News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Joe Stoddard / REMODELING / August 16, 2013
There are plenty of great construction-oriented smartphone and tablet apps out there, and more are popping up every day, but sometimes KISS (keep it simple, stupid) is the way to go. Here are several of my favorite utility-type mobile applications that you may not have considered. If you don’t like these, there are loads of similar apps out there in each category — just search the AppStore (iOS) or Google Play for Android.
Illuminating app: Don’t laugh, this has turned out to be something I use almost every day. The best ones use both the camera’s flash LED and the screen itself for brightnessRead More
eMarketer / July 8, 2013
Categorizing tablets has vexed marketers since Apple first introduced the iPad in 2010. Several years into the tablet market’s dramatic expansion, the distinctions between smart devices are becoming clearer.
According to a new eMarketer report, “Key Digital Trends for Midyear 2013: The Fragmentation of Mobile,” diverging use cases on smartphones and tablets herald the end of mobile as a monolithic category. Increasingly, advertising and commerce solutions will need to respond to not just different screen sizes, but also different screen uses.
Distinctions in use between theRead More
Joe Laszlo / ClickZ / June 5, 2013
Working in the IAB’s Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence has been an amazing experience. We are helping to shape the media industry at a crucial time; we work with fantastic members; and there is always something new to learn. But it’s not without its share of headaches. Ironically enough, one of them comes from what is seemingly the easiest question we get asked: “What is mobile?”
“Mobile” means different things to different constituencies. Some opt for a device-centric approach: mobile is smartphones and maybe tablets, and maybe netbooks or e-readers,Read More
Paul Muret / Harvard Business Review / June 4, 2013
Smartphones and tablets are the first things many of us check in the morning, and the last things we read at night. We use smartphones on the sidewalk, at work, at lunchtime, in line at the grocery store. In the evenings, we’re on our tablets while we watch TV.
Being constantly connected has changed our behavior: we simply expect the right information to be at our fingertips. And the more we come to expect that information will be there whenever we seek it out, the more we search and browse, research, share with friends and family, and (most importantly for businesses) buy things.
The International Parking Institute / May 20, 2013
(FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – May 20, 2013) According to the results of a just-released survey, the United States is undergoing a parking revolution as the industry embraces a variety of new technologies that make it easier for people to find and pay for parking, and for parking authorities to better manage it. Cities leading in parking innovation include San Francisco; Seattle; New York; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Ore; Miami; Houston; Boston; Denver; Pittsburgh; and Tampa. Dozens of other cities were identified. Clearly,parking technology is becoming mainstream.