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Shop Direct posts record profits thanks to mobile sales boom

Only weeks after we shared the phenomenal success of progressive omni-channel retailer Argos, we were met with news that another well-known retail brand has completely revolutionised its identity, turnover and profitability, by harnessing the power of mobile.

#ShopDirect just 3 yrs ago 72% of sales from catalogue customers – now 100% #digital with a clear #strategy & focus on #mobile first

Fantastic numbers out from @ShopDirect ow.ly/TTAKA fuelled by their focus on #mobile #retail – great work!

Thank you to @ClareJBurnett @BusinessDesk_YK for the kind words and great article about our entrepreneurial journey ow.ly/TtkYT

@_3Thanks did someone say #cake ???

Common Agency MD airs views on BBC Radio 5 Live

Hot on the heels of news that Common Agency is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with further investment in product and staff development, MD Simon Howship was approached by BBC Radio 5 Live to share his views on job creation.

Multiple donations to Thrombosis UK from the Common team today, in support of the fundraising efforts of @ScribaPR pic.twitter.com/lAVryCnLhJ

@GenusLawLegal thank you for the hospitality – love your offices!

@ScribaPR we shall – Tuesday?

Thank you @ScribaPR for sending us the #creative cake to mark Commons 10yrs – #cake #celebration #design ow.ly/i/dAYrb

Happy 10th Birthday to us – #celebrate #Yorkshire #business #app #development #agency – ow.ly/SO0Th

A study finds that a quarter of children under three now own an iPad ow.ly/Tak9J

#Argos challenge competitors with launch of same day fast track delivery service ow.ly/T70j5 #fulfilment #logistics #retail

We’ve given #3Thanks to @ThrombosisUK today @TheMediaCentre – will you? Text TTFT50 £3 to 70070. See @_3Thanks or ow.ly/SUGKZ

Are #apps about to make their big screen debut ow.ly/T1FKC #retail #AppleTV

We’ve given #3Thanks to @ThrombosisUK today @moonpigUK – will you? Text TTFT50 £3 to 70070. See @_3Thanks or ow.ly/SUHe2

We’ve given #3Thanks to @ThrombosisUK today @buzzyorkshire – will you? Text TTFT50 £3 to 70070. See @_3Thanks or ow.ly/SUG8X

We’ve given #3Thanks to @ThrombosisUK today @welcome2yorks – will you? Text TTFT50 £3 to 70070. See @_3Thanks or ow.ly/2bvyc4

We’ve given #3Thanks to @ThrombosisUK today @PhotoBox – will you? Text TTFT50 £3 to 70070. See @_3Thanks or ow.ly/SUHkM

We’ve given #3Thanks to @ThrombosisUK today @oneyorkshire – will you? Text TTFT50 £3 to 70070. See @_3Thanks or ow.ly/SUFVN

@ScribaPR thank you

For those that prefer #google maps there is now an #AppleWatch app ow.ly/2bvwar

@CDiYorkshire thanks!

@fiveeightprint Thank you!

Walking the floor at #eCommerceExpo today #ecommerce #retail #mobile #innovation

RT @MarketingUK: How do you make a queue fun? Well, @Samsung had an idea and it worked a treat bit.ly/1L2fzzH #spon

#Awesome #technology – tweeting from a moving #london #underground #train – Why? – because we can! – #PiccadillyLine ow.ly/i/dn9pZ

RT @StuffTV: Nexus 6P UK pricing: £449 for the 32GB model, £499 for 64GB, and £579 for 128GB. bit.ly/1RdXjV0 bit.ly/1RdXjV0

OS X El Capitan Reviews: ‘Solid as a Rock’ and a Worthy Update Thanks to Performance Improvements ow.ly/SO3t2 #software #update

RT @StuffTV: Google has just announced the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X! All the details right here – bit.ly/1MYf5Ng bit.ly/1MYf5Ng

#Amazon poised to soft launch #online grocery service later today as it gears up for a full launch ow.ly/SN8pg #retail

Beleaguered #BlackBerry announces new #smartphone to run #Android OS in latest attempt to turn around its fortunes ow.ly/SKqqn

The BBC is to launch dedicated #iPlayer apps for children in 2016 on #iOS & #Android – #prolificnorth #bbc – ow.ly/SKnEa

10 ways technology will further revolutionise retail in the next 12 months ow.ly/SsWfG #retail #mobile #marketing #tech

The #personalisation of websites & #mobile #apps plays a crucial role in engaging & retaining customers ow.ly/SsIK9 #retail

Interesting survey from #thegadgetshow 91% said a #smartwatch isn’t a #gadget they currently need – #channel5_tv #wearables #technology

Introducing RAPP… the best practice Retail App ow.ly/SsJAt #retail #apps #peak #RAPP

When is a stylus not a stylus – when its an #applepencil ow.ly/SsFY0 #creative #design #UX #UI #tablet

Is it a pencil? Is it a stylus?

At Apple’s Special Event on 9 September we were introduced to a new product from the technology giant – the Apple Pencil.

How are #mobile #apps influencing the #gifting market ow.ly/SoaRF #christmas #retail #gifts #marketing

@ScribaPR #coffee ready and waiting #happyfriday

Apple Delays Release Of watchOS 2 Due To Bug – #applewatch #software #development

It looks like #Sony has changed its mind about #Xperia being waterproof ow.ly/SdN5h #smartphone #mobile

It was a pleasure to participate in the @heritageopenday with @TheMediaCentre on Friday #huddersfield – mmmm #donuts ow.ly/i/d0IRF

10 ways tech will revolutionise retail in the next 12 months ow.ly/S5kZd #retail #apps #shopping #mobile

RT @TheMediaCentre: TOMORROW: Free tours of The Media Centre including short visits to @commonagency @splitpixel and @brand_engine http://t…

The new iPhone 6s and 6s plus are certainly interesting – with new #3Dtouch,12-megapixel rear camera & new feature #LivePhotos

Apple say that #iPhone 6 is the most popular phone ever – whilst announcing iPhone 6S and 6S PLUS – #smartphone #AppleEvent

New #AppleTV coming late October #AppleEvent

Those #retailers that haven’t yet woken up to #apps better wake up soon as #AppleTV will be bringing #Retail #apps to the BIG SCREEN

Apple have launched #tvOS for #developers to revolutionise TV with #apps

The control of #AppleTV with #Siri looks very impressive – #AppleEvent – At face value looks much better than #AndroidTV

The key to the new #AppleTV is the ability to #voice search with #Siri across all your content #apps #search #streaming

RT @Adweek: Anyone feel like talking about something OTHER than the #AppleEvent? If so, join us for #AdweekChat, starting in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..

