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In its earnings call last week, Starbucks announced it now counts more than 12 million monthly active users of its My Starbucks Rewards app - a solid 20% growth in active users from 10 million just over a year ago (April 2013). The My Starbucks Rewards app is both a loyalty program and a digital wallet that allows users to store value in the app and pay at check-out by displaying a barcode on the smartphone screen. Transactions made via the mobile wallet now account for 15% of all...
 
by Jennifer Kent | Jul. 28, 2014
Tags: apps, mobile, mobile payment


This week, I had the opportunity to attend mHealth + Telehealth World Congress in Boston. The three-day conference focuses on health system and health payer strategies for incorporating mobile and telemedicine technologies to improve care outcomes and drive operational efficiencies....

Children and Mobile Internet Access To date, my blogs on parental controls and monitoring solutions have been focused mainly on software that assists parents in managing and controlling the kind of web access their children can have. As mentioned previously , although there is a...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Jul. 21, 2014
Tags: millennials, mobile

The Hazards of the Internet to Youth In January, I wrote about emerging trends in protecting the online safety of children. In Parents, Kids, and the Internet: The Evolution of Online Protection Tools ,   I introduced several solutions in a category of products that I term...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Jul. 17, 2014
Tags: connected CE, mobile, security

Parks Associates : Could you tell me about the changing role and revenue potential of connected CE? Barbara Kraus : Connected CE, until a few years ago, simply meant a hardware device that could connect to the Internet, and manufacturers made their money from unit sales. Now, with...

In the past week, Google and Apple have both extended their efforts to penetrate yet another connected consumer platform – vehicles. Apple announced nine new auto manufacturers that have committed to integrating Apple’s CarPlay product into at least some forthcoming vehicle models, and...
 
by Jennifer Kent | Jul. 9, 2014
Tags: apps, Google, operator, smartphone

This week, GigaOm , FierceCable , and Streaming Media wrote about data that Google announced at their developers conference that seems to contradict our Chromecast research . However, the articles do a great job of noting several differences in the reported data, namely the different...
 

We interviewed consumer analytics director John Barrett about HBO and Amazon’s recent landmark deal. Last month, Amazon Prime subscribers were able to access some of the premium cable channel’s older content online. It’s a huge shift in the streaming video industry....


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