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IoT: Wired Wirelessly

Did you realize? Your mobile phone is soon becoming the universal remote control of the Internet of Things. You are wired wirelessly and connected while mobile. Technology is magic, agree? So to conclude, you are mired in technology and the only way out is embrace it wholeheartedly!

The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognize the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet.
And, LYCOS, the company we have been following seems to be a part of this big growing market. The company’s press release last week indicates an IoT product coming out soon. As always, LYCOS never disappoints its customers, partners and investors.
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New startups and large corporations that are eager to be a part of what could be a huge market, and all sorts of enabling products and technologies, are all jumping into the burst of activity and creativity that is getting entrepreneurs, VCs and the press equally excited.

As the BusinessInsider states,
The Internet of Things will be the largest device market in the world. By 2019 it will be more than double the size of the smartphone, PC, tablet, connected car, and the wearable market combined.

The IoT will result in $1.7 trillion in value added to the global economy in 2019. This includes hardware, software, installation costs, management services, and economic value added from realized IoT efficiencies.

Device shipments will reach 6.7 billion in 2019 for a five-year CAGR of 61%. Revenue from hardware sales will be only $50 billion or 8% of the total revenue from IoT-specific efforts, as software makers and infrastructure companies will earn the lion’s share.

The main benefit of growth in the IoT will be increased efficiency and lower costs. The IoT promises increased efficiency within the home, city, and workplace by giving control to the user. However, many are hesitant to use devices as security problems are still an issue.

The IoT lacks a common set of standards and technologies that would allow for compatibility and ease-of-use. There are currently few standards (or regulations) for what is needed to run an IoT device. Consortia that group together global industrial, tech, and electronics companies are involved in an effort to standardize the IoT and solve the most pressing security concerns.
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Internet of Things developer tools and products are now available. Apple, for instance, has released HealthKit and HomeKit developer tools as part of its latest operating-system upgrade, and Google acquired Nest to catalyze the development of an Internet of Things platform and applications.

Demand for the first generation of Internet of Things products (fitness bands, smart watches, and smart thermostats, for instance) will increase as component technologies evolve and their costs decline.

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LYCOS: Connected, Vertically and Horizontally

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The IT landscape is becoming an ocean of futuristic possibilities and equally there are several players that are taking the plunge into the current and futuristic trends. Having said that, reminds me of a recent article that’s worth quoting, – “With a trillon sensors embedded in the environment—all connected by computing systems, software and services—it will be possible to hear the heartbeat of the Earth, impacting human interaction with the globe as profoundly as the Internet has revolutionized communications”. Amazing!

If you ask me what’s possible, I would say everything! You name it and it’s going be for real in the near future or in the far future. You heard it right, see this list –
1. Artificial intelligence assistants
2. Computers are everywhere – but unseen
3. Virtual animals with digital minds
4. The 1st sanctioned megascale geo-engineering project
5. The interplanetary Internet – I love this one
6. The 1st true anti-aging intervention
7. Autonomous robots with a license to kill
8. Lab-grown organs, and meat
9. Personal fabricators in every home
10. The oceans will quench the world’s thirst – I truly wish this happens sooner

“First we build the tools, then they build us” (McLuhan), and ‘Technology has no Ethics” (source: http://www.futuristgerd.com/)

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The fact that there will be a global system of interconnected computer networks, sensors, actuators, and devices all using the internet protocol holds so much potential to change our lives that it is often referred to as the internet’s next generation. The related area of connectivity (connecting objects to the network/Internet and to one another through all sorts of rules) is also a very significant opportunity.

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Why I mentioned LYCOS here? Came across a Business Standard interview with Mr. Suresh Reddy, Chairman & CEO of LYCOS. To quote BS: “When contacted, Suresh Reddy, chairman and chief executive officer of Lycos Internet, said, “As a policy, we do not comment on market speculations.”

Reddy, however, said that the company was now focusing on the burgeoning digital marketing space in India and was in the process of developing a slew of products around Internet of Things (IoT).

