In light of the escalating convergence between TV and digital advertising, audience verification has become a key performance metric, along with viewability. As the de-facto standard bearer for TV measurement for decades, Nielsen is poised to again remain on top for 2014, thanks to something it hopes will become the industry standard - OCR.
In the U.S. this year, wearable technology products such as fitness bands, smart watches and Google Glass are expected to generate around $3 billion, according to Deloitte. In the U.K., consumers are catching up fast on this global desire for smarter, small screen technology.
There are similarities between Glass and Bluetooth handsfree devices. Both sit on the ear and occupy headspace. Glass takes voice commands while the handsfree headset's sole use comes via vocal conversation. Both require the certain awkwardness of talking to an absent being.
The Premier League, like many sporting events, is followed avidly by fans. Many times have we heard our friends shouting at the television over the referee's decision to give the opponent a free kick. Now we can channel our passion for sport, beyond just watching it on TV.
Amongst the sleekest handsets and most technical toothbrush you've ever seen, there were also some real initiatives to put technology to good use at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona: increasing accessibility, aiding healthcare and supporting the developing world. As the conference hall doors close behind me for the final time, I begin to digest the impact of this year's theme - 'What's next'.
Access to a mobile device can be life-changing, particularly for women. The Cherie Blair Foundation's research with the GSMA revealed that 9 out of 10 women in developing markets feel safer because of their mobile phones; 8 out of 10 feel more independent with access to mobile technology and more than half have used a mobile phone to earn additional income.
In its heyday, MWC provided a platform for mobile makers to shout about their coolest newest tech, but in recent years, mobile giants have created space in the tech calendar by hosting their own launch events, all over the world.
Given that this is the first MWC since the Snowden revelations, does it surprise you that security is a hot topic? Keep your eyes peeled for the release of Silent Circle's Blackphone - a device which captures this security consciousness perfectly.
But could anyone really fall in love with a piece of software? It may sound like the stuff of science fiction but, the truth is, much of the technology the film depicts is already with us. And scenarios like this might not be that far off. 'Love' is perhaps a metaphor for the kind of dependency or symbiosis we're heading towards.
Maybe it's me, but it seems like the 'Best of CES' lists starting coming out this year even before the show began. I practically didn't even need to hit the floor to walk away with an impression. But rather than give you yet another review or top ten list, I'll give you my predictions for which tech innovations will truly come of age in 2014.
2013 was an eventful year in ERP, with notable positive developments including the increase in mobile and business intelligence (as many predicted twelve months ago) and the increase in adoption of SaaS and cloud solutions. The year saw a number of major ERP implementations, with successes and failures at all levels.
For example, Samsung has already produced, and Apple is about to produce, smart watches that can be connected to your phone. And smart glasses like in Sherlock are also on the way. I am not entirely certain why this technology is necessary, but I am sure we are moving closer and closer towards the time when smart phones will have proven themselves obsolete.
Forgive me for slightly boiling down the reasons for human existence into one pithy sentence but the three base instincts that truly fuel us are to get richer, have more sex and live longer. Or maybe that's just me.
On the morning of 13th June 1863, The Press newspaper in Christchurch New Zealand published an exceptional 'open letter' from novelist and philosopher Samuel Butler titled: "Darwin Among the Machines'.
The Consumer Electronics Show (better known as CES) is an ideal place to take the pulse of technology for the coming year. Last week's event in Las Vegas could have taken that pulse with a wrist-worn fitness monitor as wearable technology dominated proceedings.
Each year Fjord experts come together to debate the profound changes that digital technology is bringing to established ways of doing businesses and in our everyday lives.