January 6, 2014

2013: An overview of social media

Steven Van Belleghem has created an overview of social media in 2013 with striking facts and information across the year. Watch it below. Or if you prefer reading, check out this infographic which shows the state of social media over the last 12 months.

iPhones and Android smartphones boost John Lewis’s sales during Christmas 2013

The retailer has reported that the majority of their online sales came via mobile. ‘76% of all the Christmas day traffic’ was mobile, with sales up from last year by 19%. This shows how eager people are to shop, even on Christmas Day once they’ve been given presents.

This shows that retailers need to have a mobile first strategy in place so that their customers can easily purchase from whichever device they are accessing from.

De-code in an hour thanks to this app

Want to learn how to code in an hour? This app could be the answer to your New Year resolution. The Codeacademy: Hour of Code iPhone app ‘teaches people to code in languages including JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Python and Ruby’.

The idea behind this was to ‘help people learn the basics of coding in under one hour’ so that they can understand the ‘basic concepts behind the apps on your phone’. Could 2014 be the year you create an app?

Apple said to have acquired SnappyLabs app

The now defunct app SnappyLabs, which lets iOS users shoot ‘20 photos a second has been acquired by Apple’. The much sought after app, which was designed by a developer in Australia, has disappeared from the appstore, as well as its website and social media presence.

Snappy Labs via

Snappy Labs via

It is yet to be confirmed by Apple however it is predicted that this function will be integrated into iPhone’s cameras this year, perhaps once the iOS 8 update is launched or when the next iPhone is released.

Cameo app brings professional video editing to all users

Cameo allows you to create more than just short video clips on your iPhone — its cloud video editing platform lets you turn those clips into beautiful two-minute long short films making you into a professional filmmaker.

Comcast and Khan Academy partnership aims to make education universal

Comcast partnered with Khan Academy (a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere) to bring education to economically disadvantaged people. While Khan Academy has an enormous audience, this audience is unfortunately limited to those with the 24/7 access to the internet. Comcast therefore provides internet connection so that the Khan Academy can effectively push its offerings to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to benefit from it.

Popcorn game that emits smell of popcorn!

To add more fun to gaming apps, a mobile phone attachment has been designed called the ‘Pop Dongle’ which users can attach whilst playing Poptopia. The scent releasing dongle will emit the smell of popcorn for game players to add to the game experience.

Will scent infused games be big in 2014? It would be interesting to see if Candy Crush released a similar device emitting pick’n’mix smells.

SoMo Fun

If you have a spare 5 minutes, type this URL for an interactive New Year message into your computer then follow the instructions with your phone. 


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