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Five Mega-trends: How Social Media is Transforming Government

Five Mega-trends: How Social Media is Transforming Government | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
A Facebook site for US government agencies I’ve had the honor of providing business strategy consultation recently to a UK agency and in the pro (Five Mega-trends: How Social Media is Transforming Government

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Chromecast: the future of converged online and TV advertising? - iMediaConnection.com

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World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013: El Celler de Can Roca video interview

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013: El Celler de Can Roca video interview | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Joan Roca, the co-founder and head chef of El Celler de Can Roca, has told BigHospitality he expects the impact of his restaurant being named number one on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list to be 'huge' - bigger than the effect of other...
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Chair 'grows like popcorn'

Chair 'grows like popcorn' | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Belgian designer Carl de Smet discusses his experiments with smart foam technology, which allows him to 'bake' furniture so it assembles itself.
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Morrison to Spend $1.6 Billion on Online Groceries, More Stores

Morrison to Spend $1.6 Billion on Online Groceries, More Stores | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc said it will spend 1.1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) to start an online groceries business next year, add more convenience stores and revamp existing shops.
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Seven technologies that will thin out in 2013

Seven technologies that will thin out in 2013 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Catch a Seinfeld episode from the early 1990s on TV and you’ll see Jerry holding a cordless phone the size of a workman’s boot. When was the last time you used a floppy disc to store data or viewed...
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Out with the OLD ... In with the NEW

 

Computer Mice ... // Wi-Fi Mouse

Physically Large Desktop Computers ...// Tablets

Hard Keys ... // Touchscreens with multiple use Soft Keys

Cable TV as we know it ... // Media Chanels Second-Screen experience

Home 3D Glasses ... // Glasses-free 3D

Optical Drives ... // Cloud-based Back-up

Multiple Phone Numbers ... // VoIP call routing unifying numbers

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The Best-Paying Jobs For Women In 2013

The Best-Paying Jobs For Women In 2013 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Pharmacist tops the list, edging out lawyer and CEO.
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Despite the 50-year anniversary of the Equal Pay Act this year, women continue to earn less than men across most job functions. In fact, according to new numbers released in February, the gender wage gap widened by slightly more than a percentage point in 2012 - back to levels last seen in 2005.

 

Across the economy, women now earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. Meanwhile, economists say wage growth has stagnated for all workers in the last decade, and particularly so for women. The hourly pay of young, female college graduates dropped 8.5% between 2000 and 2011, compared to 1.6% for men.

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Top 10 Ideas, Trends, Devices And No-Shows At MWC 2013

Top 10 Ideas, Trends, Devices And No-Shows At MWC 2013 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
It was a sign of the times, perhaps, that this year's Mobile World Congress was dominated by what was missing rather than what was on the stands. And even more interesting was the fact that it wasn't Apple.
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Padfone Infinity

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The Asus PadFone Infinity is part phone, part tablet, all high-end specs for a high-end price. It's coming soon to the UK with no U.S. release planned.
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The PadFone Infinity is a 5-inch LTE smartphone that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet when docked into the PadFone Infinity Station -- a companion accessory available at an extra cost ...

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Google launches Google Glass contest, patent offers sneak peek into possible hardware features ...

Google launches Google Glass contest, patent offers sneak peek into possible hardware features ... | Trends Watching | Scoop.it

Some 8,0000 non-developers can grab a prototype of the forthcoming Google Glass smart glasses for $1,500 if selected as winners ...

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What is the Future of Television?

What is the Future of Television? | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
With Netflix investing millions in creating its own TV shows, why Amazon and Microsoft are also joining the TV game.
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The TV landscape is changing with many predicting the future big shows will be found online. Online streaming site Netflix is investing millions in TV and plans to make five shows a year, while Amazon is developing programmes for its Lovefilm subscription service and YouTube owned by Google has 20 new UK TV channels. Google's Zayna Aston explains why YouTube wants in on the TV game for its 800 million global users

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New Java vulnerability is being exploited in the wild, disabling Java is currently your only option

New Java vulnerability is being exploited in the wild, disabling Java is currently your only option | Trends Watching | Scoop.it

A new Java 0-day vulnerability has been discovered, and is already being exploited in the wild. Currently, disabling the plugin is the only way to protect your computer.

