Google is really starting to innovate. I already got excited by the driverless google cars and now google goggles excites me as well. Could be a game changer. Read more on and check out the
Google Glass Video Shows How It Works: http://mashable.com/2013/04/30/google-glass-instructions/
Wow - what a fun little app: Vine by Ywitter! I always wanted to make a fast motion / time lapse movie, but would have had to shoot plenty of pictures for it... how easy is this new little app that creates 6 second videos In what ever interval your finger is able to click the iPhone screen. check out one of my first ones here https://t.co/x2DuWhfRgh or on www.twitter.com/bbweb
I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad for my colleague the other day and it came with the new pre-installed Windows 8 of course, but the box did not include any installation booklet or DVD and even during the setup sequence there was no proper on-screen tutorial... etc. Wow, I thought... Microsoft must have nailed this one and they must be confident in heaving created a very easy to use software. They had promised a lot after all in making Windows 8 an intuitive operating system that worked especially well on tablets and devices with a touchscreen.
Well, I must admit, that I freaked out www.mobile-future.com.au/2013/05/5-important-tips-how-to-useat first when I realised there was no START button on the lower left hand corner any more, so the first thing I did was to google for a program that would re-install it. There are a lot of software hacks out there, but after testing a few I would recommend against using them, because interestingly enough after then dealing with Windows 8 for a few hours, I started to like it and once you figure out the basics of the new system, it is pretty easy to use. So here they are:
5 Important Tips How To Use Windows 8:
eMarketer predicts some very promising growth data for mobile commerce in the US in the next few years. Tablets and smartphones drive faster growth in online retail which comes as no surprise. Further good news from emarketer suggests that mobile shoppers do more impulse buying and use extended night hours to shop later in the day as well. The big question remains how mobile sites and apps will have to look and feel in the next few years to support these growth theories and whether the main websites need usability adjustments as well to make them more attractive and easier to use on tablets especially which I will cover in later posts.
Read more about the emarketer forecasts here: http://www.emarketer.com/m/Article/Smartphones-Tablets-Drive-Faster-Growth-Ecommerce-Sales/1009835
Read more on this NFC based technology that got announced at a Chinese conference in April according to the following source:
Html5 based web applications for businesses: http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/22/gizmox-funding/
$520 million ad spending in the mobile video Eco system according to business insider and emarketer:
How luxury brands can leverage mobile touch points in store a s in the shop windows http://www.luxurydaily.com/do-mobile-campaigns-belong-in-fashion-marketers%E2%80%99-windows/
Amazon to launch Android App Store in 200 countries including Australia http://www.powerretail.com.au/pureplay/amazons-android-appstore-to-arrive-in-australia/
Apple shares have been declining for over 6 months now and it seems analysts are losing faith into the new iPhone, especially since the Samsung Galaxy is giving Apple a good fight in the US and some European markets. A German newspaper reports that the Apple supplier Cirrus Logic is also sitting on large amounts of inventory, which insiders consider to be Apple iPhone parts. According to Bild.de Samsung plans to sell 350 million smartphones in 2013 alone. Apple in comparison has only sold 290 million since 2007! In addition the report estimates that 75% of all smartphones already run on the operating system Android by Google.
It seems Apple is not using the same release and development patterns any more that the company used under the leadership of Steve Jobs. Release cycles are getting shorter, less spectacular and Apple recently produced a few massive flops e.g. with its buggy maps app. In addition the new iPhone 5 seems to have a battery and heat issue as it needs a lot of energy to run some of the latest features and apps, which Apple was able to remove in earlier version through updates though...
The trend seems to go to low-price smartphones and telcos like Telstra or Optus are actively promoting cheaper alternives to the iPhone, which sits at the bottom of the list.
I still love my iPhone 4, but Steve... we miss you.
Bjorn Behrendt is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive knowledge about online retail, payments and mobile commerce.