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Big data cuts both ways, used to judge consumers and companies

As I've said before, " Goodbye, Information Age. Hello, Knowledge Eon." Knowledge is power… and it packs quite a punch. Now is the time to prepare for that hit and make sure your company performance is up to par--from the consumer's perspective. Yep, stockholders move over! 

Call and text alerts, caller ID most sought after features for smartwatches

Call and text alerts along with caller ID are the most popular features that consumers want for their smartwatches, according to a survey by ABI Research.

Daily device devotion now exceeds 24 hours per day for some

Americans certainly have a love affair with tech devices, and that includes all things mobile. The obsession to be logged on now exceeds 24 hours per day for some.

Utilities use mobile apps to educate consumers about energy consumption

Utilities are increasingly using mobile apps to educate consumers about how to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency.

Public debate about data privacy bodes ill for companies in 2014

Public debate born from the Snowden revelations and the NSA controversy bodes ill for the private sector. Some of the backlash has already hit in that corporations associated with feeding the NSA information, voluntarily or not, are now seeing sales fall as their customers shy away from such breaches--real or perceived. But that is not the end of the fallout. The debate is awakening consumers to what the private sector is up to, too. And they're hopping mad. 

Mobile apps bridge gap between digital, brick-and-mortar retail

Mobile apps will be the key bridge between digital commerce and bricks and mortar retail, says Marko Muellner, vice president of marketing for social marketing platform ShopIgniter.

Personalized ads no excuse for privacy invasion, no benefit to consumers

According to big corporations, personalized ads are a 'must have' for consumers therefore everything must be done-- everything--to meet that demand as fast as possible. But invading consumer privacy is really about improving the odds that merchants make a sale. It's to the benefit of sellers--those who sell goods and services to the masses and those who sell consumer data to third parties--and not to the benefit of consumers. So, let's just be clear about that, shall we?

Infographic: Smartphones becoming indispensable consumer tools

The retail industry and consumers are going mobile. The latest example demonstrating this movement is a survey of 4,000 consumers in 10 countries, which found that a full 65 percent of consumers have retailer apps on their smartphones.

Only 1 percent of smartphone-touting consumers using contactless payments

When the are in stores, only one percent of consumers are using their smartphones to make contactless payments, according to the latest research by Strategy Analytics.

Spotlight: IBM survey finds consumers coping well with data onslaught

IBM recently released a survey that highlights a number of interesting stats and trends about how consumers are coping with the data onslaught.