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Be My Eyes ~ Lend Your Eyes to the Blind. MalariaSpot: Una plataforma de crowdsourcing para diagnosticar la malaria a trav s de juegos online. 10 mobile trends to watch. Want to know what marketers should be tapping into for mobile to engage today’s device-obsessed consumer?

10 mobile trends to watch

JWTIntelligence has just released its report on key mobile trends to watch. We share the top line findings. 1. Holistic connectivity is on the horizon: Integrated, holistic systems will start to link up devices, goods and services in the home, on the road and beyond so that each component works in lock step with the rest. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Marian Berelowitz is editorial director of JWTIntelligence. 36 per cent of top 100 brand sites in UK are not mobile optimised, finds IAB study. Thirty-six per cent of the top 100 brand sites in the UK have not been optimised for mobile, according to the European Mobile Optimisation study released today by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB).

36 per cent of top 100 brand sites in UK are not mobile optimised, finds IAB study

This figure is down six per cent year-on-year, with IAB’s head of mobile, Alex Kozloff, explaining that it has “given excellent insight into how mobile is faring” and that sectors including automotive and retail are particularly excelling in the mobile space. In the UK automotive sector, 100 per cent of sites are now optimised for mobile compared to the rest of Europe, where the average for mobile optimised sites was 85 per cent. In comparison, the FMCG sector in the UK came slightly behind the rest of Europe with just 22 per cent of sites optimised for mobile compared to 44 per cent in France, 27 per cent in Italy, 55 per cent in Germany and 41 per cent in Spain.

Last year in the UK, this figure stood at 11 per cent. WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-Plus. It was only a matter of time before the over-the-top messaging apps got tired of upturning the mobile carriers’ SMS businesses and developed ambitions of becoming carriers themselves.

WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-Plus

WhatsApp is getting its own prepaid SIM card on Germany’s E-Plus, which combines unlimited WhatsApp usage with a small bundle of traditional mobile voice, data and text messages for €10 ($13.80). WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum announced the partnership at Mobile World Congress in February, but TechCrunch and German media spotted the launch of the service on E-Plus’s website on Monday. The deal isn’t your typical mobile virtual network operator deal because WhatsApp isn’t supplanting E-Plus’s brand and selling voice and data directly to consumers. But the partnership is unique in that the prepaid service seems to focus on WhatsApp as the primary mode of communication. As WhatsApp rolls out its planned voice services this quarter, that focus could become even tighter. Scentee: A mobile app that emits smell, for real. Scentee is a Japanese mobile app that emits smells.

Scentee: A mobile app that emits smell, for real

To do that, users need to download the app and purchase a special device that attaches to one’s mobile phone. Founder Masaru Tange shows me his Scentee device: The separate device, which costs $35.99, lets users insert fragrance cartridges. Based on your action (like clicking a Facebook like, for example), it will trigger a smell programmed in by an app developer who uses Scentee. There are several fragrance cartridges to choose from and each cartridge packs about 100 sprays.

Scentee’s SDK is available on Github for developers who want to toy around with it. Tang created Scentee because he believes that smell is neglected in today’s digital world. (Also read: After leaving Zynga, this founder ditched the gaming business for online shopping) (Editing by Josh Horwitz) Mobile: Agencies' Last Chance for Greatness. This is the final installment of a four-part series that explores how agencies are adapting to mobile.

Mobile: Agencies' Last Chance for Greatness

The series is sponsored by Celtra, the global leader for rich media mobile ad serving and analytics. It is written by Matevz Klanjsek, founder and chief product officer at Celtra. Advertising agencies have a glorious past. In the 1950s they pioneered television advertising. In the 70s, they drove the industry’s creative revolution. Ad tech won the desktop game Online advertising was once in the same place as mobile is now. History is dangerously close to repeating itself. Mobile is not just another desktop Mobile is very different from desktop, both technologically as well as from consumer behaviour and experience perspective. Secondly, the interaction with mobile content is completely different. Unique user experience on mobile also extends to advertising. Mobile is the opportunity to be creative again This is the essence of advertising. How Mobile And Social Are Changing Consumer Behaviour [INFOGRAPHIC] A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells : The Salt.

Hide captionSimply plug the Scentee device into your iPhone jack and let the scent of grilled meat waft your way.

