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To mark the recent release of our new trend on the Rise of Streaming, today’s post focuses on one of the central issues facing the music industry: downloading appears to be in falling in popularity. Although sales of digital downloads were rising until mid-2013, GWI’s research shows that paid-for music downloading has now begun to […]

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Today marks the debut of the Apple Pay system in the US – a near-field communication (NFC) system will let iPhone users buy goods and services via contactless payments. As our first post this week shows, this could be a lucrative move for Apple: among the USA’s mobile audience, iPhone users are most enthusiastic about […]

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Skype has long been the byword for VOIP calling. But now it wants a share of the instant messaging market, too. With the launch of its new app, Skype Qik, the company is allowing users to share 42-second mobile videos that are automatically deleted from the receiver’s phone after 2 weeks. There are also 5-second […]

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This week, Skype made a claim for a share of the instant messaging market with the launch of Skype Qik. The app allows users to share 42-second mobile videos that are automatically deleted from the receiver’s phone after 2 weeks. There are also 5-second ‘Qik Fliks’ for even shorter communications. The similarities to services like […]

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This post first appeared on Brand Republic’s The Wall blog, here. Suddenly, Facebook’s decision to strip the messaging functionality out of its main mobile app and encourage people to use its dedicated Messenger service is beginning to make a lot more sense. At the time, we thought it was designed to protect the Facebook brand […]

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