Sailthru iOS app developer Sam Jarman says the only businesses that should be making apps are those that can offer utility to users.
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From the sea to your plate: new Tiaki brand aims high, employs technology to let fish lovers see where dinner was caught
The Tiaki fishing approach, which includes innovative nets and a mobile app, is being trialled in a bid to enable consumers around the world to see where their fish came from and how it was caught.
First DJs, now listeners: under-the-radar Kiwi tech success story Serato aims for the masses with music app Pyro
For the last 16 years, Serato has been at the forefront of DJ culture and technology. Its ground breaking Pitch ‘n Time time-stretching algorithm and flagship audio mixing software product Serato DJ are industry standards. Kanye West rapped about them on one of his tracks. Eminem did the same. And now it's releasing its first mass-consumer app, Serato Pyro, a music player that beat-matches and mixes song playlists. Chief executive AJ Bertanshaw explains the company's evolution—and its Kiwi approach to marketing.
Seeing someone smile at you is one of life's great pleasures. And those who can see take that completely for granted. But Listerine and JWT London wanted to find a way to give those who can't see warm fuzzies (and sell more mouthwash), so it created an app that plays a sound or vibrates when it detects a smile.
Since the heady days of 2013, when Uber and Airbnb started blossoming (or spreading like weeds) around the globe and raising millions of dollars in funding, ambitious app designers have been looking for problems that could be solved by combining smartphones and financial incentives. And a new app called Parkable hopes to match those with space to those with a car in need of some.
Technology has a history of subversion. Apple's classic 1984 ad showed its beliefs very literally. Streaming and internet-enabled piracy are changing the media and entertainment business. Google changed the way we advertise. And now businesses like Airbnb, Uber and many others are fighting against powerful incumbents and antiquated regulation to give consumers better services. While the confiscation of a few cowbells from a rugby game at Westpac Stadium in Wellington certainly isn't in the same category, MEA Mobile and app partner (and Chiefs sponsor) Deosan have showed their subversive side by developing a digital substitute for Chiefs fans.
Listen: Airbnb user design experience manager Jenny Arden on design building trust, design-thinking and designer-founders
To simplify the process of scouring through apps to find the best ones, Spark Digital has introduced a new offering called Spark Digital Apps that gives small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to the core digital tools they need to run their businesses. StopPress chatted to the recently appointed Spark Digital marketing manager Mark Redgrave about the thinking behind this move.
There’s been an explosion of transport apps in the New Zealand market in the last 18 months, and many in the industry are saying the time for traditional taxi companies to get on board is now, before they find themselves on a long journey into oblivion with the meter running. So how has the taxi market changed? And will technology bring the industry kicking and screaming into the modern world?
'The Uber of hair and beauty'? Flossie Concierge app aims to profit from the decline in forward-planning
Whether it's TV, taxis, travel or titillation, the world is becoming increasingly ondemand. And Flossie.com is aiming to tap into that trend with a new smartphone app aimed at the hair and beauty industry that connects willing buyers with willing sellers.
After working with the likes of the Internet Party, Schick, Metro magazine and 2degrees in the local market, Auckland-based digital company Interlike is now setting its sights on the Russian market.
Nurture, influence, engage: How Marketo Engage, part of Adobe Experience Cloud, is helping businesses drive revenue
When Kiwi entrepreneur Derek Handley advertised for a new right hand human, his campaign The Shoulder Tap had more than 1000 applicants from more than 30 countries – from billion-dollar hedge fund managers to prison managers to activists. Yes, Handley’s reputation and vision pulled for sure, but there was also some clever Kiwi technology behind the campaign.
Paul Catmur, the managing partner of Barnes, Catmur & Friends, shares his views on life, advertising and other annoyances, like flying to Amsterdam in the hope of getting a movie made.
A recent article in Fast Company documented the transition of Domino’s from a struggling pizza chain to a technology company. And transparency, data and utility played a major role in that evolution. As such, online ordering has become increasingly important for the company, as evidenced by the likes of the pizza tracker and various mobile apps (its iPad app even features a 3-D pizza builder). And the same focus on digital customer service obviously exists in New Zealand, because it's walking its 'people powered pizza' talk and investing in 24/7 resource to monitor customers across all social media platforms. Plus: Domino's domain name stoush.
For the 55th year, the BNZ Literary Awards will celebrate the work of both aspiring and established writers in New Zealand. As was the case last year, BNZ is once again accepting entries through Facebook, via a specially designed app dedicated to the short story competition.
Every time a GPS-connected vehicle drives down the road, data related to the speed, route and habits of the driver can be recorded. And while most of this information might seem arbitrary, Tower has just released an app that uses it to reward responsible drivers with reduced insurance premiums—thereby marking a shift from the generalisations traditionally used to determine the amount to be paid.