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.
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.
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...
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.