The golden age of television – the future of TV is apps according to Apple – #AppleTV #apps #UX #API #AppStore – NEW #AppleTV

We should have known & guessed – the #ApplePencil doesn’t come with the #iPadPro – that will be an additional $99 #AppleEvent

Now #Adobe are championing #iPadPro at #AppleEvent #fonts #multitasking #photoshop #photography #design

How things have changed – #Microsoft on stage at #AppleEvent promoting #iPadPro and #ApplePencil with #microsoftoffice #ink #productivity

Well we can’t believe that #ApplePencil isn’t a #stylus honest! What would Steve Jobs think about that? #Apple #iPad #design

The worst kept secret – #iPad Pro announced – most powerful iPad or iOS device so far – 12.9 inches #AppleEvent #retail #photography

Apple announce further #monetisation through accessories for #applewatch including #fashion #luxury #brand tie-up with #Hermes

#iTranslate coming to #applewatch will give you translation for 90 languages on your wrist #AppleEvent

@ScribaPR For consumers hopefully good news – #competition – I personally hope that quality rather quantity of content ultimately wins

Contactless limit rises to £30 as card and mobile phone payments surge #applepay #visa #mastercard #applewatch ow.ly/RDOxp

So where did that 12 months go – iOS 9 is nearly upon us – what are we looking forward to ow.ly/RqhXW #apple #ios

@ScribaPR No, thank you! – Great work!

Ho Ho Ho #Merry #Christmas – Peak season is around the corner – have you got #Mobile #Retail covered ow.ly/RbsOS

So what impact will the new limits on #ApplePay have on #retail as we head towards #Christmas ow.ly/Rbs5P

The role of mobile this peak season

With peak season fast approaching, we’re surely only a matter of weeks away from the media announcing its retail forecasts for Christmas 2015.

Apple Pay one month on

There’s only a matter of days to go before the Apple Pay limit rises to £30. However, with no transaction cap in place in the USA, will the UK eventually follow suit? In truth, only time will tell.

RT @ScribaPR: Another lead #retail story for @commonagency, @FMCGmagazine – retailers must embrace #mobileapps faster bit.ly/1hvn2w4

RT @ScribaPR: Have you seen the lead story from @commonagency on @RetailTimes? Brands must embrace #mobile faster bit.ly/1LozIl0

Do you think #google opted for the new name #alphabet just so they appear alphabetically before #apple Y or N?

So Google has restructured and is now called Alphabet – #google #alphabet #Android #breakingnews a.mynews.ly/!QD.CwT-5

Could #Amazon be about to launch its #Fresh grocery service in UK as the etailer takes on former #Tesco warehouse ow.ly/QHJBV

It may sound controversial, but can any #retailer afford to turn away a quarter of a million pounds of revenue? ow.ly/QBK4W

RT @Ellen_Forster: Great column from @commonagency: Retailers need to embrace mobile faster bdai.ly/wjQv – couldn’t agree more

@Ellen_Forster thank you, it is a subject that we are most passionate about

Thanks to @bdaily for the coverage regarding #retailers needing to embrace #mobile faster ow.ly/QwY43

Great to see #Yorkshire shopping centre showcasing potential of truly #omni-channel #retail strategy ow.ly/QtFUW

Good to see @ScribaPR in the news today and in the running for awards ow.ly/QcsUI

Any retailers who were at #homeandgift #harrogate this week – interested in selling through #mobile #app #technology please get in touch

If you are still wondering whether mobile is relevant to the success of retail – just read the news from Argos ow.ly/PZX2h

I enjoyed walking the floor at #homeandgift #harrogate this week – great to see the exhibitors embracing #mobile #technology

#Argos claiming to be the first multi-channel retailer to break £1bn m-commerce sales mark in a year #Retail #Business #rapp #mobile

Sales involving a #mobile device grew 38% in the year to February 28 says #Argos #retail

The #retail landscape shifted again this week #mobile #payments #apple ow.ly/PJnmh

At last could my Apple Watch actually be useful – I predicted this! Went out for lunch today, paid for my Nando’s £1…lnkd.in/ekgcmep

@ClareJBurnett great to meet you – you should have stayed for lunch! – #Nandos using the #AppleWatch & #applepay ow.ly/i/bOpNc

It’s official i’m the first person to pay for #Nandos in #Huddersfield with the #AppleWatch & #applepay #retail ow.ly/i/bOpas

@ClareJBurnett @ScribaPR the Tassimo is poised and ready for action!

So having lived with the #applewatch for about a month now – what do we think? ow.ly/OYCaj #apple #mobile #fashion

Hi @zeplin_io. How you doing with getting Europe back online? Would be good to put out an official status update. Thanks.

One of the biggest challenges for the #app #economy is app #discovery – could #Apples move to curated #content help? ow.ly/OYBbl

We have been busy at Common – check out our refreshed website ow.ly/OYAs7

Common reveals new look site – what do you think?

Friends of Common Agency and regular visitors to our site may have noticed there’s something a little different about us recently. We’ve given our desktop and mobile sites a slight facelift , by introducing new graphics, sharing some more detailed mobile app case studies and providing you with an insight into what makes us tick.

