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3 reasons why restaurants need mobile, cloud technology | FastCasual
April 14, 2014

Google: "cloud computing" fast food franchises
digital-first restaurants valuations
cloud_computing  mobile_applications  mobile_phones  restaurants  virtual_restaurants 
september 2019 by jerryking
How to Declutter and Speed Up Your Phone - The New York Times
By Thorin Klosowski
Mr. Klosowski is a staff writer at Wirecutter, a product recommendation site owned by The New York Times Company.

April 18, 2019
decluttering  howto  iPhone  mobile_phones 
april 2019 by jerryking
Apple and Qualcomm’s Billion-Dollar Staredown
April 13, 2019 | WSJ | By Tripp Mickle and Asa Fitch.

Apple has called Qualcomm a monopoly and said Mr. Mollenkopf has lied about settlement talks between the companies. Qualcomm has accused Apple of deceiving regulators around the world and stealing software to help a rival chip maker.

For two years, the companies have bickered over the royalties Apple pays to Qualcomm for its patents. Discord between the CEOs, who bring different management styles and principles to the table, has deepened the divide. They have dug into their positions as the dispute has escalated....Apple’s patent lawsuit against Qualcomm is set to go to trial—with both CEOs expected to testify in a case where billions of dollars are at stake. .....Cook’s view that Qualcomm’s licensing practices—taking a 5% share of most of the sales price of an iPhone—was just plain wrong, allowing the chip maker to profit off Apple innovations in display and camera technology.....
5G  Apple  CEOs  conflict_resolution  disputes  Intel  licensing  litigation  mobile_phones  patents  Qualcomm  royalties  semiconductors  smartphones  Steve_Mollenkopf  Tim_Cook 
april 2019 by jerryking
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
DEC. 10, 2018 | The New York Times | By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DeVRIES, NATASHA SINGER, MICHAEL H. KELLER and AARON KROLIK.
location_based_services  mobile_applications  mobile_phones  privacy  surveillance  tracking 
december 2018 by jerryking
What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone? - The New York Times
By DANIEL VICTORFEB. 14, 2017
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travel  mobile_phones  privacy  civil_liberties 
february 2017 by jerryking
Moving targets; Smartphones and tablets
What advertisers love, and what they hate, about mobile devices

MARKETERS' MANTRA OF reaching "the right person, with the right message, at the right time" has become a lot more achievable in the p...
geofencing  location_based_services  native_advertising  advertising  mobile_phones  mobile  smartphones  tablet_computing  beacons  the_right_people 
february 2017 by jerryking
Little Brother
Sep 11th 2014 | The Economist | Alexandra Suich.

In 1963 David Ogilvy, the father of Madison Avenue and author of a classic business book, “Confessions of an Advertising Man”, wrote: “An advertisement is like a radar sweep, constantly hunting new prospects as they come into the market. Get a good radar, and keep it sweeping.”.....Behavioural profiling has gone viral across the internet, enabling firms to reach users with specific messages based on their location, interests, browsing history and demographic group......Extreme personalisation in advertising has been slow to come... online advertising space is unlimited and prices are low, so making money is not as easy as it was in the offline world,.....Digital advertising is being buoyed by three important trends. The first is the rise of mobile devices, such as smartphones....The second, related trend is the rise of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, which have become an important navigation system for people looking for content across the web. ......The third big development has been the rise of real-time bidding, or “programmatic buying”, a new system for targeting consumers precisely and swiftly with online adverts. Publishers, advertisers and intermediaries can now bid for digital ads electronically and direct them to specific consumers at lightning speed.....The lines between established media businesses are becoming blurred. Richard Edelman, the boss of Edelman, a public-relations firm, describes the media and advertising business as a “mosh pit”. .... clients’ biggest question is whether people will even notice their ads. ...This special report will show that technology is profoundly changing the dynamics of advertising. Building on the vast amount of data produced by consumers’ digital lives, it is giving more power to media companies that have a direct relationship with their customers and can track them across different devices. ....Consumers may gain from advertising tailored to their particular needs, and so far most of them seem content to accept the ensuing loss of privacy. But companies are sensitive to the potential costs of overstepping the mark. As the head of one British advertising firm puts it: “Once people realise what’s happening, I can’t imagine there won’t be pushback.”
Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Ogilvy_&_Mather  David_Ogilvy  behavioural_targeting  pushback  books  effectiveness  haystacks  privacy  native_advertising  ad-tech  Conversant  Kraft  personalization  trends  mobile_phones  smartphones  social_media  real-time  auctions  programmatic  advertising  online_advertising  Omnicom 
february 2017 by jerryking
Mobile Ad Targeting Is Improving, According to Nielsen - WSJ
By JACK MARSHALL
Nov. 22, 2016

