It’s a momentous time for us all as we bid farewell to two noughties behemoths: Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and Apple iTunes on Mac. Thanks for the memories.
- Amazon are now dipping into ad serving and dynamic content optimisation with the acquisition of Sizmek.
- Amazon are also opening pop-up stores, bringing 100 small online businesses to UK high street.
- Pokémon have announced they are developing a new app Pokémon Sleep which will track a user’s time sleeping and bring a gameplay experience unlike any other.
- Twitter acquires Fabula, a London start-up AI company.
- Apple released iOS 13 yesterday. Here is a wrap-up of all the new, shiny things we can expect.
- OfCom have published a fascinating series of reports, including:
- Online Nation – a look at peoples’ internet usage, how they are served by its providers and platforms and their attitudes to and experiences of it.
- Adults’ media use and attitudes report 2019 – provides research that looks at media use, attitudes and understanding, and how these change over time.
- Internet users’ experience of harm online report 2019 – to quantify concerns about, reported experiences of and potential sources of online harm.
- eMarketer reduces estimated times on Facebook and Instagram.
- Evian’s new #FlipItForGood campaign brings back the viral bottle flip recycling challenge.
- The future of AR might be in furniture, moving away from its gamer roots to helping people sell their homes.
- IKEA recreates living rooms from The Simpsons, Stranger Things and Friends.
- Lucozade rewrites ‘Three Lions’ in support of the Lionesses this Summer.
- Metadata is the biggest challenge behind issues in the music industry.
- What is the deal with Yolo, the new teen-favourite app storming the charts?
- Are we seeing the end of mobile growth?
- Apple has released App Store principles saying it is not a competition.
- Is the world choking on digital pollution?