Technology dominates Top 100 World’s Most Valuable Brands. Google and Apple remain top.

Bingeing on Netflix box sets, sharing stories on Facebook and downloading content from Apple’s iTunes and Alibaba’s Ali Picture have contributed to a record year for tech brands in the 2018 BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking released today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. Eight out of the Top 10 are technology or tech-related brands. This category continues to dominate the rankings with Google and Apple retaining…

Vox Pop: the voice search revolution and how to make your business stand out

Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual, talks about how improved accuracy and convenience are ensuring massive growth for voice search and how businesses need to adapt to compete Voice Search is beginning to revolutionise search marketing. Google recently announced that 20% of searches on its mobile app and Android services are now carried out by…

Amazon Echo and Google Home to offer voice calling?

Could Amazon Echo and Google Home be about to offer voice calling via their smart speakers? That's what website Wearable reckons and it certainly makes sense. Although not officially confirmed, the story comes from the Wall Street Journal's sources. Apparently both companies are looking to offer VOIP (voice over internet protocol) calls via the smart…

Will virtual reality finally become mainstream in 2017?

Google Cardboard is one of the cheapest ways of getting into virtual reality with your mobile phone Everyone has heard the term ‘virtual reality’, but for those who are not particularly tech-minded it essentially means a computer-created simulation of reality that you can interact with in an immersive way. For a…

Google to add ‘buy button’. More announcements at I/O developer conference to follow

Google's I/O developer conference starts this morning in California and we're expecting some pretty big announcements including Android M 6.0, the breaking out of Google+'s Photos app into a standalone entity, new Android Wear hardware, a new Chromecast, and perhaps some news about Google's VR initiative. However, the big news that's broken already is that Google is…

YouTube killing support for older smart TVs and devices

Bad news if you access YouTube on a smart TV made before 2012 - Google is pulling the plug on YouTube apps for certain devices. Unfortunately we don't have a complete list of affected devices, but according to Google it will affect "Select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs,…

Google changing its search algorithms to prioritise mobile websites

Websites that haven't kept up with the times could be about to see a huge drop in traffic, as Google is to change its search algorithms to prioritise websites that work well on phones and tablets. According to Phys.org, the new formula won't change for users searching on desktops and laptops - but websites that…