By Max Clarke
Its Friday and once again time for Fresh Business Thinking’s roundup of the week’s most important or interesting news stories from across the globe.
The computing giants at Cupertino California were reported to have applied for a patent that would shut iPhones’ recording devices in the vicinity of certain live performances. Though no formal plans to introduce the technology have been unveiled, the news was blasted by UK’s Tinie Tempah:
"Just move with the times, stop trying to block people from doings things. It all works," Tinie told the BBC. "It’s the biggest form of promo".
Tuesday 21st: NHS cloud computing pilot could revolutionise healthcare
‘Groundbreaking’ plans to digitise NHS patient records and host them on the cloud received the praise of UK’s cloud computing body, the Cloud Industry Forum. The move is hoped to boost efficiency and transparency in the health service, whilst reducing costs.
Wednesday 22nd: Low carbon opportunities abound in Brazil
A UK delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to foster low carbon investment in Brazil had UK investors itching to tap into Brazil’s chunk of the £3.2 trillion global green economy.
“UK companies are leading the way to a greener future as they drive forward innovative green technologies, solutions and services. UK firms … are seizing on these growing opportunities to trade with Brazil,” said Trade Minister, Lord Green.
Fresh Business Thinking’s own research grabbed headlines on Thursday, when a survey revealed the boost social media can add to their business. 56% reported ‘direct benefits’ to their company, whilst fewer than 1% claimed not to use any social media platform.
Friday 24th: High street sales see flat year-on-year growth
Britain’s long suffering high street will have to wait a little longer for the much overdue retail recovery, as figures revealed by the Confederation of British Industry confirmed stagnation in the UK’s retailers.
“The cost of living is increasing and petrol prices have risen particularly sharply. Shoppers are budgeting hard and cutting back on their discretionary spending, such as on clothes and big-ticket household goods,” explained the CHI’s retail guru, Judith McKenna.
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