Ad targeting accuracy varied based on the demographic groups that campaigns were aimed at, however. For example, desktop ads performed better than mobile ads when targeting broader age ranges.

Conversely, Nielsen said mobile campaigns were more effective in connecting with narrower audiences. For example, for campaigns aimed at people aged between 18 and 34, 63% of mobile ads reached their intended demographic target, compared with 53% on desktop.

Despite advances in targeting technology, Nielsen said it remains highly unlikely that digital ad campaigns could ever achieve a 100% on-target percentage, because of consumer behaviors such as misrepresenting their age or gender, or sharing digital devices with family and friends.
mobile_phones  smartphones  advertising  targeting  LBMA  Nielsen  consumer_behavior  misrepresentation  demographic_information 
february 2017 by jerryking
Secret Backdoor in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say - The New York Times
By MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDTNOV. 15, 2016
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cyber_security  China  mobile_phones 
november 2016 by jerryking
Why Samsung Abandoned Its Galaxy Note 7 Flagship Phone
OCT. 11, 2016 | The New York Times | By BRIAN X. CHEN and CHOE SANG-HUN.

How quickly Samsung will emerge from the Note 7 fiasco is less clear. The company is facing an immediate, and substantial, financial blow. Perhaps more worrisome is how people may lose trust in the Samsung brand. An editorial in South Korea’s largest newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo, said: “You cannot really calculate the loss of consumer trust in money.” It said that Samsung must realize that it “didn’t take many years for Nokia to tumble from its position as the world’s top cellphone maker.”
Samsung  product_recalls  mobile_phones  batteries  complexity  brands  reputation 
october 2016 by jerryking
China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech - The New York Times
AUG. 2, 2016 | NYT | by By PAUL MOZUR.

Silicon Valley has long been the world’s tech capital: It birthed social networking and iPhones and spread those tech products across the globe. The rap on China has been that it always followed in the Valley’s footsteps as government censorship abetted the rise of local versions of Google, YouTube and Twitter.

But China’s tech industry — particularly its mobile businesses — has in some ways pulled ahead of the United States. Some Western tech companies, even the behemoths, are turning to Chinese firms for ideas.

“We just see China as further ahead,” said Ted Livingston, the founder of Kik, which is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario.

The shift suggests that China could have a greater say in the global tech industry’s direction. Already in China, more people use their mobile devices to pay their bills, order services, watch videos and find dates than anywhere else in the world. Mobile payments in the country last year surpassed those in the United States. By some estimates, loans from a new breed of informal online banks called peer-to-peer lenders did too.....“The cool thing about chat is it becomes an operating system for your daily life,” Mr. Livingston said. “Going up to a vending machine, ordering food, getting a cab: Chat can power those interactions, and that’s what we’re seeing with WeChat.”....Chinese companies also approach the internet in a different way. In the United States, tech firms emphasize simplicity in their apps. But in China, its three major internet companies — Alibaba, Baidu and the WeChat parent Tencent — compete to create a single app with as many functions as they can stuff into it.

On Alibaba’s Taobao shopping app, people can also buy groceries, buy credits for online games, scan coupons and find deals at stores nearby. Baidu’s mapping app lets users order an Uber, reserve a restaurant or hotel, order in food, buy movie tickets and find just about any type of store nearby.

Tencent has opened up WeChat to other companies, allowing them to create apps within WeChat.
chat  China  conversational_commerce  Facebook  Kik  mobile_phones  mobile  Silicon_Valley  Stratechery  Tencent  WeChat 
august 2016 by jerryking
When Your App Is in the Cloud - The New York Times
People at a sports event have had their season tickets scanned, and by linking that information to their mobile numbers, promotions for, perhaps, two beers for the price of one might be texted to their phones during the game. (How creepy this might seem is for society to
sports  cloud_computing  mobile_phones 
march 2016 by jerryking
Web Retailers, Now With Stores, Teach New Tricks - WSJ
By SUZANNE KAPNER
Aug. 11, 2015 | WSJ

Retailers have been stealing ideas from online rivals about how to run websites for years. Now they are borrowing ways to run brick-and-mortar stores.

