What’s happened this week:
- The US government announces plans to invest USD 200m in Big Data.
- RIM is refocusing on the enterprise market leaving iOS and Android as the primary consumer smartphone players.
- MIPCube in Cannes explored the future of TV, with a focus on Social TV, the second screen and the use of TV centric meta-data.
What we have learned:
- It is a good idea to buy an orange second hand car. One of many counter intuitive truths to come out of big data analysis.
- More than half of Domino’s UK pizza sales are now through e-commerce.
- Online viewing of movies will overtake physical disc based viewing this year.
- Online April Fools have been getting bigger each year as companies try to outdo each other. Google created at least 14 different pranks.
- The bendable display we have been talking about for years is finally ready for mass production.
- Five technologies that are transforming our homes, smart devices connected to the cloud via super-fast broadband. This is especially true in the kitchen.
Where to find more:
- Wikidata is the semantic, machine readable version of Wikipedia that will be a freely available source of structured data.
- Voice is increasingly seen as the next big change in the way we interface with TV.
- Search engines will provide an even more personalised service as they trawl through your personal data to read your habits.
TWiD will be taking an Easter break next week, back on the 17th.