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Author: Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Ben Davis is Deputy Editor at Econsultancy. He lives in Manchester, England. You can contact him at ben.davis@econsultancy.com or follow at @herrhuld.

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Key stats from Facebook's State of Connectivity report

Facebook recently released its second annual State of Connectivity report on global internet access.

The tech giant has long pushed for increased global internet connectivity and this report is designed to increase the sharing of data around this issue.

You can see all the data by downloading the report, but here are a few of the stats that spoke to me.

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fitbit

Are wearables failing? An early 2016 recap

Most people think wearables will be a big deal, but they're not yet, and there's the sneaky suspicion that we don't quite understand their best use cases or ideal UX.

Here's a roundup of some doom and gloom surrounding wearables in early 2016.

Prepare yourself for lots of pictures of hairy wrists...

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How Thorntons uses content marketing to gain an edge at Easter

February, a strange month marked by freezing temperatures* and the first appearance of chocolate eggs.

This isn't strictly true, with some sightings of Easter eggs as early as Boxing Day, but now seems like a good time to catch up with British chocolate company, Thorntons.

We spoke to John Alexander Rowley, Content Marketing Manager, to discuss life marketing confectionery.

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morrisons

Five questions raised by the Amazon & Morrisons grocery deal

The deal that will see Amazon supplied wholesale fresh produce by Morrisons has fascinated the media.

Could Amazon Pantry's entry to fresh online groceries in the UK shake up the already volatile supermarket landscape?

Here are five questions raised by the deal.

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zara.com

Six reasons I love Zara.com (and a few reasons I don't)

There aren't hundreds of bells and whistles on Zara.com.

But it's a website I like using and it makes me want to buy stuff (even though I know it looks better on the website than in store).

Here are six reasons why.

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hero app

Start Me Up! Hero App lets consumers message businesses

Messaging is already the marketing topic of 2016.

Facebook is evolving its platform and WeChat is as successful and fascinating as ever.

Hero is a new app designed to allow consumers to message businesses. We caught up with its founder, Adam Levene.

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sticky men

What are sticky ecommerce elements?

Sticky or fixed ecommerce elements are the features that appear to follow you down the page as you scroll.

They're an established tactic to improve ecommerce UX.

Here's a bunch of examples...

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carrie barclay

A day in the life of... Head of Editorial at Government Digital Service

Our 'day in the life' feature returned triumphantly last week with Sophie Moule from Clarks.

This week it's another coup, we've convinced one of the Government Digital Service team to give us a walkthrough of their typical day.

Carrie Barclay is Head of Editorial at GDS. Here's what she does with her time.

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Four things you need to know about Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Google Accelerated Mobile Pages entered the world on February 23rd, a day earlier than expected.

If you have been a little dozy for the past few months, here's a quick skill pill to bring you up to date.

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10 practical uses for QR codes in China

For years in the Econsultancy London offices there was a QR code stuck to the microwave that took the unsuspecting scanner to a video of George Dawes' song, 'Peanuts'.

The joke was that this QR code was a bit of an easter egg for anyone crazy enough to both have a QR reader app and be willing to scan in public ("Wow, you're a scanner, man. Far out.")

In China, QR codes are less of a joke. Much less.

Here are 10 ways they are used.

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three little pigs

Yet another (paid) opinion piece about Huffington Post's blogger relations

The editor-in-chief of Huffington Post UK caused a mini Twitter storm last week when he told Radio 4 that unpaid journalism is more authentic, more real than a paid column.

This ignited pretty much the same debate that raged when HuffPo was sold to AOL in 2011. Many unpaid bloggers suddenly felt aggrieved that their work had lined Arianna's pockets.

But in 2016, this gaffe is more a lesson in PR than it is a chance to re-examine the economics of publishing.

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tech nation report

Five key stats from the UK's Tech Nation report

Tech City has released its Tech Nation report for 2016, looking at the impact of the digital tech economy in the UK.

I've had a read of the report (which you can download here) and these are the parts I found the most interesting.

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