Stating that the digital marketing industry is pegged at $140 billion globally, Reddy said it stood at close to Rs. 3,000 crore in India with a year-on-year growth of 40%, primarily driven by IoT.

“IoT will change the whole paradigm. We have an entire strategy in place for IoT and we will be launching a consumer-connecting IoT product with key focus on India, sometime during the current financial year,” he said.”

Interesting is the space, interesting is LYCOS!

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Corporate

 

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The New Marketing Era – Where Technology Abuts Marketing Strategies

It’s interesting to note how the digital advertising spend is increasing across all geographies globally. Digital marketing is the most happening way of marketing that has broached in the process of technological evolution. This kind of marketing uses the electronic devices as a media to take over the global sprawl.

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Digital content monetization involves monitoring things like what is being viewed, how often and for how long, sales conversions, what content works and doesn’t work, etcetera. While the Internet is, perhaps, the channel most closely associated with digital marketing, others include wireless text messaging, mobile instant messaging, mobile apps, podcasts, electronic billboards, television and radio channels, et cetera.

Digital Marketing is the marketing strategy in the new era of technology and search engine giants like Google, LYCOS, Bing, Yahoo and more play a vital role in the executing the marketing strategies. Content monetization and traffic analysis are picking up in a big way to tap the ever growing online market. There are many players in the Digital Marketing space, such as Lycos, who aim to take the world of marketing to the next level.

Digital marketing trends have been simplified with the technological advancements and the world wide networking. Lycos delivers its services to  businesses, agencies, and online publishers worldwide in meeting their Digital marketing needs. Lycos has been one among the first few search engines on the world wide web, even before Google or Yahoo. It was founded in the year 1994 by Bob Davis. It has gradually evolved into one of the most widely known internet brands and a comprehensive digital media destination, chauffeuring to all the Digital Marketing needs across the world.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Corporate, Finance

 

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Global presence of Ybrant Digital

Ybrant Digital – One of the leading Indian digital marketing company with significant global presence.Ybrant digital
 – Ybratn digital offers multi-channel platform with proprietary technology to reach consumers across different screens (net, mobile, video, social media) & across countries including faster growing emerging markets such as Latin America, Israel, India, China and Australia.
 – Made 12 corporate investments over the last six years to achieve wider market penetration in terms of        product & reach.
 – Generates over 1.5 billion searches and 34 billion impressions per month to service 150+ agencies & brands of over 2000+ advertisers and 6000+publishers across 140 countries.
 – Owner of premium brands like Lycos, Gamesville, Tripod and Angelfire
 – Ybrant also emerged as a player of relevance for three of the top five publisher networks and three of the top five advertising agencies globally.
 – Ybrant Digital partnered through advertising agencies with blue chip advertisers and publisher networks including MTV, Yahoo, Samsung, Facebook, MSN, Viacom, Amex, Mastercard, Maruti Suzuki, Bharati Airtel,Sony India, Coco Cola, Star India, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Samsung Electronics, Lenovo, ING, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Titan, Unilever, P&G, Mazda, Hyundai Motors, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank, LIC, HP, Telstra and ITC.

 

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Ybrant Digital’s specifications as a Market Leader

ybrant-digitalIndustry pioneer:

Established in 2000, Ybrant Digital enjoys a decades worth of rich experience in digital advertising. It possesses deep industry insights and has influenced the gradual shift from traditional to digital media, on the back of rising Internet usage and penetration.

Global presence:

Ybrant Digital enjoys a strong presence in over 20 countries, enabling it to mitigate from socioeconomic risks of operations in one particular country.

Presence across Digital Medium:

Ybrant Digital enjoys presence across the entire digital marketing space from search marketing, display ads marketing, affiliate marketing to mobile and email marketing.

Superior Technology expertise:

Ybrant’s superior technology enriches niche services like geo-targeting, contextual targeting, behavioral targeting and tracking different target audiences. This edge helps it in efficient digital traffic management, optimized ad serving, quality data collection own aggregation and campaign analysis.

