p Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Stephen Hawking and Neil DeGrasse Tyson have declared that there is no God.New research from the Ulster Institute for Social Research in Northern Ireland and Rotterdam University in Holland examined the "robust negative association between religion and intelligence."Indeed, a Pew survey last year said that those who have no religion cite science as the reason why.This latest study, published in Evolutionary Psychological Science, reached some controversial conclusions about where religion comes from and why intelligence undermines it.The researchers examined different models that had been proposed for explaining why believers are allegedly less intelligent.
p Marketers are newly concerned with the large, diverse swath of Americans who live in flyover country.After the presidential election, there has been a kind of awakening to these customers and the power they wield, as well as the realization that brands and their agencies rarely speak to them.Here are four charts on those Americans.In a national survey of 1,800 Americans in 26 states, a Fluent survey found that Americans in the heartland are more likely to shop companies that outwardly share or exemplify “core values” that they ascribe to.The interesting thing is that heartlanders and coastal Americans both share very similar values.But heartland Americans place more importance (53 percent versus 48 percent) on buying from brands that demonstrate them.
p /p p Headphones are increasingly trying to be more than just/p p No, your everyday earbuds aren’t going anywhere. couple of years, a small subset of companies have quietly tried to turn some wireless headphones from simple audio products with software updates over time, but their battery life was eternally short, and they just couldn’t stay connected over
Coca-Cola and senior vice president of strategic marketing Ivan Pollard have parted ways.“We’re grateful to Ivan for his significant contributions to our global and North America marketing organizations in his six-year career with the company,” a brand spokesperson said in a statement to Adweek.“Under Ivan’s guidance, we have successfully reinvented our media buying and connections model, enhanced our digital and social media capabilities, and grown our arsenal of sports and entertainment marketing assets.”The spokesperson added, “CCNA’s Strategic Marketing organization plays a critical role in our business unit, and we have a deep bench of talented marketers who will build on this strong foundation.”Pollard first joined Coca-Cola as vp, global connections in 2011 after five years as group partner with Naked Communications.In 2015, he and Stuart Kronauge were named to co-lead the beverage giant’s U.S. marketing operations after Wendy Clark left to become North American CEO of ad agency DDB.
Keith J. Kelly filled in the Thursday.All told, it’s a narrative that skirts the dreaded hyphenated word “digital-only.”Instead of 10 times a year, Dr. Oz The Good Life will now embrace a quarterly print schedule, a higher newsstand price of $12 and what’s known as the increasingly popular “bookazine” format.“This is our biggest effort in this area and will help jump-start this business,” said Hearst Magazines president David Carey of Hearst’s dive into the bookazine world.The new version “will have some advertising, but it will not be ad-driven,” said Carey.It’s bad news for the Dr. Oz editorial ranks.
p The ubiquity of virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana and Alexa, together with improvements in technology, has led to an uptick in voice search queries.In 2016, conversational AI company MindMeld surveyed smartphone users in the US, finding that 60% of users who used voice search had started using it in the last past year – indicating rising adoption rates.Voice searches are fast (humans can speak at 150 words per minute, versus typing at 40 wpm), convenient (instant, hands-free) and increasingly reliable.Usage in the US grew from 30-65% between 2013-2015, with 35% citing improvements in technology as the primary reason for adopting it.SEO company HigherVisibility surveyed 2,000 mobile phone users and found that 27% of respondents use voice search assistants daily, while another 27% use them at least once a week.More searches using natural language
p Kreditech, the German startup backed by Peter Thiel, Rakuten and the IFC that creates credit ratings and provides finance to people who may not otherwise have credit histories, has raised another round of funding from one of its strategic partners.PayU, the payments company owned by Naspers that is known by some as the “PayPal of emerging markets” — its business is mainly in providing payment services to online merchants — is investing €110 million ($120 million) in Kreditech.The companies are not officially disclosing Kreditech’s valuation, but sources tell TechCrunch that it’s higher than the previous valuation (which we last estimated was about €300 million) but less than €500 million.As CFO Rene Griemens describes it, services like Kreditech are important in economies where there is little credit card penetration nor existing credit histories, and so therefore limited options for how to pay for items over an extended period when you don’t the money to do so up front.The service in Poland issued €10 million in credit to users, and now the plan will be to expand this relationship to more markets where PayU operates.It’s specifically developing a stronger focus in India, where Naspers — as part of a larger investment strategy in emerging markets — acquired CitrusPay via PayU for $130 million and has made other bets in e-commerce.
p /p p /p Warren Buffett sold off a third of his 81 million shares of IBM stock in the first two quarters of 2017, the famed investor tells CNBC.At the end of 2016, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway was the single biggest shareholder in IBM.p Berkshire Hathaway still owns 50 million IBM shares, he says.However, in mid-April, a Markets Insider analysis found that Buffett's IBM investment had lost $787 million in value since he first invested circa 2011./p p The reason for the IBM sell-off: He's "revalued it somewhat downward" from six years ago, when he first bought into the company, as "big strong competitors" continue to take wind out of the tech titan's sails.He says he sold when the stock crested $180, but has stopped selling now that it's around $160.
This year, no matter what, people will likely shrug as they await the debut of the next iPhone.For the record, Wall Street is looking for a slight rebound when Apple reports its fiscal second-quarter results Tuesday.Revenue also is expected to increase in the fiscal quarter, which ended in late March, but not with the big jump that Apple's reported in the past.It was the second full quarter of iPhone 7 sales, yet no one's anticipating either a blowout or disaster.Normally, analysts don't start looking ahead until the quarter that ends in late June, the last full period before a new model is released.That's because Apple typically unveils its new iPhones at the start of September and starts selling them later in the month.
On Google, there are more than 14 million results for the phrase “influencer marketing”.And within those result, most of what you’ll find are “What is Influencer Marketing?” posts (P.S.Some of the types of definitions you’ll find include:Using influencers to spread your message on your behalf.And while some of those definitions do describe the essence of influencer marketing, our CEO Lee Odden describes it as follows:“Influencer Marketing is the practice of engaging internal and industry experts with active networks to help achieve measurable business goals.”1
John and Matthew talk about WeChat’s mini-programs.Introduced earlier this year, the full potential of mini-programs were not apparent at launch, leading some to speculate that they would never be useful.Matt is pretty bullish while John has a wait-and-see attitude.Questions they answer:What are mini-programs?Are these mini-apps or mini-programs?How are they different from apps?How are they different from WeChat official accounts?What are the advantages to users of using mini-programs?What are the advantages to businesses of using mini-programs?What are the drawbacks of using mini-programs?How do users find mini-programs?LinksTechNode: Panel: WeChat mini-apps have promise, but fail to deliverJohn Artman: Data from Cheetah Global Lab reinforces that WeChat IS the Chinese internetChina Tech Insights: WeChat User & Business Ecosystem Report 2017 ExclusiveMatthew Brennan: WeChat Podcast Mini ProgramsMatthew Brennan: List of 100 WeChat Mini ProgramsMatthew Brennan: WeChat launches new style QR codes For Mini ProgramsMatthew Brennan: How To Use WeChat Mini ProgramsHostsJohn Artman, @knowsnothing, TechNodeMatthew Brennan, @MattyBGoooner, ChinaChannelPodcast information iTunesRSS feedMusic: “Theme from Penguins on Parade” by Lee Rosevere, Music for Podcasts 3China Tech Talk is a TechNode x ChinaChannel co-production.
Every dollar you exchange for goods and services provides an incentive for a business to keep doing things the way it does them now.Sweatshops will never go out of style.Perhaps you want your money to matter.You stopped buying Nike in the ’90s, ditched your MacBook when the Foxconn story broke, and deleted Uber because, well, pick a reason.It’s like a quantified version of that guy at the local co-op market who always lectures you on the difference between fair trade and equal trade.Of course, do-gooder capitalists have used carbon footprint calculators since the mid-1990s, and the popularity of brands like Tom’s of Maine and United Colors of Benetton proves there’s a market for products that don’t improve your life at the expense of others.
Google is updating its search and Maps services with a small but significant update that should make it easier to find the best places to go and things to do when you travel.The next time you’re abroad and look up a place, restaurant, store or point of interest, both Maps and search will surface reviews from locals, translated into your preferred language so you don’t need to decipher them yourself.I typically use Foursquare to scope out places to eat, but they’re usually filled with reviews from travelers from around the world who aren’t always on the mark about which nearby restaurant offers the cheapest or most authentic cuisine.Being able to tap into insights from locals should help folks find better recommendations.Between this and Google’s excellent Trips app that launched last September, the company’s got you covered with the basics for planning your next vacation.The feature is currently rolling out on mobile and should be live worldwide soon.
