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Do we need a digital Geneva Convention?

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At the annual RSA Conference this week, Microsoft called for the establishment of a digital Geneva Convention. The company’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, asked for technology companies to step up and work together to protect the public from nation-state sponsored cyber attacks. In the same way that the Geneva Convention contains rules to protect people during times of […]

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Highlights from Apple’s WWDC: Siri, Apple Music & Watch revamp

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The Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off yesterday in San Francisco, where Apple’s CEO Tim Cook walked (and talked) the crowd through his keynote. He described, platform by platform, how each has been overhauled, announcing the new iOS 10 as well as changes to Music, News and HomeKit. But here’s what really caught our attention: Siri is about to get a […]

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Inaugural TMRW conference explores: who owns social media?

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Yesterday saw the inaugural event TMRW take place at the IP Expo in Manchester. With a focus on the future of digital and technology, the event featured speakers such as Professor Brian Cox and experts in the worlds of robotics, hacking and social media. Our founder, Drew, spoke on a panel discussing ‘who owns social […]

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Snapchat Our Stories returns to London

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If you’re an avid SnapChatter like we all are at Battenhall London, you will have noticed that for a while now, the photo sharing platform has been running ‘Our Stories’, which sees people from around the world showing what life is like where they live. So far we’ve seen the likes of NYC Life, LA Life, […]

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Is this Facebookgeddon? The social network changes its News Feed algorithm to promote friends’ content

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Facebook just announced yet another change to its giant platform. This particular change has our eyes peeled, as it’s about tweaking its algorithm to promote content from friends. Let’s look at the three main big changes in more detail, which as outlined by Facebook product manager Max Eulenstein and user experience researcher Lauren Scissor, are: […]

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Could Yik Yak be the next big thing in mobile?

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We’d bet our bottom dollar that most of you who are reading this are familiar with WhatsApp and have used it at least once, have heard of SnapChat and have read an article or two about WeChat’s popularity in Asia by now. Well, there’s a new player in the messaging app game that is worth […]

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In numbers: why brands need to start taking Snapchat seriously

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Every month at Battenhall we take a look at user stats of major players as well as the next big thing in the world of social media, reporting our findings in The Battenhall Monthly. Times (and figures) are a’changing as in the last few months of 2014, we saw Instagram trump Twitter with a whopping 300 […]

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FireChat hits over 1m users & what this means for Internet globally

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In the last week alone, there were over 300,000 downloads of the FireChat app, which saw it become the number one app in the App Store and Google Play. There were between 12,000 to 20,000 simultaneous users within the messaging platform and a whopping 2,800,000 chat sessions. The average duration per chat session was 3 […]

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Battenhall’s Social Media Week London 2014 event open for registration

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It’s not long until Social Media Week London 2014, which is taking place under three weeks from now, from 22-26 Sept. And not a moment too soon, Battenhall’s breakfast briefing opening up the week on Monday morning of September 22nd has gone live for registrations. You can sign up to attend on the Social Media Week website […]

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YouTube’s new Music Key service launches as direct competitor to Spotify

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Google has announced recently that it’s developing a new service that will take the services of Google Play Music and combine it with the size and power of Youtube to form the new Youtube Music Key. This premium service, for which we are still awaiting a release date, will charge a similar price to the […]

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Twitter launches data visualisation tool #EverydayMoments

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Twitter has recently launched a new data visualisation tool called Everyday Moments. The tool can be used to look at what people in the UK are tweeting about based on topic, region and time of day. The beta version of the tool is now live and demonstrates the ways in which people share updates and […]

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Facebook now tells us when ads lead to purchases

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Facebook has reported that it will from now on tell advertisers when ads lead to actual purchases across devices. This will come in the form of a new report showing how often ads drive users to buy the advertised product on a different device. With this new report, Facebook hopes advertisers will now be able […]

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Tracking Transience: a project tracking ALL the things

Gotta love Ted Talks for continuing to ask questions worth asking, in this instance: how much are you prepared to reveal online? We first came across Hasan Elahi’s Tracking Transience project on the Ted stage, where he explained how the self-surveillance project has for over a decade allowed the FBI — and the public — to monitor […]

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SnapChat experiments with collaborative timelines, again

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Last night, SnapChat users were in for a surprise as the social photo sharing app rolled out RioLive, showing live coverage of SnapChatters in Rio perfectly timed around the Cup’s final match. RioLive was not promoted, but simply appeared in users’ timelines, with only users in Rio being able to add to it. This is the […]

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Calling all interns: Battenhall launches internship programme

