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Making digital products customers love. Insights into product strategy & emerging technology with 3D, CAD, Visualization, PLM, AEC, BIM, and downstream 3D. #mobile, #cloud, #game-changing. Curated by Jed Fisher www.4Dpipeline.com @4Dpipeline
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Amazon new Fire Phone's Dynamic Perspective: A 3D Effect That Follows Your Face

Amazon new Fire Phone's Dynamic Perspective: A 3D Effect That Follows Your Face | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Amongst the new Fire Phone's most rumored and anticipated features is a "3d effect," which Amazon calls "Dynamic Perspective." It changes follows your face as you tilt the phone in different ways, altering the image in front of you. The potential is pretty exciting.
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Very cool. See also

http://gizmodo.com/firefly-lets-fire-phone-scan-just-about-anything-and-bu-1592717776

 

So, how does Amazon's Dynamic Perspective work? Basically, there's a matrix of front-facing cameras. Not just two, so they can see the X and Y axis for your face, but four front-facing camera, one on each corner of your phone. This gives them accurate Z axis (depth), which gives you the full perspective feel.

 Plus for low/no light - Amazon added an infrared light for each individual camera camera.
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The 6 challenges of building an iBeacon app

The 6 challenges of building an iBeacon app | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

What every developer building for iBeacon needs to know.

Using iBeacon, Apple’s low-powered method of pushing contextual notifications to iPhones in stores, introduces a bunch of messy moving parts, I discovered recently while building an app for the Gluecon conference.

Despite being an experienced iOS developer, I faced the following six distinct challenges.

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At 4D Pipeline we are getting a lot of requests (and recommending) for Apps to work with iBeacon. It's a great technology for sales and marketing apps but as with any technology there are some important facts to keep in mind. This is a good article although i must admit we've not run into many of these problems. 

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Look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet

Look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

A look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet
Christian Science Monitor
Google's Project Tango initiative is pushing the bounds of virtual experiences and realistic mapping on mobile devices.


Via David W. Deeds
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Trimble’s Omar-Pierre Soubra poses for one of Google's new Tango phones. 3D Selfes

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 8, 9:57 AM

News on the Tango Project.

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How to beat the “paradox of choice” in UI design

How to beat the “paradox of choice” in UI design | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
"Less is more" is one of the most important minimalistic design principles every designer learns: you read about it a lot, you know it's really important, but s
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Having a brilliant UI/UX is not something you get in one go. This is an excellent overview to the UI/UX optimization process. It's not easy, it takes iterations BUT there is a process, and the process does help in both user experience and the end result and also the time it takes  to reach this end result.

Nice article by Miguel Jesus from Todoist. Thanks!  

 

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Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces

Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

We're excited about Google's Project Tango announcement today of a smartphone with a built-in 3D sensor. We're especially excited because we've been developing on a Tango demo unit for the last month and can now finally talk about what we've built publicly! We believe that the future of 3D scanning is mobile. As 3D sensors start showing up in phones and tablets, Matterport's software will be an app enabling millions of people to capture, share, and interact with the world around them in 3D. We have been working to optimize Matterport's software stack for Tango, and already have some early results to show.

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I’m not a jealous guy but today I am ;-)

Hats off to Matterport. Really blown away to see the first results of Tango. 

I really like that the Matterport have not just gone gimmicky or gamey, they've focused on real world useful problems to solve, recommending their technology for Insurance, Construction Management, Hospitality, Retail, and Real Estate, ... 

I can't wait to get my hands on Tango - ready to knock people off their seats!

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Apple's CarPlay: What You Need to Know

Apple's CarPlay: What You Need to Know | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Apple finally took the wraps off its in-car software platform, CarPlay on Monday. Now that that we've had some time to take a look at its particulars, it's time to delve into exactly what this new mobile environment means for the drivers and automakers alike.

 

iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips," said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product marketing, in a statement. "CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction."

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

 This is a good look at what Apple's CarPlay system is and how it may stack up against the competition.

It's also a good article to follow the Internet Of Everything link.

I'm very interested in this. There are a ton of solutions that really fit well for an in-car experience. The key for the App developers is to make compelling Apps that make sense and work well from within the car. 

It seems to me that this is a very small but safe step for Apple. It allows for some basic Apple iOS integration and probably "holds the fort" until they are able/ready to be more disruptive.

Ford's Open Sync and open developer approach is enticing a lot of people.

