Global trends in mobile: Asia rising and the ‘mobile-first’ internet

Mobile phone users in India

Double Line – Chatting at Dadar by Meena Kadri @ Flickr

Think mobile’s big today? Well, it’s poised for substantially more growth over the next four years, with over one billion additional people forecast to be connected to mobile networks by 2020.

That’s according to mobile operators’ trade association the GSMA, which expects India and China to lead the charge as Asia becomes the ‘growth engine’ for the mobile ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Medical marvels from British Pathé

It’s science month over on the British Pathé YouTube channel, where all year they’ve been taking suggestions for themes to follow.

The venerable British cinema news service ran for 60 years until 1970, providing a unique – if idiosyncratic – look at the events of the day, and its archive was digitised in 2002 ahead of its debut on YouTube in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be bold

PME Pharmaceutical Market Europe October 2016There’s no shortage of ambition at GlaxoSmithKline, whose chief immunology officer and senior vice president of their R&D pipeline Paul-Peter Tak we spoke to for this month’s executive interview.

Having joined the company five years ago from an academic medical centre in Amsterdam, he says he was driven to move to the industry because he wanted to have a bigger impact on patients’ lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google takes a virtual reality walk through dementia

Google VR virtual reality Alzheimers dementia

Launch of Google and ARUK’s VR project at London’s St. Pancras International

Earlier this year Google teamed up with Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) to raise awareness of some of the lesser-known symptoms of dementia, like visual disturbances and disorientation.

To do this the tech giant produced three virtual reality stories – available at A Walk through Dementia – that aim to show the subjective experience of a person with dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Live and the new television – from Steve Reich to the US vice presidential debates

Steve Reich Different Trains London Contemporary Orchestra Facebook Live

Last week I happened upon a live performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra of Steve Reich’s hypnotic and moving Different Trains.

Broadcast via Facebook Live from Edge Hill station in Liverpool, the stream – which can be viewed at the end of this post – attracted around 1,800 viewers from around the world, and has so far been viewed over 143,000 times. Read the rest of this entry »

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UK millennials and social media – Facebook still dominant for reach and engagement

Millennials social media mobile texting

Thinker, Texter, Reader (Flickr: @Michael Coghlan)

UK millennials are Europe’s heaviest users of social media, according to new research by comScore.

The research company takes a pretty broad definition of the generation that currently fascinates advertisers the most, bracketing them as 18-34 year olds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthcare confidence

PME Pharmaceutical Market Europe September 2016

How confident are you in your country’s healthcare system? That was the central issue for this month’s PME cover feature, which focused on a global study of healthcare perceptions and offered some useful insights into how people think and feel when faced with healthcare decisions.

We also looked at the global scourge that is the problem of counterfeit medicines and hear what the industry is doing to help tackle the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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