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VodaFone becomes a payments provider
Posted: 5 May 2011 3 Comments

By allowing cusomers to have cab fares charged to their phone account, Vodafone is offering eCash, bypassing banks and credit cards with direct settlements between two parties. When will they start offering this service to you and me for personal payments? Providing the regulators let them, when will they be an alternative to banks?

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No money for a cab? No problem as phone giant launches 'pay by text message' service
5 May 2011
It's something that can happen to anyone. Taking a cab for the late ride home, you suddenly realise that the crisp 20 pound note you thought was tucked ...
MindBullet logo SECRET PAPERS EXPOSE EBAY, GOOGLE & VODAFONE MOVE INTO FINANCIAL SERVICES
Ban on gambling payments creates new financial utility for one billion customers
Dateline: 20 April 2009
Yesterday's exposé in the New York Times has put the cat among the pigeons of the financial services industry. The report claims that the NYT investigation ...
Amazon's magic mirror
Posted: 2 October 2018


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Augmented reality selling seals the deal
Dateline: 26 January 2023
How do you let someone test a product or article of clothing without using samples? A virtual reality demo, that's how. And to highlight your product on a cluttered shelf, you would use augmented reality to add visual cues, and data. This is the new world of Digital Reality, a blend of VR, AR and well, just normal 'reality'. And whether it's through a smartphone, digital glasses or an ...
Flying while charging
Posted: 18 September 2018 1 Comment

The biggest problem with electric drones is limited flying time on battery power, and batteries are heavy, so it's a catch 22 situation if you want to extend the range - you have to limit the payload. For surveillance drones, there is the option of a tethered power link, if the area to be covered is fairly static or narrowly defined, but for delivery drones or similar, it's a real ...

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In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range
18 September 2018
Global Energy Transmission (GET) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to ...
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
Amazon chasing Apple for biggest market cap
Posted: 30 August 2018

I'm confident that Amazon will overtake Apple, depending on how the market reacts to the next iPhone range soon to be announced. In our MindBullet published last year, we were looking to Amazon being the first to $1 trillion as Apple faltered on the brink. Well, Apple made it first, and Amazon looks like it's zooming up to pass. And it's happening before our expected timeline!

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Now Amazon closes in on $1-trillion market cap
30 August 2018
Amazon.com headed for its biggest gain in four months, pulling within US$26-billion of becoming America’s second trillion-dollar company, after Morgan ...
MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly ...
Magic mirrors and AI for fashion
Posted: 23 July 2018

If you've attended any of our keynotes recently, you've probably heard us say that Amazon is an AI company, and so is Alibaba. They simply can't manage their ecommerce operations, with millions of customers and many millions of SKUs, without machine learning and AI. But both companies are taking their application of AI to another level, and Alibaba's recent foray into fashion retailing is a ...

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AI-enabled Guess store helps you create an ensemble
23 July 2018
Guess and Alibaba have teamed up on a concept store that use AI to help you create a coordinated outfit.
MindBullet logo MAGIC MIRRORS MAKE MARKETING FUN
Augmented reality selling seals the deal
Dateline: 26 January 2023
How do you let someone test a product or article of clothing without using samples? A virtual reality demo, that's how. And to highlight your product on a ...

DISRUPTION DÉJÀ VU

Published on: 24 May 2018

We've seen it all before, but this time it's different

Dateline: 6 June 2020

It's just like 20, or maybe 200 years ago, but it's completely different! Disruption has always plagued established markets and societies, throughout the ages. The first waterwheel or windmill for grinding wheat into flour was disruptive technology at work; nascent and naïve, but a foretaste of things to come, in a tumultuous tsunami of ever accelerating change. Steam power and traction engines, threshing machines and cotton gins; it seemed as though there was no end to our ability to employ ...

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Malls are not dead - yet
Posted: 17 May 2018

Ten years ago (yes a decade!) we published this MindBullet about the changing future of shopping malls. Here's a report on the decline and transformation in US malls, and it's not over yet. According to this report, about one third of US malls need to close, and many need to transform, but "A" class malls are still very valuable.

