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VIDEO: The Daily Show Mocks Real Google Glass Explorers Who’ve Suffered “Intolerance”

thedailyshow-google-glass-mock On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jason Jones does a segment about the intolerance Google Glass Explorers need to deal with. Well, Jason Jones mocks Google Glass users and the intolerance they have to deal with. Note, these are real Google Glass Explorers that have documented cases of being abused because of wearing Google Glass. A few highlights.... "You can be treated just on how you look, wearing a $1500 face computer." "It was a hate crime," from one explorer who had Glass taken from her face. "They're going to be wearing these things in a about a year" "Interface between you [...]


Report: Climbing To 48%, Mobile Email Open Rates Nearly Overtake Desktop in 2013

mobile-email-600 After evaluating mobile activity for permission-based email marketing campaigns during 2013, digital marketing provider Knotice claims the number of emails opened on mobile devices reached 48 percent by the end of last year. Dividing its findings per the first half and second half of 2013, the Knotice Mobile Email Opens Report is based on a sampling of 500 million emails sent across 11 industry segments, auditing email opens and engagement rates on phones, tablets and desktops. Going back to 2010, Knotice has tracked mobile email activity for the past four years now. As the data proves, [...]


Has Apple Killed Location Tracking With iOS 8? Hint: No

apple-featured Various news outlets are now reporting that Apple has effectively killed location tracking or offline analytics for iPhones with a change in iOS 8 that conceals the phone's correct MAC address. That's not exactly true, however. Here's a slide from a presentation given at WWDC last week that explains the change: Ad networks, WiFi hotspots and other third parties will no longer be able to grab an iOS 8 iPhone's real MAC address. This is designed to thwart tracking that seeks to tie an individual to a specific location and potentially match that individual phone with other data for late [...]


The Rich Media Messaging/Sweepstakes Combo Wins For Brands And Participants

RMM Sweepstakes Margarine, potatoes, artificial intelligence, Femat's Last Theorem, steam tractors, canned goods. The common link? Sweepstakes. Dating from the 15th century, sweepstakes have been used to motivate the masses -- incentivized, of course, by a handsome prize. [caption id="attachment_85159" align="aligncenter" width="600"] RMM Sweepstakes[/caption] The aforementioned inventions were the result of governments, companies and individuals calling on the public to solve major problems of the times, resulting in solutions that endure today. Advertisers in the 1950s paved the way for the present [...]


Highly Targeted Push Messages 293 Percent More Effective — Study

mobile-map-checkin-featured Mobile push messaging platform Urban Airship released its latest "Good Push Index" study. It found that an average of 62 percent of mobile users share their location with apps that request it. This leads Urban Airship to assert that privacy advocates' fears about location may be overstated. As I wrote earlier today, about the Forrester survey on consumer trust and privacy, people are willing to share personal information -- California treats location as "personally identifiable information" -- in a specific context when there's a clear benefit. Use of location to personalize mobile [...]


3 Ways To Use Keyword Planner To Improve Your Mobile Search Visibility

mobile-devices-featured Last month, we discussed what we can learn about mobile searchers from Google's redesigned keyword planner, including that mobile searchers are often local searchers and that most of them use "near me" instead of "nearby." This month, I want to give you three specific ways you can use the new Keyword Planner data to help your business become more visible to mobile searchers. Data-Driven Mobile Configuration Strategy The first thing you should do is look at your high-revenue, brand keywords to see how the majority of searchers are finding you and your competitors online. This can help you [...]


Amazon’s Smartphone Coming June 18, Price The X-Factor

amazon-logo On June 18 it appears that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will introduce the company's first smartphone -- or smartphones, plural. The big question is: what will distinguish it/them from the pack of Android competitors? Rumored for many months, the phone is supposed to have a 3D interface, which a video on Amazon's site seems to tease. "That's really awesome," apparent users keep repeating. It's doubtful that a novel UI will by itself be enough to make Amazon a serious smartphone competitor. At one point there was a rumor that the phone would be free. However that was quickly quashed by Amazo [...]


ComScore April 2014 Smartphone Report: Apple & Android Continue To Lead

comscore-logo According to comScore's recent smartphone market share numbers, Apple was the top manufacturer in April, while Android kept its lead as the top smartphone platform. Facebook was the No. 1 smartphone app, followed by three Google apps: Google Play, YouTube and Google Search. With 41.4 percent of the market share, Apple kept its lead as the top manufacturer even though its market share had a slight drop (.2%). Samsung ranked No. 2 with 27.7 percent market share, followed by LG, Motorola and HTC. Representing 52.5 percent of the market share, Android was the top smartphone platform i [...]


Study: More Than 30 Percent Of Consumers “Mobile Only”

mobile-devices-screens-featured According to the new "Mobile Path to Purchase Study" from xAd and Telmetrics (conducted by Nielsen), mobile devices continue to grow in importance for consumers. Now in its third year, the study found roughly half of survey respondents believe mobile is the "most important resource" in their purchase decision-making. More than a third said they only used mobile exclusively. This finding varies by vertical but in the aggregate is striking and something of a counter-weight to the "'mobile first' is so last year" argument now being made by Google and others. The Mobile Path to Purchase stud [...]


Dueling Smartwatches: Google, Apple, Microsoft Have Designs On Your Wrist

Smartwatch People have been anticipating an Apple smartwatch for what seems like a very long time now. However it's unlikely, at tomorrow's WWDC keynote in San Francisco, that one will be revealed. Financial analysts say to expect an Apple iWatch debut in Q3 this year. Apple's rivals, by comparison are busy bringing their wrist computers to market. Samsung has been the busiest of the bunch with its Galaxy Gear 1.0 and 2.0 efforts, as well as the recently announced Samsung Digital Health Initiative. Samsung's first generation Android-based smartwatches didn't sell particularly well. The new genera [...]


