Digital Business Stories

By Mads Pedersen | Stories about brands, tech, marketing, and other things digital

Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let's Talk About the Multiplicity

For a species that’s conquered Earth and traveled through space and invented the Slapchop, we humans sure are insecure when it comes to technology. …

Singularity

Google's Genius Productivity Hack Will Change How You Innovate

Its mantra is #MonkeyFirst<p>At Google X, the company's "moonshot factory," the mantra is "#MonkeyFirst." The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone …

Productivity

Zeroqode will usher us into a codeless future

Codeless development platforms are at once a blessing and a curse. If they’re complete enough to be powerful they are too difficult for beginners and if they’re simple enough for beginners they’re useless for serious work. Zeroqode, a one-stop-shop for codeless creation, aims to make the difficult …

Web Design

Kodak announces ICO, stock jumps 44%

Kodak is today announcing a partnership with Wenn Digital to create a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” that will “empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.” Because why not. It’s 2018.<p>The company’s stock jumped 44% on the news and is currently trading at …

Bitcoin

7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2018

Regardless of whether you’re a diehard tech fanatic, always after the latest devices, or a laid-back “average” consumer, if you’re like me, you can’t help but look forward to the tech developments and trends that lie ahead. After a year with surprisingly high sales for smart speakers and virtual …

Incorporated

German Court Orders Amazon to Stop 'Typo-Targeting' Ads for Birkenstocks

A German court has ordered Amazon to stop using so-called “typo targeting” to serve ads to shoppers who enter misspellings of “Birkenstock” on …

Judiciary

Building Heart Connections: Understanding Consumers’ Emotional Landscapes

A rising heartbeat, a change in body temperature, and other minor physical shifts can signal an important consumer reaction to an ad, a product, or …

Emotions

The future of grocery shopping has arrived in China

A little more than a year ago, Amazon announced a new grocery store concept that promised customers a human-less shopping experience. Customers would simply walk in, grab the items they need, and leave without waiting in a line or going through a checkout—letting sensors, computer vision, and …

eCommerce

Microsoft could beat Apple to being the first $1 trillion company

• <b>Several of the largest companies are quickly approaching a $1 trillion market cap, a benchmark that's never been reached.</b>• <b><br>Microsoft wouldn't have even been con</b> <b>sidered a contender until recently. Now, it stands a chance.</b><p>If you had wondered out loud five years ago whether Microsoft could be the first …

Theater chains are terrified of MoviePass because of subscribers like me

MoviePass is radically changing the value of the theatrical film experience, but what does that mean for consumers and theater owners?<p>I see a lot of movies. I moved to the Bay Area from New York nearly five years ago, knowing not a single person living in San Francisco, and I found going to the …

Subpar

China’s big brother: how artificial intelligence is catching criminals and advancing health care | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

The lifts rising to Yitu Technology’s headquarters have no buttons. The pass cards of the staff and visitors stepping into the elevators that service …

How Conversational User Interfaces Will Change Our Lives

In 2017 we saw continued excitement and hype around ‘conversational interfaces’–interfaces that allows users to interact with machines using natural …

These are the social media image sizes you should use in 2018

As often happens around this time of year, Make a Website Hub have released their guidelines and cheat sheet for the image sizes we should be using …

Sonos and Ikea are collaborating on sound products for the home

Sonos and Ikea just announced a new collaboration to “create future home sound experiences”.<p>The companies say they want to make it easier to play music anywhere in the home – which makes sense, since Sonos’ main benefit is how easy their software makes it to set up and manage a system of speakers …

There are now 25M active business profiles on Instagram

Instagram announced this morning that it now has 25 million active business profiles, up from 15 million in July.<p>The company throws out a lot of different statistics (back in September it said it had 800 million monthly active users, 500 million daily active users and 2 million advertisers), but …

Startups

FDA clears first EKG band for the Apple Watch

AliveCor's KardiaBand, a device that detect dangerous heart rhythms, has become the first Apple Watch accessory cleared for medical use by the FDA, the company announced. It can capture your EKG in 30 seconds, then detect problems like atrial fibrillation, a type of heart arrhythmia.<p>In addition, …

Intranet vendors are painfully learning new skills: customers need to mitigate their risks

The emergence of new intranet vendors into the market (particularly SharePoint- and Office365-based intranet products) is to be celebrated. The era …

Adobe Digital Insights 2017 Holiday Predictions

Products: Best days to buy<p>By category<p>Predictably, the best days for consumers to shop online during the season, based on low prices and product …

Running in Circles – Signal v. Noise

Why Agile Isn’t Working and What We Do Differently<p>Agile started off as a set of values. Values are subtle and abstract, so as agile spread, what …

Uber's Merger With Yandex, Russia's Largest Tech Company, Has Been Approved

The Russian government has approved the merger of Uber and Yandex, the country’s largest technology company and most popular search engine. As a part …

Adobe and Microsoft expand partnership with Adobe Experience Manager and Dynamics 365 integration

Adobe and Microsoft expanded their continuing partnership today when they announced that they are making it easy to share data between Adobe Experience Manager, a website marketing tool and Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s CRM tool.<p>For a sales person that means seeing the latest sales activity and …

Microsoft

Watch CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin interview a lifelike robot named Sophia

CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin interviews Sophia, a humanoid robot, about the future of artificial intelligence at a Future Investment Institute panel in …

Robots

Walmart tests shelf-scanning robots in 50-plus stores

You may have seen stores deploy shelf-scanning robots before, but they're about to get one of their largest real-world tests to date. Walmart is expanding a shelf-scanning robot trial run to 50 additional stores, including some in its home state of Arkansas. Machines from Bossa Nova Robotics will …

We Compare to the Top Brands

Have you noticed the same handful of businesses lead every brand ranking, are mentioned repeatedly at conferences, and are consistently referenced in …

Amazing

Sundar Pichai says the future of Google is AI

‘We feel huge responsibility’ to get information right<p>Unbeknownst to me, at the very moment on Monday morning when I was asking Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the biggest ethical concern for AI today, Google's algorithms were promoting misinformation about the Las Vegas shooting.<p>I was asking in the …

Google

Instagram Has a New Shopping Feature. Here are the Important Takeaways

Capture the Instagram audience by adding a shopping feature to your business account.<p>Instagram Shopping is still in the early stages, but it presents an interesting opportunity for retailers: The ability to tag products within posts on the platform. Right now, it's still restricted to US-based …

eCommerce

5G isn’t just faster, it will open up a whole new world

The transition from 3G to 4G went largely unnoticed by the average consumer, but the coming shift to 5G will be very different. It was clear at Mobile World Congress Americas earlier this month that after years of talk, major US wireless carriers are going all-in on 5G. Verizon is solving …

Mobile World Congress

Spotlight on CX: Brian Solis, Altimeter Group

<i>In our latest series of interviews we’ve set out to truly understand customer experience, to establish where it is now, and find out where it will go</i> …

Weibo Alienates its Users with a Baffling Decision

The social network closes the doors to its ecosystem by claiming ownership of its user-created content.<p>Chinese social network <b>Weibo</b> (NASDAQ:WB) …

Stocks