I came across this article today and there is a lot of useful facts that i like to summarise here.

1. "We know m-commerce is on the rise and brand websites needs to be mobile optimised. But if you wanted to go one step further, and stay ahead of the pack, you’d need to have a mobile app, Anthony Fung, managing director of Zalora Indonesia, said."

Amen to that! Well, i have plenty of arguments with peers and clients over "mobile optimised sites" vs "mobile apps". Clearly both has their pros and cons, with websites winning on the terms of budget but mobile apps winning on the terms of features. I usually end the argument with these critical functions that will win hands down - "notifications" and "downloaded content to use offline". 

I was told I had a foresight for tech and if you had seen my Onezine video (below), this was 4 years before the iPad and its apps are the norm nowadays. 
I'm always glad we uploaded this video in 2006 to prove that we had seen this coming and a date time stamp on it. We will soon witness the demise of the Smart Phones just like how the digital magazines are killing the printed ones.

Beacons are excellent tools for creating location-based and real-time mobile experiences. Some big businesses are experimenting with using beacons to deliver localized, timely, and relevant information and marketing offers, including FacebookTarget, and the London Underground.

When they work, it’s magic — but sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Through our own research and conversations we’ve had with companies that have tried beacons before, we’ve identified a number of problems companies run into when they decide to give beacons a try.

My first job was a Barcode Sales Engineer. Back then in the pre-millenium days, it was the coolest thing! Then they announced the 2D barcodes, or barcodes that came mostly in a square. There were many different standards like Data Matrix code, EZcode, Maxicode and the QR code. What was amazing about it was that It could store way more characters than a linear barcode could without extending the length or size of the code. It was so useful that many manufacturing industry started using it in everything they do. They even had 2D barcodes etched onto microchips! Unfortunately, the cost of the 2D barcode readers then cost a premium that it doesn't make sense to apply it in the consumer space. Not sure whether anyone remembered the Zapcode that was all over the local newspaper pages many years ago. It disappeared.