Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com
by Ryan MacInnis
Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
Google Glass App Lets You Pay With Bitcoin
New Google Glass app, Ease, will let users nod and leverage voice control capabilities to pay with Bitcoin. With that being said, Ease is at the forefront of global payment solutions coming to wearable devices and Glass specifically.
"In that regard, making payments using Glass brings up some interesting possibilities. Based around gesture and voice, it has the potential to remove physicality from the point of transaction altogether — making it actually more like an alternative to pulling out a physical wallet than a smartphone has proven to be. It also potentially makes it a lot easier to spend money.
And as a regular companion on your daily adventures, Glass really makes the concept of impulse buying more of a reality."
Yahoo Acquires Snapchat Competitor Blink
Yahoo has acquired Snapchat competitor, Blink, a platform that allows users to send texts and media files to friends that disappear (sound familiar?) after a certain amount of time.
"Yahoo isn’t the only major Internet company to get its hands on apps in the messaging space in recent times.
Facebook put down a colossal $19 billion for WhatsApp back in February, while the social networking giant apparently also offered several billion dollars for Snapchat in 2013. The offer was declined."
Open source mobile technology and Samsung
Open source mobile technology from Samsung is coming to Russia and India in the form of the Tizen operating system.
"The goal is that Samsung can begin to move away from Google and its Android platform into something distinctly Samsung in product development and operating system.
India would be an ideal fit, most tech experts believe, considering the country is on the map for tech innovation and could be a great testing ground due to lower economic buying power many Indians have, but also a keen sense of having technology that is useful, easy to use and monetarily accessible."
European Chief Digital Officers are on the Rise
With more than 100 chief digital officers appointed in Europe in 2013, the reports by Gartner and the CDO club about the drastic increase in future CDOs are clearly heading in the right direction.
"It forecasted "conservatively" that the number of global chief digital officers would double again to 1,000 by the end of 2014. Most chief digital officers are operating in the media, advertising and publishing industries, the study found.
The research showed that 68% of CDOs are located in North America - down from 88% in 2013 - with 23% now in Europe, up from 7% the previous year. The remainder are in Asia and Australasia (6%), the Middle East and Africa (2%) and South America (1%). There were more than 100 European CDO appointments in 2013."
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