June 16th saw the return of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, widely regarded as the key conference for game enthusiasts and developers alike, with leading industry players including hardware vendors such as Sony and Microsoft, and games companies like Ubisoft and EA in attendance.
6 days before launch, the anticipation for Apple Music’s launch has reached fever point amongst the tech media, with some publications pitching the smartphone behemoth as a modern-day Goliath versus Spotify’s David.
Such dramatic headlines undoubtedly draw the readers in, but in reality, when one looks at the state of the streaming music market today, things are perhaps a little different.
3D Printing is a disruptive technology. Recently in the US, 3 baby boys born with a condition called tracheobronchomalacia, which causes a child’s windpipe periodically to collapse, received 3D-printed bronchial-splint implants at the University of Michigan CS Mott Children’s Hospital in the US, as reported by the FT.
I am, you may have noticed from blogs past, rather an evangelist for carrier billing. It offers benefits to stakeholders across the value chain: operators, merchants, storefronts, consumers. It enables the monetisation of unbanked and underbanked consumers. It allows for the monetisation of content beyond the mobile handset – on tablets, connected TVs, laptops, desktops and games consoles. It results in markedly higher conversion rates than credit card billing.
The past year has seen the TV industry witness a wealth new of new OTT (over-the-top) and VOD (video on demand) services launch, as well as some of TV’s more traditional players take the initiative in providing their content in this form too. With the ever growing trend towards tuning previously ‘dumb’ TVs connected via STBs (set-top boxes), Consoles, and streaming sticks, we have now seen NVIDIA make a concerted effort to also gain traction in this space...
The P8 is a very good quality piece of Android hardware, which sells itself well as a premium media consumption device. It doesn’t have too much to offer to tempt you away from other premium Android devices, as the unique features aren’t particularly useful and the sound quality may not be something that is used too much (headphones render it moot). The default app layout is helpful to heavy Google users, but presents alternatives too.
FreedomPop, a US company, has announced that it will offer SIM cards that offer 200MB of data, 200 texts and 200 minutes of voice calls per month using the cellular network at no cost. The company already offers a similar service in the US and is approaching 1 million customers in that market. The UK represents the first international expansion for the company.
Latest data from the Smart Payment Association has confirmed that more than 40% of the 2 billion chip payment cards shipped last year had contactless payment capabilities. Meanwhile, the coming obligations EMV obligations for the US saw 185 million card and module shipments to that country in readiness for the transition to CHIP & Pin, representing a sixfold increase on the previous year.
Verizon has faced off with network giants Fox, Disney, and NBC as a result of the uproar at Verizon’s plans for their new ‘sports-free’ TV bundles; citing the violation of programming contracts. The offer is considerably unpopular with ESPN and Fox Sports, as is to be expected, with Fox stating ‘We reject Verizon’s view that it can pursue the new packaging scheme it announced yet still comply with our agreements’...
If you are one of the websites that are still not mobile friendly in this digitally driven world, then this is a major wake up call for you. Google has announced that their latest mobile algorithm update will favour pages that are mobile-friendly when users search on their mobile devices.