The Must-Have Tech of 2017

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“He’s funny when he gets annoyed,” my daughter said.

“He threw a tantrum!” my son claimed after winning a game of quick tap.

If you listen to my kids talk, you’d think they were talking about a friend or a pet.

The thing is, what they are talking about is one of the biggest and hottest trends in electronics… one that is about to become a big deal for stock market investors.

You see, my kids are talking about Cozmo, the little robot I managed to get them for Christmas.

Anki, the company that makes Cozmo, sold out of the robot before Christmas. It’s back in stock now, and my sources say that Cozmo continues to sell well even after the Christmas rush.

Cozmo has fascinated my kids since Christmas morning. They speak to it as if it were a real person, and they love the few games and skills that Cozmo comes ready to play.

But this is only the beginning for robots.

The Hot Item at CES

You’re going to hear a lot more about robots. The Consumer Electronics Show – or more commonly known as CES – is going on in Las Vegas.

In fact, robots are such a big deal at CES 2017 that all of Friday’s show is dedicated to these amazing machines.

You should keep up with what’s happening with robots because they are a critical component of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution.

According to an IDC research report released yesterday, the IoT revolution is going to generate $1.7 trillion in economic value by 2020. In fact, last year was the biggest year for robot startups, with $1.95 billion spent on 128 companies.

As an investor, it’s critical for you to track new, cutting-edge robotics products like Cozmo because I believe many of the companies making these machines will go public in 2017, leading to incredible profits from their shares.

One company that I’ve mentioned – Impinj, a maker of IoT sensors used in retail – had its initial public offering (IPO) on July 21 at $14 a share. The shares hit a post-IPO high of $41.91 recently, resulting in early investors raking in nearly 200% in about five months. Those are phenomenal gains in a few months that most investors never make in a lifetime!

Nutanix, another IoT IPO on September 30, priced at $16. The stock soared to a high of $46.78 in two days, delivering an unbelievable gain of 193%. Stunning gains for any investor!

The Must-Have Assistant

I believe these kinds of gains are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming in 2017. I’ve already told you to look for Anki, the maker of Cozmo, when it finally goes public.

Another robot company to watch for is Mayfield Robotics.

Mayfield makes Kuri, another consumer-friendly robot that’s featured at CES 2017.

This robot wanders around your home, acting as your personal assistant. Kuri can answer questions as well as monitor your pets, children or aged parents. It can help monitor your house and do things for you that would currently require a PC, smartphone or tablet using services such as Google, Skype, etc.

The key to Kuri’s adoption as a household robot is that it offers convenience and a new benefit – the ability to monitor people, pets and things you value when you’re not home.

Mayfield is selling Kuri for $699.

Profit From the Revolution

Now, Kuri and Cozmo are likely to be successes and could launch the companies that make them significantly higher once they start trading on the stock exchanges.

But the really massive robot opportunity in the IoT mega trend is in the use of machines in industry and business. That’s where I believe you’re going to find the Google-type winners in the stock market. Google has soared more than 1,500% since its IPO in 2004.

And in time, some of these IPOs will generate even bigger gains – like Cisco’s gain of 40,000% during the last tech boom.

You can capture some of the gains from the IoT robot opportunity by buying a specialty exchange-traded fund (ETF), such as the Renaissance IPO ETF (NYSE Arca: IPO), or a focused ETF, such as the Robo Global Robotics & Automation ETF (Nasdaq: ROBO).

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Modern American Animation

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This article describes the history of animation in the United States of America since the late 80’s until the early twenty-first century. This period is often called the renaissance of American animation, during which many large American entertainment companies reform and reinvigorate its animation department after the decline suffered in the 60, 70 and 80.

From 1988 to the present

Disney’s return

In the mid 80’s, the American animation industry fell into disgrace. Toy commercials masquerading as entertainment programs cartoons dominated the evening and the morning of Saturday, and the only experiment was carried out by independent developers. Even animated films were projected in theaters at times, but the glory of the old days was gone. Even the animation giant Disney, which had fought a corporate acquisition in the 80’s, was considering abandoning the production of animated feature films.

Both the enthusiastic audience, critics, and the animators were taken by surprise when the long-awaited renaissance of animation began in the oldest and most conservative corporation, Disney.

Disney had a drastic change in the 80, its new chief Michael Eisner the company relocated to his feet, returning to its roots and revitalizing their studies. With great fanfare, in 1988 the study worked with Steven Spielberg to produce the animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film was a success, and gave to the animation industry awaited push for that time. Roger Rabbit not only earned him a pile of money for Disney, but also sparked the popularity of the classic animation that continues to this day. The history of animation suddenly became an object of study (and their fans). Several directors, business legend, such as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng were suddenly in the spotlight, being acclaimed after decades of being virtually ignored by audiences and industry professionals.

Disney continued the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? with “The Little Mermaid”, the first of a series of animated films that seemed to recapture the magic of the golden age of Walt Disney himself. The studio invested heavily in new technology of computer animation for such purposes, but could do super-productions like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin,” which attracted audiences that were not seen in decades, and Once provided a visual feast that has not been exceeded since the 40. The peak of the hit Disney was in 1994 when his film “The Lion King” exceeded all expectations of the study to become one of the most successful of all time. Even later Disney films as “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Hercules,” “Mulan” and “Tarzan” was blockbusters.

Disney has also made inroads into the neglected area of the animated TV series. With the success of shows like “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”, “The Adventures of the Gummi Bears Disney” and “Duck adventures”, the “new” Disney made his mark in TV pictures. Through association and repetition, Disney can provide high quality animation for TV. A series of large diffusion was conducted in mid-nineties, with some critics designating “Gargoyles” as the Disney animation project for TV’s most ambitious and best done artistically. The soundtracks of each of these animated films were an important part of its success, because Disney was including in each of these projects a loud voice from the world of music, such as Elton John (The Lion King), Luis Miguel (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Ricky Martin (Hercules), Christina Aguilera (Mulan), Celine Dion (Beauty and the Beast), Ricardo Montaner (Aladin), Jon Secada (Pocahontas), among others.

