LATE RESULT – UK & BRAZIL WORLD CHAMPIONS AFTER ALL

1WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS The UK, along with Brazil, is world champion after all – of mobile ROI. More than half (53%) of UK IT bosses report that return on mobile investments has been greater than expected. Next year, 35% of senior UK IT professionals will invest up to £11.7m in mobility, compared to China (20%) and US (18%). Tell Angela Merkel to chew on those beans, Joachim Löw. Yeah. Read more (Computer Weekly) 

 

SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR AMAZON? If Amazon gets its way, your next box set will wing its way to you in 30 minutes on a drone at 50mph. But why the delay? Oh, just the US Federal Aviation Administration fussing over the possibility of stray drones bringing down commercial aircraft. Fuddy duddies, huh? Read more (TechCrunch)

 

SAVE WITH COMPRESSED DATA Love your iPhone but fancy mobile data savings of 50% on web and email, 43% on Twitter and 33% on iTunes/App Store when not on Wi-Fi? Just install compression app Onavo Extend (iOS 4.3 and later) and let it work away quietly in the background. Essential for travellers and also available for Android. Read more (PC Magazine)

 

RENEW YOUR INTEREST IN PINTEREST Following your favourite brand on Pinterest just too much trouble now? Would an upgraded Follow button help? One that allows you to see a company’s activity without searching Pinterest or even leaving the site? I thought it might. Read more (ClickZ)

 

CHARMED, I’M SURE What to give the girl who has everything? A 9ct or 18ct gold-framed crystal Loquet, of course, designed by Sheherazade Goldsmith and Laura Bailey. You can also use the stunning interface to try them out virtually, adding bespoke pieces while viewing hand-drawn animations and galleries. Lockets start at £350. Read more (InStyle UK)

 

TOYZE STORY With new mobile app Toyze, gamers can pick from a list of licensed characters, 3D edit positions and poses, and add accessories. Then, simply select the size and material, provide shipping info and Materialise will 3D print and deliver. Game on hardcore. Read more (3D Printing Industry)

 

ROLL OUT THE IN-STORE TECH The mantra at Topshop was ‘dressing rooms are where most sales are lost’. One good reason, then, why French Connection, Coast, Oasis and Warehouse have rolled out mobile point-of-sale technologies in stores, including tablets in changing rooms for instant access to special offers, vouchers and coupons. Tech – it’s use or lose, people. Read more (Vista Support)

 

WHERE NEXT HEINEKEN? Few things, surely, can be more distressing than urban hipsters’ fear of missing out. With Heineken’s @wherenext service, developed in collaboration with R/GA London, the question ‘where next?’ can now be answered using real-time, location-based social activity that shows where’s hot to trot. Phew, close call homies. Read more (FoodBev)

 

OLD TOM’S LOOKING THIN Strained your wrist lifting all those chunky beer bottles at yet another barbecue? Relief is at hand in the shape of real ale Old Tom’s thinner but still charming bottle, which is CAD-designed to reduce transport costs. Clever. Tasty too. Just don’t undercook the chicken drumsticks. Read more (Bdaily)

 

BOXPARK BOXES CLEVER WITH MARKETPLACE It’s two years since Shoreditch darling Roger Wade opened pioneering pop-up shopping mall Boxpark. Now, in collaboration with Magento, PayPal and EE, he announces Boxpark Marketplace, a revolutionary omnichannel solution for independent retailers. His vision? Today Shoreditch, tomorrow the world. Read more (TechCityInsider)