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The end of the mobile phone AND the tablet: Will 2013 be the year of the 'phablet'?

The end of the mobile phone AND the tablet: Will 2013 be the year of the 'phablet'? | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Experts predict that 2013 will see the emergence of a new type of gadget - a 'phablet', blending together a tablet and a mobile phone.
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Key Strategic Trends for the Middle East in 2013

Key Strategic Trends for the Middle East in 2013 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
The United States, the western powers and some Arab states would push for a (moderate ) Syrian regime. That is to say, one that is far-removed from the Islamic movement, not hostile toward Israel and close to the West.
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3D printing comes to the high street

3D printing comes to the high street | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
3D printing has been around for some time but now the technology is available for the same price as a top-end TV at shops.
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The Real Future of Cars Is in the Cloud

The Real Future of Cars Is in the Cloud | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
At the beginning of the 20th Century Gottleib Daimler’s accounting folks drastically underestimated the eventual demand for automobiles because they couldn’t imagine anyone being able to
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Future trends in manufacturing: Interview with McKinsey's Lou Rassey

Future trends in manufacturing: Interview with McKinsey's Lou Rassey | Trends Watching | Scoop.it

Lou Rassey discusses what's ahead for the manufacturing sector and how manufacturing companies will need to compete in the brave new world that confronts them.

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Extract ... “Advances in materials, advances in process technology, advances in how organizations can connect using big data – all of these things are creating new ways to compete and interact on a global scale” :  These trends, coupled with macroeconomic trends – such as the rise of the new economic powerhouses – will have major impacts on the future of the manufacturing industry globally.

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America's New Tech Hot Spots

America's New Tech Hot Spots | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Mark Schill of Praxis Strategy Group crunched the numbers for us to determine the changes in STEM employment from 2001 to 2012 in the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas.
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UniCredit to roll out biometric payment system

UniCredit to roll out biometric payment system | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Italian bank UniCredit has begun market tests of a new biometric payment system that uses infra-red sensors at the POS terminal to recognise the geometry of the veins in the palm of the user's hand.
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The Most Disruptive Marketing Trends Of 2013

The Most Disruptive Marketing Trends Of 2013 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
3D Printer at the Fab Lab (Photo credit: kakissel) By Christine Hall As technology rapidly advances, every business faces the challenge of how to brand and market itself effectively.
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Data 'to overtake voice' by 2018

Data 'to overtake voice' by 2018 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it

Mobile operators will make more money from data than from voice by 2018. according to GSMA, the body that represents the mobile industry

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GSMA says ... the surge in connected devices and the growth of machine-to-machine communications were creating huge demand.

 

In a report it lays out some of the ways that mobile is transforming lives, particularly in the developing world. Mobile health services could help save one million lives in Africa, it said. The five-year forecasts were released to coincide with Mobile World Congress - the association's annual tech event in Barcelona

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5 ways to break the retirement rules

5 ways to break the retirement rules | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
The Baby Boom generation never played by the rules, and they refuse to retire like their parents did. They're throwing out the financial planners' playbook and taking more debt. (February 14, 2013)
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Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050?

Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050? | Trends Watching | Scoop.it

With internal farms, walls that convert CO2 to oxygen, and even the ability to personalize itself based on your DNA, this concept for the building of the future is a sight to behold ... amazing visions of the future in Futurist Forum.

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... // 2050 is far enough off to imagine the urban environment will be very different from today. But, from current trends, we know a few things are likely. Three-quarters of people will live in a city, or 6.75 billion of the projected 9 billion global total. Everyone will have grown up with the Internet, and its successors. And city residents will have access to less natural resources than today, making regeneration and efficiency more of a priority.

