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8 Of The Top 10 Most Profitable Smartphones On The Planet Are Made By Apple

In a new report released by Counterpoint Research, global smartphone profits declined by 1% last quarter, thanks to a maturing mobile market. But an astonishing eight of the top ten phones by profit share were made by Apple. One of the most expensive phones on the planet, the iPhone X, leads the way with 35%

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Multiple Million-Plus-Follower Instagram Influencers Report Hacking; Emir of Qatar Possibly Affected

Multiple large Instagram accounts are reporting sophisticated hacking attempts by attackers who seem to know their passwords, leading some to believe that Instagram servers have been compromised. “Six of my Instagram influencer friends just had their accounts breached. These are five-million-follower pages or more,” developer and instagrammer Albert Renshaw told me tonight. “And tons of other influencers

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Insights from the Future: Billion-dollar eSports Team Suspended For Illegal Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Insights from the Future, chapter 3:  PEDs in eSports … Once again, looking for your input, insights, and predictions for timeline, reactions. I will feature the best ones in the book, with attribution. Thanks! Here’s the “news” story: *****Billion-dollar eSports Team Suspended For Illegal Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs***** The entire L.A. Lightning eSports team has

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Postback 2018 Agenda Revealed: 15 World-Changing Topics You Can’t Miss

Postback 2018 is almost here, and the agenda is getting very close to complete. So what can you expect, besides 1,500 smart mobile marketing attendees, execs from the biggest tech companies, midnight parties, truly world-class influencers, and top journalists in attendance? Amazing food, cutting-edge bands, incredible conversations with smart people, and some celebrity visits (remember

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Weatherbug’s New AI-driven Forecasts Include Air Pollution Forecasts Down To The City Block

125 million Americans live in areas of high ozone or particle pollution, and Weatherbug’s new and improved mobile app is now using AI to help them manage their exposure. Some of the worst cities? Bakersfield, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco, and — of course — Los Angeles are on the top-ten list of of most-polluted

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Amazon & Kohls: Frenemies And ‘Coopetitors’ Fighting The Retail Apocalypse Together

Late last year Kohl’s allowed ecommerce giant and retail rival Amazon to set up Amazon Return centers in select locations across Chicago and Los Angeles. At first blush, this seems insane. After all, why would a competitor help an enemy? Especially one accused of ushering in the retail apocalypse. Amazon’s ecommerce and mobile commerce success are

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what I do ...

live social, webinars

I speak on research, mobile, AR/MR/VR, futuretech, IoT, blockchain.

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marketing & martech

I help CMOs with strategy, positioning, martech, and designing for growth.

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speaking, moderating

I deliver compelling messages in memorable ways at live events.

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research & writing

I help brands uncover insights in data … and share them in compelling stories.

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I help startups say meaningful things that get heard.

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I help tech companies build data-driven research practices that drive effective content marketing.

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"John is an engaging and charismatic speaker who delivers content that even the most successful app entrepreneurs can use."

( Steve Young, CEO, AppMasters )

"John is the type of person who finds a way to turn a can't into a can. He has tremendous energy and passion in helping others solve problems."

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"It has always been a pleasure to work with John. I can not remember a meeting with him where his trademarked laugh was not to be heard."

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"He really understood our brand and strategy as our business partner ..."

( Jieun Kim, Manager - Product Development, Disney )

"John is smart, business savvy, tech savvy, and has an inherent sense of social media that just blows me away."

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"Extremely innovative and well read on the latest and greatest internet and mobile technologies ..."

( Angela Robert, cofounder and CEO of Conquer Mobile )

"Equally adept on both the strategic and tactical levels, which is rare."

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"John is the "ne plus ultra" - the real deal of old-school journalism combined with a keenly analytical mind as well an encyclopedic knowledge of industry information."

( Jonathan Hirshon, Principal, Horizon Communications )

"His depth of vision for the mobile tech landscape is, I think, quite unparalleled by anyone else I've worked with."

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"He consistently produced awesome content (reports, articles, live presentations, webinars) leading to millions in new revenue."

( Aaron Golden, founder and CEO, Troospot )

"A lucid thinker and inspiring presenter ..."

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