A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells : The Salt

YouTube Simply plug the Scentee device into your iPhone jack and let the scent of grilled meat waft your way. Have you ever wished that your iPhone could bring you the smell of coffee, curry or steak? No? Well, there's a gadget for that. Japanese company Scentee has invented a spherical iPhone attachment that can squirt out aromas ranging from flowery to savory. In the words of Scentee's CEO Koki Tsubouchi: "The iPod made music portable. If you're in the mood for food smells, Scentee has an app called Hana Yakiniku, which roughly translates to "nose grilled meat," programmed with three scents: short ribs, grilled beef and buttered potatoes. In a promotional video, the message seems to be that the smell of meat and potatoes may be an appealing substitute for actual meat and potatoes. This marketing of imaginary meat is a bit strange, frankly. Mobile Isn't Just a Screen or Device, It's About Behavior.

Mobile tools can counter "showrooming" BII REPORT: How Card Readers Are Driving An Explosion In Mobile Payments. Cellphones: A Teen's Lifeline to the Internet [STUDY] It's a sight that's all too common, now: teenagers never looking up, glued to their cellphones every hour of the day.

Cellphones: A Teen's Lifeline to the Internet [STUDY]

Text messages may seem like the major culprit for this behavior, but a new report shows that one in four teens use cell phones as their device of choice when browsing the web. According to a study by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, mobile access to the Internet is pervasive among teenagers. Instead of using desktops or laptops, most rely on their phones to go online. The survey of teens ages 12 through 17 found that 78% have a cellphone, with nearly half of those being smartphones. Compared to one in four young adults who are "cell-mostly" users, only 15% of adults rely solely on their phones. Although teens are just as likely to have a cellphone as they are to have access to a desktop, their home computers are often shared with family members, resulting in privacy issues and limited time online.

The findings cut across the economic board. Would You Buy Gucci Off Your Smartphone? When you walk through the well-appointed door of a high-end luxury shop, you’re prepared to pay a premium for what is known as “an experience:” good service, free champagne, and all the little odds and ends that are attendant to buying, say, a keychain that costs more than what I make in a month.

Would You Buy Gucci Off Your Smartphone?

Translating those perks to a smartphone is tough--people go online for sales, not experiences. Or so goes traditional thinking on mobile e-commerce. To Barbara Rybka, who spent a decade in Silicon Valley before becoming Gucci’s digital director, it seemed like kind of a cop out. “If you look at the average luxury shopper, they consume most information through their mobile devices--even more so than the average smartphone user,” she tells me. Meanwhile, half of’s traffic was coming from people on smartphones, clicking through from email blasts. Since launching a new mobile site over the holidays, Gucci’s shoppers haven proven her right.

Check out the new site on your phone here. McDonald's in Europe testing wireless charging for customers. Pretty soon you will be able to wirelessly charge your phone while eating a Big Mac, if tests go as hoped in Europe.

McDonald's in Europe testing wireless charging for customers

Select McDonald’s locations in Europe are testing a Qi-based wireless charging system from PowerKiss. If you have a Qi-supported phone you will be able to put your device on a table and it will automatically start recharging as you eat lunch. Smartphone and devices that are not Qi-supported can plug in a PowerKiss ring to recharge the device. The restaurants testing the PowerKiss recharging system will have the technology hidden inside tables. It reminds me of those days when McDonalds offered free wi-fi to attract customers. Source Phonearena. Do You Have White Glove Status? 159 Flares Twitter 145 Facebook 11 Google+ 3 Pin It Share 0 159 Flares × A recurring stereotype regarding wireless provider customer support is that your calls will be directed to a representative in India.

Do You Have White Glove Status?

For the most part you’d be correct. Tracfone’s stable of wireless providers all outsource customer care to India, and T-Mobile’s recent decision to ship jobs overseas means that millions of Americans will reach a foreign representative if they call support. Still, companies such as Sprint and Verizon have made it a point to keep their call centers based in the U.S.

Even though costs are higher, we’re in a time when superior customer support is an extended perk that many customers expect, and some demand. In 2008 Sprint was named one of the worst companies for customer service in the nation. Some People Get Special Treatment? One facet of customer service that I was unaware of until working for Sprint was the existence of “White Glove” accounts. It’s a Matter of Cost Authority Ability. For The First Time Ever, iPhone Owner Loyalty Declines. Loyalty of iPhone owners in both the United States and Europe experiences first ever decline. For the first time since the iPhone's inception, the percentage of the smartphone's owners who say they will definitely or probably buy another Apple handset has declined. According to research conducted by Strategy Analytics, a study found that 88 percent of U.S. iPhone owners are likely to buy another Apple smartphone, representing a decrease from 93 percent last year.