Meeker Report: Mobile Advertising Spend Falls Far Short Of Consumer Habits

OpenX Mobile Video Ad SDK When Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, released her annual Internet Trends Report released this week there weren't many surprises. However, one of the slides called out the gap in advertiser spending on mobile relative to the time users spend consuming media on mobile devices and the enormous opportunity mobile still presents. The graphic is clunky, but the takeaway we're meant to grasp for mobile is that it's still being undervalued by advertisers. Users in the US spent 20 percent of their time consuming media on mobile devices last year. Yet, advertisers dedicate [...]


The Convergence Of Mobile Apps & Search Is Happening. Get Ready!

future_of_search_results Weather forecasters often talk ominously of “convergence zones,” the areas where two flows of fast moving air come together to create interesting weather patterns. If I were to put on my weather forecaster hat to predict the future of search, I’d say we’re sitting right in the middle of a convergence zone between the web and the fast-growing state of native mobile apps. These two forces are coming together quickly, and when they do, the future of search will be incredibly interesting. But what does interesting mean, exactly? Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen two an [...]


Slick Cross-Platform App Distribution Tool ‘Beta’ Is Released By Twitter’s Crashlytics

crash Earlier this year, Apple bought the popular iOS app distribution tool TestFlight along with the parent company Burstly to bolster its suite of tools for developers. To nobody's surprise, TestFlight quickly terminated Android support in March. So what's a multi-platform app creator to do? Enter Crashlytics's new tool 'Beta.' Last year, Twitter acquired Crashlytics, a mobile crash reporting solution, and folded the features into the main Twitter product. Well this year, the Crashlytics team has continued its innovation by creating a "fun" tester experience that is fully integrated with C [...]


Android To Hit 80 Percent Market Share This Year — Report

smartphones-featured Smartphone growth continues according to the latest "shipments share" numbers from IDC. The firm anticipates Android will reach 80 percent global market share this year but decline to roughly 77 percent in four years largely because of Windows Phone growth. The iPhone remains strong in developed markets and weak in developing markets where the handset is too expensive for many. The report acknowledges the potential positive impact of a larger-screen iPhone but doesn't believe that will significantly affect Apple's global market share. IDC sees Windows Phone handset share growing from [...]


Samsung Shows How Devices And Data Will Give Birth To “Personal Health Optimization”

Simband Samsung We're used to hearing about new devices from Samsung. But today, the Korean company was in San Francisco to preview something slightly different: a major new digital health push. Called "The Samsung Digital Health Initiative," it's a mix of hardware, software and partnerships. Samsung promises that it will "accelerate the development of advanced sensors, algorithms, and data collection and analysis." There were two major components of Samsung's announcement. The first is "Simband," an "open hardware" reference design that is essentially a modular collection of biometric sensors that cou [...]


Facebook To EU: Please Review Our WhatsApp Deal

WhatsApp Usually, companies don't want to be subjected to regulatory scrutiny. However this time, it appears, Facebook is actively soliciting antitrust review of its roughly $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition from the European Commission. As explained in a Wall Street Journal article the strategy appears to be an end run around individual country regulatory authorities, seeking to avoid antitrust investigations in multiple nations. Facebook has reportedly indicated that it faces potential antitrust review in the UK, Spain and Cyprus. Interestingly, because there are few revenue implications from th [...]


Google Readying 3-D Mapping “Tango” Tablets For Developers

Google Project tango graphic Google is reportedly getting ready to release 4,000 prototype tablets that would help advance the company's Project Tango, which is a 3D mapping and modeling effort involving multiple robotics experts from around the world. The story was first published in the Wall Street Journal last week. Google may provide these specialized tablets to developers attending Google I/O next month. The idea would be to see what sorts of applications and use cases developers would come up with. According to a description of these "Tango tablets" (not Google's term) in the article the devices would have [...]


Smartphones Have Big Quarter, Bigger iPhone 6 Anticipation Grows

smartphones-featured Data from research firm Counterpoint (via AppleInsider) asserts that smartphones constituted 87 percent of all U.S. handset "shipments" in the first quarter. Shipments and sales are not identical. However feature phones are pretty clearly now on the way out in the US and other developed markets. Earlier Nielsen and comScore survey data reflect that US smartphone penetration is now at 70 percent. Higher quality, inexpensive devices such as the recently released Moto E ($129) are helping to drive deeper smartphone penetration. Smartphone critical mass and related "cultural" changes argu [...]


Effective Mobile Marketing Across Retail, Travel, Automotive & Financial Services

mobile-devices-analytics-featured A recent eMarketer report, "U.S. Tablet Users: Q1 2014 Forecast and Comparative Estimates," predicts that the number of dual tablet and smartphone users will reach 140 million U.S. internet users by 2018. Because of this growth, marketers across industries are working to identify the most effective digital practices for engaging users, driving app downloads and increasing conversion rates. While marketers across verticals are generally working toward the goal of creating more engaging brand experiences across all platforms, mobile marketing strategies can differ by industry. Retail [...]


Yelp Will Allow 12-Second Video Reviews Starting Next Month

yelp-video-reviews Yelp is planning to move beyond text-based reviews (and tips) by allowing users to share brief video reviews of local businesses and places. As Business Insider reports, the video review feature will launch next month and initially only for "Elite" users. A Yelp spokesperson tells us that the program will eventually expand to all users, but didn't have a timeline for that. The video reviews will be brief -- between three and 12 seconds -- and the user will be able to choose a cover photo to represent the review, and write a caption to go with the video. They'll initially show up just wit [...]


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