. But it is certainly on the rise. According to a new report, 615 million devices now block ads – and more than half of them are mobile handsets. Here’s a re-cap of the arguments and the numbers…

Panel sessions at Mobile World Congress generally tend toward polite discussion of industry issues. But not all of them. One session in 2016 was so feisty it made headlines around the world.

The speakers represented Google, Nestlé, AOL and Yahoo, and the topic was ad-blockers. A fifth panellist, Roi Carthy, represented Shine, make of one of the world’s best known ad blocking platforms.

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After Vine what’s next for mobile video?

By | Featured Post, Tech Focus

So it’s RIP Vine and thanks for some enjoyable six second moments. Twitter’s short-form video app couldn’t compete with Facebook Live, SnapChat Stories et al. But there will be plenty more twists and turns before mobile video is ‘done’…

In March 2015, the tech press was gleefully reporting a war. Pundits had been breathless with praise for the new live streaming video app Meerkat. Here was the short form easy-to-use video blogging tool the people had been waiting for.

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Pixel: why the future of search made Google a mobile phone maker

By | Featured Post, Tech Focus

For nearly a decade Google stayed out of the hardware market. But now a new range of devices branded with a ‘G’ puts the tech giant in direct competition with Apple. Why now? It’s all to do with the uncertain future of search…

For the last ten years, there’s been an uneasy truce between Apple and Google in mobile.

A year after the iPhone launched in 2007, Google unveiled a phone – the Dream – based on its Android OS. It was inferior to the iPhone, a bit ugly, but it embraced the basic innovations of Apple’s flagship device: touchscreen, tap, swipe etc.

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Why is SnapChat making sunglasses? Here’s your Spectacles crib sheet

By | Featured Post, Tech Focus

Will you wear glasses that record videos? SnapChat hopes so. The messaging company (now called Snap) has just unveiled Spectacles. Here’s everything you need to know about them in 10 points.
Snapchat is dead.

Don’t get the wrong impression. It’s in extraordinary good health. It’s just the company name Snapchat that’s dead. This week, the firm re-branded itself as Snap.

The reason for the re-brand was that Snap is no longer a single product company. While it still has its vastly successful SnapChat messaging app, it has now entered the wearables space too.

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iPhone 7: the facts, the context, the controversies

By | Featured Post, Tech Focus, wearables

With the launch of the iPhone 7, can Apple save itself from crisis? After all, this is a company that announced its first quarterly sales decline in 13 years earlier this year – to a miserly $50.6bn. Here’s a analysis of the new devices and the issues facing the world’s biggest phone maker.

With the launch of the iPhone 7, can Apple save itself from crisis? After all, this is a company that announced its first quarterly sales decline in 13 years earlier this year. Yes, sales were down from $58bn to a miserly $50.6bn.

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Automotive focus: Can your car be your mobile wallet?

By | Featured Post, Tech Focus

If automobiles are becoming a little like smartphones on wheels, why shouldn’t they make payments too?

At CES in 2015, Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, stood up and said: “We’re thinking of ourselves as a mobility company and not only a car and truck company. We want to be viewed as being part of this community.” At CES in 2015, Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, stood up and said: “We’re thinking of ourselves as a mobility company and not only a car and truck company. We want to be viewed as being part of this community.”

It was a bold claim, but a necessary one given the way consumers are feeling: research by Accenture says 39 per cent of the world’s drivers value connected tech higher than anything else when buying a new car. The same survey said just 14 per cent care most about power and handling.

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Retail focus: 10 ‘pay at the table’ apps to watch

By | Featured Post, Mobile Money, Tech Focus

A group of startups are competing to transform the restaurant experience. Here are the leading candidates…
When experts discuss mobile payments, they often say it’s not payment that needs fixing. Swiping or tapping a card is no problem for most people. Instead, it’s the retail experience that needs an overhaul: knowing where to find things, avoiding queues, receiving a personal service – these are the issues that demand improvement.

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