Getting digitally sick about pharma and digital health

Digitally Sick Alex Butler Faisal Ahmed Kai Gait Becky Sarson Dominic Tyer pharma digital health

Has pharma’s use of digital fully matured, what has it achieved over the last 10 years and what might the future hold for the industry?

Those were the questions tackled by the latest Digitally Sick podcast, on which I made a guest appearance alongside regulars Alex Butler, Faisal Ahmed, Kai Gait and Becky Sarson. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digital Music roundup: Spotify IPO, Google and artists, iHeart Radio, Apple iTunes and Shazam deal

Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek

Spotify’s stock market debut, Google puts artist posts directly in search results, Apple and the possible future of iTunes, iHeartRadio files for bankruptcy and a stumbling block for Apple’s Shazam acquisition

Spotify’s approaching, and much trailed, stock market debut that will see it next month undertake a direct listing rather than a traditional IPO has thrown some light on the streaming service’s performance to date. Such as the $1.4bn losses (on revenues of around $4.6bn) it saw in 2017, or the fact that with 159 million average monthly users the firm (whose CEO Daniel Ek is pictured above) estimates it’s twice as popular as its nearest competitor Apple Music. Read the rest of this entry »

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Millennial make their own language for digital communication

Millennial teenager mobile communication lanaguage

Once upon a time, language was simple. First ‘good’ was good. Then ‘bad’ was good, and then good was ‘wicked’.

Somewhere along the line good became ‘sick’, but long before that I realised I was too old to keep up.

Now young people’s approach to language appears to have entered a whole new evolutionary era. Read the rest of this entry »

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The antimicrobial resistance threat and the potential of the human microbiome

Antimicrobial AMR resistance_CommBeBiz photo competition

Earlier this year a media roundtable event in London laid bare the all too real, and hydra-headed, threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) returning us to the dark ages of medicine.

Despite nearly two decades as a pharmaceutical journalist I’ve generally managed to avoid developing any hypochondriac tendencies.

But Getting Things Done To Tackle Superbugs and the scale and complexity of the issues it outlined really gave me pause for thought. Not least when the $2bn invested in AMR research was acknowledged to be inadequate to tackle ‘a silent killer that threatens millions’. Read the rest of this entry »

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How much ‘screen time’ should kids have? (And is social media bad for their health?)

Kids social media use screen time

There are many, many joys to being a parent, but trying to police your children’s ‘screen time’ is, it’s fair to say, not one of them.

As they move seamlessly from television to smartphone to tablet to laptop (and, given half a chance, back again), what started out as being cute has accelerated into a never-ending quest to find that sweet-spot where you don’t feel they’re spending all their time in front of a screen.

Add social media to the mix as they get older and it’s even more of a minefield, as age limitations are circumvented and duplicate accounts created in a bid to fool parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reuters launches publishing ‘community’

Reuters online publishing and broadcasting community

Reuters has launched an online community for those in publishing and broadcasting. Free to join, the aptly-named Reuters Community will offer industry insights, research, advice and complimentary access to industry events.

That said, it’s not a community in the sense of anything especially social, but it does bring to the table a wealth of resources for those in publishing and communications, not least by collecting some of the excellent outputs from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

In addition to that there’s a wealth of insider views on topics such as digital strategy, data-driven transformation and the ubiquity of podcasts.

 

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Digital Music roundup: Facebook, Napster, SoundCloud, streaming music growth

Facebook digital music

Facebook adds new music deals, Napster partners on smart soundbar, SoundCloud denies quality loss, UK and US streaming market growth

Facebook has followed up on its recent a rights deal with UMG, with a spree of further deals, this time with music publishers Sony/ATV, Global Music Rights, SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish and Kobalt Music Publishing. Covering Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus, the agreements cover areas such as music use within user-generated content, as well as more ways to “be your favourite artist’s biggest and best groupie”.
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