In Manhattan Beach, Calif., Macy’s Inc. revamped its swimsuit and workout sections this spring to display only samples, a strategy used by online retailers that have opened physical stores.

Instead of stuffing racks with every size and style in these departments, Macy’s displayed only one item of each style. Shoppers used an app on their mobile phones to alert Macy’s sales staff of the style and size they wanted to try on and that item was sent to a specified dressing room.

By not putting all the sizes on the sales floor, Macy’s was able to display more styles and avoid the tangle of hangers. Shoppers didn’t have to go back and forth into the fitting rooms to find the right size. The effort sought to marry the ease of online with something the Internet can’t offer—the ability to see, touch and try on goods.
clicks-to-bricks  retailers  apparel  e-commerce  bricks-and-mortar  mobile_applications  mobile_phones  experiential_marketing  inventories  Macy’s 
august 2015 by jerryking
Sandy Pentland on the Social Data That Business Should Use - WSJ
Feb. 10, 2014 | Journal Report - CIO Netowrk| WSJ's Steve Rosenbush speaking with MIT's Sandy Pentland.

MR. ROSENBUSH: For most of us, social data is Twitter, it's Facebook. What do you mean by it?

MR. PENTLAND: Those sorts of things are people's public face. On the other hand, for instance, there's badge data. Every corporation has name badges. Many of these record where people come and go, door swipes and things like that. That's a different type of social media. Or if I look at cellphone data, I can tell when people get together, what they search for, who they talk to. You can look at connections between people in ways you never could before. The way most people approach this is incorrect, because they're asking questions about individuals. A better way to approach is asking questions about interactions between people.
social_data  interpretation  Twitter  Facebook  social_physics  Communicating_&_Connecting  informed_consent  location_based_services  data  massive_data_sets  contextual  LBMA  interactivity  traffic_analysis  mobile_phones 
february 2015 by jerryking
The changing face of employment - FT.com
January 30, 2015 12:41 pm
The changing face of employment
Gillian Tett

One widely cited statistic at the World Economic Forum was a projection that automation would end up replacing some 45 per cent of jobs in the US in the next 20 years. And the consensus was that it would be the middle tier of jobs that would disappear. The future of employment — at least according to Davos — is a world bifurcated between low-skilled, low-paid service jobs (say, dog walkers and cleaners) and highly skilled elite roles (computer programmers, designers and all the other jobs that Davos luminaries do). Everything else is potentially vulnerable....What is still critically unclear is how all this investment in infrastructure and training is going to be paid for. Philanthropy? Taxes? It is also unclear how mass access to the internet will recreate those disappearing mid-tier jobs. Given that, it is perhaps no surprise that when I asked a group of Davos grandees for a show of hands on whether income inequality would get worse in the coming years, almost everybody in the room voted “yes” — without hesitation. That is deeply sobering.
Gillian_Tett  WEF_Davos  highly_skilled  innovation  unemployment  mobile_phones  Erik_Brynjolfsson  automation  Andrew_McAfee  middle_class  job_destruction  job_displacement  downward_mobility  hollowing_out  MIT 
january 2015 by jerryking
Nokia a lesson for backers of Canada’s nanny state - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 17 2014 | The Globe and Mail | BRIAN LEE CROWLEY.

How did it all go so wrong? And what might Canada learn from Finland’s downfall?

One obvious conclusion is not to put all your eggs in one basket, but it goes well beyond that. There was a time when economic change worked slowly enough that you could get a generation or two’s employment out of an industry before it was overtaken by innovation. Detroit dominated automobile manufacturing for many decades before its own complacency and the innovativeness of European and Asian producers came into play. In a similar vein, Nokia allowed itself to believe in its own infallibility, and Finland meekly followed suit. But the forces of change are now so powerful and lightning fast that sometimes a single product release from a competitor can signal the death knell of a previously healthy company or industry....Canada is rife with industries with their heads stuck in the sand, almost invariably because they believe they can shelter behind a friendly bureaucrat with a rulebook.

