29
Apr
2015

Verizon offers slimmed TV packages, feels the impact of its heavy-weight rivals

POSTED BY Lauren Foye
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’...
23
Apr
2015

Google’s ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Update is Here – Are You Missing Out?

POSTED BY Ibrahim Abdulla
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.
 
16
Apr
2015

Huawei to Adopt a Touchy-Feely Brand Strategy as it Goes Premium

POSTED BY James Moar
For many years a white-box OEM and network infrastructure player, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is taking bigger steps towards own-brand smartphone sales in European and North American markets in the coming year. The company is rolling out the new premium-positioned Huawei P8 in concert with a dual-channel strategy (online and MNO-distributed) for Huawei itself and the Honor sub-brand.
10
Apr
2015

I Need your Clothes, Your Boots and Your Augmented Vision

POSTED BY Steffen Sorrell
BMW’s subsidiary, Mini, has developed what it calls Augmented Vision eyewear. The concept device; rather waspy in appearance; brings with it something that was once only possible through diligent token cereal box token collection: X-Ray vision. But it’s not just any X-Ray vision (kudos: Jony). It actually works via cameras and the AR (augmented reality) eyewear...
02
Apr
2015

Google’s Chromebit Shows the Internet of Things at its Most Elementary and Flexible

POSTED BY James Moar
The announcement of Google’s Chromebit has been taken by many on the Internet as an April Fool’s joke. Given the time-lag between Internet news announcements and the very self-parodying nature of April Fools this year (such as the Samsung Blade Edge chef’s knife, or Sony’s PlayStation Flow wearable for underwater gaming), you could be forgiven for thinking this might be a gag.
26
Mar
2015

Satellite service providers: the champions of remote M2M coverage

POSTED BY Anthony Cox
As M2M becomes more sophisticated and access to data becomes important even outside mobile-enabled geographical locations, satellite is coming to the fore as an important capability for M2M in general, extending the reach of M2M beyond areas covered by GSM and other mobile technologies.
13
Mar
2015

Samsung Pay Announcement Emphasises Growing Impetus for NFC

POSTED BY Windsor Holden
One of the more interesting announcements at the recent Mobile World Congress in the payments space was Samsung’s confirmation that it would be introducing a proximity payments solution in its Galaxy S6 smartphone.
06
Mar
2015

MWC Squeezes More into the Midrange of the Smartphone Market

POSTED BY James Moar
Between Samsung having ongoing budgetary woes from cheaper Asian competition, the rise of Xiaomi and Microsoft calling the Lumia 830 an ‘affordable flagship’, 2014 was the year that flagship phones ceased having all the limelight in the smartphone world...
11
Feb
2015

Qualcomm Feels the Heat (I want my M2M)

POSTED BY Steffen Sorrell
For Qualcomm, the expression ‘it’s tough at the top’ has never been truer in the past few weeks for the company.
06
Feb
2015

A Long, Hard Slog for Bitcoin

POSTED BY Windsor Holden
I have often expatiated at length on the difficulties that NFC stakeholders face in persuading the public to adopt NFC. They have to have handsets that can NFC payments; they have to know they have handsets that can make NFC payments; they need to know how to use those handsets for NFC payments; they need to be convinced that they should make NFC payments as an alternative to cash or card payments; and so on.
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