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Global Social Media Trends in 2013

Global Social Media Trends in 2013 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Social media on a global scale shows no sign of slowing down. In 2013 the big stories to watch will include continuing growth in emerging markets, increasing mobile usage, multimedia engagement, and established giants vs.
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100 Must Watch Trends in 2013

100 Must Watch Trends in 2013 | Trends Watching | Scoop.it
Want to know what's hot for 2013? You don't need eagle eyes; you just need this long list from JWT. Ann Mack and her team at JWT have hit a homerun.
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JWT overview on the full 100 Things To Watch in 2013 postJWT 100 Things To Watch In 2013 on Slideshare
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CES 2013: State Of The CE Industry And Trends To Watch - Forbes

CES 2013: State Of The CE Industry And Trends To Watch - Forbes | Trends Watching | Scoop.it

Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas - 2013 International CES.

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Eric Savitz rundown on four trends that will pop up this week:

A post-smartphone era: Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. Ushering in era of wireless telecom services. But early commercials for the first iPhone show that it really was originally designed primarily as a mobile telephone. Now 65% of mobile phone use time is in non-communications activities. The eco-system is becoming less beholden to the phone. There are unintended consequences of phones and tablets becoming hub devices: TV remotes, power notebook computers, measure blood pressure, weigh babies, etc. Smartphones are now in 52% of U.S. households; tablets in 40% of U.S. households. People using mobile phones more and more as core piece of hardware. Control radios. Health and fitness devices. Unlocking doors. “The smartphone has become the viewfinder of your digital life,” The Age of Algorithms: We’re building sensors in more devices. This is about the combination of mobile devices, sensors and services. Increasing sensor density is enabling the digitization of every day things. In sensor age, data is the new currency. Google’s driverless car drove 300,000 miles last year without an accident. 350 million IP devices will ship in 2013. You will see data streams intermingled and mixed to come up with interesting new things. Overlay your blood pressure history with your calendar and discover your most stressful meetings. You can imagine combining digital streams to do new things for users. Sensors allows digitizing of every day things. Your posture, for instance. Moisture sensors that tell you when your plants need to be watered. Technicolor working on technology focused on how people react to advertising in their own living rooms (Big Brother alert!) There will be more pressure sensors, infrared, NFC, other sensors added – creating new services. Automakers adding new features taking advantage of sensor data to help you park, for instance.Progressive insurance has Pay As You Drive feature, lower rates if you share GPS data. In short, more companies taking advantage of digital bread crumbs.
 Contextual Connectivity: In recent years, using “smart” as synonym for “connected.” Now it is about building intelligence into the connectivity. Many connected watches will be launched at CES.
 Changing Flow of Storytelling: The idea of second screens. Ownership up as noted for tablets and smartphones; we are becoming digital omnivores, frequently moving across different devices. Right now, hear companies in Hollywood talking about pushing secondary content to mobile devices while you watch TVs. But as ownership rates increase, one thing you could see is consumers start engagement on these “second screens,” which would make them a first screen for some purposes. Will sees tablets and smartphones this week telling the second screen story. Plethora of services trying to engage consumers across multiple screens – taking omni-screen approach to the consumer. Seeing number of tablets per households steadily increasing. TVs have 98-99% household penetration, with 2.9 TVs per household; tablets have potential to move in that direction. Could see as many as 30-40 new non-clamshell laptop designs as CES 2013. Also will see first appearance of flexible display screens. Dozens of companies also working on gesture and voice based controls for devices that will be on display this week – gesture, not just touch. Also will be seeing move to higher pixel density screens, as we move to 1080p phones. High res screens will create desire for high res images. 10-plus companies will be launching Ultra HD televisions at the show. Will sell maybe 23,000 4K sets this year – 1.5 million, 2% of the market by 2016 – not going to be a technology that ramps pretty quickly. High price points, large screens, not suited for mass market distribution.



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