Examples abound in fields as diverse as telecoms, dairy, airlines, broadcasting, taxis and transport. Could there have been a bigger farce than the CRTC’s attempt to manhandle online content provider Netflix?...The real lesson of Nokia’s demise was that there is no substitute for being driven by what customers want, which is quality products and service at the lowest possible price...Every deviation from this relentless focus on what customers actually want makes your market a tasty morsel for the disrupters.
concentration_risk  Nokia  Finland  mobile_phones  disruption  Netflix  Uber  CRTC  complacency  accelerated_lifecycles  protectionism  nanny_state  customer_focus  change_agents  Finnish  demand-driven  lessons_learned  automotive_industry  downfall  change  warning_signs  signals  customer-driven  infallibility  overconfidence  hubris  staying_hungry 
october 2014 by jerryking
Smile, you're on WiFi
January 31, 2014
That cellphone in your pocket is emitting a constant stream of information - and retailers are starting to listen in

Ivor Tossell

Mexia, a Winnipeg-based "location analytics" company that's one of a new crop of firms that are supplying retailers with technology that listens in to smartphone signals. Mexia installs Bluetooth and WiFi receivers in specific zones around a store. By measuring the occurrence and relative strength of your phone's passive, unwittingly sent signals, it can tell whether customers are lingering longer in the housewares department, the kitchen aisle or near the checkout. The company says it has deployed sensors in between 80 and 100 stores so far; it also does malls and airports. "We report on a multitude of things, from the traditional traffic count to the time spent in the store," says Glenn Tinley, Mexia's founder and president. "It gets pretty interesting, to say the least."
wi-fi  Bluetooth  mobile_phones  location  location_based_services  tracking  Mexia  Turnstyle  customer_loyalty  shopping_experience  privacy  analytics  confidentiality 
february 2014 by jerryking
YP, a Mobile Search Firm, Buys Sense Networks - NYTimes.com
January 6, 2014, 7:34 am Comment
YP, a Mobile Search Firm, Buys Sense Networks
By DAVID GELLES
mobile_phones  advertising  mergers_&_acquisitions 
january 2014 by jerryking
New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates - WSJ.com
September 29, 2012 | WSJ | By Julia Angwin and Jennifer Valentino-DeVries.

The rise of license-plate tracking is a case study in how storing and studying people's everyday activities, even the seemingly mundane, has become the default rather than the exception. Cellphone-location data, online searches, credit-card purchases, social-network comments and more are gathered, mixed-and-matched, and stored in vast databases.....License-plate databases contain revealing information about people's locations. Police can generally obtain it without a judge's approval. By comparison, prosecutors typically get a court order to install GPS trackers on people's cars or to track people's location via cellphone.

License-plate databases don't contain names and addresses of vehicle owners, although that information is available from separate state Department of Motor Vehicle databases.

Data about a typical American is collected in more than 20 different ways during everyday activities, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
GPS  location_based_services  massive_data_sets  mobile_phones  privacy  surveillance  tracking 
january 2014 by jerryking
Marketing matters: The 'small' problem with mobile ads - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Jun. 29 2013
mobile_phones  mobile_advertising  problems  Susan_Krashinsky 
august 2013 by jerryking
NBC Buying Web Service to Stream Phone Video - NYTimes.com
By BRIAN STELTER
Published: August 11, 2013

NBC News. The network is betting that the next generation involves live video, streamed straight to its control rooms in New York from the cellphones of witnesses.

On Monday, NBC News, a unit of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, will announce its acquisition of Stringwire, an early stage Web service that enables just that.
streaming  mobile_phones  smartphones  web_video  NBC  start_ups  Stringwire  early-stage 
august 2013 by jerryking
Why retailers love customers who shop on their smartphones - The Globe and Mail
Jul. 18 2013 | The Globe and Mail | SUSAN KRASHINSKY.
The study found that, unsurprisingly, even the most plugged-in consumers do not tend to click on digital ads. Of the smartphone owners surveyed, two-thirds said they “rarely” or “never” click on online advertisements, with the minority reporting that they do so regularly. It helps when an ad is personalized. In that case, 49 per cent said they would regularly click on ads. But even then, just over half still said they would rarely or never consider it. The greatest opportunity for marketers is arguably not in advertising to those digitally connected consumers; it is in offering them something they will find useful....“We are witnessing a seismic change in consumer behaviour due to the emergence of social and digital platforms and the significance and ubiquity of mobile as a consumer platform,” Mr. Schultz told analysts on a conference call in April to discuss the company’s earnings. The data Starbucks can now collect on those users are crucial for it as a marketer.

