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Slower speeds for faster growth as online firms continue adapting to India’s mobile market

World Bank cellphone mobile India

Community meeting in Aurangabad, India (Pic: World Bank)

To describe the growth of the internet in India as explosive probably downplays the rate of change taking place.

Every second three more Indians come online for the first time, adding another 10,000 people every hour to the country’s online user base.

So it’s no surprise that internet firms – particularly those of a social nature – are working hard to overcome barriers to access that range from low-powered phones to 2G connections to very little data. Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy talking (and texting)

Mobile phone by Dominik Syka

It’s easy to over-estimate the ubiquity of the smartphone and its capabilities, not least in the UK where 81% of adults were last year estimated to have one.

But the global picture is one of much more variety and, according to a recent report, almost half of mobile phone users are happy to use their devices as, well, mobile telephones. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who are you online?


No-one knows you’re a dog online of course, but for a small exhibition at Tate Britain the question is whether your online persona reflects who you really are.

Pass through the gallery’s restored nineteenth century Rotunda, make a note to revisit the Hentry Moores on the right and, instead, turn left to the compact Learning Gallery where you’ll find Stories Uncovered, a display that explores the notion of the archive in the internet age. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Selfie (n)

‘Selfie’ has firmly established itself in modern vocabularies, having become Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year way back in 2013.

This week a Hillary Clinton press photographer captured an image that perfectly encapsulated the age of the selfie and subsequently went viral when shared by Victor Ng from the Clinton campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digital art

It’s been four years since Google opened a virtual window into some of the world’s most famous museums, allowing us to ‘visit’ places like the National Gallery in London or Milan’s Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

The barriers between the physical and the virtual have continued to shift since then. Open Culture – the blog/news site/knowledge directory whose posts last year covered massive art download initiatives from The Museum of New Zealand, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Museum – provides one of the best ways of keeping up with these changes.

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The digital drug of the nation

YouTube Play at The Guggenheim (Flickr: @NYCphotos-flickr)

YouTube Play at The Guggenheim (Flickr: @NYCphotos-flickr)

If you have siblings/children/grandchildren of a certain age then you *might* have heard of Minecraft, which earlier this month extended its hold on popular culture with the launch of its own Lego range.

Videos of the blocky computer game form a massively popular sub-genre on YouTube – having been watched 47 billion times and counting – and it’s this sort of shift in media consumption that a new Ofcom report takes aim at. Read the rest of this entry »

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