Smartphones have created a bridge between two previously separate industries—wireless networks and personal computing. For Internet firms and device makers, this means access to the world’s largest network of people.
Our belief is that the near future of media is visible right now in the forces shaping the media landscape, because the point of ‘media convergence’ is already with us. The purpose of this framework is to help us navigate convergence right now and for the next 5 years.
There aren’t a lot of bridges between us and Google, but we are aligned with their open philosophy.
‘a future of ubiquitous computing is one where computers actually go unnoticed. That’s 2020. It is when Nicholas Negroponte’s assertion in 1995 of “being digital” switches to “been digital” because we will have been there and done that. Kids who have grown up stealing free views of recent movie releases online or regularly chatting with a friend in Bangalore or Atlanta will be working adults in a world where the notion of “work” has changed because of digital technology. But it’s no longer “technology” in 2020 anymore—it’s just how we get things done.’
“One of the types of things we’re trying to do is make it easy for airlines, transit providers, and other types of issuers of credentials to make it super simple for them to get their credentials stored in the wallet…That’s the goal. We want you to be able to leave your leather wallet at home and carry your phone and transact with that as your primary transaction device.”
Where the app deviates from your standard, one-off magazine app is in its shopping capabilities. Rather than sending users to third-party retail sites, the magazine partnered with DropWallet to enable users to purchase any of the items directly within the app. Real Simple receives an (undisclosed) cut of each sale, managing editor Kathleen Harris tells Mashable, which is stated in a disclaimer in the app.
PayPal has created catalog ‘mobile shopping walls’ in 15 metro stations in Singapore. The large display features Valentine’s Day offers from eight participating retailers.
SmartDIGITAL CEO George Burciaga, a lifelong Chicagoan, says the company plans to have 100 kiosks operating in heavily-trafficked areas within 90 days, some of which will be Groupon-exclusive, according to Crain’s Chicago. Current models also run CTA schedules and tracking applications, news content and interactive advertising.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
In a blog post, Marissa Mayer, Google’s top executive for local and location services, wrote that Zagat would become the cornerstone for the search giant’s local offerings.
(Source: The New York Times)
Foursquare wants to tweak its service so you’re not checking in at Madison Square Garden, but at the Katy Perry concert at Madison Square Garden. The New York-based startup had noticed a trend of users checking in at venues but then “Shouting,” or leaving comments, to friends about what they were doing. Foursquare wants to streamline that process by incorporating events into its location check-ins for a variety of entertainment industries, including music, movies, and sports.
(Source: Fast Company)
Mobile Payments To Triple To $670B By 2015; Digital Goods Will Represent 40% Of Transactions