Regardless, to whoever "wins", I love that this will result in Apps that let me better engage, use, and understand my particular vehicle, it's location, and what can be done with it. I personally, cannot wait until we go beyond Music/Maps/Voice-control - there is so, so much more.

 

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A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need To Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren't going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI ---that the driver doesn't need to look at.
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#design

We've moved to touchscreen but have started going backwards - creating button intensive complex interfaces. Gestures are our friends! Here is a lovely example of re-imagining car touchscreens.

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The Future of UI and the Dream of the ‘90s — UX/UI human interfaces

The Future of UI and the Dream of the ‘90s — UX/UI human interfaces | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

This visual concept was seemingly fully formed towards the end of the 90s. Design aesthetics became systems of mathematically arranged lines, geometric shapes, numbers and cold colour palettes. All interfaces were stripped of humanistic elements aside from the occasional AI human face.

In this dream from the 90's, we hoped for a world where every computer knows us personally. We would wake up to them, have them around us all day, and they would be the last thing we interact with before we go to sleep. They would predict our needs and wants and all interfaces would feel as natural as having a conversation with a friend. Technology would become our primary means (or only means) of communication and we would form relationships with these objects that take care of us.

In other words, we’re expected to translate our emotions through emotionless interfaces.

Jed Fisher's insight:

#Design

Really interesting read. Talks about the big comparison of the Minority Report UI's we dreamed about in the 90s "emotionless interfaces" to the App UX experience we have now (incredibly

emotional).

I especially liked these two thoughts:

"In other words, we’re expected to translate our emotions through emotionless interfaces".

and "The pursuit of delight is in the details".

Some fantastic details throughout the article. Hat's off to the author. Compelling read. Reminds me a lot of the great book by Alain De Botton, Architecture Of Happiness.

Design is not only about efficiency, it's about delight, it's personal, and it's about a pleasurable experience.


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Ex-Ideo Designers Rethink The Calendar For Mobile Devices

Ex-Ideo Designers Rethink The Calendar For Mobile Devices | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
With a minimal interface and gestural interactions Peek is meant to be just enough of a calendar for casual use.
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#Design.

I love examples like this. Rethink the everyday tool.

The calendar - perhaps after email the most important everyday tool. Great example of a fresh redesign. 

Some really nice concepts, rivers, slides, peeks, using the light sensor. I'd like to see it work with a few less taps/clicks - i.e. even one tap for something like the hourly calendar is one tap too many, perhaps automatic expanding, I'd love to see the accelerometer used so that it could be operated with one had (without having to tap) (for common tasks).

REALLY wish Apple would allow App developers (their best ally) to be "native" and have capabilities like the Apple apps have (eg changing Calendar icon).

Anyway, nice - they've got my $1.99.

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iBeacon Startups and More - Slideshow

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#SoLoMo

Social, Local, Mobile.

I'm really excited about iBeacon. It opens up tons of different business opportunities in AEC, BIM, 3D, CAD , GIS, Retail, Social, Games, and more! Suddenly we can connect to our enviroment, we can know when we are near "beacons".

Allows people to do new things, and do things better. To me - this is particularly exciting for workplaces, find/connecting with your colleagues.

I'm curious to see what @Hover is thinking about - they claim "smart sensors for the workplace", this is what iBeacon gives you so im curious to what their envisaged workflows are.

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What VR could, should and almost certainly will be within two years - Michael Abrash

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#develop

Great find. Today and in 20 years when people look back at the early years of programming (and in particular 3D graphics/games) there will be a handful of names that stand out, John Carmack, Michael Abrash, are probably two the greatest of our age. When they speak, it's worth listening.

VR - "Virtual Reality" aka pup on a headset and see/interact in 3D has been one of the holy grails for a long time. Abrash thinks it's really truly almost ready for prime time and that it will be "here" sooner than most people think. 

He talks about the "magic" of VR and the VR presence.

Worth a read.

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More at http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/my-steam-developers-day-talk/
IDEAbuilder's curator insight, January 29, 3:19 PM

VR for a mixed-reality experience.  It goes way beyond gaming to larger industries like the trillion dollar AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry.  And moving beyond collaborative and immersive design to immersing both professionals and consumers in digital fabrication data (for design and manufacturing).    This isn't just the future, it's already here, and being developed now.   

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Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business

Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
One day last month, the seven employees of Everpix gathered at their co-working space in San Francisco to discuss the company's impending shutdown. Wayne Fan, one of the co-founders, opened a...
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The product is great, it’s the business model that failed.

