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The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News
Keep up with the rapidly changing social media industry. Get the big picture and follow the emerging trends. Also: http://sometek.fi (in Finnish)
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Life With Chromecast: 6 Months Later

Life With Chromecast: 6 Months Later | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

When I first heard about Google's TV stick, I couldn't imagine how sending online media to my flat screen via mobile device or computer would be helpful or convenient. But after I received the product, it didn't take long to realize it was both. These days, the Chromecast has a primary role as my go-to streaming TV device.

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5 Ways Your Phone Will Change Your Life over the Next Decade

5 Ways Your Phone Will Change Your Life over the Next Decade | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

No one can deny that the smart phone has revolutionized our personal and professional lives. More than just a phone, they are powerful, networked multimedia computers that we carry with us every day. And, over the next 10 years, they’ll get far more advanced, transforming every business process including how we sell, communicate, collaborate, train, and educate. Following are some key developments to be on the lookout for over the next decade.

 
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What to expect from Google in 2014

What to expect from Google in 2014 | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Google performed well in 2013 (read our 'Year in Review'), launching a plethora of new and improved products, ramping up its profits each quarter and maintaining its dominance in the ...
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3 Incredible Sites for Ordering Custom Goods

3 Incredible Sites for Ordering Custom Goods | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

As consumers we don’t just want customization—we demand it. Netflix and Pandora have ruined our appetite for the proverbial assembly line. We’re becoming designers. We don’t just want to go to the store to pick up a print to hang on the wall. We want to take a photo and have it turned into a painting and then hang that on the wall—a service made possible by Pixeli.st. The more customization we see, the more customization we crave.

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Report: Windows Phone overtakes iOS in Italy and makes progress in Europe

Report: Windows Phone overtakes iOS in Italy and makes progress in Europe | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

There’s good news for Microsoft’s mobile efforts, as according to a latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showing data for the three months to September 2013, Windows Phone has overtaken iOS in Italy and now makes up one in 10 smartphone sales across five major European markets – the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

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The Future Is Built By People Exploring The Art Of The Possible ... And Pushing Past It

The Future Is Built By People Exploring The Art Of The Possible ... And Pushing Past It | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

We see the future everyday. Innovation is happening faster now than it ever has in the history of human evolution. It took centuries, then decades, for the fruits of laboratory experiments to reach store shelves. Now it can take less than a year.

The reason for this is that systems have been built that enable innovation, allowing people to build efficiently on layers of technology already laid down by their predecessors.

The most prominent example of this is the Internet. At its core, the Internet is a constantly evolving, decentralized platform the is the spine of just about every technological project being undertaken. Information is more readily available than ever before, enabling researchers around the globe to collaborate in real time.

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What's The Difference Between The iPhone 5S and 5C?

What's The Difference Between The iPhone 5S and 5C? | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Trying to decide which new iPhone to get? Here's a handy side-by-side comparison of the 5S and 5C.
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Like Dropbox For TV, Chromecast Changes The Game

Like Dropbox For TV, Chromecast Changes The Game | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Chromecast, a thumbdrive-sized dongle that jacks into a TV or projector's HDMI port, lets you take over a screen with your computer or mobile device. It's been called "magical" by various gadget reviewers (a term generally reserved for Apple devices), and it sold out instantaneously last week after Google announced it at an event in San Francisco.

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What We Can Expect From The Next Decade Of Technology

What We Can Expect From The Next Decade Of Technology | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

This new era of computing will be different than anything we’ve seen before. Technology will cease to be something we turn on and off, but will become an inextricable part of not only our environment, but ourselves. It is a future that is both utopian and dystopian (depending on your perspective), in that the human experience will change dramatically.

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How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

What you need to know is this: Wearable computing is the next evolution of consumer electronics. And it changes everything for everyone and not just the people actually wearing the computing.

And it will change Apple, too. Here’s how.

 

 

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How The Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Search

How The Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Search | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

The rise of the Internet of Things means billions of physical objects will soon generate massive amounts of data 24 hours a day. Not only will this make traditional search methods nearly impossible to use, it will also create an environment where instead of looking for things in the world, those things will be seeking us out to give us all sorts of information that will help us fix, use or buy them.

 
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90% of Kids Have Used a Computer by Age 2 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business 2 Community

90% of Kids Have Used a Computer by Age 2 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business 2 Community | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

There is no doubt that technology assimilation continues to get younger, but who knew it was getting this young:

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Apple TV Transformed, Given Market-Killing Price of $99

Apple TV Transformed, Given Market-Killing Price of $99 | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

The new Apple TV is tiny--palm sized, literally--and will cost just $99 when it goes on sale in four weeks. Jobs placed huge emphasis on ease of use, running from its wireless connectivity to its trademark simple Apple user interface, and no need to "sync" the device to anything, or store files on it since everything is streamed from the cloud.

