How will your smartphone look like in 5 years time?

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How will your smartphone look like in five years time?

According to Aparna Chennapragada, a Google director who spoke at the Web Summit tech conference in Ireland last month, we will see to our phones and apps wielding smarter, AI-driven filters, capable of finding the exact information required at that moment all without the user having to exert themselves!

Snapchat venture into bringing you real time news

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The former sexting app Snapchat is now becoming a force in delivering real-time news to its extensive audience through its Snapchat Story feature.  Recently, the US experienced yet another mass shooting in California. The Snapchat “story” featured users who were near the attack. Some of the shots included behind the scenes images of police activity, as well as shots of the wounded being airlifted away.

 

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Optimising visual content on Instagram

Instagram best supports four different types of visual content; text, photo, video and immersive. So how can we take best advantage of this platform? According to Instagram’s European creative lead, Alastair Cotterill emojis form a vital part in the way we communicate over text thus they need to be designed and used in a way that fits naturally into a text-based conversation in your post.  While it is important to tell an interesting story in your post through using vivid imagery, the trick lies in tying together a number of different posts to create a series. Definitely worth a read.

Now, there’s another reason to go and buy things off Pinterest

30672c61-d844-440b-8543-90e3dd243a88Pinterest has a new way to entice users to come back and buy things: keeping tabs on the price. Pinterest has launched a new tool that helps its users monitor price drops on products they’ve pinned. When users save pins, they’ll get a heads up when a price drops in the form of an in-app notification and an email. They can then jump straight onto that pin and make the purchase.

 

 

Bits & pieces

  • For all you Star Wars fans, turn your phone into a lightsaber With Google Chrome’s Interactive ‘Star Wars’ Game.
  • Introducing Roborace– a Formula E driverless car championship. Kinetic, in partnership with Formula E, are developing driverless cars that will use AI to compete in races from 2016.
  • This was one of our favourite feel good Christmas videos from the holiday season last year. In the US, an agency put the test whether kids from underprivileged backgrounds would pick a present for themselves or their families. Some of their responses are absolutely heart melting! 
  • Here are a few other digital marketing trends to watch out for in 2016.

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