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We can’t quite believe that it’s been over a year since we launched Battenhall, and seeing the team grow so fast has been amazing. We’ve been planning this move for a while, so are super excited to announce we’re kickstarting our internship programme today. We’re looking for the best of the best to join us in […]

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A wrap up: BBC’s experiment on WhatsApp and WeChat

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You may have seen our blog post last month on news media taking to messaging apps, with the BBC pioneering this during its coverage of the Indian elections. Today, the experiment has ended and we received the above message from BBC News on WhatsApp, telling us that the BBC News India election service had come […]

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Internet of Things in action with LG’s HomeChat

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You may have noticed from previous blog posts that the team here at Battenhall have a sweet spot for the Internet of Things and the endless possibilities this development brings. The most recent news that got us quite excited is that of LG launching fridges, washers and cookers that chat. As reported by the BBC, the […]

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Facebook break up: brands and young users move on

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Every month we number crunch to find out how many active users each social network has and every month since we started doing this, we see Facebook is still on top with over a billion users. Yet research tells us that despite these stats, many brands and young users have broken up and moved on […]

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Twitter wants to be Facebook, Facebook wants to be Twitter

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Earlier this week Twitter announced that it’s officially rolling out a brand new user profile design in a bid to allow users to show who they really are. The new profile set up is currently only available to a small group of users, but in the coming weeks everyone will start noticing that their Twitter profile […]

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Battenhall team at last airing of social TV show @TheFoxProblem

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A few lucky members of the Battenhall team were at last night’s final airing of the season for popular web TV show The Fox Problem, with guests including Richard E. Grant, Daisy Lowe and Gabrielle. Last night’s interview was live from the US with Justin Mateen, the co-founder of dating app Tinder, who confidently claimed that […]

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World Wide Web 25 years on

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Today marks the birthday of what we know as the World Wide Web and it has been with us for a quarter of a century thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee. As we look back at the 25 years with World Wide Web it is without a doubt that a lot has happened since. In celebration, this […]

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Data is the new gold and data centres are the gold mines

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We love data, so whenever there is a thought provoking article written about the importance of data and data centres, like this one by Rakesh Sharma on Forbes, we pay attention. If data is the new gold and data centres are the new gold mines, it’s interesting to understand what drives these centres’ decisions, which is exactly […]

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R.I.P. Flappy Bird: creator removes the game

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On Friday, we blogged about Flappy Bird’s rise to popularity and as of the weekend Flappy Bird is no more. Creator Dong Nguyen took the game offline yesterday, as he just couldn’t take it anymore. The game which had the world hooked lets users tap continually on the screen to keep a bird from flapping into […]

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One of the first WhatsApp marketing campaigns

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You may have read about the social messaging boom in our previous blog posts and we are slowly but surely seeing brands pick up on the trend in creative ways. It’s not easy integrating WhatsApp into a marketing campaign, so whenever a brand does it and does it well, it catches our eye. Late last […]

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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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World domination: Twitter’s focus on international growth

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Today Twitter launched a new India blog – a sign of its focus on international growth, fuelled by the fact that India is a huge market where English is the common denominator. As TechCrunch reports, one of the persistent themes in pre-IPO Twitter’s S-1 filings is that the company has more users outside of the U.S., but when it […]

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Soon you’ll be able to ‘like’ real world objects with Google Glass

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When we say Google Glass, you say…? There are mixed reactions to this wearable technology device as it is one of the most talked about and hotly anticipated gadgets of the year. The plans for the most recent update is what got us talking: the Google patent that lets Glass wearers “like” real life objects with a […]

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Facebook and Twitter in race over ‘second screen’ social TV numbers

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This week marks the debut of the first report emerging from the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating, a partnership between Twitter and Nielsen which they aim to turn into the standard metric for measuring the conversation that a TV show spurs on Twitter. In response, Facebook released official numbers to show off its own TV efforts. Facebook said that the […]

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Social recruiting: what employers look for in online profiles

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  Social recruiting has seen universal adoption across industries and according to Jobvite’s 6th Annual Social Recruiting Survey, anyone not leveraging social referrals is behind the curve. Top recruiters use social networks at each stage of the recruiting funnel, with 94% of recruiters using or planning to use social media in their recruitment efforts and 78% of recruiters already having made a hire through social […]

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Next step: wearable technology for pets

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We’re only just starting to see early adopters of wearable technology wandering the streets with their Pebble smart watch or Jawbone Up on the wrist and Google Glass on the head. We know that wearable technology is amazing and in the future we’ll see it being used for animals, plants and even vehicles. Who’s to say that one day you […]

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