Spielberg and animation

Spielberg and Bluth

While Disney gave new life to animation, Steven Spielberg was making his own way. Animation amateur life, Spielberg was also interested in making high quality animation, and worked with his rival, Don Bluth animation producer to produce “Fievel and the New World.” The box office success of this and Bluth’s next film, “In The Land”, Hollywood made him realize that Disney did not hold a monopoly on animated features. The other Hollywood studios resumed production of its own animated features, but still falling into the trap of trying to imitate Disney’s 1997 film Don Bluth, “Anastasia”, produced by Fox, is mentioned as the one launched the Fox Animation Studios and Disney’s rival, however, these studies failed to succeed after “Anastasia” and closed in 1999. Like most successful productions of Disney, “Anastasia” was attended by Thalia, who played the central theme of the soundtrack in its versions in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Spielberg and Warner Bros.

Spielberg, meanwhile, switched to TV and worked with animation studio Warner Bros. to produce “The Tiny Toon Adventures,” a high quality animated series that paid homage to the great cartoons of Termite Terrace. “The Tiny Toon Adventures” had a good rating thanks to its young viewers, which inspired the Warner Bros to resurrect his dying animation studio and once again a contender in the field of animation. The Tiny Toon Steven Spielberg were continued by presenting “Animaniacs” and “Pinky and the Brain”. The latter not only attracted new viewers to Warner Bros., but also captured the attention of viewers adolescents and adults.

Bakshi’s return

Ralph Bakshi, director of innovative animated films like “Fritz the Cat” and original “Lord of the Rings”, returned to animation after making a brief stop in the mid 80’s. In 1985, he teamed up with the young Canadian animator John Kricfalusi and the legendary British band “The Rolling Stones” to make an animated music video for “The Harlem Shuffle”, which was completed in early 1986. Although the music video did not talk much, he built a production team “Bakshi Animation” project continued with the short-lived but well received, “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse.” Bakshi & Co, worked on numerous projects at the end of the 80, but the biggest project was “Cool World: a blonde between two worlds”, which premiered in 1992. The production got out of hand and ended up being severely criticized and forgotten by almost everyone.

Outsourcing animation

The main reason for increasing the quality of American animation is the ability to outsource the heavy lifting to cheaper animation houses in the South and Southeast Asia gaining a large number of frames at low cost. The script, character design and storyboarding is done in American offices. The storyboard, models and color books are mailed abroad. Sometimes causes problems because no final product can be completed until the frames are mailed to the U.S.. Although budgets have been reduced, foreign productions houses are chosen per episode, or even per scene, depending on the amount of money available at that time. As a result there is a big difference in quality from one episode to another. This is particularly evident in shows like “Gargoyles” and “Batman”: The Animated Series where, sometimes, the characters seem completely different from one episode to the dismay of its directors.

Adult Animation

The Simpsons

In the 90’s came a new wave of animated series whose primary aim was the adults, after an absence in the genre over a decade. In 1989, “The Simpsons,” an animated short based on the “The Tracey Ullman Show,” became the first animated series in prime time since “The Flintstones” and captivated a large part of the audience. It was the first hit series for the fledgling Fox, caused little sensitivity, entering popular culture and gaining wide acceptance. In 2008, “The Simpsons” seem to show no signs of stopping, and could surpass “Gunsmoke” as the fiction program on the air longer the history of American television. In 2007 have released their first film, titled “The Simpsons: The Movie”, dubbed in Spanish and Chinese.

Ren and Stimpy

In 1991, Nickelodeon premiered “The Ren and Stimpy Show,” “Ren and Stimpy” was a quirky series run riot violated all the traditional restrictions of correct drawings of Saturday morning and instead favored the quirky style of the short the golden era. Moreover, the series creator, John Kricfalusi, who had worked as an animator during the downturn of Saturday morning, was much influenced by the classic works of Bob Clampett.

Spike & Mike

Alongside mainstream animation nineties there was a strange and experimental movement. In a short animation festival in 1989, organized by Craig Decker and Mike Gribble Spike (known as “Spike & Mike”) and originally located in San Diego. It all started with the representation of a collection of thematic short, known as the Classic Festival of Animation, in places of business meetings and trade throughout the country.

The collections were made mostly by Oscar-nominated short, works of students of the Institute of the Arts in California and experimental work of the National Film Board of Canada. The first festival included works by John Lasseter, Nick Park and Mike Judge. Judge’s work, “Frog Baseball” marked the first appearance of their franchise characters Beavis and Butthead.

However, the festival gradually became a film program called Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation and turned into an underground movement of adult humor and subject matter.

Adult Swim

In 1994, Cartoon Network gave consent to a new series called “Space Ghost” coast to coast with a particular postmodern turn, showed live interviews with celebrities, mixed with cartoon animations original “Space Ghost.” The series made the leap with the production of Hanna-Barbera, now owned by Cartoon Network. It was the beginning of a common practice used old Hanna-Barbera characters for new productions, as the surreal “Underwater Laboratory 2021”, based on the cartoon short early 70’s “Sealab 2020.” Also, Harvey Birdman, attorney, on a mediocre superhero, Birdman which was originally the star of Birdman and Galaxy trio had become a lawyer. Its customers, like many of the characters in the series, came completely from old Hanna-Barbera characters.

In addition to large animation files old and cheap, independent animators also began to benefit from new digital technologies. An artist with sufficient technical skills could explore new styles and forms with much more freedom. The traditional animation skills of drawing and painting had given way to digital manipulation and aggressive use new techniques of animation.

Along with these new programs, the American audience, particularly in geographic areas influenced by fusion with the cultures of the Pacific coast, began to adopt Japanese cartoon, or anime, 80. This growing market for anime videos satisfy the public child and adolescent, with a large number of Japanese series translated into English. Initially access was limited to videos, but the anime as it became a mainstream found its way into the film department stores throughout the U.S.. As the animation occupies a different place in Japanese culture, including a range of issues not addressed by the American animation.

“Adult Swim” is a block of animation for adults that is issued at the start of primetime on Cartoon Network, leads the adult industry and has the latest technology in animation. Adult Swim, which originally aired on Sunday night in 2006 was in the air until 5:00 AM, and was broadcast every night except Friday. The series, which is produced exclusively for Adult Swim, as “The Brak Show,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Tom Goes to the Mayor”, tend to be surreal and bizarre, but also considered fresh and original. Adult Swim reissued series “Futurama” and played an important role to avoid the cancellation of “Family Guy”. In addition, it also issues numerous popular Anime series such as “FLCL”, “Lupin III” and “Inuyasha.”

Other drawings for adults

Other TV stations also experimented with animation for adults. MTV has produced several animated series especially for young and adult audiences, “Liquid Television” and “Beavis and Butthead”. Even USA Network program found a cult following with his “Duckman show”. But the adult animated series of the 90 most successful was “South Park” which premiered in 1996 as a cartoon pirate on the Internet.

