Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

India downloaded more apps than the US in 2017, a new report by app analytics provider App Annie has revealed. Riding on increased smartphone penetration and dirt-cheap 4G data access, India accounted for nearly 58 billion of the world’s 175 billion app downloads in 2017. Only China, the world’s largest internet market, is ahead with […]

Blippar partners with Magnum for Singapore AR campaign

Blippar partners with Magnum for Singapore AR campaign

AR (augmented reality) technology company Blippar has teamed up with Unilever’s Magnum ice cream brand and Mindshare to launch its first Asia-Pacific campaign using its AR digital placement (ARDP) unit. The ‘Make My Magnum’ experience allows users to create their own personalised Magnums—by selecting from a list of 18 toppings—on their smartphones using Blippar’s ARDP. […]

Hike brings internet to smartphones, without mobile data

Hike brings internet to smartphones, without mobile data

Mobile messaging service Hike just launched Total, a new service that lets Android users in India make payments to businesses and transfer money, read news, book train tickets, and chat with their contacts on the platform – all without mobile data. The company, which claims 100 million users on its platform, has been working for […]

Uber rival Grab acquires Indian startup to bulk up its mobile payment platform

Uber rival Grab acquires Indian startup to bulk up its mobile payment platform

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab today said it has acquired Bengaluru-based payments startup iKaaz to strengthen its payments platform. Grab, which competes with the likes of US-based Uber, said the “rich functionality of iKaaz mobile payments platform and its experienced leadership team will accelerate feature development and partner integration of GrabPay (its payments platform)”. It, […]

BMW acquires Parkmobile parking app to help tackle city traffic

BMW acquires Parkmobile parking app to help tackle city traffic

BMW has acquired Parkmobile, an app that provides guidance and services for those looking for parking in North America, including on-street and garage parking payments and spot reservation. BMW Group had already held a minority investment in the company, and owned its Parkmobile Group Europe affiliate, but today it increased its holdings to reach majority […]

Nielsen adds measurement for YouTube mobile app in UK, France and Germany

Nielsen adds measurement for YouTube mobile app in UK, France and Germany

Nielsen ​announced ​it ​has ​introduced ​advertising measurement ​on ​YouTube’s ​mobile ​app ​through its ​Digital ​Ad ​Ratings ​service in ​the ​UK, ​France, ​and Germany. The ​service, ​which ​expands ​Nielsen’s ​current ​measurement  coverage ​of ​YouTube ​ads ​on desktop ​and ​mobile ​web  browsers, ​will ​now ​provide ​marketers ​independent ​and  comprehensive cross-device ​measurement ​of ​advertising  audiences ​on ​YouTube ​across […]

Lyft opens its ride-booking Concierge service to all businesses

Lyft opens its ride-booking Concierge service to all businesses

Lyft has finally opened up Concierge to businesses and organizations of all sizes. The program allows members to hail rides for other people, giving companies a way to offer that extra touch of service to customers, especially those who can’t call for a ride themselves due to one thing or another. Concierge launched in 2016 […]

BlackBerry Jarvis aims to increase cybersecurity in connected cars

BlackBerry Jarvis aims to increase cybersecurity in connected cars

As cars grow more connected and more dependent on software, cybersecurity is becoming a more important issue for automakers. The occasional public scares involving so-called “car hackings” are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this complex problem. Hoping to turn said problem into a new business opportunity, BlackBerry CEO John Chen […]

TAG Heuer covered its smartwatch in real diamonds

TAG Heuer covered its smartwatch in real diamonds

Watchmaker TAG Heuer has revamped its 18K white gold Connected Modular 45 smartwatch with no less than 589 baguette-sized diamonds — 23.35 carats’ worth in fact — and it can be yours for a mere $197,000 (£143,000). The watch, which takes the title of most expensive smartwatch in the world, is basically just 2017’s $1,600 […]