Another week in the life of digital, data, sport and entertainment. The highlights brought to you in one easy to digest, erm, digest.

SMART CITIES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

As I have travelled around the world in the last 18 months, I have been fortunate enough to have visited some of the new ‘Smart Cities’ and I’ve also been to some of the biggest cities in the world that are falling behind because of under-investment in the digital and technology infrastructure.

Smarter cities that improve the lives of citizens through technology. A smart city uses internet of things sensors and technology to connect components across a city to derive data and improve the lives of citizens and visitors. This comprehensive guide from techrepublic.com details the important aspects of a smart city.

To read the full article, visit techrepublic.com link

Tags: Smart cities, urbanization

 

FORBES INTRODUCE THE SPORTSMONEY INDEX

For years Forbes has been the ultimate scorekeeper of sports business, tracking everything from the most valuable teams to the highest-earning players, from top agencies to biggest sponsors. But quantifying monetary success doesn’t tell the full story.

The Dallas Cowboys, for example, are the world’s most valuable pro sports team, now worth $4.2 billion with a staggering $700 million in revenue last season. Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s highest-paid athlete, taking home $88 million. Nike is the globe’s top sportswear brand, worth $28 billion and clocking $30 billion in annual revenues. And Creative Artists Agency beats all sports agencies, with a whopping $290 million in maximum commissions.

But what, exactly, makes the Cowboys, Ronaldo, Nike or CAA so successful? What is it that’s driving the impressive numbers on their balance sheets? It’s the business relationships they have throughout the sports ecosystem.

To read the full article, visit the Forbes link

Tags: The Forbes Sports Money Index

 

AMAZON TO DEAL IN CASH

Amazon have announced the launch of Amazon Cash, a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then having the cash applied immediately to their online Amazon account. The service will support adding any amount between $15 and $500 in a single transaction.

Amazon Cash will only be available at brick-and-mortar retailers across the USA for the foreseeable future. Like PayPal, Amazon Cash is also meant to appeal to the same general demographic who may not yet be shopping online – those who get paid in cash, don’t have a bank account or debit card, and who don’t use credit cards.

To read the full article, visit the TechCrunch link

Tags: Amazon, Amazon Cash

 

EMILY TAN SPEAKS

Emily Tan is Technology Editor for Campaign UK. She’s usually on the money with her columns in Campaign Magazine, and she states voice technology has improved enough that consumers are growing increasingly reliant and are even developing new behaviours.

Speak Easy, a report by J Walter Thompson Innovation Group and Mindshare on macro trends around voice technology, found that 88% of UK smartphone users have used voice tech and would consider doing so in future. More than a third (37%) are already using it at least monthly. It’s a really interesting article, especially for those of you who have already filed voice tech with Google Glasses.

To read the full article, visit the CampaignLive link

Tags: Voice Search, Brands

 

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