The more fast-paced animation and disturbingly clandestine saw the light, the more dominant force in television animation was, led to an increasingly frenetic territory and perhaps eschatological, for example in “The Tick and Duckman.”

In 2005, adult animation pioneer Ralph Bakshi said he would work on another film, “The Last Days of Coney Island” which he would finance and produce independently.

The decline of the Saturday Morning

After spending nearly a coma for over two decades, the American animation industry experienced a sudden growth in the 90. Several new studies appeared keen to take risks, and found a large number of markets to sell their talent. Along with the animated TV series, the animation used in television commercials, video games and music videos. The small animation studios challenged “Hanna-Barbera Productions” in the market for TV animation.

In fact, Hanna-Barbera could not compete with the new varieties of animation on the market. During the time that dominated the entire spectrum of pictures of the Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera had virtually no competition, causing a deterioration in the quality of its series. In the 90’s, the study could only offer fried as “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” and “Tom and Jerry Kids Show” to compete with “Fox Kids” and the new “WB Television Network” from Warner Bros. Hanna-Barbera stayed behind and found himself completely bought by Turner Broadcasting.

Hanna-Barbera not only had problems adapting to the changes that are spread all over the TV. The “Big Three” networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) found its loyal audience being eroded by competition from new channels, including new strains of “Cable TV” as Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. Video games and movies available on video also helped change the market, to the point that for a time gave NBC cartoons altogether. The ABC was bought by Disney, and Disney turned the grill on Saturday in a series of Disney animated productions.

While the series animated in large networks seemed mediocre, the cable television cartoon achieved several successes. Nickelodeon did see light cult hits like “Doug,” “Rugrats,” “Ren and Stimpy,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “SpongeBob,” “Invader Zim” and “The Fairly OddParents.” Meanwhile, a new owner of Hanna-Barbera, Time Warner, the study focused on the creation of new drawings for the Cartoon Network. Hanna-Barbera was an influx of fresh blood and a new generation of drawings of Hanna-Barbera cartoon was born as “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Johnny Bravo”, “Cow and Chicken”, “Powerpuff Girls” and ” Courage the Cowardly Dog. “

Still, each new piece of animation was not a gold mine. The Disney animated films began to suffer in quality to late 1990, after the producer Jeff Katzenberg left the studio and team up with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen to form DreamWorks. Also, several animated films were released in the 90 trying to imitate the success of Disney, but as in the Years 1930 and 1940, the animations of 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros could not catch a considerable market segment Disney movies that had been dominant. In particular, Warner Bros, had a string of failures “Cats Do not Dance”, “The Magic Sword” and “The Iron Giant” (the latter being praised by critics and audiences, but virtually being ignored by most the public) died at the box office. Warner Bros. also tried to recreate the success of “Roger Rabbit” to “Space Jam”, an attempt to combine the popularity of Bugs Bunny with basketball superstar Michael Jordan.

In addition, the market trend of children continued during the 90’s, almost as ubiquitous as a decade earlier. Two major events dominated toy many children’s programs in the afternoons of the weekend: “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in the mid-90 and “Pokemon” from the latter half of the 90’s to mid Years 2000. Until the animation suffered another revival in the 2000s, a great deal (and many dollars spent) continued to spend on merchandising.

The growth of computer animation

Yet another wild card is added to this crowded and competitive atmosphere with the emergence of a new wave of “Computer Animation”. The decade of the 90 experienced an exponential improvement in the use of computers to enhance animated sequences and special effects. This new form of entertainment soon dominated the world of special effects in Hollywood (the film “Terminator 2”: “The Judgement” and “Jurassic Park” included impressive computer-animated sequences), and was only a matter of time to find a film produced entirely with computers.

Once again it was Disney who led this area. Disney animators had introduced computer-generated sequences gently in his movies, as in early 1991 in “Beauty and the Beast.” A computer-generated magic carpet played a significant role in “Aladdin.” In 1995, Disney produced with Pixar “Toy Story”, the first completely computer generated film. The film was a huge success and created a new movement, other studies investigated produce their own computer-animated films (CGI).

Perhaps because it first developed as a new method of creating special effects, computer animation was not seen as a form of “children’s entertainment.” After decades as related but separate industries, the line between animation and special effects are eliminated by the popularization of computer special effects, to the extent that the use of computers in Hollywood movies has become a natural. The best special effects are often so subtle they go completely unnoticed. The winner of the Oscar for best special effects with “Forrest Gump” (1994) relied heavily on computer special effects to create the illusion of realism, to the extent that the actor Tom Hanks was seen shaking hands with U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The movie “Titanic” used computer graphics to bring each scene in three hours, which produced a level of realism that helped the film itself to become the biggest movie box office tax collection so far.

The computer animation has also made forays into television. The series of Saturday morning “ReBoot” gained much popularity among adults, this was the first of many CGI series like “Beast Wars,” “War Planets” and “Roughnecks”. The quality of computer animation has improved considerably with each new series. Many non-animated TV series (especially science fiction “Babylon 5”) invested heavily in CGI production, producing special effects of a higher quality of its predecessors could dream at a relatively low cost.

Other studies with Disney tried their luck with computer-animated films and discovered their weaknesses to the monopoly that was putting animated Disney box office successes. While DreamWorks with “Antz” and “Small Soldiers” paled in comparison with the productions of Disney-Pixar’s “Bug” and “Toy Story 2”, finally got a big hit numbers with “Shrek” in 2001. “Shrek” was a huge box office success, attracting the public on the production and mastering summer of that year, “Atlantis”. Even 20th Century Fox pulled the oil when it conducted a CGI animated film in early 2002 entitled “Ice Age”. Not all studies were successful at the box office with computer animation, Paramount with “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” released in 2001 they did so well at the box office, but received a nomination from the Academy and later found success with the television series based on the film which was awarded the following year.

But the real star of the CGI revolution seemed to be Pixar. Even before “Toy Story” The study made a name producing amazing animation shorts (his short “Tin Toy” won an Oscar) and when Disney tried to create a CGI film on its own without Pixar (“Dinosaur”) the result was notably disastrous.

Despite this success, the computer animation continues to rely on characters drawn and stylized. In 2001, living first attempt to create a world completely animated using “human actors” digital “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,” which found a moderate critical acclaim but did good box office.