Great rare read, a fairly full overview of a fairly successful startup that didnt quite make it. Gives some good insights into the tough balancing act of building a successful startup.
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Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls

Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
WiTrack could be used for new kinds of gaming or to trigger help for the elderly when they fall. It is an update to earlier work released by MIT in June.
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Happy New Year catchup - Impressive research, again great for AEC/BIM/GIS/FM.

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Major iOS8 feature - screens recognize object touch size - Will Make Drawing on Your Devices Way More Intuitive

Major iOS8 feature - screens recognize object touch size - Will Make Drawing on Your Devices Way More Intuitive | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Perfecting your artistic technique using a stylus is about to get a whole lot more refined. With the introduction of iOS 8, your screen will be sensitive to the relative width of whatever's running across its surface. That's great news for folks who prefer Paper and other drawing apps to, well, paper.
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A new feature in iOS 8 that slipped under the radar: Screens will now recognize exactly how big the object touching them really is. It's an intuitive step forward for the software, and it gives existing hardware a brand new life.

This is very significant, it goes beyond even drawing, to interaction and gestures. Major!

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With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
At Macworld 2001, Steve Jobs famously introduced the "digital hub" strategy for the Mac, making it the device where all of the single-purpose gadgets for..
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From startups to Apple/Google/Microsoft, everyone i wanting to own cloud..  Cloud promises to do almost everything but people dont understand Clouds. They do however understand the phone and the concept of it being a digital hub. Behind the scenes it's still a lot of Cloud but the point is - when communicating out focus on the front door, not the backend. Focus on what it does, not how it does it.

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Safari On iOS8 Supports WebGL - The New Era Can Now Commence

Safari On iOS8 Supports WebGL - The New Era Can Now Commence | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

The biggest announcement at WWDC has mostly gone unnoticed and uncommented - WebGL support in the Safari browser on OSX and iOS. At last the big browsers all support 3D graphics and web apps and web games in particular are effectively universal.

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Breaking news - WebGL will be supported on iOS!!

At 4D Pipeline we do a lot of webgl development as well as a lot of iOS OpenGL development. Previously WebGL was not able to be played on iOS but from iOS8 it finally will be!

With Internet Explorer now supporting it and iOS8 now supporting it - this removes the final roadblocks webgl has been facing.

Not only is it supported in the Safari browser but in WebView as well, which means that native apps that want to show HTML content can now show it including advanced graphics!

 

Note: Also worth noting the iOS Metal 3D announcement

http://time.com/2814252/apples-metal-ios/

This improves the native 3D api for the iOS A7 chip, thus iOS 8 native apps should be able to outperform webgl by ~5-10x

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Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video]

Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video] | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Engineers don Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate vehicles that don't yet exist. 
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Lots more news and updates on Oculus Rift, especially about their buyout by Facebook for $2B. Here is the first of a few.

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Of all my scoops this is one of the most game changing technologies ever. Fan-freaking-tastic! Must read.

Of all my scoops this is one of the most game changing technologies ever. Fan-freaking-tastic! Must read. | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

What is it?

Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.

It runs Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine. These early prototypes, algorithms, and APIs are still in active development. So, these experimental devices are intended only for the adventurous and are not a final shipping product.

Jed Fisher's insight:

The future of mobile media is indeed 3D!

I've already applied for one of these for 4D Pipeline. Would be great to have (and for many of our customers).

Having a Kinect in your phone is a powerful thing. Having Google behind this is fantastic. 

* To me this would be the single biggest advancement for the mobile phone since adding a camera to it. The usefulness of what this will enable are almost limitless.*

Not only can we do things like 3D scanning but we can also do things like 3d facial and identity detection and gesture detection (see someone waving at us). 

3D photos is a mind blowing idea - capturing a photo (or video) with Z-depth. Imagine - in the future when we take selfies we will have "3D" depth to the photo!

When it comes to Augmented Reality it is a complete game changer. For the first time we can truly scan/detect/match 3D objects. This is massive. GOODBYE QR codes! Hello 3D object search.

For AEC and BIM industries this is huge as it can allow people to match for example “as built” (real life) to the plan, see similarities and differences. Even better - it can give you a precise location on your (3D) map based upon your 3D map data.

The future is unreal!