A great article in this months @A1RetailMag ow.ly/OOu7q #retailers capitalising on #mobile #revenues

The backbone of the #economic recovery in the UK – small and micro businesses ow.ly/OLVcb #Yorkshire #TheYorksTimes

Considering these latest stats ow.ly/O775r if you are a retailer who takes advantage of email marketing you need to think serio…

The #app #revolution – a video history – the rise of the app store ow.ly/O4t2U #retail #discovery #theappeffect

Apple announced that the #app #store has passed 100,000,000,000 app downloads in its short 7 year life #software #revolution #WWDC15

RT @StuffTV: New iOS 9 power mode to extend #iPhone battery by three hours. Much needed #WWDC15

Over 250,000 locations across the #UK, including many top brands, ready to accept Apple Pay in July #ApplePay #payments #mobile #retail

Siri got it a bit wrong during #AppleMusic demo however @imaginedragons get a nice little impromptu plug

RT @StuffTV: You get the first three months free to decide if you really like #AppleMusic #WWDC15

RT @StuffTV: #AppleMusic is launching later this month with iOS 8.4. There’s also an Android app landing this fall #WWDC15

#AppleMusic introduces #beatsone 24/7 global radio – Apple claim #art & #technology can work harmoniously together

RT @StuffTV: WatchOS 2 to reach your wrists in the fall #WWDC15

RT @StuffTV: Apple heard your complaints with iOS 8. iOS 9 update will take up less space #WWDC15

iOS 9 will see split screen #multitasking for the #iPad for improved #workflow – also brings picture in picture for #video play back

When is a passbook not a #passbook – when it’s a #wallet

Drum roll – #ApplePay coming to the UK in July #WWDC

Revealed #iOS 9 with a focus on #proactive prompts from #siri around learnt user behaviours #intelligence #apple

El Capitan OS X is available to developers from today, public #beta in July & due for public release as a #free #upgrade this autumn

A great new split screen function coming to your #Mac with #ElCapitan #OSX #multitask #workflow

The new #Mac OS X announced and officially named El Capitan #WWDC15

The native apps for #AppleWatch rumours were true #WWDC15

Countdown to the #Apple #keynote ow.ly/2btnPa

So #WWDC is nearly upon us – our thoughts on what to expect ow.ly/O0spR #apple #iOS #applepay #appleTV #keynote

Could #Apple in app subscription service revenue shares be set to reduce 15% as seen with the #HBO deal on #AppleTV ow.ly/2btnqd

According to the Financial Times Apple is planning to alter its 70/30 in app pricing formula for subscription services such as #Netflix #FT

Great news for #UK #retail customers – Apple Pay UK launch is likely to be announced today at #WWDC #keynote #applepay #mobile #payments

Apple WWDC kicks off this week & Apple are streaming a live Keynote on Monday – I am hoping that Apple Pay UK launch is announced #applepay

@ScribaPR another great meeting today #future #plans #exciting #RAAP #frocks

Designing native mobile apps – the Common way ow.ly/NMcfO #mobile #design #tools #apps #software

Considering the feedback I have had this week, I clearly hit an accord with my views on native mobile apps and the s…ow.ly/NPASF

Could tweeting potholes be coming to UK roads ow.ly/2btiuE #twitter #troll #mobile #yorkshire #gov

@basecamp Great, thanks. We’ll do it imminently. :-)

Hi @basecamp To-do lists don’t retain their order between machines anymore! Cleared cookies, local data, etc. Is there a known issue? Thx.

How @commonagency successfully moved away from the stronghold of #Adobe ow.ly/NLSvJ #apps #creative #native #design #toolkit

Apple’s new #streaming #music service & revamped #iTunes Radio to debut next week at #WWDC – It won’t be #free though

Apple confirms #WWDC 2015 keynote will be streamed live on Monday 8th June

Apple has quietly started the shift towards #editorially #curated lists on #App #Store rather than #algorithms ow.ly/NKOJo #promo

Thank you @ProlificNorth for letting us share our views ow.ly/2btd4v #mobile #apps #media #digital

If you are interested in #google #search indexing your #iOS app content you need to register your interest ow.ly/NxaYX

The importance of #mobile for #retail is becoming hard to ignore. @commonagency has been banging this drum for years m.thedrum.com/news/2015/05/2…

Happy Birthday – Believe it or not the original #iPad went on sale in the UK 5 years ago today! #retail #apple #tablet

The latest update to the Android #Play Store is expected to be heading to #Android devices over the next few days

Interesting #news from #google who have announced Google Search will begin indexing #iOS #app content in coming weeks ow.ly/Nxauh

The New York Times is reporting that Apple plans to introduce a new rewards program for Apple Pay at #WWDC #nytimes #applepay

Preparing for #Google I/O – one of the biggest #Android #developer events of the year in San Francisco starts today ow.ly/NsS0G

Great article on @TelegraphTech from Tuesday by @stephenfry talking to #Apple’s newly promoted #CDO #jonyive ow.ly/NsW5z #geek

Halo – #Microsoft announces #Cortana for iOS and Android ow.ly/NsSNQ we wonder what #siri & #googlenow might have to say

Report shows #retailers sacrificing £6.6bn a year due to lack of #mobile #investment ow.ly/NtA9H #retail #TheDrum #RAAP

So who will acquire #Blackberry – will it be #Microsoft for a reputed $7 billion or could a #Chinese #OEM #manufacturer swoop #mobile #news

@ScribaPR we have the #mobile expertise for those #retail #brands to benefit from increased #sales in #christmas peak 2015 if they act NOW!

Apple Watches for developers – too much stock?

Regular readers of Common’s blog commentary will note we’ve been fairly vocal about Apple Watch in recent months. Whilst we’ve expressed our uncertainty about the immediate success of the product, we still eagerly pre-ordered a couple, keen to see what all the fuss is about.

Thanks #Apple – #watch this space but don’t hold your breath for a speedy delivery ow.ly/2bt22z #c #kickstarter #retail #ios

Spotlight on Simon Howship

Common’s managing director Simon Howship was quizzed by the Yorkshire Post recently, before appearing in the weekly ‘On the Spot’ business feature. If you missed the write up you can read it in full here.

Meet Lily, an adorable little #drone that follows you everywhere you go ow.ly/2bsWRX #c

#Apple tops #Amazon #Facebook #Google #HP #IBM #Microsoft #Yahoo & other giants in #Greenpeace Clean Energy Index ow.ly/MS8oe

Entertainment lawyer @gamerlaw on whether #streaming #apps may face legal challenges ow.ly/MR9cF #periscope #c

@insideryorks thanks for the coverage on this months Tech News pages! #c ow.ly/i/aMpmM

Five of the Most Useful #Apple Watch #Apps according to #macrumors ow.ly/MQ516 #c

#Nintendo’s first #Smartphone #Game due later this year with 5 planned by March 2017 ow.ly/MQ5KV #c

RT @timd: After a morning spent with the Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed, I can only conclude that Apple have fired *all* their QA engineers.

