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…

Open banking – what will it mean for me?

Open banking will inevitably mean greater competition and new types of aggregation services where you can manage your money more effectively in one place. But it also signals the end of high street banking as we know it, predicts Chris Price Just as telecommunications were opened up when third parties were allowed access to BT’s…

What is Oculus Go and why might it kickstart the VR market in 2018?

While there’s a lot of hype surrounding VR, the reality is that so far it remains a fairly niche interest with limited sales. However, all that could finally be set to change with the announcement of a new affordable, standalone VR product. Unveiled at the Oculus Connect 4 developers conference in San Jose, USA recently…

5 of the top Social Media Marketing trends to watch closely

According to InternetWorldStats.com, by the end of 2016 there were 7.3 billion people on the planet and an Internet penetration rate of 50.1 percent. One third of the people on the Internet are active social media users. Social media continues to be more important than ever for businesses. The following are five trends that will…

Greenpeace says tech companies need to push harder for renewable energy

According to a new report from Greenpeace, tech companies - especially Amazon - need to do more to overcome resistance to renewable energy from stubborn monopolies. “Tech companies are increasingly turning to the smart choice of renewable energy to power the internet, but they're hitting a wall of stubborn monopoly power companies that refuse to…

Facebook carries out drone test in the UK

Mark Zuckerberg has been flying drones above the UK. Don't worry, they're not like Obama's flying death machines - you won't be getting poked from skies or anything like that. According to E&T, Britain was used as a testbed for Facebook's "Aquila" drone, that the company hopes will one day help get the rest of…

Facebook Lite will let you avoid installing Facebook Messenger

For some reason, everyone hates Facebook Messenger - the company's separate messaging app that it now forces you to install on your phone if you want to chat to your mates. The good news is that with the launch of Facebook Lite, the company may just have provided a work-around. Facebook Lite is supposed to…

Could “Books” be the new Facebook?

You know when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorses a technology then it is time to sit up and pay attention. Media reports suggest that Zuck has gone on the record talking about his enthusiasm for "Books". Books are essentially a medium through which ideas can be stored and shared. Each individual book, which is usually…