Google+ is failing because users see Google as fast, smart and powerful – not fun

By Ryan | On Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 - No Comments »

All is not well in Mountain View, as far as cracking the social networking conundrum is concerned. Google launched Google+ three months ago and have since seen 25 million users sign up for the service. A large enough number for any ordinary startup but a mere fraction of Google’s total daily visitor base and a million miles away from Facebook’s 750 million active users. This. Read more...

Google hopes George Costanza will make us care about Google Wallet when it launches today

By Ryan | On Monday, September 19th, 2011 - No Comments »

Google will launch their much-hyped (yes, Google, the world is just drooling to use yet another of your branded products) mobile payment service, Google Wallet, later today and they’ve dragged George Costanza back from the 80s TV sitcom Seinfeld to help communicate their futuristic thinking. Ironic much? The mechanics behind GWallet are simple enough, allowing Android users to pay. Read more...

The psychology, sociology and addiction behind the success of Angry Birds

By Kim | On Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - No Comments »

Angry Birds. Two words that have done more for the mobile gaming industry than any other pair I can think of. This one game single-handedly proved that games can be engaging, beautiful and fun on your mobile phone. Millions of people have played it, bought the t-shirt and even ordered one of the plush toys. Millions of Dollars have been made by the Finnish app development house Rovio that. Read more...

Walmart is quietly building a social media powerhouse with Walmart Labs

By Ryan | On Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 - No Comments »

Heard of Walmart? Of course you have. Who hasn’t? They’re the enormous multi-national discount retail chain that’s unmatched in the sheer scale of their warehousing, distribution and volume of products. That’s all nice and well but have you heard of Walmart Labs? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. But don’t let this lack of mainstream awareness fool. Read more...

New Nielsen study reveals social networking habits of mobile users

By Kim | On Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - No Comments »

Nielsen’s latest social networking study has identified that at least 37% of social media users in the USA access their favourite sites from their mobile phones. It also highlights that only 3% use social networks or read blogs on their iPads, just 2% from e-readers and 1% from music devices like the iPod. The fact that the iPad comes in just above e-reader access to social media is. Read more...

Hate checking in? 88% of smartphone users agree with you.

By Ryan | On Monday, September 12th, 2011 - No Comments »

And I’m one of the 88%. I never fell for the share-your-every-move-down-to-your-street-number services like Foursquare, Gowalla or Facebook Places. I would often look at updates from friends on Twitter or Facebook (like “I’m at home” or “I’m at the toilet at McDonald’s in Times Square”) and seethe, bewildered by the arrogance and sheer futility. Read more...

Now your phone can hold your hand, breathe on you and give you a kiss

By Ryan | On Friday, September 9th, 2011 - No Comments »

A designer at the TEDxBerlin conference showed off a prototype of a mobile handset that’ll turn the emotions and senses expressed in words over the phone into actual physical responses that you can feel. Innovative, maybe. But freaky, definitely. One of the prototypes includes a strap that fits around your hand that tightens as the friend you’re speaking to on the other end of. Read more...

[Infographic] The who, what and where of mobile payments

By Ryan | On Thursday, September 8th, 2011 - No Comments »

One of the hottest sectors in the mobile industry right now is mobile payments. While all the particpants are busy elbowing each other in the ribs, trying to prove that they have the magic beans needed to create a beanstalk, there are still many hurdles to overcome – like operator charges that eat into profit margins for tangible goods. To help shed light on all the different roleplayers. Read more...

Nokia prepared to pay $10k to find replacement for iconic ringtone

By Kim | On Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 - No Comments »

You’d go a long way to find someone on the planet who doesn’t recognise the Nokia tune. You know: dee-dle-oo-do-dee-dle-oo-do-deedle-oo-do-do (the musical score is just above this, if you want to play along on an instrument of your choice). This simple melody has shattered the silence of many a movie theatre over the last decade. Not to mention libraries, aeroplanes, meetings,. Read more...

Sony Ericsson enables 3D photography on 2D phones

By Kim | On Monday, September 5th, 2011 - No Comments »

Sony Ericsson is pushing hard on developing new functionality to give their handsets an edge over same-rung competitors like HTC, LG and Samsung. They’ll have to go a very long way to muscle in on Blackberry or iPhone turf, but in a war of newness that brews daily in the mobile domain, their latest creation is certainly a novelty that’s going to attract a few new phone shoppers.. Read more...