The CGI special effects increased to such an extent that in 2002 science fiction film “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” was considered by its director, George Lucas, as the first animated film that used real actors. In fact, the CGI effects have become so common that it is difficult to distinguish computer-animated real life. A growing number of films begin using completely computer created characters interact on screen with real parts, as Jar Binks in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” Gollum in “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and the main character in “Hulk.” While computer-generated characters have become acceptable actors, fully animated movies with virtual actors seem to lack a few years.

Disney seemed ready to lead the decline in hand-drawn animation, despite the box office success of “Lilo & Stitch”, the failure of its hyped summer “Treasure Planet” seemed to assure that there would be further reductions in the study of Disney animation. The loss was most damaging to Disney in 2002 when the Oscar for Best Animated Film went to the artist (by hand) by Hayao Miyazaki, “Spirited Away” Disney inflicting a second defeat followed the Academy Awards.

Disney settled all their desks and Dreamworks Animation also announced it would abandon the traditional drawn animation and focus exclusively on computer-generated productions from 2003 onwards. While frame traditional animation is likely to remain supported by the TV cartoon and TV ads in the near future. The schools of animation history believe that “the era of classic American design,” which began with the Walt Disney film “Snow White” is about to end. Others disagree, pointing a moderate success of traditionally animated film “Brother Bear” and the fact that Pixar has announced it will produce traditional animation films in their own attempt to revive this art form.

In 2004, he premiered the movie “Sky Captain” and “The world of tomorrow.” Note that the entire film was shot against a blue screen with the background completely computer generated and all were real actors. Robert Zemeckis film “Polar Express” starring Tom Hanks with five characters is done entirely with CGI animation, but uses motion capture technology to animate the characters.

In July 2005, Disney announced it would close their studies in Australia in 2006. That study, responsible for video sequels like “The Lion King III” was the last bastion of hand-Disney artists. However in 2006, Pixar creative chief John Lasseter, told Time magazine that could restore traditional animation unit of Disney, saying that “of all studies should be doing 2-D animation, it should be Disney.”

In December 2009, the last great animated film that has gathered huge profits at the box office is “Avatar” from 20th Century Fox, directed by James Cameron, has received high praise for the quality of special effects are really impressive.

Animation Awards

The animation has become so widely accepted that at the beginning of the XXI Century (2001), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced the Oscar for best animated film. The two main rivals for the first year of this award were two CGI films: “Shrek” from DreamWorks and “Monsters Inc.” Disney-Pixar. The award was for “Shrek.” However, there were complaints that the award seemed to be geared more toward family movies to animated films, “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” was the third nominee, not the innovative and critically acclaimed adult film “Waking Life” or visually innovative “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.” Hayao Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed “Spirited Away” won in 2002 and the Disney-Pixar film “Finding Nemo” received the award in 2003.

The Annie Awards were presented at the Los Angeles branch of the International Animation Society (Association international du film d’animation or ASIFA), known as ASIFA-Hollywood, the month of February competing animation for film and TV.

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Top 7 Most Effective Mobile App Development Trends to Watch Out

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As we know, the number of smartphone users is increasing day by day. The number is increasing just because these devices fulfill the requirements easily like entertainment, shopping, security and much more. This increasing scenario inspires the developers to build more mobile applications related to mobile payment systems, social networking, etc.

Here are some of the effective mobile app development trends of 2015:

Android will be on the top

From the current scenario, it has been clear that Android is beating all the platforms and continuously growing up. Recently, android covered nearly about 80% mobile market. From the above results, it is clear that, developers should go with the android app development platform to get more benefits.

Cross-Platform application development technology

Cross-platform app development technology provides the multi-platform app development by that develop the app that can run on multiple platforms with the same content and functionality. Moreover, developers should require to have vast knowledge of coding. Ultimately, this technology saves a lot more time as well as money, the main reason why it is more popular among the app developers.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) provides the best opportunity to enable and extend digital business scenarios, helping you to connect with the people, processes, devices and other M2M assets for bitterly harness the data across your business and operations.

Latest Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is an umbrella term for a whole range of clothes and accessories that incorporate computer and advanced electronic elements. It is designed to make it comfort to be worn by the users as compared to handheld technologies such as smartphones, tablets and Music players. Nowadays, mobile app developers should more focus on wearable device apps compared to smartphone apps to fulfill the requirement of the market.

Mobile e-Commerce

Now more customers adopting mobile e-Commerce trend and will be increased more in next few years. Instead of credit or debit cards, people prefer smartphone to purchase and pay by using its various apps, which are available in compatible app stores. This trend is encouraging the developers to build mobile application for various platforms.

Security

With the increasing range of the mobile applications for the various purposes, the number of hacking and information leak cases are also increasing. Here mobile security plays an essential role, but still mobile app security is a challenging task for the developers.

Beacon and Location based Wi-Fi services

Beacon that works on Bluetooth low energy, brings a new dimension to the interaction between dealer and customer, but its first iBeacon version is released by the Apple only. This technology is in its beginning stage so developers need to develop more Beacon based services for the various platforms. Similarly, developers have to develop more on Wi-Fi based services.

The above are the top mobile app development technologies that will surely revolutionize the current living style.

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Constitutional Rubbish

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Americans need a civics lesson. And so do politicians. Of all the wrong and delusional thinking about the US Constitution the one that is most thoroughly incorrect and routinely used for political propaganda purposes is that there are three coequal branches of the federal government.

You hear presidents, members of Congress and media pundits say it all the time. They are wrong. Nowhere in the Constitution or the Federalist Papers is there any statement or declaration that the three branches are coequal. Why has this myth persisted for so long? Why do so many prominent and supposedly educated people keep invoking this outright lie?

Make no mistake. Either in theory or practice is there any basis whatsoever for believing that the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government are coequal. It also defies common sense.

Historical analysis has always shown that the Founders, if anything, intended for Congress to be preeminent, and not the President and the executive branch. For example, only Congress has the constitutional power to remove the President and other high officers of the executive branch as well as the judiciary, but the latter cannot remove any member of Congress. And Congress has control of raising and spending government funds as well as the power to overrule any presidential attempt to veto legislation. That Congress does not always choose to fully exercise its constitutional powers does not remove them.

As to the Supreme Court and the whole judiciary, they function only as long as Congress provides funds, the executive branch provides security, and both choose to obey court decisions. More importantly, the Supreme Court does not act on its own to enforce the Constitution, even when the President and Congress disobey it, but it could.

It is time for Americans to stop and think. In what exact ways are the three branches coequal? According to the dictionary coequal means resembling each other in all respects. But ridding the culture of constitutional myths seems awfully difficult, especially since Garry Wills published his excellent book “A Necessary Evil” a decade ago, which artfully exposed a number of them.

