Coca-Cola Launches World’s First Vending Machine which Accepts Dialect as Payment

Coca-Cola Launches World’s First Vending Machine which Accepts Dialect as Payment

During this summer the Coca-Cola bottles’ labels promoted over 90 different holiday destinations. To activate this locally, Coca-Cola in Sweden chose to highlight some of the Swedish destinations on the labels. Sweden is renowned for its many different local dialects, with clear phonetic and grammatical characteristics that can be irreconcilable, even for Swedes. And so, […]

Alibaba’s Alipay pilots facial recognition payment technology at KFC in China

Alibaba’s Alipay pilots facial recognition payment technology at KFC in China

China has become the first nation to embrace facial recognition technology to authorise digital payments following an innovative play by Alibaba to ease queues in local KFC restaurants. The so-called ‘smile to pay’ service has been introduced in the city of Huangzhou as part of a trial with the chicken chain to boost the customer […]

Barclays introduces iPhone voice payments via Siri

Barclays introduces iPhone voice payments via Siri

Barclays has teamed up with Apple to become the first UK high street bank to introduce the ability for customers to make payments using their voice through Siri. Siri has been integrated into the Barclays Mobile Banking app, meaning iPhone and iPad-using Barclays customers no longer need to open the app to pay existing payees and mobile […]

Heinz Brazil’s Clever Instagram Campaign By Africa Lets You Eat Delicious Posts

Heinz Brazil’s Clever Instagram Campaign By Africa Lets You Eat Delicious Posts

If you’re into Instagram food porn, you’ll know how hungry you can get by just looking at people’s mouthwatering posts. So, in Brazil, Heinz capitalised on this by enabling Instagram users to actually eat the delicious food posts they were drooling over. The so-called “Irresistible Posts” campaign, created by ad agency Africa with the support […]

BuzzFeed’s Tasty Launches Smart Cooker and App

BuzzFeed’s Tasty Launches Smart Cooker and App

BuzzFeed’s foodie content platform Tasty has launched the Tasty One Top, a bluetooth-enabled induction cooktop. In an interesting move for a media company, Buzzfeed’s latest media rethink involves bringing its foodie platform Tasty into the kitchen with the launch of a smart appliance. Currently only available on pre-order in the US, the One Top connects […]

Mindshare’s Gowthaman Ragothaman: ‘Industry is at the cusp of that ‘Aha’ moment, but is not there yet’

Mindshare’s Gowthaman Ragothaman: ‘Industry is at the cusp of that ‘Aha’ moment, but is not there yet’

Mindshare is placing its FAST (Future Adaptive Specialist Team) integrated performance unit at the heart of its business going forward. According to the agency, FAST is an integrated service that joins together with traditional media planning and buying services, enabling maximum efficiency in driving insights, targeting, allocating investment, activating and optimising across all media. To […]

Google experimenting with VR ad formats on mobile devices at Area 120

Google experimenting with VR ad formats on mobile devices at Area 120

Researchers at Google’s experimental unit, Area 120, say they’ve built their first version of a digital advertising format designed specifically for mobile, virtual-reality applications. The unit showed a prototype of the still-nameless product in a blog post co-authored by Google product manager Aayush Upadhyay and associate project manager Neel Rao. The demonstration video showed a cube floating […]

Getting a Feel for Haptics Technology with Immersion’s Josh Stivers

Getting a Feel for Haptics Technology with Immersion’s Josh Stivers

Haptics technology has existed for years in various forms, but is quickly gaining ground in the consumer electronics industry. A 2016 market report by Technavio estimates that the haptics technology market in consumer electronics will grow at a CAGR of 21.1% from 2014 through 2019. We caught up with Josh Stivers, Director of Product Management […]

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