“Ladies and Gentlemen, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for” – Ed Sullivan
It’s official – Windows 10 was released as a free upgrade in 190 countries as of yesterday. The question is, do the words of Pulp Fiction’s Ed Sullivan hold true as they did when W7, or even when W8 was released?
While we didn’t expect Tim Cook to bare all with the Apple Watch sales, there were some indications in the quarterly earnings call that shed some light on the wearable’s performance. Although the Watch revenue has been part of the Other Products category, Cook did mention that ‘It would not be an inaccurate thing to look at the sequential revenue, the year-over-year change and assume that was the total watch revenue.’ Apple CFO Luca Maestri clarified this by stating that ‘The contribution from Apple Watch accounted for well over 100% of the growth of the category’, thanks to declining sales of the iPod and accessories.
NFC payments in the UK have received a long-awaited fillip in the form of the launch of Apple Pay. The July 14 launch, coming some 8 months after the service made its US debut, had a few predictable hiccups – there was considerable confusion about which cards and banks were accepting the service, and which retailers – but it is likely that the scale of UK activity should exceed that in the US, at least in the short term.
Satya Nadella has announced that Microsoft will be laying off 7,800 workers in a reshuffle, accompanied by a $7.6 billion write-off related to the acquisition of Nokia. This is despite Lumia sales that have been showing steady increases throughout 2014, although they do not come close to the likes of Samsung, Apple or even LG.
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.