“Retail has historically been a rather anonymous transaction for many,” said Lori Bieda, executive lead for consumer intelligence at SAS Canada. “… Mobile makes a consumer known to retailers.”...The SAS research showed that people want their phones to act as “personal shoppers.” Those surveyed said they would be more likely to return to a store that sent them offers on their mobile devices – but that’s highly contingent on those offers being relevant and targeted to that person’s preferences.
bricks-and-mortar  consumer_behavior  customer_loyalty  Indigo  market_research  mobile_applications  mobile_phones  online_advertising  personal_shoppers  retailers  seismic_shifts  smartphones  Starbucks  Susan_Krashinsky 
july 2013 by jerryking
A secretive world moves from cloak and dagger to the smartphone - FT.com
June 5, 2013 4:19 pm
A secretive world moves from cloak and dagger to the smartphone

By John Reed
The 21st century has produced one of the most effective: the “silent” smartphone.

Terrorists, drug barons or insurgents can pick up a networked mobile phone almost anywhere. If they avoid voice calls – which can be intercepted – and use them just for computing and instant messaging services, they can transact nefarious business with little fear of detection....
A three-year-old Israeli start-up, NSO, is selling what it calls “intelligence collection tools” that allow clients to combat perceived security threats posed by such users of smartphones. Its signature product is software that allows officials to obtain access to encrypted data transmitted via a user’s smartphone, tablet or other mobile device.
Israel  Israeli  start_ups  security_&_intelligence  cyber_security  cyber_warfare  mobile_phones 
june 2013 by jerryking
Monique Maddy and Mobile Opportunities
WSJ | by Tom Petzinger Jr.

The whole package is priced for people making $200 a month. "Virtual phone service," the company calls it.
wireless  mobile_phones  Africa  trailblazers  HBS  women  entrepreneur  Tanzania  Thomas_Petzinger 
february 2013 by jerryking
A Review of Yapp: Using a Self-Made App for Family Ping-Pong - WSJ.com
November 27, 2012, 6:23 p.m. ET

Using a Self-Made App for Family Ping-Pong

By KATHERINE BOEHRET
DIY  mobile_applications  mobile_phones 
november 2012 by jerryking
Upwardly Mobile
February 2009 | torontolife.com | Mike Miner
mobile_phones  Canada  wireless  Anthony_Lacavera 
november 2012 by jerryking
In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get Up to Speed - NYTimes.com
By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and SOMINI SENGUPTA
Published: October 22, 2012

Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside. Google’s secret sauce is that it finds what you are looking for on the Internet. But the ground is shifting beneath these tech titans because of a major force: the rise of mobile devices.
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Isaac Brekken for The New York Times

These and other tech companies are scrambling to reinvent their business models now that the old model — a stationary customer sitting at a stationary desk — no longer applies. These companies once disrupted traditional businesses, from selling books and music to booking hotels. Now they are being upended by the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets.

“Companies are having to retool their thinking, saying, ‘What is it that our customers are doing through the mobile channel that is quite distinct from what we are delivering them through our traditional Web channel?’...Yet the world’s shift to computing on mobile devices is taking a toll, including disappointing earnings reports last week from Google, Microsoft and Intel, in large measure related to revenue from mobile devices....Making money will now depend on how deftly tech companies can track their users from their desktop computers to the phones in their palms and ultimately to the stores, cinemas and pizzerias where they spend their money....Still, mobile provides huge opportunities for these businesses, industry analysts say. That is largely because people reveal much more about themselves on phones than they do on computers, from where they go and when they sleep to whom they talk to and what they want to buy....one of Google’s biggest challenges is tracking whether people make a purchase after they see a mobile ad. Unlike online, where Google knows if someone buys a camera after searching for it, the company does not know if someone searches for a Thai restaurant nearby and then eats there. That is why it is trying to follow people into the physical world, ...For investors and others trying to solve the riddle of making money on mobile users, Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist, extolled the virtues of the mobile era this way: “We’re going to know a tremendous amount about people.”
mobile  mobile_phones  location_based_services  cyberphysical  disruption  competitive_landscape  large_companies  Intel  Microsoft  Google  Marc_Andreessen  mobile_first  reinvention  physical_world  information_gaps  special_sauce 
october 2012 by jerryking
How to Avoid a Smartphone's Bite - NYTimes.com
September 18, 2012, 4:38 pm1 Comment
How to Avoid a Smartphone’s Bite
By SETH KUGEL
roaming  mobile_phones  travel  smartphones 
september 2012 by jerryking
Military Takes Apps to War - WSJ.com
September 4, 2012, | WSJ | By SPENCER E. ANTE