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DEEP DIVE: The Mall Is Not Dead: Part 1 - Coresight Research
17 May 2018
This is the first report in a three-part series in which Fung Global Retail & Technology analyzes the US mall landscape.
MindBullet logo FROM MALLS TO MARKETS IN A DECADE
Economic quagmire destroys appetite for 'retail therapy'
Dateline: 30 October 2018
Today is the tenth anniversary of the opening of 'Westfield London', then the biggest urban shopping mall in Britain. This marble temple to up-market ...

FEMTECH: IS IT A BUBBLE?

Published on: 19 April 2018

The market for non-male tech gadgets and apps is exploding

Dateline: 1 May 2023

It's official. If you want to be the next tech giant, make sure you're aiming at the Femtech market. And it's even better if your company is run by women too! For years, actually decades, the personal computing and IT sectors were dominated by products and services created by men for men. About the only application where women were heavily involved was word processing, and later, desktop publishing. That's all changed, but the big names in tech startups are still heavily biased to the male gender, ...

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Declaring biological war on waste
Posted: 17 April 2018

As we have written in a number of MindBullets published over the years, the solution to plastic and oil pollution might lie in developing genetically modified organisms that 'eat' the waste and produce useful chemicals. Now scientists have accidently created an enzyme that could eventually clean up the plastic bottles filling the ocean.

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
17 April 2018
The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis
MindBullet logo PLASTIC UNFANTASTIC
EU to ban plastic packaging for groceries - unless you can eat it
Dateline: 29 January 2018
It started slowly. First we stopped giving away plastic bags for free. Then water bottles died a quick death. Now, in a revolutionary move, European ...

WHERE HAVE ALL THE DEALERS GONE?

Published on: 5 April 2018

Who killed the retail auto showroom?

Dateline: 7 April 2022

Buying a new car is often the second most important financial decision we make, after buying or building a home. It's a rite of passage for many middle class adults; it shows you have arrived, you've achieved a life-stage milestone. It's not a decision taken lightly, or driven by impulse. You've had a feeling for some time, that you might be getting close, so you've been checking out your options. Which models make for a sweet ride, and fit with your self-image? If you're at all interested in cars ...

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3D printing times 4-in-1
Posted: 23 March 2018

Perhaps it should be called 12D printing, but that would be trite. An experimental multi-manufacturing printer that uses four different printing methods in a single layer has been shown to be able to print complete electronic components. SO in the future, you could just download the latest smartphone and print it out, complete with battery, screen, internal electronics and speaker. All in one ...

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Four-in-one 3D printer paves way for custom-made robots and phones
23 March 2018
Experimental device is a route to printing smartphones and other electronics.
MindBullet logo INSTANT OBJECTS
Printing holograms - in seconds
Dateline: 16 December 2020
Let's say you need a couple of shiny, glittery baubles for your festival tree, or maybe something to fix the garden hose. Now, if you can imagine it, it's ...
First trillion-dollar company
Posted: 10 February 2018

Here's an "outrageous prediction" from Saxo Bank for 2018:

Tencent will outstrip Apple and become the world’s largest company
Saxo’s head of equity strategy Peter Garnry writes that China is opening up its capital markets and the country’s enormous size and surging living standards are attracting investors from across the globe. Given this, it’s no surprise that tech-sector leader Tencent is ...

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MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly China. You would be forgiven for surmising that Apple Inc would be the first company to cross the US$ 1 trillion threshold. A couple of years ago, Apple came close, with a market capitalization of US$ 947 billion, but has subsequently seen its ...
Magic glasses
Posted: 6 February 2018

Smart glasses that let you get the data you want without looking like a cyborg. Sounds good, and it's coming from Intel.

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Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good
6 February 2018
Smart glasses that won’t make you look like a Google Glasshole.
MindBullet logo MAGIC MIRRORS MAKE MARKETING FUN
Augmented reality selling seals the deal
Dateline: 26 January 2023
How do you let someone test a product or article of clothing without using samples? A virtual reality demo, that's how. And to highlight your product on a ...

CONTROLLING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

Published on: 1 February 2018

Government tries to follow the money

Dateline: 1 February 2021

Now that the bulk of the so-called 'capitalist political economy' operates on digital platforms and through digital channels, it's inevitable that government wants more influence and control. But will it work? In the aftermath of the dotcom boom, everybody wanted more access and better networks, and it wasn't long before broadband came to be regarded as a basic human right. Wireless networks and smartphones connected everyone else, and suddenly the whole world was on the 'net! Sure, some ...

