What’s happened this week:
- Apple launched two new iPhone models:
- The 5s is packed with sensors such as a ‘touch id’ to drive payment with biometrics (potentially revolutionary in-store) and the M7 chip which further integrates movement data for future innovation.
- The 5c is at a lower price point to dive growth in emerging markets, both geo-graphic and demo-graphic.
- Twitter bought MoPub a mobile advertising platform that many think will help it define and leverage a persistent user identity across platforms.
- Twitter also started the process to file for an IPO with a potential valuation of over USD10bn, many hope this can reignite the technology investment landscape post Facebook IPO.
What we have learned:
- 80bn things will connect to the Internet in 2020 up from 15bn in 2012 and 4bn in 2010.
- Tablets look set to overtake PC shipments even faster than predicted. 1m more of the small form factor devices (vs. desktop and laptop PCs) will ship in Q4 2013.
- Serial Digital Music innovators Arcade Fire have a new offering; Just a Reflektor creates a new kind of interaction with a smartphone and desktop browser.
- We can now create a 3d model from a single 2d photograph.
- Plumzi, Tomorrowcraft, Meograph and Cinemacast are some of the hottest TV convergence startups, creating games from TV assets and a Social DVR amongst many other things.
Where to find more:
- *The Modern Internet is defined by the algorithmically curated news feed, minimalistic responsive design and native advertising.
- The Internet of Things has huge potential to drive economic growth, in the US alone up to USD 1.4trn or 5% of GDP by 2025.
- We are beginning to live in the Age of Context, defined by sensors, proximity and real time data according to new work by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble.