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Halifax: Pocket money = gadget money

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With technology second nature to most children and a huge part of everyday life for them, it is no surprise that it also dominates their spending habits. Almost nine out of 10 children (87%) claim to own a games console; three quarters (74%) of eight to 15 years olds have a mobile phone; and two thirds (65%) own an mp3 player. When asked about what they spend their money on, four out of five of the children surveyed (83%) said they have downloaded a film, music, TV show, game or app from the internet. Additionally, an average of five paid-fo... Read More »

GfK: Two in three travelers in Hong Kong used three devices in the process of purchasing a flight ticket

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However, offline travel service providers are still very relevant as travelers exhibit strong omni-channel behaviors, navigating both online and offline platforms throughout the whole process. Nearly all (96%) utilize a combination of the Internet and traditional brick and mortar channels, with a very low number (2%) using any single channel exclusively. “Findings revealed that search engines are used intensively at the very beginning of the process for both online and offline purchasers,“ said Van den Oever, Global Travel Director at GfK. “... Read More »

Continental and Auro Technologies bring the new true 3D Immersive Sound-Experience into the Car

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From enhanced Stereo to immersive three-dimensional sound: Continental and Auro Technologies partner to create a total new sound ex perience for vehicles Continental integrates Auro Technologies’ software for automotive manufacturers and suppliers worldwide The 3D Sound-Experience from Auro Technologies and Continental transform the vehicle into a jazz club or concert hall. First integrated into digital cinemas as Auro 11.1. by Barco, the Auro-3D format is the next generation in audio, adding a Height Layer around the audience, the fina... Read More »

Passenger rights: smartphone app upgraded for summer holidays

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European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport said: "How many of us have wondered whether we are entitled to a compensation or any type of assistance when we experience problems with our journey, whatever means of transportation we chose! Many European travellers do not even know how and where they can get the right information about this. The right of information is one of the basic passenger rights. The smartphone app explains everything in detail, in 25 languages, and wherever, whenever the traveller needs it." ... Read More »

Barclays: Gadget mad Brits spend £355 a year on new Technology devices, but nine in ten dont have the knowhow to make the most of them

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Brits have bought over 70 million gadgets in the last 12 months Nearly one third of Brits lack the knowhow to explore their own devices to the full Only 6% of Brits use the full functionality of their tech Despite the nation's desire to own the latest gadgets, the findings published by Barclays, show that nearly a third (29 per cent) of the UK population could benefit from support to use the digital devices or gadgets they currently own, so they feel more confident to fully make the most of them. 94 percent of Brits admit to not using... Read More »

EIB boosts development of innovative technologies for mobile entertainment services with Rovio Entertainment

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The EIB financing will be used specifically for the development of Rovio’s innovative platform for mobile games and other entertainment services. Rovio is an entertainment media company that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery, and is best known for its globally beloved Angry Birds brand. It has demonstrated strong growth, with growing revenues and staff number in the past few years, the number of employees expanding from 200 at the beginning of 2012 to over 800 at the end of 2013. ... Read More »

Aviva launches MyAviva app for customers

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And – just in time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Finals on 31 May – the app also features exclusive Rugby content, giving rugby fans a great way to see highlights of the weekend’s action, get insights into the final and catch interviews with their favourite players. To encourage Aviva customers to download and explore the benefits of the MyAviva app, Aviva is giving away a free hot drink from Caffe Nero to the first 40,000 customers who download the app and register their customer details. Heather Smith, Marketing Director, Aviva UK, sa... Read More »

TV viewing experience redefined: verizon launches FIOS Quantum tv service in Massachusetts and Rhode island

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This advanced TV-entertainment experience, which was launched in the two states today (May 28), is enabled by enhanced DVR control and storage and builds upon Verizon’s successful FiOS Quantum Internet service. With FiOS Quantum TV, Massachusetts and Rhode Island customers following the Red Sox as they attempt to repeat as world champions can record and watch every game and they can record dozens of episodes of their favorite TV shows – all in high definition, giving them more control and more storage to enjoy their content in ways they never c... Read More »

IBM unleashes new tools to accelerate data-driven cities

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These and other cities around the world are increasingly using data to make better decisions and allocate resources to sense and respond to challenges in city infrastructure.  From improving traffic management, responding rapidly to incidents, using effective communication channels with citizens and ensuring sustainable natural resources, data and analytics are providing new insight to create more effective cities. As a result of helping create thousands ofSmarter Cities, IBM has isolated the most pressing challenges and is bringing together a ... Read More »

IBM introduces customizable cloud business solutions

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Today’s announcement builds on IBM’s significant investments in cloud computing. Called IBM Cloud Business Solutions, the portfolio includes multiple components packaged into a single client agreement and delivered “as a service” for speed and simplicity. This includes consulting services, pre-built assets from IBM Research, software, advanced analytics, ongoing support and cloud infrastructure delivered via Softlayer, an IBM company. Pricing is based on a subscription model. Clients pay a set-up fee up front, and then ongoing subscription or u... Read More »

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