In particular, presidents seem to like talking about the coequal branches of government, including Barack Obama. In January 2008 Obama said this in a speech: “No law can give Congress a backbone if it refuses to stand up as the co-equal branch the Constitution made it.” Do presidents really want coequal branches? I think not. But they want Americans to keep believing in coequality, because it sounds good and adds an aura of respect for government that politicians desperately want.

In reality, presidents with the most political power want others with far less power to feel good. They want to keep the public believing (incorrectly) that the president is very limited in power. If George W. Bush proved anything it was not just that he created the imperial presidency, but that over time the presidency has become a mostly unchecked, pre-eminent and over-powerful government force. They have accumulated far more powers than ever envisioned by the Constitution. By regularly invoking the false coequality of branches argument and its derivative checks and balances thesis, presidents intentionally spread the propaganda to safeguard an all-powerful presidency and executive branch.

Meanwhile, Americans are largely ignorant that Congress has refused to honor and obey an important constitutional option in Article V: a convention of state delegates that could propose constitutional amendments, despite over 750 applications from all 50 states for a convention. It is their way of preserving exclusivity for proposing amendments and presidents say nothing because they fear amendments curbing their power. The Supreme Court does nothing because it likes amending the Constitution through its decisions.

Understand this: Having distinct constitutional responsibilities does not make branches coequal. The myth of coequality protects our delusional democracy and makes a mockery of our constitutional republic. If people really want coequal branches then they should start thinking about a constitutional amendment to make it so. Alternatively, we need Congress and the judiciary to act with far greater strength and conviction to use their constitutional powers and more effectively constrain presidential powers.

If prominent people tell a lie enough times, again, and again, and again, then the public lie becomes accepted fact, a cultural myth. So it is with the three coequal branches of government lie. It will be defended. It serves a purpose: False confidence in constitutional government.

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Robotics: A Look at The Future Technology

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What do you know about the future of the robotics? Well, we can’t say anything for sure as technology is evolving at a rapid pace in all areas, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. However, one thing is obvious: Robots will have a great role in the life of a common man as well, not to mention that they will be used in the industries as well.

A research firm made 10 predictions for robotics that we are going to talk about in this article. The list has some really interesting forecasts that may have a great impact on our society and business.

Robots And the future of surgery

Nowadays, surgeons are using robotics in their surgical operations. As a matter of fact, technological development in AI, navigation, computer vision, MEMS sensor and other technologies have been making the robots consistently better.

Moreover, robotics will speed up the process of innovation, hence disrupting and modifying the paradigm of the future business operations. In addition, robotics can sharpen the competitive edge of a company by improving quality, and increasing productivity. Given below are some predictions that will help you get a glimpse of the future of robotics.

1. Growth of Robotics

In 2019, about 30% of the use of robotics in industries will be in the form of a RaaS model of business. This will help businesses cut down on the cost of robot deployment.

2. Robotics Officer

In 2019, about 30% of the major organizations of the world will use a chief robot officer in order to make their businesses better.

3. Evolving Competition

In 2020, large organizations will be able to choose from different vendors with the entrance of new players in the multi-billion dollar industry of information and communications in order to increase the deployment of robotics.

4. Talent Race

In 2020, the growth of robots will boost the talent race. As a result, about 35% of the jobs related to robotics will be vacant and the mean salary will go up by at least 60%.

5. Regulations

In 2019, the governments will introduce new regulations related to robots in order to preserve jobs and resolve privacy, safety and security concerns.

6. Software-defined robots

In 2020, about 60% of these machines will rely on cloud-based apps in order to introduce new skills, apps and cognitive capabilities. As a result, the world will see a robotic marketplace that will be cloud-based.

7. Collaborative robots

In 2018, about 30% of the robots will be smart collaborative machines that will be 300% faster than the robots of today. Plus, they will be safely work around humans.

8. RoboNet

In 2020, about 40% of the commercially available robots will be part of a net of shared intelligence. As a result, the overall operational efficiency of the robots will go up by 200%.

9. Automating of operations

Two years from now, around 35% of the big organizations, such as health, logistics, and utilities will use the robots for the purpose of automating operations.

10. Ecommerce

In 2018, around 45% of the major international e-commerce companies will use robots in their delivery operations and fulfillment warehousing.

So, hopefully, this will give you a pretty good idea of how the robotics will shape the world in a few years from now.

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The Rising Popularity of Electric Cars

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Popularity of the state-of-the-art electric cars is on the rise. According to an industry source, by 2020, electric cars will be in vogue worldwide, and their global sales will rise up to $635 billion.

With this rise in demand for electric cars, the need for appropriate universal charging systems will be felt more vividly; And this can be made possible only through the dialogs and concerted efforts of the policy makers, car manufacturers, researchers working in the field of automobile science, and consumers all across the world.

Now, coming to the reason behind the increased popularity of electric cars, the mechanism that drives these car engines requires an optimal economic structure. The vehicles also require lesser automotive parts, and most of them are cheaper than those required for other available diesel or petrol cars in the market. But the most significant advantage of electric cars is that they cut down to emission level to the lowest, and in today’s time this is very vital, as ensuring sustainable development through the use of renewable energy sources is the need of the hour.

However, there is a challenge in the way of developing these alternative energy driven cars. The cost of a high-capacity rechargeable battery amounts to almost two-third of the cost of the electric cars, and this makes them quite an expensive buy for the consumers. Additionally, the issue of the recharging standard is also there.

Nevertheless, all the leading nations, pioneering the cause of sustainable development, are working towards this critical issue. Cutting-edge technologies are being discovered every alternate day. It is expected that a solution will be worked out soon, and alternative mobility solutions like electric cars will be able put up a grand show in the years to come.

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Destination Asia-Pacific – The 21st Century’s Tourism Hub

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Travel sector looks upbeat for Asia-Pacific region?

According to a study conducted in 2013, the year was good for international tourism and strongest for destinations in the Asia Pacific region – Asia saw six per cent growth. Moreover, the number of international tourists increased by 14 million to reach 248 million. South-East Asia (as a sub-region of the Asia-Pacific) registered a 10 per cent increase. China emerged with a record number of international tourist arrivals in 2013, at 55.69 million.Asia’s tourism industry employs 65 million people and supports one in 12 jobs – exceeding industries such as financial services.

