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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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The robots are coming

Robot Graffiti Peter Merholz

The European Commission is not necessarily best known for its lightning reactions, but you do know that when it gets its teeth into something it’s not likely to let go.

So it may again prove to be with a technology that already seemed to be everywhere in 2016 and this year shows every sign of continuing that trend. Read the rest of this entry »

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The transition of digital power

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

Once upon a time the transition of digital power meant nothing more complicated than removing the ‘W’ keys from White House keyboards to frustrate the incoming 43rd president’s staff.

Nowadays things have progressed much further and President Obama can quite rightfully claim to be the first US president of the social media age. Read the rest of this entry »

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Virtually everywhere – VR and immersive experiences

Demonstration of virtual reality (VR)

Picture: Knight Center for Journalism @ Flickr

In the last year virtual reality has clawed its way out of the ‘trough of disillusionment’ and begun its ascent of the ‘slope of enlightenment’. Well, that’s according to Garner’s much-cited hype cycle for emerging technologies.

What it seems to mean, certainly in recent months, is that virtual reality is pretty much everywhere as far as media and technology efforts go. 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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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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