On both sides of the Atlantic this week, two events are taking place that are shining a dazzlingly bright light on the direction we are headed as glob...
As the online art category sees momentum, we'll soon be in the second stage of its development, the post-adoption period. We can expect the industry to mature beyond the initial move to the web, finding new ways to transform and scale to drive growth like never before.
The average smartphone user reaches for her device about 150 times per day. In a word: Wow.
The founders of WhatsApp, a smartphone messaging service that is wildly popular around the world, proudly declared they would never make their users the product. They built their brand off of this guiding philosophy and used it to differentiate themselves in a crowded market.
So Zuckerberg is smart. First Instagram and now WhatsApp. What's next? I bet more. Lots of acts (small and large) must fill the stage called Facebook for it to be a success longer term.
What would make your life easier? If only your phone could make you a smoothie, put the kids to bed, or iron your shirt for the morning. One can only dream. With something more feasible in mind, here is a list of 10 must-develop apps for 2014.
In the crowded smartphone market, a rich app ecosystem is a minimum requirement for manufacturers.
If you had a deep, dark, potentially life-damaging secret, would you post it on a public website for strangers to comment on? No? Well, what if it was anonymous? Still no?
Today, there is extra urgency behind the need for a shift toward innovation: many new financial services competitors that are small, nimble and on the cutting edge of technology entered the market right after the financial crisis, when established firms were busy licking their wounds. The old guard is going to need to stay on top of innovation just to keep up with the new guard.
Here's a new one: 'nichification' in classified advertisements. As if they weren't already categorized into assorted and sundry. Except now they're more than the print variety to which so many of us have grown accustomed.
What is at stake isn't purely a matter of annoying ads or nosy companies -- it's a deep set of customer protections that have taken decades of hard work to secure.
The basic idea is that Apple will enable shoppers to conduct roving transactions throughout retail stores by scanning physical goods with their iPhones, paying on the spot via iTunes then going on their way.
What is alarming is the depth of detail, as well as the breadth of the information, gleaned from the ubiquitous mobile phone apps, including political affiliation and gender preferences, geographical location, an extensive network of one's friends and even distant associates.
If you wouldn't click on it, open it, download it or go to great efforts to get it for free (like trying to pirate it) on your super-expensive laptop, don't do it on your smartphone.
Getting serious about having an online presence, meeting customers' changing demands and maximizing the opportunities and shifts in the industry are what separate the successes from the failures.
I bet you think the mobile Internet is open. That if you write the next great mobile app there is nothing that can stop it from fulfilling its destiny. That if you create a mobile content app that blows away Netflix there is nothing that can stop it. Wrong.