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Smart watches compared – Graphic of the day

The new Apple Watch can receive phone calls and messages, play music, serve as a digital wallet and monitor heart rates. The watches will come in three collections, including a sport edition and an upscale line coated in 18-karat gold. Today’s graphic compares the Apple Watch to seven competitors already on the market.

smart watches

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Smartphone comparison – Graphic of the day

Yesterday, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Today’s graphic compares the new iPhones to seven major smartphone competitors.

smartphones compared

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Tennis anyone?

US Open

Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, we launched the Reuters Sports Reel app as a way to showcase the terrific photography produced by our journalists. What makes this app so compelling is that you actually see photos coming into the app during events in near real time. In addition to covering this year’s Tour de France, we have now covered the Hungarian and Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix races. With our internal push notification platform, you can get alerts for the events, teams, or individuals you most want to follow. Apple has already chosen to feature this product, and as mentioned when we launched the app, you can get it for both iOS and Android.

There are a couple of great pictures below from the Belgian F1 race, and we will be covering the rest of the Formula 1 calendar: (more…)

Smartphone market share – graphic of the day

Worldwide smartphone market share for Samsung and Apple dipped in the second quarter, according to IDC. Today’s graphic shows the total smartphone shipments and market share breakdown.

market share

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My week Down Under

Australia

I’ve just wrapped up a week-long trip to Australia – my first for Thomson Reuters, and with a bit of luck, hopefully not my last. It’s absolutely one of the best places to visit in the world, if you can take the long flight to get there. From Dallas, the flight is 15.5 hours and that’s just to get you to Brisbane – continuing on to Sydney required a stopover to refuel, and another hour or so in the air.

Earlier this year, I had been asked to present at an information retrieval conference session on the Gold Coast. While the title of my session, “OK Glass…Google…Why Do I Need Your Search?” is a bit facetious, it allowed me to talk about the way we are thinking about the continuous client service. Of course we need search. Search has, in my opinion, evolved into a learned history of things I care about and am interested in. Thus, applying algorithms to that learned history enables services to proactively and asynchronously push content to my phone, without me even needing to ask for it. That’s incredibly important, because those and other types of devices do not have the sorts of user input functionality that we have on our desktops and laptops (i.e. a large screen, keyboard, and mouse). (more…)

Designing with empathy

It’s nice to be back in Aspen for the Ideas Festival, and unsurprisingly, I’ve spent a lot of time in sessions around creativity and innovation. I particularly enjoyed one run by IDEO featuring their founder, Tom Kelley, titled Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential in All of Us.  

There were a couple of great themes worth sharing. The first of those is the obvious one: with creativity and innovation comes failure. Tom had a really good way of putting innovation into context using the example of running an experiment. With an experiment, you have a hypothesis – and sometimes it’s right and sometimes it’s not. If you treat the creative process as an experiment, you’ve reframed failure as a potential outcome but with a completely different spin.

Perhaps the best message I took away was the concept of “designing with empathy.” Kelley talked about the development and launch of a GE scanning machine that could do incredibly powerful things, particularly in the field of pediatric medicine; but the machine scared the daylights out of kids.  Over 80% of them were so frightened that they had to bring in an anesthesiologist to keep the kids still. The GE product designer was gutted to hear that his incredible work had caused such a reaction – and so GE went back and took another run with a redesign that included graphics to make it look like a pirate ship! Kids were told to pretend they were hiding from the captain and to stay as still as possible, and it worked. After the redesign, less than 10% of kids that went into the scanner required the anesthesiologist. (more…)

And the winner is…

Apps for Good

213 educational partners, nearly 800 experts and over 17,000 kids.  That’s the numbers behind this year’s Apps for Good program which culminated in the Monday night awards ceremony at the Barbican. What started for us as a corporation three years ago with a handful of schools and perhaps a hundred or so students has now grown by leaps and bounds. The stars just seem to have aligned so nicely – and when you couple the growth of the program with the start of a new computing curriculum in British schools, it’s actually pretty impressive to see things change so quickly.

18 teams from across the country competed in 6 categories: My Planet and Information sponsored by Thomson Reuters; Saving, Spending, & Giving, sponsored by Barclaycard; Connected Communities, sponsored by TalkTalk; Learning, sponsored by Samsung; and Productivity. The Tech London Advocates group sponsored the People’s Choice Award.

And the winners are: (more…)

Thomson Reuters and Apps for Good: Partnering to develop the next generation of technologists

Bob Schukai

Thomson Reuters was at London’s Barbican Centre on Monday evening for the annual Apps for Good awards ceremony. We have partnered with Apps for Good, an open-source technology movement where young people learn to create technology tools to change their world, since 2011.

The awards ceremony recognized teams of students from across the UK who have created apps which tackle everyday problems or issues they are passionate about. From over 17,000 participants in the Apps for Good program, 18 teams were shortlisted for awards in six categories. Thomson Reuters sponsors two categories: the My Planet Award, and the Information Award.

The winners were: (more…)

Flagship smartphones compared – graphic of the day

Amazon’s new smartphone, which joins their “Fire” lineup of tablets and streaming devices, aims to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple and Samsung. The new 3D Fire phone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them on Amazon. Today’s graphic compares the new Amazon Fire to six major competitors on the smartphone market.

Amazon Fire Phone

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Football’s coming home

Sports Reel

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off today with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia in the opening match. It’s always a great month of football and one of those events that brings the world together with the final on Sunday, 13 July. I’m actually pretty excited about the fact that I will be traveling in Europe while the World Cup is taking place, which should make for a couple fun nights out.

You might remember that our team created a product for the London 2012 Olympics that focused on our terrific Reuters photography. We had incredible usage of that particular app, and it led us to think about how we could showcase our sports photography on a more regular basis. In partnership with Reinhard Krause & Kevin Coombs from the Reuters Pictures team, we developed a way to make this happen, through the creation of Reuters Sports Reel, a sports photography platform available on iOS and Android. (more…)