Thirty years or so ago, as the VHS video standard stood triumphantly atop the battered corpse of the vanquished Betamax, thence to make its way into millions of homes in the UK and elsewhere, an interesting retail byproduct was born.
The convergence of financial services and mobile technology in the global drive towards ubiquitous financial inclusion and digitalised currency has produced different business models for developed and developing nations, offering distinct target markets, trends, and opportunities.
Apple has now passed the 40 billion cumulative download market; nearly half that total came in 2012 alone.
Last month’s news from mobile VoIP service provider Rebtel that it is opening its API to third party providers and app developers could have important implications for both the voice industry and for the wider communications environment. Certainly, this is an area where other mVoIP operators could follow suit.
Google has been working on its Project Glass since last year and will be sending out the device to developers early this year.