Intellectual capital:

Ybrant Digital enjoys a multicultural workforce comprising 415 competent employees globally.

Rich Relationships:

Ybrant Digital acts as an intermediary between advertisers, publishers and agencies helping connect businesses to their target audiences. The Company is associated with over 1,000 agencies, advertisers and 6,000 publishers. Thus, Ybrant Digital makes it easy for advertisers to connect with publishers and agencies through reliable efficient services.

 

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World’s most popular country – Germany: BBC Survey

GermanyEurope’s largest economy, Germany, which has been criticized for not doing enough to help struggling euro zone countries, has topped a poll as the world’s most popular country.The survey, carried out for the BBC, polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether their influence on the world was mainly positive or negative.Germany came out on top, with 59 percent of survey participants giving it a positive rating. The country moved up three percentage points from its 2012 position. It displaced Japan, which saw its positive rating fall from 58 percent last year to 51 percent, going from first to fourth place.The most negatively perceived country was Iran, with only 15 percent of respondents giving it a positive rating. Pakistan and North Korea also received low ratings.Germany’s increased popularity was helped by positive reviews from people in Spain, France, Ghana and Australia. But in debt-laden Greece a majority of people polled gave Germany negative ratings.Other countries that saw a boost ratings included the UK, which climbed to No. 3 in the table following its hosting of the 2012 Olympics.China and India proved less popular, however. After improving for a number of years, their ratings fell sharply this year. China sank to the ninth position, with 42 percent of the respondents giving it a positive rating. India was ranked No. 12, with 35 percent of those polled saying their perception of the country was negative, while 34 percent viewed it positively.

 

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Indian cinema Industry @ Cannes

Indian movie actors and a new wave of directors are on a mission at the Cannes film festival – to show that their industry, which turns 100 this year, is more than just Bollywood.The largest Indian contingent to date is on the French Riviera at the world’s leading cinema showcase to promote their country, which has the world’s biggest film industry, making over 1,000 films a year compared to about 600 in Hollywood.Movies from Mumbai-based Bollywood and other regional India films have struggled at the global box office with Indian cinema largely dismissed as lengthy, song-and-dance numbers.

66th-cannes-film-festival-2The Indian Cinema industry sees the 66th Cannes festival, where India is “guest country” to mark its centenary, as a chance to showcase a new genre of Indian movies globally and to promote India as a place to both make films and win a massive audience.The Indian visitors to Cannes are also keen to lure investment to their film industry, which is forecast to grow to $5 billion by 2014 from $3.2 billion in 2010, according to a report by Ernst & Young. India’s presence has been high-profile since the start of the 12-day festival with acting legend Amitabh Bachchan on the red carpet on opening night to mark his Hollywood debut in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.Actress Vidya Balan also walked the red carpet in the pouring rain that night as one of nine members of a jury led by U.S. filmmaker Steven Spielberg that will decide the coveted Palme D’Or award for best picture on the final day, May 26.A gala dinner to mark Indian cinema’s centenary was due to be held on Sunday and attended by a list of stars including actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto.There is no Indian film in either of the two main competitions at Cannes. The last Indian film selected to vie for the coveted Palme D’Or was “Swaham” in 1994 while “Udaan” competed in Un Certain Regard for emerging filmmakers in 2010.But four Indian films will be screened – “Monsoon Shootout”, another thriller “Ugly”, a tribute to the industry centenary called “Bombay Talkies”, and love story “Dabba” (Lunchbox).In 2011 India saw a 42 percent jump in the number of Hollywood movies shot there with several Hollywood studios such as Disney , News Corp’s Fox , and Sony <6758.T> entering deals with or buying stakes in Indian companies.There has also been a surge in the number of Hollywood movies released in India, where 3.6 billion film tickets were sold last year. Hollywood studios have been releasing their films in India simultaneously with their North American releases and also dubbing films in various regional Indian languages.

 

 

 

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