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Mobile Payment Parade

It’s been over a year since Google Wallet came onto the market. Since then, there has been some traction with some vendors supporting it. While device support hasn’t been as broad, Apple’s inclusion of Passbook into the forthcoming iOS 6 will undoubtedly make mobile payment more mainstream. Microsoft has also gotten into the game with…

5 Years of the iPhone

5 years ago, Apple released the iPhone. Without a doubt, it set the new bar for mobile and permanently changed consumer expectations for what mobile devices could be capable of. We now had a tool that could do much of what our desktop computers could do – and a lot more. In the meantime, numerous…

The Power of Big Data

“For every 2 degrees the temperature goes up, check-ins at ice cream shops go up by 2%” One of the biggest untapped areas of big data is location. Nothing speaks more about our intentions than where we physically choose to be. So it goes without saying that companies like Foursquare are thinking hard about what…

Productivity Future Vision

Check out Microsoft’s vision of how computing will evolve to. It’s rather utopian in look and feel.

Digital Life: Today & Tomorrow

Presenting facts and figures at conferences is often dull and dry and wrapped in a manually driven, narrated presentation. Here’s a lovely animated infographic charting how our digital lives have expanded across the globe. Neo Labels does a fantastic job humanizing and contextualizing rapid growth of the connected home, mobile and social in this short…

Mobile Payday

Photo credit: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times It’s pretty clear that mobile devices have become the de facto platform for digital innovation. The sheer number of mobile-centric startups that are quickly gaining traction is astounding. From Path to Instagram, from IntoNow to Color, entrepreneurs are tapping into possibilities that didn’t seem likely even a year…

Infographic: Smartphone Market Share

This is a fantastic breakdown of smartphone market share in the U.S. from Nielsen.The first thing that jumps out at me are the large blocks covered by Apple and RIM, which collectively have 54%. We also see long, tall columns for HP/webOS and Symbian (which despite its weak showing in N.America, is quite strong in…

Infographic: Global Android Activations

Check out the crescendo of Android device activations through this animated timeline + heatmap mashup. The regional differences between N.America, Europe and Asia are distinct and more importantly, show where the promising opportunities are. (via Fast Company)

App Spotlight: Pennant for iPad

The mobile application market has so much energy and momentum that there are many opportunities to innovate and try something new. Every once in a while, there is a break-out app that single-handedly sets a new bar for how to experience content. Pulse and Flipboard have dramatically changed the way we consume RSS and social…

Future thinking: SoLoMo

I always look forward to Mary Meeker‘s analysis and insights ever since she began covering internet companies over 10 years ago at Morgan Stanley. Each year, she publishes a presentation on digital trends. She continues her broad industry analysis as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers and her recent report on mobile trends echoes…