Needless to say, this growth also led to the generation of 1 million new jobs and accounted for USD2 trillion in contributions to GDP, equivalent to roughly nine per cent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP). This signifies that at present, this sector employs approximately 65 million people and supports one in 12 jobs – exceeding industries such as financial services.

What tourism brings to the table

With more inbound tourists exploring different cities in the Asia-Pacific region as holiday destinations, the benefits abound.

Economic growth

The contribution of the travel and tourism sector to this region’s GDP is expected to grow by 5.4 per cent per annum by 2024. More employment opportunities will also emerge in sectors like hospitality, airlines, transportation services and restaurants, to name a few. By 2014, travel and tourism will account for 79 million jobs.

Social benefits

As the tourism industry matures, social media platforms are making headway. Most of these online platforms, including online forums and travel blogs, are being increasingly used by companies to disseminate information to larger audience. Needless to say, social media is leading to greater awareness of travel among Asians. This has been one of the factors driving the upsurge in budget air travel within Southeast Asia.

Eco-friendliness

Sustainable tourism is emerging as one of the key growth drivers for this sector. Members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group are making joint efforts in the direction of a sustainable future in tourism. APEC’s Tourism Working Group is an initiative to help promote growth in travel and tourism in the region.

Where are the opportunities?

As the Asia-Pacific region becomes an increasingly popular holiday destination, it is gradually emerging as a leader on the global tourism stage.

How will this evolution take place?

Emergence of new traveler segments

A clear shift is underway in the preferences of travelers wherein a customized approach would best cater to their travelling demands. This has given rise to an array of categories for travelers under the female business traveler, small business traveler, visiting friends and family traveler as well as the senior traveler, not to mention the lesbian and gay or LGBT traveler. This growing consciousness of segmented demand will create opportunities for service providers to produce more targeted offerings.

Technological advancement in the region

Online transactions and mobile devices are emerging as key mediums for travel bookings. In countries such as Thailand and Indonesia, the standard fixed internet phase has evolved to mobile device-centric internet usage. Thus, it has become crucial for agents and travel service providers to support mobile solutions or become obsolete.

Moreover, social media is now emerging as a powerful medium of information and decision influencing. 61% of Indonesians mention that they use social media during travel as a means of seeking advice from friends and contacts.

Cruise control

Consumers aged 18-30 are showing strong interest in cruise holidays.

Many travellers have expressed a keen interest in cruise holidays – with the strongest interest cited by the 18-30 age group. This represents a market opportunity for travel agents. But infrastructure is holding back the cruise industry. Many terminals in the region lack the capacity to accommodate larger vessels.

Growth of budget airlines

The global middle-class is expanding rapidly and is expected to reach, 2.1 billion by 2030. Most of the increase is coming from Indonesia, India and China. According to research in 2013, 47% of leisure travelers have taken at least one international flight with a budget airline in the past 12 months.

Challenges ahead

The Asia-Pacific’s travel industry seems to present many business opportunities. Can growth be sustained?

Easing travel access within Asia-Pacific countries

As Asian governments focus on economic integration through trade and investment liberalization, travel between nations will pick up. A strong indicator of liberalization is the increase in bilateral free trade agreements (FTA). With just 53 in 2000, there are now 250 FTAs in various stages of development as of September 2012. Further liberalization is on the cards. Asian governments are bringing down trade barriers via the AEC, RCEP and TPP multi-lateral agreements. One barriers that trade agreements could help address is reducing visa restrictions. This is a huge impediment to the industry, particularly in terms of capturing demand from China and India, as Chinese and Indian travelers tend to require visas for most destinations in this region.

Lack of infrastructure

Improvement in infrastructure is required, especially for the cruise industry. Although home port cruise terminals are being established, the region lacks terminals which can accommodate large and more modern vessels. Moreover, to cater to the potential of outbound tourism from China and India, enhanced airline capacity, improved airport infrastructure and less stringent visa policies need to be addressed.

Enhancing customer experience

Embracing technology to reach out to a target segment and improve the online customer experience has become a crucial competitive success factor. Service providers need to understand that web presence is absolutely critical because travelers often use the internet to make travel bookings. They also read recommendations on social media (often on mobile devices) before choosing a holiday destination. Service providers face pressure to enhance their ratings on social media platforms and online forums as travelers increasingly seek validation from online communities rather than advice from traditional sources.

Human capital crunch

Although there has been a boom in the travel sector, investments in human capital seem to lag behind those in infrastructure such as hotels and airports. According to a report in 2014, an expected shortage of eight million jobs is foreseen in the next 15-20 years.

Upcoming trends in travel

Catering to various types of travelers is big on the agenda of travel service providers as a one-stop approach is no longer practical. Some of the upcoming trends include:

Focus on millennials

The growing impact of millennials is undeniable in this region. Most of them fall in the age-group of 18 – 30 years and are much more ethnically diverse compared to other generations. They are young and have the enthusiasm to explore the world. Some of the key characteristics of the millennials are a preference for urban over resort destinations, likelihood to travel in pursuit of favourite hobbies and roaming with friends from the same age group in an organized fashion.

Senior citizens

Contrary to popular belief, senior citizens are no less keen on travelling. They are not just enthusiastic but very demanding as well. Customer service is a crucial component of their travelling experience.

Taste for luxury

As the number of millionaires continue to grow, so do the number of affluent U.S. households – with an increase from 10.5 million in 2012 to 20.5 million by 2020. This has fuelled the rise of luxury holidays. This particular sector will be dominated by the U.S., Japan and Europe, but significant demand will come from China, India and the Middle-East in future.

On the other hand, luxury travellers are active in writing hotel reviews, representing 52 per cent of all hotel reviews globally between 2012 and 2014 – adding another target segment of interest.

Moving forward

The Asia Pacific region’s travel industry is growing at a fast pace, carrying economic, social and environmental benefits in its wake. Ample opportunities have emerged for investors with the rise of new travel segments, technological advancements and the as yet under-served cruise industry picking up, alongside the phenomenal growth of budget airlines, which have opened up Asian travel destinations to budget travelers.

At the same time, challenges remain. Infrastructure is under-developed and too many travel service providers are not differentiating their offerings enough by segment. Millennials, seniors and luxury travellers, for example, have very different needs and wants when travelling. And most industry players have not yet fully capitalized on the incredible rise in mobile internet usage in the region.

Going forward, the tourism industry in Asia is likely to move into a maturation stage, when more differentiated and segmented offerings start to appear, both online and off-line. We can expect different sections of major tourist cities to increasingly focus on different tourist segments. We can also expect that national tourism promotion boards will increasingly try to position their countries to cater to a wide range of inbound as well as domestic tourist segments.

