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City smarts

24 November 2014 in -e.showcase

smart city innovationSmartphone owners around the globe are now making cities smarter, according to the Smart Citizens report from Ericsson Consumerlab. For example, three-quarters of consumers want sensors to be deployed in public spaces so they know which areas are crowded and best avoided. The same proportion want to see both interactive street signs and bike/car sharing.

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Mobile only, and first

18 November 2014 in -e.mobile

One billion people will be using mobile as their only form of online access in 2015. No surprise, then, that mobile only, not the exception. And mobile-only and mobile-first consumers stand to influence online media in a number of ways on a platform where user experience is everything and the focus needs to be on sophistication and simplicity, according to Say Media. “Companies spend tons of time and millions of dollars perfecting their brand story and brand DNA, only to have it dashed in literally three seconds by a complicated, or lazy mobile experience,” Say Media points out. “It’s too easy for consumers to move on to another brand that ‘gets mobile’ and leave you in the dust.”

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Big thoughts on data

12 November 2014 in -e.showcase

Big data Want to know what Big Business is making of Big Data? We’ve got that covered. Senior executives see Big Data providing significant business benefits, from greater insight and learning, the ability to obtain answers and make decisions more quickly and in a more informed manner, greater agility and more flexibility. How much do they care about the kind of tech that delivers all this? They don’t. Just 4% see technology selection as being critical to successful Big Data adoption, according to the Big Data Survey 2014 from NewVantage Partners.

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Big Twitter

4 November 2014 in -e.social

IBM is partnering with Twitter on Big Data, tapping into some 500 million daily tweets to give clients a better understanding of customer sentiment.

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Backing Big Data

18 September 2014 in -e.showcase

Big DataWith the proliferation of data in almost every sector, most firms have already changed the way they make big decisions, with management around the world relying relying on greater use of specialised analytic tools and techniques, employing a dedicated data insights teams to inform strategic decisions and relying on enhanced data analysis. In fact, close to one in three corporate execs describe big decision making at their company as highly data-driven, according to the Guts versus Gigabytes report from PwC.

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Too Big?

28 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Ever get the feeling that Big Data is too, well, Big? HP thinks so and has launched its ‘Business Intelligence Modernisation Services’ to take on the size issue.

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Seeking urban smarts

27 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Connected CitiesUK-based innovation programme IC tomorrow has launched its Connected Cities Innovation Contest, offering six digital start-ups and SMEs the opportunity to share a £210,000 fund and trial their ideas with the likes of  EDF Energy, Intel, Siemens, Kimberly Clark, Amey and Ordnance Survey. Entrants need to come up with innovative ideas to solve urban challenges in the areas of connected buildings, connected communities, connected environment and connected services, and successful applicants will be expected to trial their proposed solutions with industry partners for three months.

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Latest News

Everything is tech

27 November 2014 in -e.showcase

Four out of the top five fastest-growing UK companies are software firms, according to Deloitte, with online advertising outfit Switch Concepts able to boast a whopping 10,477% growth.

Doing the PocketMath

27 November 2014 in -e.mobile

Japanese online retail behemoth Rakuten has invested $10 million in PocketMath, a Singapore-based outfit enabling companies to buy and sell ads in real time on mobile devices.

Streamed to sell

26 November 2014 in -e.online

Streaming-radio outfit Pandora says its music boosts track purchases, with the average positive effect of new music being a 2.3% increase in sales of track-equivalent albums.

Yik Yak cash back

25 November 2014 in -e.mobile

Yik Yak just picked up $62 million in new venture funding a mere six months after raising $10 million.

Get car

24 November 2014 in -e.showcase

Start-up watch: US cities clearly need more car-sharing apps – why else would venture capitalists throw $24 million at car-sharing start-up Getaround?

Spotify hitches Uber ride

20 November 2014 in -e.showcase

Spotify has taken a shine to Uber and has allied with the car-sharing outfit to launch a music playlist for Uber users in 10 cities around the globe.

Emerging motivations

20 November 2014 in -e.online

Sharing opinions with others via the Internet is particularly strong in emerging markets and places where offline self-expression is limited sats an AT Kearney report.