PS if you are as interested in this as i am you will also like these

http://sco.lt/8lSZKDandhttp://sco.lt/6iIH3J 

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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, March 12, 2:43 AM
Yes Jed, looks great. My concern is the accuracy of the inertial and positioning sensors to mash up all data into something that is not a thick puree instead of a noiseless realistic surface. But undoubtedly this is a great start. The future is virtual.
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The future is virtual - this is an even better quote than the future is 3D :) Yes fair point Carlos - check out the matterport results though - incredibly impressive.
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THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK] | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
A huge array of devices will soon be connected to the Internet.
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Highly recommended read. Excellent overview on the internet of things.

Great market data. 

My bet for the fastest growing - beacons.

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bim+ Explorer - BIM on the go.

This is a demo video for the  bim+ Explorer app available on the iOS app store. http://www.bimplus.net

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Nice to see continual traction of bim+.

If you are in the AEC space I highly recommend checking out the bim+ Explorer iOS App (to view, explore, annotate and present your 3D building).

It's a beautiful alternative to the heavy functionality of Autodesk 360 Glue. 

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Time To Wake Up And Smell The Cloud. IT's Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption

Time To Wake Up And Smell The Cloud. IT's Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

As cloud adoption continues to accelerate, IT is the last to know. 

Open source pioneer Billy Marshall once quipped that "the CIO is the last to know," because she was too far removed from what open-source code her IT team was downloading or which SaaS services they were accessing. Now this phrase may apply to entire IT organizations, with major lines of business tuning into the cloud and tuning out IT prescriptions.

Of course, this has been happening for years. What's striking is just how pervasive the shift away from IT has become.

 
Jed Fisher's insight:

 We're funny humans beings, all of us throughout our lives mix between embracing change and then fighting change. 

#Cloud is still one of these topics where almost everyone has a black or white opinion - it's either the near booming future/now or enterprises are not going to be ready (for a while). 

I'm one of the folks in the former camp. To build a new App today and to not build it from day one with the cloud in mind (or deployed) seems like a great way to be outdated from day one. Sure it's good to have a non cloud option but to not have a cloud option - ouch.

Cloud let's your App get tested and tried out as people can just "have a go". As this article points out it often helps you get bask the IT "security guard" (or as Dilbert calls them - "the preventer of information").

To begin a new business is easier than ever before. Your business can run more efficiently, be setup quicker, and be collaborative and transparent from day one. 

Time to wake up and smell the Cloud! 

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5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year

5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
As we face the new calendar year with improved exercise routines and diets, here are five innovative young startups to watch in the headlines.

Via Mohir
Jed Fisher's insight:

As often discussed, to be successful in any tech (especially something like AR) one needs to focus on great use cases. This is a nice summary of some of the new players in this space who are doing exactly this.

BTW - 4D Pipeline plug - we've worked on multiple AR projects helping our customers be successful with products by improving the experience in sales, product configurators, design reviews, product experiences,  architecture walkthroughs and visualizations, assembly instructions, and more - if you'd like and hand with your #innovation, #AR, or just #doingmore let me know - we've a an awesome team of agile product designs and developers to let you turn idea into reality.

jed (at) 4dpipeline.com

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Mixpanel Trends - Mobile Analytics - iOS7 Adoption

Mixpanel Trends - Mobile Analytics - iOS7 Adoption | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Mixpanel platform for mobile & web. iOS7

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#deploy

Many of our customers ask - should we make it for iOS6 and iOS7? It's a good questions - ultimately dependent on where/who your customers are. However what is really nice about iOS development is the Adoption rate - 83% have upgrade to iOS7. This analytical data makes a very strong argument - i.e. in most cases focus on iOS7. 

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This Famous Google Exec Quit His Job To Work In China — And He's Been Totally Blown Away By What He Found

This Famous Google Exec Quit His Job To Work In China — And He's Been Totally Blown Away By What He Found | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Former Google exec Hugo Barra shares what he's learned about China.
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Some good stats on China and the growing internet consumer. 

You should generally put your company/team as close as possible to where your customers are, China of course offers some very interesting temptations though for startups.

If you'd like some advice on this interesting but difficult market, come talk to 4D Pipeline. I've been part of one mainland China based startup and my cofounder Tyler has lived and worked in China for many years.

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2014: the state of worldwide internet, social media and mobile penetration « adelinapeltea.com adelinapeltea.com

2014: the state of worldwide internet, social media and mobile penetration «  adelinapeltea.com adelinapeltea.com | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
In case you need some recent statistics to use in your investors slide deck or some market insights to help you know where to expand next, you might find handy this Global Digital Statistics 2014 report.
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Useful stats, 2014: the state of worldwide internet (inc country by country), social media and mobile penetration.

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