App discovery & #brand awareness – Now you can pre-register for upcoming #Android #apps in the #Play #Store ow.ly/MQ6jV #c

Apple seeds the third #beta of #iOS 8.4 ow.ly/MOk7M

An idea for #retail department store giant #debenhams and how they could win new customers with #native #apps ow.ly/2bsQwo

Debenhams, we’ve got an idea for you

Common’s managing director Simon Howship shares some thoughts from the team’s Yorkshire development studio, regarding an idea for retail giant Debenhams.

Hands on as #AppleWatch lands at Common HQ – Looking at packaging no wonder they are taking forever to ship #c ow.ly/i/aA0yi

Retailers can not afford to procrastinate regarding native apps any longer – to say “its on the road map” just won’t…lnkd.in/e9kUWsU

Yes, there really is a giant #Android robot urinating on the #Apple logo in #Google Maps ow.ly/M3Auk #c ow.ly/M3Auk

Mobile messages dominate the media

Google hit the headlines this week when the internet giant warned SMEs about changes to its algorithms. The move means organisations with only desktop websites will experience weaker performance in the search engine listings.

The highly anticipated/much debated #AppleWatch has been released today. Here’s what @commonagency thought long ago…commonagency.com/news/2015/03/a…

A great article from @naomirainey of @yorkshirepost – YES we are very proud of our #Yorkshire engineering ow.ly/M1zOs

@naomirainey it was good to meet you – thanks @ScribaPR for the intro

Instagram carousel ads – what do we think?

There’s no denying we were a little apprehensive to read a blog post from Instagram last month, which announced that the Facebook-owned app would be gradually introducing carousel ads to users’ feeds.

Thank you @A1RetailMag for including us in your recent publication ow.ly/Lr2FH #retail #mobile #future

It is far too #sunny in #Yorkshire to be working – sending everyone home at 14:30 – #WeekendStartsEarly

This feels like a #kickstarter – order #applewatch 08:15 today – allegedly available 24th April – but won’t actually get it until June!

Our first deployment to the #Amazon #Appstore ow.ly/Lji2a #app #discovery #android

A1 Retail – The future of retail

Retailers without a native mobile app are likely to be missing revenues and losing customers to competitors, believes experienced retailer, technology enthusiast and managing director of Common Agency Simon Howship.

Our #UX team have gone to pieces over our latest #app development project ow.ly/Ljhgf #art #gifts #photo #collage

We are getting some interesting results with #enlight ow.ly/KAKWc

If MP’s are truly engaged with voters surely they will already have their own investment in #technology ow.ly/KOTNI #election

A really big day for @ScribaPR – Have fun! Enjoy the moment! – Let us know if he does have 10,000 men….

Straight #Yorkshire talk – the #applewatch will be neither use nor ornament until we get #applepay – come on #apple ow.ly/KHe6S

Thank you for the great coverage @TheYorksTimes ow.ly/KHIgO

#iOS 8 is now installed on 77% of devices – 20% are on iOS 7 – just 3% are on legacy versions of #Apples #software #c

New @BBCDragonsDen line up to include #moonpig founder Nick Jenkins – Should be good! #bbc #DragonsDen #iPlayer #c

It was a pleasure to share my views on beacon technology with Direct Commerce this month. If you missed the resultin…lnkd.in/dtzpCRP

Could #Google deliver a cure for #cancer with its #wearables technology ow.ly/3xwnHH #c

Amazon rumoured to be launching new service #AmazonUnlocked offering free access to paid apps within a monthly subscription

It looks like #BT will announce its return to #mobile with 4G undercutting rivals ow.ly/3xxfAO #c

A must have #app if you are sensible about your #online #mobile #security ow.ly/KzzdC #c

If you are serious about #photography & #mobile you should check out this #app ow.ly/Kzyur #c #camera #editing

Strategy needed to capitalise on beacon benefits

Simon Howship, managing director of Common Agency, was interviewed by Direct Commerce magazine recently. If you missed the resulting article, you can read his thoughts and advice here.

Some serious #eclipse spotting at Common HQ this morning ow.ly/i/a1l1x #enlight #c

Whether it’s chewed by a dog or dropped in a toilet, #HTC will replace your One M9 for free – BUT NOT IN THE UK #c ow.ly/Kvy0q

#Microsoft #Cortana personal assistant may be coming to #iOS and #Android before the year end – #Siri will not be amused #c

Most people feel same as us ref #applewatch – expensive accessories – lacklustre features – wait for V2 ow.ly/KotR0 #c

Good news! #Sony have today started to seed #Android #Lollipop for #Xperia some nice features in this video ow.ly/KoFc7

We love this #iPhone & #iPad game that is currently #free on #iTunes nostalgic pixel art – #design #c ow.ly/KoOVy

Ooooops #google releases #dogfood in error ow.ly/KoLgD

Rumour has it that #Apple could be set to purchase #Tesla to spring forward in electric auto business #c

Considering the volume of daily #brand exposure – could you draw the #apple logo from memory? #c ow.ly/3xvT6z

#smartphone Comparisons: HTC One M8 vs #HTC One M9 ow.ly/3xvbtm #c

The Huddersfield Examiner business profile ow.ly/K8VfF #c – keeping it real

@Examiner – Thanks for the great article in this weeks business profile, Henryk Zientek really got what we are about

Apple Watch UK pricing starts at £299 through to £13,500 #applewatch #c #springforward available on 24th April, YES! £13,500

So #iOS 8.2 will be available from today #c

Exclusive first view of the #Apple #Watch at Common #Yorkshire HQ #c ow.ly/i/8WxNK

There are three #applewatch collections – Aluminium, Steel or Gold – Available to order & view from April 10 and shipping April 24 #c

Apple have sold 700 million #iPhones to date #c in the last quarter was best selling #smartphone

Apple to offer #HBOnow exclusively to #Apple customers in new deal announced just now at #springforward event

You can catch the #springforward Apple event live on this feed apple.com/live/ #c

Today is the day! #springforward Apple event announcing #Apple #Watch release dates and more info #c

In 2014 #windowsphone market share fell to 2.7% #c

#Microsoft is to finally let #developers build apps for the #Xbox One with the release of an Xbox One #SDK #c

In 2014 #iOS market share was 14.8% #c

Digital companies thrive in the North

At Common, we’re incredibly proud of our Yorkshire roots, our straight-talking and Northern approach to business is one of our strongest selling points

#Android pushed past the one billion unit volume mark in 2014 with 81.5% market share #c

