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Debunking the Myth of China’s Lack of Innovation

Debunking the Myth of China’s Lack of Innovation

In 2017 it looks as if China is again on-track to file more patent applications than any other country in the world, putting to rest the tired old trope that China’s entrepreneurs don’t innovate.

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Why Solving the Problem of Sustainability is the Next Era for the Fashion Industry

Why Solving the Problem of Sustainability is the Next Era for the Fashion Industry

The ecological burden of the clothing industry is a considerable one. Fast fashion fills landfill; global supply networks mean a single item of clothing can clock up thousands of air miles. There’s also the chemical toll from bleaching and dyeing clothes, the heavy use of water, the cotton industry’s massive insecticide use and the leather industry’s consumption of toxic chemicals.

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Why the Language You Speak at 10 Years Old Determines Your Future

Why the Language You Speak at 10 Years Old Determines Your Future

The language that you speak at age ten can help determine the course of your life: that’s according to a recent study into immigrant populations in the USA. Children that relocated to the US from non-English backgrounds before age 10 follow very different career paths from those that migrate there after that age. In most cases, older immigrants tend to pursue STEM-type careers – the kind that isn't so communication-dependent.

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Why Luxury Brands Need to Rethink Their Approach for the Next Generation of Shoppers

Why Luxury Brands Need to Rethink Their Approach for the Next Generation of Shoppers

The luxury sector is facing an emerging audience with very different expectations. By 2025, Millennial and Gen-Z consumers will represent nearly half the audience for luxury goods. These generations aren’t going to find the luxury industry’s traditional business model to be very appealing.

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Why Your Company Needs a Chief Marketing Technologist

Why Your Company Needs a Chief Marketing Technologist

With technology increasingly fundamental to the practice of marketing, is it time to rethink the nature of the CMO role, and consider that ‘chief marketing technologist’ could be a more accurate title? Gartner predicts that next year chief marketing officers will be spending more on technology than chief information officers.

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The Rising Trend Towards Sharing Apps in China

The Rising Trend Towards Sharing Apps in China

Last year we explored data showing how Chinese consumers seem to be particularly receptive to the sharing economy. According to Nielsen data, 94% of Chinese consumers were willing to share items, compared with fewer than half of North Americans.

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Understanding the Increasing Decline of Skeuomorphism

Understanding the Increasing Decline of Skeuomorphism

Skeuomorphism describes a digital design approach where items are made to resemble their real-world counterparts. One example would be making a document delete feature look like an old-style dustbin. The idea behind skeuomorphism is that anyone should be able to identify design features and guess what they do.

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How the Fashion Industry is Embracing AR and VR

How the Fashion Industry is Embracing AR and VR

Smart use of technology is proving to be the way to get ahead in the cutthroat world of fashion retail. Technological innovations can help retailers understand and interact better with their customers, personalize products and shopping experiences, and refine the logistics process to nibble away at their cost base.

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Exploring the World’s Top Power Languages

Exploring the World’s Top Power Languages

The dominance of English worldwide as a lingua franca is well documented, but there are other languages that can also afford their speakers more power than others.

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Understanding the Quirks of India’s eCommerce Market

Understanding the Quirks of India’s eCommerce Market

Touted to soon become the world’s second largest eCommerce market, India is full of digital potential. But wary shoppers, challenging logistics, and inefficient payment systems contribute to a high mortality rate for digital startups in this market.

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How Automation Could Save Our Global Economic Future

How Automation Could Save Our Global Economic Future

Falling birthrates in many countries are leading to a decline in working age populations. The economic consequences could be severe but automation could provide a solution.

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The Role of Wearable Technology in the Workplace

The Role of Wearable Technology in the Workplace

Wearable technology has been heralded as a revolution that could transform the workplace. Wearable technology can help us gain better visibility of what we do, and learn how to do it more productively.

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How Blockchain Technology Could Help Tackle Digital Advertising Fraud

How Blockchain Technology Could Help Tackle Digital Advertising Fraud

A lot of people are getting excited about the possibilities of blockchain technology. Its ability to offer higher levels of transparency and security could impact on a wide cross section of industries.

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How Emojis Are Just the Next Stage of Language Evolution

How Emojis Are Just the Next Stage of Language Evolution

It’s common for language sticklers to decry the proliferation of emojis as examples of language decline. But in reality, this trend towards using these graphics in our communications represents a new stage of language evolution.

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The Rise and Fall of Zynga: A Cautionary Tale for Mobile Game Developers

The Rise and Fall of Zynga: A Cautionary Tale for Mobile Game Developers

Nearly ten years ago, online gaming developer Zynga launched Farmville, an Adobe Flash gaming app on Facebook. Within four days of its launch, Farmville had attracted over one million daily active users, and nearly $30 million in six months.

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How Skills Shortages Are a Surprisingly Wider Global Issue

How Skills Shortages Are a Surprisingly Wider Global Issue

A shortage of skills across science, tech and engineering is threatening the ambitions of many companies. Exciting technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality offer new possibilities to a wide range of industries but employers are struggling to recruit in these areas.

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How China Plans to be the Leader in AI

How China Plans to be the Leader in AI

In October 2016, Former President Obama announced that the US no longer leads the world in journal articles for deep learning and released a ‘strategic plan’ for Artificial Intelligence (AI) research - the country that overtook the US was China.

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Adapting to the Recruit of the Future

Adapting to the Recruit of the Future

Workplaces are perpetually renewed by an influx of younger workers, with each new generation bringing their own values and expectations into the workforce.

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How Social Media is Transforming the Travel Industry

How Social Media is Transforming the Travel Industry

Social media has slowly but surely permeated its way into the marketing strategies of nearly every business sector and the travel industry is no exception.

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How Mobile Technology is Transforming Africa

How Mobile Technology is Transforming Africa

“The mobile phone is to sub-Saharan Africa what the steam train was to 19th century Europe,” commented the Financial Times in 2016. “The mechanical workhorse driving social and economic transformation.”

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