Consumer usage of ad blockers is rising steeply with the global installed base set to crack 200 million. The bad news for brands and even more so for traditional online publishers is that next year blocked ads will represent nearly $40 billion in lost potential revenue. Don’t worry, it

Around the world, consumers want retailers to give them greater access to information so they can make more informed choices when they shop. And they recognise the importance of technology in delivering this. However, they remain sensitive to issues over privacy. The figures are contained in a global study released

Around the world consumers are spending up to  eight hours a day on line, blitzing the time spend in front of the idiot box, or more cerebral pursuits like reading newspapers and magazines. According to data comiled by Global Web Index, “Overall, digital consumers are now spending an average of

Mark Zuckerberg paid $US19 billion for WhatsApp because he wants — in his own words — to own the dial tone of the Internet. By that he means services so central to everyday digital life — like social networking and chat — they will come as standard and free services

The world’s shoppers have spoken, nothing will get in the way of a good bargain – certainly nothing as porous as a national border. Now a new study by Forrester Research (commissioned by FedEx) reveals some of the forces underpinning the shift. The report is available as a whitepaper called “Seizing

Research by McKinsey and Company suggests that the Chinese consumers are comfortable with a future of digital only banking. A new study says more than 70 per cent of respondents would consider opening an account with a pure digital bank. Nearly the same number would consider making a digital bank

Regulation in the financial services sector is not there to protect banks and other market participants from competition. It’s there to protect us from them.  And now it seems ASIC has signaled it wants to encourage digital innovation — just as long as consumers are protected. It’s a point that

Two new studies reveal how quickly the smart home market is emerging. The first, by Grand View Research suggests the market could be worth $US47B by 2020. The second by Lowes reveals that consumers in the US rank security and home monitoring the highest (62 per cent) priorities. “In general,

Australian consumers have bought into the idea of the connected home — but they are most concerned about the price. That’s the verdict of a survey commissioned by network-security outfit Fortinet. According to a study — part of a global survey called “Internet of Things: Connected Home” — 53 per

As your iPhone screen gets cluttered up with Flappy Birds, Clash of Clans and the Wall Street Journal (just for show) do you ever stop and wonder how many apps you actually use? According to Nielsen (and at least in the US), the answer is about 26. The most interesting