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MAGIC MIRRORS MAKE MARKETING FUN

Published on: 25 January 2018 3 Comments

Augmented reality selling seals the deal

Dateline: 26 January 2023

How do you let someone test a product or article of clothing without using samples? A virtual reality demo, that's how. And to highlight your product on a cluttered shelf, you would use augmented reality to add visual cues, and data. This is the new world of Digital Reality, a blend of VR, AR and well, just normal 'reality'. And whether it's through a smartphone, digital glasses or an in-store display, digital reality is becoming big business. A customer walks past your magic mirror, and suddenly ...

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Shoplifting from Amazon
Posted: 24 January 2018

Amazon recently opened their 'Go' store to the public, after about a year of internal testing. It's pretty cool, you check in with your smartphone app at the door, select what you want to buy from the shelves, and just walk out.

The technology in the store watches what you take (and put back) and charges you automatically when you leave. Errors are "very rare" but a journalist managed to walk ...

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We accidentally stole a yogurt from Amazon's new grocery store, but Amazon told us to keep it
24 January 2018
We promptly confessed to Amazon, and VP of Amazon Go Gianna Puerini in return offered a hall pass and assurance in the technology.
MindBullet logo AMAZON OPENS 100th CITY STORE
Amazon eStore Hong Kong joins the high street line-up
Dateline: 22 October 2013
Amazon opened its one-hundredth city store yesterday, with queues of eager shoppers waiting to snatch up the opening specials on offer. And no, it's not ...

EARLY START TO THE NEW YEAR

Published on: 28 December 2017

Ringing in the changes ahead of schedule

Dateline: 29 December 2020

There's something significant about 1/1/21. Maybe it's just the symmetry of the numbers that has got everyone excited; remember Y2K, and all that fuss over nothing? Well, now that this millennium is turning 21, there's another hullabaloo. Like we're all suddenly adults. Whatever the reasons, all over north America people are planning a double New Year's party, and both 31 December and 1 January are public holidays. They'll be saying a nostalgic farewell to 2020, a year that promised and brought so ...

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INSTANT OBJECTS

Published on: 21 December 2017 1 Comment

Printing holograms - in seconds

Dateline: 16 December 2020

Let's say you need a couple of shiny, glittery baubles for your festival tree, or maybe something to fix the garden hose. Now, if you can imagine it, it's there in seconds! Back in 2017, scientists at MIT demonstrated that it was possible to print things in 3D resin, using lasers and a holographic image. Starting with a beaker full of photosensitive liquid polymer, they exposed the resin to a set of three intersecting lasers, which caused the liquid to harden, but only at the point of maximum ...

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Competition comes from all quarters!
Posted: 17 December 2017

In the fast pace of business in a world reinventing itself with increasing speed, competition comes from the most unexpected quarters..... stay alert out there! Act swiftly.

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Amazon is the biggest threat to bitcoin right now – Hacker Noon
17 December 2017
Over the past year, a growing number of people have leapt to take part in bitcoin’s meteoric rise. Teenagers have invested their college…
MindBullet logo APPLE, AMAZON E-PRICING OVERTURNED
eBooks, eMovies and eMusic "rip-off" stopped by social networks
Dateline: 8 November 2012
No one really knows how Apple managed to get away with its iTunes pricing for so long, but now consumers have teamed up on social networking platforms to ...
Will Apple crack the $1 trillion cap?
Posted: 5 December 2017

"While the iPad and Mac continue to contribute, Apple’s fate largely rests on the success of the iPhone X. Apple this year has increasingly looked like it’s on a real pathway to becoming a $1 trillion company, and now the holiday quarter is going to show if it’ll be able to pull that off.

And the signals are definitely there. Apple briefly tapped a $900 billion market cap, though it’s slipped ...

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Apple’s hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers
5 December 2017
As we head into the end of 2017, it's pretty safe to say that Apple's fate — barring any major issue with its phones — is now in the hands of its..
MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly ...

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