The likelihood of #applepay coming to the UK this year is gaining pace – #retail ignore the payments revolution at your peril #c

Excitingly time ticks by, #watch this space, #apple live event streams a week today #c ow.ly/JKtU8 #springforward

#Android & #iOS continue to dominate #smartphone market share according to 4th quarter numbers from #IDC

Digital Skills Audit reports that more than half of the agencies in the North of England have had to turn work away ow.ly/JIrri

Apple may release #iOS 8.2 early next week #c

The hunt for mobile developer talent continues

Independent trade association Manchester Digital conducted a Digital Skills Audit recently, and found that more than half of agencies in the North of England have had to turn work away

The mobile payments space is hotting up with #google acquiring #Softcard & #Samsung buying #LoopPay to take on #applepay #c

ow.ly/i/8MQL7 Our resident #android fans are getting very excited at common HQ regarding the #HTC release on March 1st #c

What’s the big deal about #Apple #Watch? #c ow.ly/JCUS4

What’s the big deal about Apple Watch?

Apple Watch is set to be the next big release from the technology giant. But what does Simon Howship, Common’s managing director and self-confessed Apple aficionado, think about the impending launch?

#weekend #news – Dirty Laundry – could there be an #app for that? ow.ly/J7u7p

We are looking for experienced #iOS #developers to join our team please RT #c ow.ly/IIIsK

#Apple Increases Maximum App Size from 2GB to 4GB ow.ly/IZkz5 #c

Northern digital agencies “turn away work due to skills shortage” – Prolific North ow.ly/IZVa5

Interesting development for #app discovery problem with #pinterest getting a lead on #facebook & #twitter ow.ly/IZ5O7 #c

So your #Friday morning #trivia question is: What’s the max size an #iOS app can be? 1GB, 4GB, 40GB or 400GB #c answers on a tweet pls

Its always fabulous to be able to shout about why #Yorkshire is so great! – thanks @TheYorksTimes for the coverage ow.ly/IVq0U

We have recently launched the common knowledge section on our website ow.ly/IIH9Q to consolidate our #mobile #app insights #c

seventy five thousand lines of code & counting ow.ly/IL25c looking for #iOS #engineers to join the team ow.ly/IL25c

If you want to see an #app that elegantly demonstrates the versatility of the #iOS platform look no further than ow.ly/INOrt #c

Whilst #iOS 8.2 has not yet gone public release #Apple have already seeded #beta 8.3 to the #development community #c

An #app that you just must have in your #business toolkit ow.ly/INc3x great for speedy #nda & #contract exchanges #c

A dozen red #roses is so yesterday. Its not too late to order a personalised #photo gift for the #love in your life ow.ly/IL0iX

Looking for an #iOS #contractor for six month project #app #development – sorry no recruiters thanks – Please RT ow.ly/IK4U5

Are you familiar with the concept “cobblers own shoes”? We have managed to spend some time on our website recently ow.ly/IIOfZ

Brace yourself – second wave of #mobile #apps is coming ow.ly/IIFmQ top #brands should reconsider their mobile strategies #c

Pacemaker DJ

Pacemaker is an app made for iPad which is fun to play and beautiful to look at.

Apples #iOS 8 adoption rate hits 72% after release of iOS 8.1.3 – good news considering how buggy iOS 8 was at first launch in Sept 2014 #c

Common opens London office for its app specialists

This month has seen the launch of Common’s new London office. As the company continues to grow and attracts an increasing number of enquiries from the South, it makes perfect sense that we have a base there too.

UK #smartphone sales for 4th quarter 2014 saw Windows OS with 6.6% share down 3% points yr-on-yr #c

UK #smartphone sales for 4th quarter 2014 saw iOS with 42% share up 13.1% points yr-on-yr #c

UK #smartphone sales for 4th quarter 2014 saw #Android OS with 50.5% share #c

Want to own the thinest #smartphone in the world? – preorder from Amazon ow.ly/IuLv2 #c – does this beat the #iPhone 6

Sales in the USA of #Apple’s #iPhone overtook sales of #Android devices during the October to December 2014 period thanks to iPhone 6 #c

Retry

Retry is a fantastic game from the makers of Angry Birds, Rovio. We love here at the Common office.

We are big fans of #HTC #smartphones at common – check out this rap video swiping at #apple & #samsung #c ow.ly/It1Po

Yahoo News Digest

Yahoo News Digest is a great app for keeping up with what’s going on in the world.

It is disappointing that less than 2% of #Android devices are running #Lollipop, three months after launch #c – come on #google

Timehop

Timehop is available on iPhone and Android mobile. Relive the years of your social media life and reminisce on old times.

Monument Valley

In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.

#retailers in the USA showing strong interest in #applepay ow.ly/HZZ6Y

Received some great comments following our @yorkshirepost coverage – thanks @naomirainey #c

Running out of #memory for #storage on your #android #mobile then take a look at this #kickstarter ow.ly/HVokp #c

Apple Aiming for 19 Hours of #AppleWatch Battery Life With ‘Mixed Usage’ ow.ly/HUrwU #c

9 ways in which Windows 10 shakes up #Microsoft’s #smartphone experience ow.ly/HKbCk #c

#Microsoft’s #HoloLens technology causes quite a stir ow.ly/HJWwZ

Bye Bye google glass ow.ly/HEAu5 #wearables

$750,000 to advertise on #snapchat for 24 hours – surely not ow.ly/HEu1f

Updated #Chrome iOS App gets Google #MaterialDesign & #Apple handoff support ow.ly/HEqmm

RT @PKN_Hudds: We’ve got some interesting speakers lined up for you @TheMediaCentre Friday 6th February pknhudds12.eventbrite.co.uk

#Mobile operator Three UK reportedly looking to purchase O2 from Telefonica ow.ly/Hyhjg #c

HTC will unveil its first smartwatch in conjunction with Under Armour, at MWC in March 2015 ow.ly/HyaHZ #c

A very clever idea for an #app to assist blind people ow.ly/Hr2r4 be sure to watch the short video #c

An amazing insight of the award winning Monument Valley app – great infographic – congratulations @ustwogames ow.ly/i/8hw6P #c

IBM’s launched a new MAINFRAME #z13- but this time it’s #MOBILE ow.ly/HhQGX

At common we love smart #design and clever #technology so this caught our eye ow.ly/HgQXq