And one final word: travel clubs and travel agents should not be written off yet. The personal touch cannot be completely replaced by a website.

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eCommerce Trends in 2017: What Should You Expect?

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The eCommerce industry is evolving with each passing hour. According to the predictions by eMarketers, online investment has reached its peak to over $22 trillion in 2016. Further, this number is expected to rise by $27 trillion in 2020.

eCommerce companies are well aware of the fact that they’re competing in a fast paced, digitally connected industry. Here, the customers are entirely different from those in traditional business. People are smarter and want everything on their fingertips. Hence, it is important for the eMarketers to reconsider their strategies this year. Each year, trends in eCommerce emerge greatly from how customers buy products, what are they looking for and how are they responding to the new technologies.

While there are many trends to look for in the New Year, these 3 are the ones eMarketers definitely should not miss! So, if you need some help with setting up priorities for 2017, here are a handful of useful tips to get inspired from.

1. Say Hello to Mobile!

You might have heard this a million times and yes it still rules the trend. eCommerce website designing companies that haven’t gone mobile till now, 2017 is the year to tie your shoelaces. As an eMarketer, you should be aware of the fact that “on an average, consumer reaches for their smartphone 150 – 200 times a day”. Also, according to the Gartner report, “only 14% of companies are shopping on using mobile as an engagement platform”. You should remember that mobiles are still an affordable medium for the consumers than computers. There should also be no wonder that online vendors globally confirm growth of mobile transactions every year. As a result of which mobile traffic has gone beyond desktop on the internet. Google has also made it mandatory for the web designing companies to develop all forms of websites mobile-friendly. What more! Consumers will increasingly interact with ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE in 2017 and they’ll love it! All these changes indicate only one thing – offer your consumers a mobile experience that is as smooth as possible.

2. Make the most of your Data

Rise in compelling data on millions of products varying to the situations is another important trend to keep a note of. The success of any business depends greatly on their customers, their interests and what appeal them the most. Hence, by exploiting data about their different customers, collected through different phases of their buyers’ journey, eCommerce website development companies and eMarketers will be able to understand their target customers better and even predict their behavior. This drives eMarketers to reach new levels of personalization, and customizing customer experiences according to every individual visiting the E-store. Hence, make the best use of improved analytics algorithm that can help you understand your customers the way they want you to do.

3. Pledge to Offer a Dynamic Shopping Experience

As already discussed in trend 1st, customers today are smart and want everything handy. Hence, as an eCommerce business owner, you should work towards offering experiences and interactions to your target customers. The market is extremely competitive and you are no longer merely selling products and services. Instead, you should include your customers in your brand. This means, turn your customer experience as your number one priority. Remember, customer is the biggest referral today. A positive customer feedback can enhance your customer base impressively. Offer your customers with more selling opportunities with real-time customer service, easy return policy, and same day delivery. Such dynamic shopping experience will really make you stand out. Build trust and relationship with your customers. Give them an opportunity to deal directly with your brand.

The Bottom Story

While this is not everything you should be looking out for, there are several big and small trends that will prevail in 2017. Feel free to tell us if we missed any trend or if there’s one you find specifically interesting.

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2020 Vision: Developing Generation Y Leaders

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In the workplace today, the generation known as Baby Boomers dominates the management and senior leadership ranks. And they are starting to retire. By 2020, in less than a decade, the number of Boomers in the workforce will have decreased by fifty percent and less than twenty percent of organizations have succession plans in place. The challenge for business leaders and Human Resources experts is not just the increase in the number of positions that will be vacant, but the expertise that will go out the door with them, particularly at the senior leadership level of organizations. We should now be developing and implementing leadership continuity processes to transfer the required expertise from these senior leaders to the next generation of leaders.

The next generation of leaders will most likely be dominated by members of Generation Y. By 2020, this generational cohort will have grown at twice the rate of Generation X (the cohort sandwiched between Boomers and Generation Y). So not only should we be concerned with implementing processes to develop future leaders, we should also be concerned with how best to do this when it is highly likely we will have to skip a generation to grow the next generation of leaders.

To ensure we have 2020 vision, we should consider the following three concepts.

1. ‘lost knowledge’ – the expertise our organization needs to continue to be successful that will go out the door with the retiring boomers;

2. knowledge transfer – of the critical skills required – between the generations, and;

3. recognition and reward to foster succession planning.

These concepts, when fully developed as part of our organization culture, will create leadership continuity, the process that we can use to continually develop the next generation of leaders. These concepts, when implemented effectively, will create a culture of motivation that encourages senior leaders to build a legacy of leadership expertise.

The concept of ‘lost knowledge’:

This involves developing a good understanding of the various costs associated with potentially losing the knowledge required to maintain and continuously grow the organization’s performance. Calculating the cost of lost knowledge – the expertise that will go out the door with the senior leaders – is what needs to be calculated to sell leadership on the benefits of investing in leadership continuity. We need to make sure we clearly identify which expertise, which skills and knowledge needs to be retained and which skills and knowledge will not be important in the future.

The concept of ‘knowledge transfer’:

As Boomers exit the workforce they will take their expertise with them unless we have in place a process to capture and transfer that expertise to the next generation of leaders. It’s important to get these current leaders to take on the responsibility for transfer of this expertise. This not only takes effort, but it takes time and dollars. When we consider transferring these critical skills we need to consider the differences in learning styles. And there are fairly significant differences in learning styles. When seeking to transfer knowledge, we need to be able to identify clearly who is the intended receiver of the knowledge.

There are a number of learning methodologies available but the most effective in this situation are those that involve both teacher and learner in active participation. The methodologies that encourage reciprocal relationships, sharing relationships and partnerships are the ones best suited for transfer of knowledge.

They are face to face methodologies and they recognize the expertise of the senior leader – demonstrating respect for their knowledge and skills as well as their contribution to the success of the organization. These methodologies reward future leaders with the mentoring and coaching they desire so they can get as much experience as possible and help them to develop the people/communication/soft skills they will need as well as allowing them to work on developing their emotional intelligence.

The concept of ‘recognition and reward’:

There are key differences between Boomers and Generation Y when it comes to recognition and reward. Boomers want to be rewarded for results and their contribution, Generation Y wants to be rewarded for learning and knowledge acquisition. Understanding these differences is vital to leadership development continuity – providing the environment where both cohorts can achieve the reward and recognition they seek.