In Western Europe, meanwhile, the total stands at 75 percent, which is a decrease from 88 percent in 2011. While the firm argues that Apple is attracting new customers, it says that negative press has led to the aforementioned decrease in consumer interest for iPhones. "There is no doubt that Apple is continuing its success in retaining existing user base while attracting new customers," said Paul Brown, director at Strategy Analytics' User Experience Practice. Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback. - StumbleUpon. Pipsqueak is a smartphone for kids being developed by Yip Yap. They’re currently raising money on Kickstarter for the durable phone, a device that connects to a parent’s smartphone through Bluetooth and makes calls from the parent’s number.

Parents can also route calls straight through to the child’s phone, so they feel like they’re getting calls. While it also functions as a music player, the key trait of this phone is its durability; unlike touchscreen phones, it’s designed to handle being thrown around, being played with, and getting dirty. Support Pipsqueak on Kickstarter if you want to see it on retail shelves. Yip Yap. US smartphone market share slows down, Android still on top. The smartphone market is a cage match, and all manufacturers are fighting for every last percentage of market share. However, the past few months have seen little activity as far as changes in smartphone market share.

Since June, there hasn't been a significant increase or decrease in market share other than a couple of percentage points at most. According to research firm ComScore, the US smartphone field in September was virtually unchanged from where it was in June, even down to smaller platforms like Symbian and Windows Phone. Unsurprisingly, Android still leads the way with 52.5% of the mobile OS market share, with iOS in second at 34.3%. BlackBerry came in at 8.4%, with Windows Phone at 3.6% and Symbian coming in last at under 1%.

Market share for the top mobile device manufacturers was also fairly slow and uneventful. DEAR APPLE: I'm Leaving You. Ed Conway (@edconwaysky) is the economics editor for Sky News and the author of The Real Economy. He recently wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook explaining why he was done with the company. Ed gave us permission to reprint his letter via an email from his new Samsung. Dear Tim, There’s no easy way to put this so I’ll just come right out with it. I’m leaving you. I figured the least I could do is to explain my decision in full – I like to think it might help protect you from nasty break-ups like this in the future. I’ve been with you, with Apple I mean, for 13 years now – ever since 1999.

I’ll admit I became dependent on you – clingy, even. Like millions of others, I really believed the hype. I never thought I would utter these words, but here goes: I’m leaving you. Now, this is the point where I know I’m expected to say: “it’s not you, it’s me,” but I can’t, because the truth is: “it’s not me, it’s you”. 1. iOS 6 2. Yes, I realise that’s going to sound harsh. Not any more. 3. 4. 5. Ed. El ‘smartphone’ es cosa de dos: Samsung y Apple amplían ventaja. From one to many: “Foursquare for the future” startup Wendr now a branded content agency. By Erin Griffith On October 22, 2012 When Wendr launched in July as “Foursquare for the future,” its app was the classic minimally viable product. The company amassed 10,000 users, which is enough to show that the concept is good, but not enough to appeal to brand advertisers, which is Wendr’s ultimate goal. “There was a bit of empty room syndrome,” founder Sam Zises says of the first version.

Wendr shows users what their friends’ plans are for that evening, making it more useful for hangouts than, say, Foursquare, which only tells you what your your friends are doing at that moment. The company recently launched version 2.0, which is worth a second look. Called [L]earned Media, the agency will develop products and provide services for both agencies and brands. A social media app and a branded content agency are two very different businesses. When he thought of the idea years ago, there were no competitors. But back to Wendr. Wendr is mostly focused on college students. What Happens When Superpowered Customers Meet Smart Touchpoints. Tech predictions gone wrong. The Wallet Wars heat up. Pringles, la primera marca en España en utilizar Whatsapp como soporte para una acción de marketing.

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CHART OF THE DAY: Putting Global Mobile In Context. Apple to crush carriers, become direct service provider. Mobile money in Africa: Press 1 for modernity. The Rise of Smart Mobile Services (Not Apps!) Android Is Suddenly In A Lot Of Trouble. What is the Future of Mobile Money? [Part 1] Magnum: Pleasure Hunt Across Amsterdam ARG  Ready to Go Mo? iPad Found Accounting for 89% of Mobile Shopping Revenue. 14 years later, Nokia no longer the leader in mobile phone shipments. The Mobile Paradox. La amenaza ‘shanzhai’ De mayores quieren ser banqueros.

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