An interesting #business idea #recycling fresh #flowers ow.ly/HgPCP how long before someone offers this in UK

Take a look at this fabulous collapsible #TextBlade keyboard for #iOS devices using just 8 smart multi-touch keys ow.ly/HgVUP

You Can Now Buy and Sell #Domain Names on #Google Domains ow.ly/HgMMI

#Google launches #Chrome Remote Desktopapp for #iOS so Chrome users can access #Mac & #PC remotely

Its worth knowing that with recent changes #Apple now lets EU customers return #music #movies & #apps for 14 days after purchase

#Google To Update Translate #App For #Android With Real-Time Translation Of Spoken Language ow.ly/H8SmR

RT @ScribaPR: Learned a little more about #GoogleNow today – mind blowing stuff! Now to max the business opportunity for clients #technolo…

RT @TheMediaCentre: PechaKucha Night – the most fun you can have watching Powerpoint slides: ow.ly/GNrrQ

Interesting #infographic showing the rise and demise of #nokia ow.ly/H8Rbv

A little slower adoption than previous updates but #iOS8 is now running on 68% of iOS devices with 29% of devices still on iOS7

#Canon and #Apple were the top #Flickr cameras in 2014 ow.ly/H8RKU

RT @TheMediaCentre: How do we redesign democracy to make it work for everyone? Explore the answers at one day event: ow.ly/GNrs1

New #Apple record set on New Year’s Day for the largest number of #App Store #sales in a 24 hour period

Apple has raised UK iTunes #App Store prices in line with EU VAT ruling

We are looking for experienced #iOS #freelancer #contractor for initial 6 month term based Huddersfield pls RT ow.ly/hT3XN

Are you a #jedi #software #developer? Could you turn your skills to #mobile #dev? We are recruiting #experienced #software #developers

Apples #App Store has cleared nearly half a billion dollars in sales in just the first seven days of 2015

What does a $6,000 #smartphone look like? ow.ly/GRlNE

Do you want a curved #smartphone? LG shows off V2 curved smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show ow.ly/GRg8q

RT @TheMediaCentre: We’re hosting the Local Democracy for Everyone conference – 7 Feb ow.ly/GNrrV

@johnlewisretail congratulations on your christmas sales – you really do need an app for next Christmas ow.ly/GRfPw

Great results from #ohnlewisretail for Christmas with a massive 36% of all sales coming from #online sales

#Google takes battle to #Apple AirPlay with audio casting #CES ow.ly/GRkkQ

#CES the 2015 4K TV’s from #sony look very tasty and are ultra thin and include Android TV ow.ly/GRhAa

#commonknowledge How to set up and use handoff in Yosemite and iOS 8 ow.ly/FBAri

#BBC reports that Yodel stops picking up #online orders from #retailers in Xmas parcel gridlock ow.ly/FLhIR

Unhappy #Google removes #Amazon’s #app listing from #GooglePlay search following addition of #Appstore ow.ly/FLbsG

Instagram Hits 300 Million Monthly Users To Surpass Twitter ow.ly/FHyPN

58% #teetotalers: If you had to choose – would you give up alcohol or #mobile internet access? ow.ly/FHuLl

Phew, magnetic fields from #mobile phones unlikely to cause any harm to human health ow.ly/FHtY4

Facelift for #androidwear with lollipop from Google and updated watch face API ow.ly/FHqYe

Yes, your #Android #smartphone camera can be used to spy on you… ow.ly/FBxv7

Interesting reading about the likely new handset from #HTC due in March 2015 ow.ly/FF05e

#iOS 8.1.2 has been released by Apple and we would recommend all iOS8 users to upgrade

Britain really is a nation of #shopkeepers – running a #retail shop named as dream career ow.ly/FBnGU

Apple Stores recruiting #fashion / #luxury experts ahead of #AppleWatch debut in 2015 ow.ly/FBhzV

In November online sales represented 21.0% of total Non-Food sales – See more at: ow.ly/FBrlO

BIG congratulations to @MediocreGames picked out by #Apple in the Best Of 2014 – we love your game #genius ow.ly/FBjAI

More than 50% of Christmas shoppers plan to #Showroom on #mobile this year ow.ly/FlC15

This is an old favourite of ours at common HQ ow.ly/Flz3h a beautiful #design and currently reduced to 69p in the app store

So has the TV been downgraded to #secondscreen status as #mobile zooms ahead ow.ly/EF8sg

#nokia #shockhorror brace yourself as its running #android lollipop not #Microsoft Windows – #shiny we want one! ow.ly/Ev7xC

Google Chromecast vs Apple TV: Which Does What Best? ow.ly/DB6xz

Apple’s Lead in #Tablet Market Share Shrinks as Consumer Satisfaction Slips Slightly ow.ly/DB3KF

Apple has seen cumulative app downloads of 85 billion

Will #googles next #os #android5.0 #lollipop be bitter or sweet ow.ly/D1cj4

#iOS8.1 releases today & along with bug fixes we will see instant hotspot, sms relaying, #applepay in the USA and #cameraroll returns

Five reasons why #applepay will succeed where others have so far failed ow.ly/CZBcK

#apple having a bad day ow.ly/BU5ZB #bugs

#warning #iOS8.0.1 #buggy so don’t install it wait for next release ow.ly/BTTcg come on #apple you really must do better

Getting to grips with #apple i#OS8 check out these hidden features ow.ly/BDzd9

FREE #iPhone6 for any #iOS #dev that comes and joins our team this yea ow.ly/AVbP3

So #iPhone6 or #iPhone6plus – it is all going to come down to skinny or fat jeans ow.ly/Braho

#apple #livestream as #samsung saw it ow.ly/Br5Ny

#apple #underwhelmed #disappointed

RT @CurtisParadis: to the company in charge of live streaming this event. You won’t work for Apple ever again #AppleLive

RT @PhillyD: Im half expecting Jennifer Lawrence nudes to pop on the giant screen. What a train wreck. #AppleLive

RT @TheMediaCentre: We have a lovely poster by @oh_aye_creative for this month’s PechaKucha Night: ow.ly/i/6MGFC

Watch IKEA Parody #Apple in Latest Catalog Commercial ow.ly/B8bW7 #bookbook

RT @madlabuk: TONIGHT: Vintage & Retro Computing Enthusiasts 7pm-9pm at Terrace. Click here for more details including directions:…

@commonagency we think the #biggest thing to come out of #Apple next Tuesday may well be the #smallest thing – #micropayments and #nfc

@loststudent We should talk! Can you email hello@commonagency.com or DM your contact details?

