Not a lot of news from Australia this week. The most interesting thing is "Albert" from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) wants you to say hello to "Albert", its new take on the merchant terminal / point of sale device. It's based on Google's Android and it means that CBA is now a hardware builder. It's another example of why I'm impressed at the efforts CBA is making to improve the banking customer experience with technology.
- CommBank fights rivals with Andrid payment station - Computerworld
Around the world
Missed this one a couple of weeks ago - British Airways are planning to "Google" passengers so they can tailor services and the flight experience. BA staff might end up getting a whole lot of useless info, or a shock. I suspect this wont extend to cattle class.
- British Airways to Google passengers - CNET News
Apparently more than half of consumers in this Capgemeni study think that bricks and mortar retail will be showrooms (i.e. just pick and order) by 2020. I'm not so convinced given the opinion is at odds with the rise of instant gratification.
The London Olympics are looming. The BBC is on the job and has released apps for both the iPhone and Android.
- BBC releases Olympics app, streams the glorious Games straight to your iOS or Android device - Engadget
Is your online business recommending different products (or in some cases charging different prices) to customers based on web surfing history and other information gathered about your site's visitor? Some are. Dangerous path.
- Personalising online prices: How deep are your pockets? - The Economist
Rats and mice
Another flagship Kickstarter project. And another interesting use of Google's Android mobile platform.
- After Kickstarting $2.5M In 1 Day, Can OUYA Disrupt Gaming? - Fast Company
Arguably this news in the wrong section. Marissa Mayer, Google employee number 20 and one of the driving forces behind Google's search product has jumped ship. To Yahoo! She's taken on the CEO role and she'll definitely have her work cut out for her to turn that ship around.
- Marissa Mayer Is The New CEO Of Yahoo - Business Insider
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