Military Takes Apps to War
Soldiers Use Mobile Devices for Mapping, Networking, Virtual Lineups
mobile_phones  mobile_applications  U.S._military  Spencer_Ante 
september 2012 by jerryking
Mobile phones: Difference Engine: Copying the copier
Aug 6th 2012 | The Economist| by N.V.

The 73-year-old Judge Posner, who also teaches at Chicago Law School, is one of the founders of the legal school that interprets patent law in economic terms. His argument last June for refusing to ban Motorola’s products from the shelves, as Apple sought, was that “an injunction that imposes greater costs on the defendant than it confers benefits on the plaintiff reduces net social welfare”. That is the economic interpretation of patent law at work.

If, as it seems, Apple has had to resort to the courts to stifle competition and limit consumer choice, then it is a sad day for American innovation. That the company can do so with such impunity is an even sadder reflection of how dysfunctional the patent system in the United States has become.

The only reason why governments grant patents (and the monopoly rights they entail) is to promote innovation—in the hope of generating jobs and additional sources of revenue. Patents seek to do this by requiring the inventor to make prompt and full disclosure of the idea, so others may seek a licence to use it, or find ways to work around it. In exchange, the inventor is granted the right to exclude competitors for 20 years or so.

The cost to society of allowing a monopoly to flourish has long been assumed to be outweighed by the benefits that accrue from encouraging individuals to spend their own resources inventing useful things that did not exist before. In short, patents have been seen as a necessary evil for fostering innovation.

That assumption is now being challenged. Indeed, a debate has been raging in the United States over whether patents—especially those granted for protecting software ideas and business processes—help or hinder innovation.
patents  patent_law  Apple  Samsung  mobile_phones  smartphones  litigation  Richard_A._Posner  innovation  uChicago 
august 2012 by jerryking
Winning in Wireless
MAY 1998 | McKinsey Quarterly | SCOTT ARNOLD, BYRON G. AUGUSTE, MARK KNICKREHM, AND PAUL J. ROCHE.

Can the industry learn to operate at one-third its current price levels? Companies will need to build businesses around key segments. The challenge: reducing churn among the customers who provide most of your profits.
mobile_phones  wireless  McKinsey  strategy  market_segmentation  customer_churn 
august 2012 by jerryking
An Entrepreneur's Journey in Africa -
12/6/2004 | HBS Working Knowledge | by Cynthia Churchwell.
HBS MBA Monique Maddy, who started and then closed a telecommunications business in Africa, has interesting insights into the challenges of entrepreneurship in developing countries.
HBR  HBS  Africa  mobile_phones  telecommunications  entrepreneur  developing_countries 
june 2012 by jerryking
Policy Brief: Strengthening Agriculture Marketing with ICT (ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook forum #1) | e-Agriculture
The World Bank, in collaboration with the e-Agriculture Community and FAO, is holding a series of online forums. These forums stem from the launch of the World Bank's ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook and the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes.

The first forum in this series focused on how ICT can improve agricultural marketing in developing countries. It took place 5-16 December 2011, and Sourcebook module 9 set the stage for the discussion. Forum participants looked into the most promising trends and challenges in ICT use (particularly mobile phones) for short- and long-term market information, agri-inputs, logistics and transport.