FREE #iPhone6 for any #iOS #dev that joins our team this year – #free #apple iPhone 6 to whoever introduces the dev ow.ly/AVbP3

So the big event from #Apple is confirmed

RT @bobbigmac: Devs, never close your own tickets… Testers, omg please write better tickets :)

We are #recruiting #experienced #software #developers in #Yorkshire – pls RT

RT @rickhill: Turn It Up: How the Right Amount of Ambient Noise Increases Creativity 99u.com/16711 via @99u

We are recruiting #experienced full time #software #developers in #Yorkshire – pls RT

Excited at Common HQ #iOS8 just around the corner – with #Apple opening up potential for cool new features like ow.ly/3pbcAJ

Big savings with 25% #discount off #iTunes gift cards to use in #app store from #Paypal but hurry as limited stocks ow.ly/3pbb4r

Are you a #jedi #software #developer ??? Could you turn your skills to mobile ??? We are recruiting #experienced #software #developers

Have you had issues with #Apple #iPhone 5 battery life then you need to read this ow.ly/3oX8HD

Amazing to think that #smartphones went on sale 20 years ago today #IBM lead the way ow.ly/3oqszu it even sort of had #apps

Good luck @wutheringbytes at @hebdentownhall this weekend – @commonagency would love to chat to any like minded #iOS or #Android devs

#Android developer required for an exciting project – full time and #freelance considered #huddersfield

#Apple #iOS8 #extensibility very exciting #wwdc – we are recruiting experienced iOS developers and contractors NOW! Send us your CV

Some exciting news from #Apple about #iOS8 – we are looking for iOS devs to join our team please RT

Some great new photo editing features coming with #iOS8 along with cheaper #icloud storage for access to all your photos across all devices

#iOS8 to have sharing facility for up to 6 family members to share the same purchases with permissions

#Apple jibe at Android fragmentation – iOS 7 installed on 89% of installed base compared to only 9% on latest Android release

#Apple says 130 Million new customers seek out a better experience with an iOS device in the last 12 months

#airdrop now works between iOS and MAC and there are a whole load of other #continuity enhancements including making calls from your MAC

Apple announce #maildrop technology that allows you to send up to 5GB as an encrypted mail attachment

#WWDC its a big day for all things Apple with some great news and announcements from Apple for app developers like us

@Xero ITS BACK! Fabulous! I didn’t get an alert about a scheduled outage though….

@xero come on guys give us a break… time is money! Tempted to get the #SAGE CD’s out and dust them down ow.ly/tFYDY

Sky Guide

Sky Guide is a beautiful and informative app for iPhone and iPad.

Did you just love #etch-a-sketch – are you ready to upgrade to an #Apple #iPad ow.ly/n105N

Calling all #creative souls we are looking for a #graduate mobile #designer to come and join the team ow.ly/n0Zw2

What new wonderment will #Apple be announcing on Monday ow.ly/lEBj9

Will #apple launch new #music service at #WWDC to sucker punch #twitter and #google ow.ly/lEDzO

WWDC just one week away ow.ly/lEBGw and talk of #apple streaming launch to beat #spotify

@phatstuffdesign PHOTOBOX

Apple #WWDC kicks off Monday & new #app released today so you can watch videos ow.ly/lEAOU

WANTED experienced iOS #freelancer #contractor iPhone & iPad work Huddersfield pls RT ow.ly/hT3XN

We are looking for experienced iOS #freelancer #contractor for initial 6 month term based Huddersfield pls RT ow.ly/hT3XN

Looking for an experienced & reliable #wordpress freelancer local to #Huddersfield for a new project: pls RT

If you are sick of #SPAM text messages you should use the new 7726 service as per this article ow.ly/enEKj

If you are sick of #SPAM text messages you should use the new 7726 service as per this article ow.ly/1OSGr3

You know when you’ve been….. ow.ly/1OH6Xj

So, Clever Clogs! You think you are #SMART? We think this will beat you ow.ly/1OH6mb

#Olympics Surely a gold medal winner ow.ly/cEGuE #winner

#Zuckerberg On #Instagram ow.ly/cwTNC There’s Been No Integration, The Acquisition Hasn’t Closed ow.ly/cwTNC

So we are loving ow.ly/cwuID #Apple should be very pleased with themselves even if the revenue numbers were down #winning

So #Apple have come up with the goods again ow.ly/cvKlr take note #Microsoft this is how it is done

#Microsoft reports first ever loss in history and looks to #WindowsPhone8 for good news tinyurl.com/895pvc7

O2 to pay out compensation to customers ow.ly/ckmg3

RT @design58: RT Please FREE Social Media Workshops for Charities in Huddersfield Bradford July 26 – Register >> bit.ly/SocialMedia4Ch…

@Xero new functionality today Cash P&L now you are talking our language – fabulous!!

@xero Cool no worries! – Excellent customer service as always.

@xero Thanks! – Do let us know once you know when it is likely to be resolved

@xero @garyturner So if the maintenance is postponed how come I can’t login at the moment ERROR 500?

Nice to see our work getting recognised ow.ly/bKjI3 thanks @StuffTV for reviewing #tingoapp ow.ly/bKjI3

@richardjeaton Thanks for the RT

We are looking for a #freelance iOS #developer to start on an iPhone project ASAP pls RT

@finestimaginary LOL. You should try @readability on the iPad/iPhone. It’s made reading web content fit in for me [Ben] again. :-)

@finestimaginary Sorry – can’t relate at the moment as I’m feeling too overwhelmed by an inspirational blog post I just read.

