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Machine Learning

Top 10 Trends That Will Transform Digital Marketing In 2017

Social and digital marketing have hit their stride — and now that everyone is back from winter break and settling in to the new year, it’s time to review the lessons learned from last year, and look forward to what’s needed for your company to shine in 2017. From the evolving world of artificial …

Marketing

Digital Ad Report: Google Hitting Plateau on Search, Feeling Heat From Facebook

A new survey from Adobe shows the ad giant continuing to slow.<p>The cash cow has grown so fat that it can barely inch forward.<p>That, more or less, is the state of Google’s search ad business. Its growth has almost flatlined, as marketers shift spending to mobile and other digital ad vehicles, per the …

AdWords

Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle?

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media's trending topics recently, whether that's Taylor Swift demonstrating her clout via a successful protest of Apple Music or Jay Z's Tidal promising artists higher royalty rates …

Transparency

The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time

In a world of decreasing size and rapidly increasing technological development, the financial sector needs to keep up at the same pace. While physical supply chains have improved to keep track of the digital world, the financial supply chain has not kept pace.<p>The race toward real-time financial …

FinTech

Hyped Up: Startups Race To Bring The Hyperloop To Life

The audacious plan to build a train that travels 760 mph<p>Maybe it was the Guns N’ Roses pumping from the speakers. Or maybe it was the spell of Dubai itself, a newly minted megalopolis whose explosion from the Arabian sands screamed that the past was dead and the future had arrived. Whatever it was, …

San Francisco cracks down on Airbnb hosts, but opens office to register them

The city of San Francisco has issued notices to 15 Airbnb hosts, alleging that they are in violation of the city’s laws for short-term rentals in a total of 73 residential units.<p>According to the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>, the rented units are essentially full-time hotels in the eyes of the city. …

California

When it comes to mobile apps, IT is ‘slow, poor and weak’

When 80 percent of employees say mobile technology is critical for getting their job done, but the same number say they haven’t asked their IT …

Apps

The robots are here — and you should be worried

Anxiety has been building around the second machine age and its implications for our economic future, and it may have reached a tipping point.<p>Just last week, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and executives published an open letter on the digital economy, calling for public-policy changes and new …

The Future

Daily Mail, WPP and Snapchat to launch native advertising agency

Sir Martin Sorrell’s marketing services group joins newspaper and tech company in new venture that aims to work across media and ad industry<p>The Daily Mail, Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP and Snapchat are to launch an agency to cash in on the rise of native advertising.<p>The agency will launch in the US …

Advertising

Here's why companies need to think bigger when it comes to connected devices

For as little as $35 (the cost of the Chromecast dongle) consumers can turn an older TV “smart” and start streaming content from the Internet onto …

Smart Homes
Home Automation

Apple and Google brew up battle over future of mobile devices

First there was the hyperlink, then the App Store, and then . . .? Finding the right piece of information — or the best way place to fulfil a task — …

Apps

Where Uber and Amazon rule: welcome to the world of the platform

Powerful tech firms are altering not just the way we buy things, but could sweep away an entire economic model<p>Hardly a day goes by without some tech company proclaiming that it wants to reinvent itself as a platform. Back in March, when South Korea banned Uber, the company promised to let local …

Innovation

Internet of Things market to triple to US$1.7T by 2020: IDC

The global market for Internet of Things, the concept of connecting household devices to the Internet, will nearly triple to US$1.7 trillion by 2020, …

Internet of Things
Internet of Things

Netflix, Stan and Presto streaming services have created a 'new primetime' for consumers

State of Streaming panel panel at Mumbrella360 L:R Mumbrella’s Nic Christensen, Stan’s Mike Sneesby, Presto’s Shaun James, Quickflix’s Stephen …

Google's Now on Tap makes Android M smartphones so much smarter

In no particular order, Google's invading our living rooms, our extremities, our skies, and — curiously — our Android phones. No, really! By announcing Google Now on Tap during today's I/O keynote, the company's going all-in on the idea that a Google smartphone isn't complete without the full power …

Google Mimics Apple With Android Pay

We're another step closer to a world where everyone pays for a pastry at the corner coffee shop with the same device we use to pay for a video online.<p>…

Flickr's new Magic View photo filtering feature works so well it convinced me to ditch iPhoto

On average, I take over 2,000 photos every month between my phone and my camera. Until recently, I was using iPhoto and iCloud to store and share my pictures, but this month, I decided to give Flickr’s revamped service a go.<p>I was curious to see if it could hold its own against the ease and …

Too many platforms may make the Internet of Things a confusing place

It’s a world of sensors, folks, or it’s quickly becoming one. Even the tiniest gadgets will someday get an IP address. A common platform is needed to collect and make sense of all of the data those devices gather, and a lot of companies are already getting in line to take the job — maybe <i>too</i> many.<p>I …

Facebook’s secret plan to kill Google — and become the second trillion-dollar company in the process

Facebook is out to kill Google. There, I said it. You probably think I’m crazy, but there are a bunch of macro-trends coming together, as well as several moves that Facebook got right. that support this. But first, a disclaimer: I’m the cofounder of AdEspresso, a Facebook partner that manages …

New platform offers visual artists a chance to put their stamp on it

There are many ways for photographers to display and share work: Build a website, post on Facebook, spread your brand on Instagram or create a repository on Flickr.<p>But the few mentioned above are not perfect, especially when it comes to displaying photo stories and essays.<p>Imagine quickly creating …

An app that has helped millennials save $25 million

Investors -- and millennials -- are nuts about Acorns.<p>Acorns is a new investment app that lets people automatically invest spare change from debit and credit card purchases.<p>On Wednesday, the eight-month old app announced that it banked$23 million in its third round of funding. The new round comes …

Investing