A hacker is waging war on ISIS, with porn.WauchulaGhost — who formerly pointed out security flaws in President Trump’s Twitter account, as well as those of his cabinet members — claims to have hacked over 250 Twitter accounts known to be associated with ISIS.We started hijacking their accounts, taking over their accounts, basically just to troll them.To annoy them and make fun of them.Take screen shots, phone numbers, IP addresses, the whole nine yards.I have all that information on all the accounts I’ve ever taken.
Google Maps is working on helping you deal with parking your car.Last month, Google focused on what happens after you arrive at your destination by upgrading Maps with tools to help you remember where your car is parked and how much time is left on the meter.This month they’re looking at giving you parking information that helps you plan your route before you leave.Android Police reports that Google Maps v9.51, currently in beta, tells you if there’s on-site parking at your destination and whether it’s free or paid.Here’s how it currently works.Google has also added an “On-site” indicator to the parking difficulty information that appears next to time and distance under a map displaying a marked route.
Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia.The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.Brad Stone, senior executive editor of Bloomberg LP and author of his new book, “The Upstarts”, joined us for a discussion on the back story of Uber and Airbnb and their evolution in the sharing economy.Brad shared his impressions of Cheng Wei, founder of Didi Chuxing in China and offered his perspectives on Airbnb’s chances of success in their recent launch to China.Last but not least, he discussed what the key things to watch out for both Airbnb & Uber.Listen to the episode here or subscribe.Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):Brad Stone (@BradStone, LinkedIn, Bloomberg profile), Senior Executive Editor of Bloomberg LP, and author of two books “The Everything Store” and recently “The Upstarts” [0:43]How did you start your career?[1:17]What are the topics you are currently covering on technology in Bloomberg?[2:08]In your career, what are the interesting career lessons which you can share?
Chinese phone makers have been infamous for ripping off famous designs for a long, long time.Off late, companies from the same countries have been gaining popularity for their ingenious products… what you’ll see here is the best of both worlds.Xiaomi first came out with the Mi Mix (review here) late last year, which has since turned into a super popular design.Apparently it’s not just the consumers that have taken a liking to the design, but fellow Chinese makers too.Find here the top 5 Chinese bezel-less phones that attempt to clone the Mi Mix!Top 5 Bezel-Less Mi Mix Clones from China1.Doogee MixIf you’ve been around a bit, you’ll have seen a bit of Doogee Mix news on GizChina.The company seem pretty serious with the Mi Mix cloning campaign… so much so that they’ve given their attempt at a replica the same name as the original — the Mix.It’ll most likely come with a MediaTek Helio processor unlike the Xiaomi Mi Mix, of course.Bluboo S1A recent announcement, the Bluboo S1 is yet another shot at cloning the fantastic Mi Mix.
If you have a web or mobile app, then this post is for you.I help companies set up their analytics for a living and I have done quite a few projects on Mixpanel.If you never heard of Mixpanel before, it can help understand what your users are doing inside your product.Think onboarding funnels, user retention and engagement.This can be a really powerful tool, if its implemented properly.If you never implemented a tool like Mixpanel before, it's easy to get it wrong.
Who wrote it: Byron SharpWhen was it published: 2011Why this book: Experts have claimed that this book 'has possibly done more to shake up the world of brand marketing than anything else created or published in the last decade' - Brand GeneticsCan I get at look at this Bryon, then?Here's a TEDx talk he gave on the science of brand marketingWhat are the key points?
New York's Richard Kauffman: planning for the emerging energy economyIn March, Austin Texas hosted the Energy Thought Summit, a gathering focused on the topic of designing for our energy future.As a result, the previous demarcations between supply and demand assets have become blurred, and this dynamic will accelerate in the near future.But Kauffman, whose formal title is Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, says that it doesn’t have to be that way.The general concept being developed is to move the utility away from being compensated based on the quantity of electrons sold or the amount of infrastructure it builds.During a wide ranging hour-long conversation on the topic, Kauffman was kind enough to share his thoughts as to what has been achieved to date and what New York’s electricity future may look like some time in the future.