In organizations where Boomers are recognized and rewarded for their expertise, they can develop a leadership legacy which encourages them to expend the time and effort necessary to develop the next generation of leaders. Continuity of employment is a form for recognition for senior leaders, learning and development opportunities are both recognition and reward of skill and potential for future leaders, and retirement planning is a reward for senior leaders. For future leaders, without providing learning and development opportunities, the message sent to both current and future leaders is that knowledge transfer is not a priority. Providing these opportunities will enhance the working relationship between the cohorts and motivate them to learn together.

2020 Vision and Leadership Continuity:

With 2020 vision we can ensure we develop Generation Y leaders by aligning the needs of both senior and future leaders.

For senior leaders:

  • They need the time and resources to focus on skills transfer.
  • The critical skills they hold need to be identified.
  • Their past and continuing contribution must be recognized – they need to be valued for their passion and the expertise they bring.
  • Encourage them to build a legacy. We all want to be recognized for our value and our contribution – remind them of their responsibility to the organization’s future by developing a legacy.
  • Provide them with the tools to go into the future – retirement planning.

For future leaders:

  • Help them learn about senior leaders, their contribution and their value. Educate them.
  • Assess their current skills level versus the critical skills identified with senior leaders. What are the gaps and how will you help them to close these gaps?
  • Match their skills needs to senior leaders’ expertise – help them to select the best methods for gaining these skills. Put in place social-technical mentoring – where both participants have plans in place to learn from one another. Continue to build the confidence and expertise of both parties.
  • Be flexible – consider their learning styles and find ways to accommodate these styles. Make sure these future leaders have the information and tools they need to become future leaders.

To get started, we should prepare a risk assessment so the senior management in our organizations are clear as to the impact of not implementing a leadership continuity process. Once we have their commitment, the process can be kicked off by determining the best methodologies for knowledge transfer. With 2020 vision, we will be able to create a motivating culture where senior leaders are provided with the time and resources they need to mentor and coach the next generation of leaders, to actively participate in the knowledge transfer process, letting them know their contribution is valued and they have continuity of employment.

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Ecommerce Trends To Watch For In 2017

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Many studies have shown a double-digit rise in worldwide ecommerce sales in 2016. Many analysts even predict that the worldwide ecommerce sales will increase consistently till 2020. However, the number of people accessing ecommerce websites on their mobile devices has been increasing rapidly. Likewise, a number of studies have shown a steady increase in mobile commerce sales driven by customers’ mobile engagement behavior.

Each enterprise needs to ensure that its ecommerce website keep users engaged by functioning like a mobile app. It must optimize its ecommerce website for mobile devices and allow users make payment through popular mobile wallets. At the same time, the business also needs to keep track of the emerging ecommerce trends to accomplish higher conversion rate and increase digital commerce revenue. There is a series of trends that will impact and shape ecommerce sales in 2017.

7 Trends that will Impact and Shape Ecommerce Business in 2017

1) Personalized Shopping Experience

Unlike mobile apps, websites lack the capability to personalize user experience by taking advantage of the features of underlying device and operating system. But many enterprises nowadays use analytics tools to gather a wide variety of customer data. The data collected through analytics tools help businesses to identify the preferences and understand the behavior of individual customers. Also, an ecommerce business can leverage the information to engage customers by showing the right product, content, ads, and deals to each customer. It can further personalize the shopping experience of each customer and boost ecommerce sales by delivering app-like user experience.

2) Social Selling

The data posted on various websites depict that people spend more time on social networking platforms than other websites. Many businesses promote their products or services on popular social networks to divert visitors to their ecommerce websites regularly. There are a number of social networking websites that allow users to buy products or services directly without visiting an ecommerce website. Many social networks are even planning to roll out new features to generate more revenue by facilitating social selling. The ecommerce business owners can take advantage of these social selling options to promote their products more effectively and boost sales.

3) Chat Bots

Many high-traffic websites nowadays interact with customers through chat bots. In addition to working as customer service executives, the chat bots also help users to perform commercial activities like shopping and booking. Many ecommerce website developers and owners will soon explore ways to keep visitors engaged by interacting with the machines efficiently. However, an enterprise has to deploy a variety of chat bots to meet the varying needs and preferences of customers. Some ecommerce companies have already used chat bots to provide personal shopping service and send messages. Many enterprises will soon use chat bots to make their ecommerce website more interactive and make shopping experience personalized.

4) Artificial Intelligence

The popular mobile platforms make people use artificial intelligence on a daily basis. A large number of people nowadays perform common tasks by talking to their machines through Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri, or Microsoft’s Cortana. Large ecommerce companies like Amazon have already started using artificial intelligence to chat with customer. But the ecommerce websites will need a variety of personal assistant to optimize the end-to-end shopping experience. More and more ecommerce businesses will take advantage of artificial intelligence to interact with customers in a smarter way and without deploying additional staff.

5) Contactless Payment

The mobile commerce apps enable users to choose from many payment modes – debit/credit card, internet banking and mobile wallets. A large number of buyers nowadays prefer making payment through their mobile wallets to debit or credit cards. In USA, some companies like Starbucks are using contactless payment options successfully to generate more revenue. Hence, the customers will love to buy product from an ecommerce website that allows them to use contactless payment options. Hence, many enterprises have to redesign their ecommerce websites in 2017 to accommodate the emerging mobile and contactless payment options.

6) Same Day Delivery and Return

There are many people who still prefer brick-and-mortar stores to web stores due to instant delivery. The web store owners must focus on reducing the delivery time of online orders to make more people buy products online. A number of studies have also shown that many customers do not hesitate to pay extra for same-day delivery. Hence, the ecommerce businesses have to explore ways to reduce delivery time of orders. Some companies will even provide flexible delivery option to customers and set up local drop-off points to ensure faster delivery. Likewise, they also need to ensure that each customer has option to return orders without putting extra time, effort and money.

7) User Generated Content

Many people nowadays read the product review and comments posted by other buyers before buying a product. Likewise, many people even choose a web store based on the shopping experience posted by other customers. Hence, enterprises can easily boost ecommerce sales by providing additional information about the products through pictures, description, specifications, and user reviews. Many ecommerce businesses will encourage customers to write reviews and share their shopping experience. They will even explore ways to promote the product more effectively through the user generated content.

However, the ecommerce trends keep changing at regular intervals. Hence, an enterprise has to keep track of the emerging trends to generate more ecommerce revenue. At the same time, it must explore ways to attract and retain customers by improving discovery, logistics and delivery through latest technologies.

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