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2016 Most Innovative Companies

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2016 Most Innovative Companies

This is a great listing to check your innovation path and possibly give you some good product ideas.  The best parts about it are: the one sentence summaries below each company name about what makes it so special, and fact they have it broken down by sector.  A sure fire wire way for you to grab a ton of valuable information in a very little amount of time!

2016 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company
 

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In-Store Beacons Best Practices for Brands

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In-Store Beacons Best Practices for Brands

  • Don't be annoying. Don't inundate the user with too many notifications in one place.
  • Used to boost awareness and generate purchase intent
  • Beacon notification will prompt user to open an already installed app.
  • Apple forbids serving third-party marketing messages within push notifications
  • Apple's Wallet app lets an advertiser push dynamic, geo targeted offers directly to users who have added that brand to their Passbook
  • One push per person per store per trip. Any more turn the experience from value add to bad.
  • Single beacon-related push notification in-store can increase engagement by around 45%. More than one leads to 300% drop in app usage.
  • 84% of millennials act on push notifications that come via location-based apps. 61% prefer info related to coupons, discounts and deals they can use immediately. 

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Quick Stats: Brands and marketers continue to see increased value in mobile advertising to reach consumers

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Quick Stats: Brands and marketers continue to see increased value in mobile advertising to reach consumers

Quick Stats

September 2, 2015

Brands and marketers continue to see increased value in mobile advertising to reach consumers...

  • Media Ad Spend: Mobile takes over print. 16.6% vs. 15.8%
  • Digital Ad Spend: Mobile takes over desktop for the first time! 51.9% vs 48.1%
  • Mobile Ad Spend: Display and Search Dominate 
  • US Adults spend 2.5 hours a day on their device on non-voice activities

See eMarketer's report for more >>

 

 

 

 

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Zero UI.. What is it? Why it's crucial to the future of design...

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Zero UI.. What is it? Why it's crucial to the future of design...


With the increase in IOT (Internet of Things) devices, users are beginning to interface with machines in new ways.  We currently use screens to interact with most computers and devices. However, we are starting to interact via speaking verbal commands and cues, using motion gestures with our hands and bodies.  What does this mean to designers when our interfaces are no longer constrained by screens?  You get a what is now being called a "Zero UI".

Read more about what Andy Goodman, group director of Fjord had to say about it last week at San Francisco's SOLID Conference...

Read More Here --->

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Apple WWDC 2015 iOS 9 Quick Facts...

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Apple WWDC 2015 iOS 9 Quick Facts...

- Smarter Siri
- Improved search
- Improved battery life
- Apple Pay Expansion and App Integration
- Passbook becomes Wallet
- Newstand dropped, new media app called "News" aggregating news from multiple sources to be released
- Apple Maps to add Transits
- Improved keyboard
- Multitasking on iPad and Split View
- Open Developer Kits
- HomeKit devices accessed from iCloud
- Swift 2 will be open source
- WatchOS 2 more features: timepiece, new contact management, better integration with iPHone's Health app, Apple Pay improvements and Wallet integration
- WatchKit to have the app logic running on the watch itself to be more responsive
- WatchOS 2 to be open for developers to work with more features
- Apple Music coming June 30th

Watch the Keynote here >>>

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The report of the year... Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report 2015

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The report of the year... Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report 2015

The report everyone in the world, especially the tech industry, waits for every year was released yesterday. 

Read the report Here >>>

This report outlines:

  • The biggest companies in tech
  • Where the dollars are going
  • Why messaging sits at the top this year
  • Rising Technologies
    • Video
    • On-Demand
    • Drones
  • Content Explosion
  • How the economy is being changed by technology

Some Quick Highlights:

  • 39% of world is connected to the internet - Facebook and Google see getting the other 5 billion online as a huge opportunity.
  • Platforms Rule: Top internet companies are all platforms;
    • Apple, Google, Alibaba, Facebook, Amazon
  • The untapped industries with the largest opportunity for innovation are;
    • Government, Healthcare and Education
  • India, Brazil and China are the next growth frontier
  • Average American spends 5.6 hours a day on the internet. Mostly on their mobile device
  • Mobile Ad Spend to rise
  • Video viewing on mobile devices growing fast
  • Tech is changing enterprise process all together
  • People spend most of their time in messaging apps
  • Look to the east for trends in mobile
  • User Generated Content is Exploding
  • Shift for teens in social platforms from the big 3 (facebook, twitter, linkedin) to Snapchat and Instagram.  i.e. more visual experiences. 
  • The on-demand era is exploding.  Get anything, anywhere, anytime has become a reality with services providing on-demand for just about anything.  i.e. taxis, cars, meals, groceries, etc.  44% of their workforce are millenials
  • Drones are about to take over commercial businesses
  • China embraces innovation
  • India ripe for mobile business 

 

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Google looking to own IOT OS with Brillo

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Google looking to own IOT OS with Brillo

Google is looking to get closer to the hardware and own the IOT Operating System (OS) with its new Real Time Operating System (RTOS) Brillo...  

These RTOS are designed to work with very little memory and can run on chips to act as the brain to a connected device such as your refrigerator, golf clubs, smart lock, or anything else we can dream to connect to the internet.  

Google will be racing against others such as the Nucleus OS from Mentor Graphics,  ARM embed OS, Huawei's LiteOS, Contiki and Microsoft's IOT version of Windows 10 OS.

For More:
- read the  FireceMobileIT article
- read Fortune Report.

 

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2015’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies...

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2015’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies...

2015’s Most Electrifying Emerging Tech? World Economic Forum Releases Annual List...

The List:

  1. Fuel Cell Vehicles: Zero-emission cars that run on hydrogen
  2. Next-generation robotics: Rolling away from the production line
  3. Recyclable thermoset plastics: A new kind of plastic to cut landfill waste
  4. Precise genetic-engineering techniques: A breakthrough offers better crops with less controversy
  5. Additive manufacturing: The future of making things, from printable organs to intelligent clothes
  6. Emergent artificial intelligence: What happens when a computer can learn on the job?
  7. Distributed manufacturing: The factory of the future is online—and on your doorstep
  8. Sense and avoid' drones: Flying robots to check power lines or deliver emergency aid
  9. Neuromorophic technology: Computer chips that mimic the human brain
  10. Digital genome: Healthcare for an age when your genetic code is on a USB stick

To read full article visit here >>

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