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15% of social media reviews will be fake by 2014: report

The Beatles once sang, “All you need is love” and thanks to the rise of social media, it’s not just humans looking for it. Brands, once largely relegated to communicating with consumers through one-way mediums like television and radio, have flocked to services like Facebook and Twitter in search of long-term relationships.

If the millions of ‘Likes’ and followers some of them have attracted are any indication, social media could be the foundation of a happy marriage between brands and consumers. But under the surface, this relationship may not be as solid as it appears.

According to Gartner, brands are increasingly turning to paying for positive reviews, ‘Likes’ and followers on popular social networking sites and by 2014, the research firm estimates that over one in ten of these will be fake.

Knowledge, due diligence are the keys to using the cloud

From infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas) all the way up to software-as-a-service (SaaS), more and more companies are heading into the cloud.

There are plenty of good reasons. Using a cloud offering can often reduce a company’s technology capex, and pay-as-you-go pricing is an attractive proposition for companies burned in the past by large, expensive technology initiatives.

US retailers need to up their multichannel game: report

There’s a lot of talk about multichannel retail at the moment, and on the surface, most of the largest retailers in the U.S. seem to ‘get it’.

But that might not be the case according to Gartner’s newly released Multichannel Forecast for the US and the UK report. In fact, providing a seamless, consistent multichannel experience “business as usualhas retailers in the US “struggling” it says.

Android takes 52.5% of smartphone market

According to figures released today, Android has doubled its market share of worldwide smartphone sales in Q3 of 2011. 

The stats from Gartner show quite astonishing growth, as 52.5% of all smartphones sold in this period were built on the Android OS, up from just over 25% in the same period a year ago.

Mobile app sales to explode in 2011: report

Mobile applications have taken off in the past several years. Thanks in large part to the rise of the iPhone, millions upon millions of consumers treat their mobiles like computing devices. It’s a trend that nobody expects to slow anytime soon.

But despite the rapid growth of mobile apps, when it comes to app sales, there’s good news for everyone in the mobile ecosystem: the best is yet to come.