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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Is the age of the digital currency upon us?

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One of the most interesting developments in the digital space right now is the growing popularity of the digital currency, with the spotlight on bitcoin. PricewaterhouseCoopers published its report today claiming that digital currencies are innovating in several industries such as  entertainment, media and communications. The report outlines some of the positive effects digital currency can […]

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McKinsey’s 6 ways business is being reshaped by digital

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The global consulting firm McKinsey recently published an interesting insights piece looking at the different parts of business operations being disrupted by digital and the positive opportunities digital is creating. The article, titled: ‘finding your digital sweet spot’ is worth a read and is online here. Our model of how social media is disrupting communications […]

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New app prints photos direct from SnapChat

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We’re always on the lookout for ingenious ways of using the social networking app of the moment, SnapChat. We like this new one a lot which caught our eye today as we have two Little Printers adorning the desks of Battenhall HQ. A UK-based developer has created an app for the BERG Little Printer called […]

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Glamour magazine talks to YouTube’s social media influencers

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This month’s Glamour magazine has run a four-page cover story feature on YouTube and the new breed of social media moguls ‘vlogging their way to the top’. I spoke to the writer of the piece, Olivia Solon, from the perspective of what can be achieved and why vloggers are doing it. The full piece is […]

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The Billion Dollar Club

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Above are the Top 5 companies on the Wall Street Journal’s Billion-Dollar Club, published as of January 2014. Both the Journal itself and Dow Jones Venture Source are tracking companies that are valued at $1bn or more by venture-capital firms. If you head to the website, you can interact with the graph of over 30 […]

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BuzzFeed usurps Huffington Post to become Facebook’s top publisher

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BuzzFeed, the online website which aggregates viral content from across the web, has become Facebook’s top publisher, beating the likes of Huffington Post and Upworthy. According to NewsWhip, in November 2013 Huffington Post UK was the clear leader with BuzzFeed left to battle viral content website Upworthy for runner-up status. Yet, in just over a month, […]

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The ‘infectious disease’ that is Facebook

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When a user slowly becomes immune to its actions and attractions, a group of researchers at Princeton University predict that 80% of Facebook’s users will have abandoned the site by 2017. John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler based their research on the number of times ‘Facebook’ was entered into Google. Google Trends’ chart show that the […]

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Snapchat brands showcase site Snapular launches

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With news emerging in December 2013 that Snapchat had overtaken Facebook and Instagram put together for volume of photos shared through its network, the question many ask is: “how can brands make use of Snapchat?” Enter Snapular, the site that showcases the most popular accounts on Snapchat. If you are a brand and looking for […]

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430 million users and 50 billion messages daily: WhatsApp by the numbers

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WhatsApp’s growth continues at pace, as its CEO has announced some new numbers showcasing the size of the popular messaging app. In a talk at DLD in Munich this week, CEO Jan Koum confirmed that WhatsApp now has: 430 million active users 30 million new users in the last month 50 billion messages processed daily […]

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Want the fastest mobile Internet? Move to South Korea

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Living in the always-on world of mobile Internet in which the first question holiday-goers ask for is the hotel’s Wifi password, we don’t just want good mobile Internet, we want the fastest. So far, LTE offers us around 75 Mbps and LTE-Advanced boosts it up to 150 Mbps (which is pretty fast already!). The Next Web reported […]

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Facebook launches trending topics

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Quietly on a Friday night Facebook launched its newest feature this week. Trending topics is Facebook’s take on the popular Twitter feature that allows users to tap into content they might not otherwise be seeing from their connections. This follows Facebook’s launch of hashtags last year. We’ve been having a little play with this new […]

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SAScon keynote: State of the digital PR nation

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I have just finished my talk at SAScon in Manchester, where I was humbled to have been asked to do the opening keynote speech. A packed conference room who clearly broke Twitter with the sheer volume of feedback through the morning have descended on Manchester’s Northern Quarter for a day of social media, search and […]

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Step 1 of Sentience: Give Robots Their Own Internet

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..yes. It’s true. According to the BBC and Independent, scientists at Eindhoven University in Holland are today launching RoboEarth, a prototype cloud engine for robots. Through this ‘internet’ of sorts, they can learn and share their independent knowledge with others. On the site, RoboEarth announced: “These robots will use RoboEarth as a knowledge base, communication medium, […]

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What brands need to know about Google’s $3bn acquisition of Nest

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Google has snapped up one of the hot names in digital right now, a physical products company that allows consumers to control appliances in their home through apps and online dashboards. Nest Labs, the maker of the smart thermostat and the smart smoke alarm believe that they are on a mission to put The Internet […]

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Boosting Engagement by Gamifying Twitter

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If you’re a frequent Twitter user, being in tune with a round-up of relevant engagement stats is probably a top concern. To answer this and increase engagement, Twitter recently launched @AchievementBird – an account which will allow you to receive direct messages (aka. DMs) rounding up recent engagement. The direct messages vary, some explaining how […]

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Make Your Own Wearable Tech

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If 2014 is arguably hailed as ‘the year of wearable tech’ then bringing wearable tech to the masses is the obvious next step. Some of the biggest names in tech have been launching wearable technology products for years; even now we see Garmin producing their own fitness band. But now Freescale Semiconductor has launched the […]

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From Twitter to Jelly: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launches Q&A app

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Today we saw the launch of Jelly, a mobile app that’s a hybrid of a search engine and a Q&A service – founded by none other than Biz Stone, coincidentally one of Twitter’s co-founders. Jelly allows mobile users to pose questions through the app and their question is shared with the users’ social networks. Other individuals from […]

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Google’s Moto X phone interactive print ads inspire online

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Wired magazine is running what some are calling the first ever interactive print ad. It’s for the new Moto X phone from Google and it’s getting everyone talking online. Take a moment to watch the video below, which has amassed over a million views already. From early blogger reports, the phone is pretty good too…

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Welcome to a world of digital eyeballs, welcome to CES 2014

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Today marks the annual return of the world’s biggest consumer gadget trade show, CES, which takes place in Las Vegas. The place where all of the major digital and tech brands go to unveil their future innovations, recent years have shown that a broader and broader set of brands are going to CES to showcase […]

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