This summary document captures that discussion.
World_Bank  marketing  agriculture  mobile_phones  3rdWorld  developing_countries 
june 2012 by jerryking
Consumer banking: Counter revolution
May 19th 2012 | | The Economist | Anonymous

the growth of internet usage on smartphones, the rise of “big data” computer processing and the increasing willingness of customers to do complicated things online. These developments have long promised to transform the way banks do business and organise themselves....If this was just a more convenient way of paying, the banks would probably shrug. But it also promises to overturn your existing financial relationships. Instead of reaching for the first card that happens to be in your wallet to pay for a $2 cup of coffee (and risk being charged a $35 penalty by your bank for exceeding your overdraft limit), your phone will choose the best method of payment.
banking  disruption  massive_data_sets  Google  judgment  Paypal  Square  smartphones  data_mining  immigrants  migrants  remittances  mobile_phones 
may 2012 by jerryking
Beating the roaming charges blues - The Globe and Mail
RITA TRICHUR — TELECOM REPORTER
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, May. 15, 2012
roaming  mobile_phones  crossborder 
may 2012 by jerryking
Virtual shopping gets real at Toronto subway station - The Globe and Mail
marina strauss — RETAILING REPORTER
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 02, 2012

while mobile retail is about to boom, the jury is still out on the use of QR codes, said Kaan Yigit, president of Solutions Research Group. Only 20 per cent of Canadian smartphone owners use them; those people are generally male and over half the users are under 30, he said.

For the virtual-store idea to work, shoppers first need to install the app and then use a QR code. “Unless what they are selling is highly exclusive or unique, there are just easier ways to buy the same thing – either at brick and mortar stores or online.”
Marina_Strauss  retailers  mobile_applications  mobile_phones  Well.ca  Toronto  QR_codes 
april 2012 by jerryking
Bizarre Insights From Big Data - NYTimes.com
March 28, 2012 | NYT | By QUENTIN HARDY.

Sometimes unexpected data sources offer big insights....The idea is to have a lot of data of all kinds on hand, because sometimes unexpected combinations of information can lead to valuable insights.
...We will probably see more strange corollaries start to pop up, as more behavior is stored in online databases.
massive_data_sets  data_mining  flu_outbreaks  mobile_phones  unexpected  corollaries  insights 
march 2012 by jerryking
The Coming Revolution in Mobile Job Hunting - Finance and Accounting Jobs News and Advice
Mar 07 2012
The Coming Revolution in Mobile Job Hunting
By Joseph Walker

Recent graduates and college and graduate students surveyed are either using their smartphones for career-related purposes or could imagine themselves doing so....Yet just a quarter of the 117 American companies surveyed had either a mobile application or mobile-enabled website....AT&T, in 2009 optimized portions of its careers site for mobile users. It uses "sniffer" technology to detect what device someone is using and then directs them to a page designed for that particular smartphone. In the coming months, it will release a new version of its mobile site that will make even more content from its desktop site available to mobile users, said Jennifer Terry, director of staffing strategic initiatives.
job_search  mobile_phones  smartphones  Colleges_&_Universities  new_graduates  Managing_Your_Career  mobile_applications 
march 2012 by jerryking
Five tips for moving to mobile - The Globe and Mail
ivor tossell
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Feb. 13, 2012
m-commerce  howto  mobile  mobile_phones  smartphones 
february 2012 by jerryking
Everyone Speaks Text Message - NYTimes.com
By TINA ROSENBERG
December 9, 2011

Whether a language lives or dies, says K. David Harrison, an associate professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, is a choice made by 6-year-olds.
mobile_phones  text_messages  Africa  languages  Guinea  linguistics 
december 2011 by jerryking
Another perspective on apps
Nov. 23, 2011 |The Financial Times. p14 |
Bernard Simon.

"Games are the driving force of the app economy," Mr Sharma says, citing sources such as Nielsen, ABI Research and PwC. One chart shows that games make up 60 per cent of apps with the highest revenues. Another shows that playing a mobile app game costs 5 cents an hour, versus 18 cents to watch a film on TV or $6.25 for an hour at the cinema.

Mr Sharma, who came to Canada from India as a child, worked as a technology analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston in San Francisco, before moving to BMO Capital and GMP Securities in Toronto.
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Mobilicity CEO steps down - The Globe and Mail
iain marlow — TELECOM REPORTER
Globe and Mail Update
Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
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Five Galaxy features you won’t find on the iPhone - The Globe and Mail
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
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