Saturday, December 16, 2017

Why the innovation race is getting automated

Today’s business climate is fraught with a justified sense of existential dread. Its source is not new – competition and disruption have existed since the beginning of commerce. But today that anxiety is aggravated by bigger stakes, readily available funding, rapid information flow, and an unprecedented speed of technological advance. Taken together, those factors and others are depriving startup founders and Fortune 500 CEOs alike the respite of a good night’s sleep. But apart from causing anxiety, the present business climate is also forcing companies to operate differently. Large companies seeking to protect their core business are active in the…

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Apps aren’t dead, they’ve just evolved

I’m sure you haven’t been able to escape the media’s endless gloomy predictions about the fate of the app. We’ve been told that new apps are a waste of money. Growth rates are sluggish. Nobody is downloading apps anymore (beyond the few we can’t live without like WhatsApp and Facebook). But all you need to do is take a look at the statistics: the app bubble is showing no signs of bursting. On a global scale, as more people around the world own mobile devices, the app economy is not just healthy, it’s booming. A recent report from App Annie…

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Facebook will make a ton of money from its influencer features — but it’s also good for your brand

By now you may either know an influencer, or have heard of influencer marketing. You may even be following a few and have seen them promote products which may have at one point piqued your curiosity and even helped you trust their recommendations more… or stop following them because you’re annoyed. Either way, influencer marketing has become a mainstream strategy for driving earned media via trusted experts within niche categories like beauty, fitness, and food.    The social media phenomenon of influencer marketing has become a bit more transparent for brands. One of Facebook’s robust advertising platform has just rolled…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Xbox One’s ‘Year in Review’ breaks down your biggest achievements. You should get out more

Gamers today can get an itemized breakdown of their biggest achievements as well as total hours spent in front of their Xbox over the past year. Microsoft’s new 2017 Xbox Year in Review site is basically a litmus test for couch potatoes. After visiting the site and logging in with your Xbox Live Gold account, the page shows off a variety of stats. I would presume the display would be much more meaningful if I weren’t measuring my own stats (I typically game on PC or Nintendo’s Switch while on the go). But, here’s an idea of what all that…

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What the world’s central banks are saying about cryptocurrencies

 (Bloomberg) — More than eight years since the birth of bitcoin, central banks around the world are increasingly recognizing the potential upsides and downsides of digital currencies. The guardians of the global economy have two sets of issues to address. First is what to do, if anything, about the emergence and growth of the private cryptocurrencies that are grabbing more and more attention — with bitcoin now sitting above $16,000 and futures trading this week heralding a new level of mainstream acceptance. The second question is whether to issue official versions. Following is an overview of how the world’s largest central…

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AOL Instant Messenger to shut down after 20 years

AOL today shutters AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) — its iconic chat service which debuted in 1997 and was popular in the ’00s. All good things come to an end. On Dec 15, we'll bid farewell to AIM. Thank you to all our users! #AIMemories — AIM (@aim) October 6, 2017 Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath — the Verizon subsidiary which owns both AOL and Yahoo — said in a Tumblr post that he understands how important AIM was to many people: You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how…

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