#siri coming to #iPad with release of #iOS6 later this year ow.ly/bvNXT

Breaking News: #Yorkshire enters Space Race is.gd/r05Cfg

2nd #linkedIn scare reveals #iPhone & #iPad apps gather users calendar data & transmits back to LinkedIn is.gd/TFlfTc

“I remember the newspapers dying like huge moths. No one wanted them back. No one missed them.” RIP Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451

RT @MartinBown: A forward thinking accountant working with ambitious business owners. From compliance thro’ to finance director services …

RT @techcrunch: AT LAST LinkedIn Confirms Hack And Leak Of “Some” User Passwords tcrn.ch/LyuXSH

Fabulous opportunities for the best talent in Yorkshire ow.ly/bpkPr please RT #YorkshireHour

We are looking for #iPhone & #iPad #developers to join the team #recruitment #jobs ow.ly/boBX1 pls RT

Survey demonstrates that HTML5 fails to deliver a decent mobile app experience even on powerful devices bit.ly/KnKQhl

Could Android and #app usage actually be about to ‘come of age’ with 9 million pre-orders for #samsung #galaxyS3 ow.ly/aZBed

The Wall Street Journal is adding weight to the rumours that #apple #iPhone5 will have larger 4″ display is.gd/yLUzUC

#Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says #mobile #apps the top focus, we say it’s about time! is.gd/xU8PUj

#Facebook testing ‘highlight’ feature, lets users pay $2 to promote their status updates is.gd/Oy7bBg

We’re not looking for a 13-yr old #iPhone developer annarbor.com/news/13-year-o… but if you’re a #graduate #developer get in touch!

Looks nice @richardjkeys, but wouldn’t you have been wiser investing in something more waterproof? :-)

#Apple reasserted its dominance in the #Tablet market and notably Kindle Fire sales plunge – #Telegraph ow.ly/1LFzOA

RT @mobyaffiliates: @commonagency congrats you made The World’s Top Mobile App Developers List! bit.ly/topmobiledevs #iOS #android #mobile

We are #recruiting – looking for a Lead #Software #Developer to head up the team – pls RT

For research we confirm #iPad 3rd gen streams #theapprentice BBC iPlayer whilst travelling North 100mph+ on East Coast WiFi effortlessly

Always good to keep it local… We’re being interviewed in a moment on Radio Leeds about developing successful mobile #apps.

#Apple to email Australian customers offering a refund after misleading #4G claims ow.ly/1JqHLP

@BradBurton @simoncox73 We’ve seen them printed on iced cupcakes (only to link to a website – not to the recipe!). Cool stunt tho.

Great progress made today on the UI of one our upcoming apps. Good job team. It’s nearly weekend o’clock!

@finestimaginary Yeah, neither is squareup.com in the UK. We’re happy to chat mobile apps with crafty people if required!

RT @onebc: How have Apple still not added “pull to refresh” on #iOS Mail?

Maybe it’s just that I can’t stop looking at the new #ipad display but the detail in the ipad retina camera icon is amazing.

#dilemma HELP??? Do I #4N in the morning or join the queue at the Apple Store for a shiny new #iPad

Tablet devices join pineapples and take-away chicken & chips! ow.ly/9DGHi

#iOS 5.1 So what is the best new feature ow.ly/1Ify95

RT @TechCrunch: Apple Sold More iPads In Q4 Than Any Single PC Manufacturer tcrn.ch/xtSezu by @leenarao

RT @Pocketlint: iPad 3 details revealed… Retina Display and more #apple #ipad3 bit.ly/wvuiPy

RT @TechCrunch: Apple’s iCloud Now Supports Movies tcrn.ch/AwB6qu by @sarahintampa

Could the #apple #iPad3 really launch for just £99 ow.ly/9vN0u

For Sale: Apple iPad2, one careful owner, less than 12 months old, with original box £400 for a fast sale ;)

#iPad3 likely to be available from 16th March which is the same day that new Apple Store in #Harrods of London is rumoured to be opening…

Could introduction of new Catalogue category on the #app store signal new e-commerce focus from #apple #iPad3 ow.ly/9vI77

So with news on #iPad3 expected this evening we are very excited at Common HQ – Could the iPad3 be touchy-feely http://ow.ly/9vG92

Doctor, I don’t have a constant ringing in my ear. Am I ill? ow.ly/1HIchi

#recruiting #iOS and #android developers NOW! pls RT

So here comes #iPad3 – to meet demand we need HOT #iOS and #Android #developers to join the team at common HQ

Are you an #iOS or #android developer who is glad its Friday & dreading Monday: Make a change in your life: DM us as we are recruiting

RT @dinamousawi: Filming for ‘sorry’ with @Freedom_Studios @EnglishRice. @culturevultures @commonagency pic.twitter.com/AMsYqgyE

It’s not every day you have a full production quality film crew in the office! pic.twitter.com/CrMTctan

So here comes #iPad3 – to meet demand we need HOT #iOS and #Android #developers to join the team at common HQ

are you are natural #coder but not mastered #iOS #apps yet?? – we could sponsor your training – time for a career change – DM us

looking for frustrated #PHP developers who would like to move to the LIGHT SIDE – Say hello if you fancy retraining in #apps #apple #android

We have loads of exciting projects and need to expand the team again – Looking for HOT #iOS and #Android #developers to join the team

Are you a frustrated #PHP developer who would like to move to the LIGHT SIDE? – Say hello if you fancy retraining in #apps #apple #android

are you are natural coder but not mastered #iOS yet – we could sponsor your training – time for a career change – DM us

looking for frustrated #PHP developers who would like to move to the LIGHT SIDE – Say hello if you fancy retraining in #apps #apple #android

Have I said? – we are recruiting #apps #apple #android #developers ow.ly/98xbj

We have loads of exciting projects and need to expand the team again – Looking for HOT #iOS and #Android devs who want to work with us

looking for frustrated #PHP developers who would like to move to the LIGHT SIDE – Say hello if you fancy retraining in #apps #apple #android

@richardjeaton We don’t believe you! – We suspect a hungover perusal of email and tweets will occur before back to work on Monday – Cheers!

Are you an #iOS or #android developer who is glad its Friday & dreading Monday: Make a change in your life: DM us as we are recruiting

Could #apple be looking to release iPad MINI ow.ly/1Gtfgx

Here we go again #recruiting looking to expand the team & need #iOS and #Android developers – come & have a coffee and show off your skills

APPi Birthday #4Nis6 today!

RT @BradBurton: “@SkyNews: App Allows Cash Transfers By Sending Text bit.ly/wbl8E7” We like this

@daniellemudd YES! Come and have a coffee and let’s chat

RT @MT_editorial: Apple is now the biggest company in the world. Eeek. bit.ly/yqpRrZ

#Juliet – Nudge Nudge Wink Wink ow.ly/8RvCv #valentines

#Romeo – Nudge Nudge Wink Wink ow.ly/8RvCv #valentines