For TV shows and movies, Apple's done a deal with ABC and Fox, BBC America and the Disney Channel (other studios will follow along, overcoming their reluctance at all this newness, Jobs joked) to bring streaming rented TV shows for $0.99. Movies will be available for a rental of $4.99, and Jobs promised day-and-date releases with DVD at that same price--the rental window lasts 30 days, but once you start watching the movie you can view it for a 48-hour period. As movies get "older" that price will drop even lower. There's also seamless integration with Netflix, giving access to all of its archive of content--all of which streams over the Web already.

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An iPad Running OS X Could Be Apple's Next “Big Idea”

An iPad Running OS X Could Be Apple's Next “Big Idea” | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, the rising popularity of the iPhone and iPad—both powered by a touch-optimized “mobile” version of OS X—led many to believe that Apple would eventually fold its Mac line into the ever-growing iDevice division. But Apple prefers the “cross-pollination of ideas” that exists between OS X and iOS, even though Federighi has led all development efforts for both platforms since the iOS and OS X teamseffectively fused in late 2012.

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9 Top Tech Breakthroughs of 2013

9 Top Tech Breakthroughs of 2013 | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
2013 has been a banner year for innovation. Here are nine of our favorite breakthroughs from around the tech world.
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The Best Of Windows Phone: The Nokia Lumia 1520 [Review]

The Best Of Windows Phone: The Nokia Lumia 1520 [Review] | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Phablets are not for everybody, but if you like Windows Phone and you like big screens, this is a good smartphone for you.
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Google nears smartwatch launch

Google nears smartwatch launch | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

TAIPEI—Google Inc.'s smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of the device, people familiar with the matter said.

The new device, which will run on Android, will be integrated with Google Now, the company's intelligent personal assistant that can answer questions, make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing, a person familiar with the situation said. Google has also been working to reduce power consumption on the smartwatch so it won't require frequent battery charges, the person said.

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Almost half the jobs Americans thought were safe will soon be done by robots

Almost half the jobs Americans thought were safe will soon be done by robots | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Computers have been an important part of many industries for decades already and have replaced humans in many jobs. But a new wave of technological development means that even positions that we once saw as immune to computerization are now under threat.

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The Four Disruptive Technology Forces that Will Change the World

The Four Disruptive Technology Forces that Will Change the World | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
The twin disruptive forces of tough economic times and technology-driven innovation are giving birth to new innovations, new markets and new opportunities.
Just this month the family-owned US media institution that is the Washington Post sprung a huge surprise, announcing it was selling up to Amazon founder and dot com billionaire Jeff Bezos. While the media industry is undergoing huge disruption right now, few saw that move coming and there's plenty of speculation about how that might play out.
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Face Detection Advertising Hits Europe

Face Detection Advertising Hits Europe | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

In a move that will thrill advertisers but make at least some members of the public queasy, a European outdoor advertising firm is rolling out ads using face detection this week.

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Apple's Tim Cook: 'We Have Several More Game Changers in Us'

Apple's Tim Cook: 'We Have Several More Game Changers in Us' | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Has Apple lost its cool? “Absolutely not,” says CEO Tim Cook. 

When asked on his thoughts about Google Glass, Cook said that he seen some positives in the product, and thinks that wearables are “incredibly interesting.”

So far, Cook says that nothing has stood out in the wearable space that he thinks would encourage someone who doesn’t already wear a watch (or glasses for that matter) to wear them, and that there’s lot of room for growth in the space.

“It’s an area that’s ripe for exploration,” says Cook. “To convince people they have to wear something, it has to be incredible.”

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Google Glass app lets you simply wink to take a photo

Google Glass app lets you simply wink to take a photo | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Reports have surfaced that a developer who received an early version of the Google Glass device has created an app that will allow users to take photos using just one tiny gesture: a wink.

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Google Earth Now Lets You Fly Around the World With Your Hands [VIDEO]

Google Earth Now Lets You Fly Around the World With Your Hands [VIDEO] | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Google Earth just upped its cool factor. With the help of motion-control technology, now you can use your hands to fly over mountains, cityscapes and famous landmarks.

 
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Michele Lecerre's curator insight, April 23, 2013 10:21 AM

Not sure about the usefulness, but definitly Cooool!

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Google Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TV

Google Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TV | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Even as many in the geek-o-sphere drool in anticipation for the onset of Google Glass, some technologists are starting to question the very real privacy issues entangled with the use of these wearable computers and cameras.

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