MWC 2017: Mobile, the next element

Written on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 06:53
If we want to describe the role of mobile in today’s world, the list is never-ending. Mobile is the force behind every emerging innovation; it is revolutionary, ever-adapting and dynamic. Mobile has definitely become fundamental to our everyday lives. At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s biggest and best mobile industry event, a massive exhibition, an award-winning conference, outstanding networking opportunities, partner programs and the Glomo Awards will all take place. Organized by the GSMA, MWC will take…
The use of mobile data has skyrocketed over the past five years. Research suggests that data usage in 2015 increased 74 percent, putting the overall figure at around 3.7 exabytes per month. Behind this growth is the explosion of streaming services, including audio and video, as well as the growing use of apps - all served by the expectation of having high-speed data at all times . 4G is the current global standard in developed markets for mobile broadband, but…

Cellular V2X technology for a safer automobile future

Written on Sunday, 12 February 2017 06:37
According to World Health Organization figures, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15–29 years. More than 1.2 million people die each year worldwide as a result of traffic crashes. Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies, starting with 802.11p and evolving to Cellular V2X (C-V2X), can help bring safer roads, more efficient travel, reduced air pollution and better driving experiences. V2X will serve as the foundation for the safe, connected vehicle of the future, giving vehicles the…
On January 16, 2016, the United Nations lifted sanctions against Iran, opening the country up to long lost opportunity, after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Iran had adequately dismantled its nuclear weapons program. Providing an understanding of the effect that the lifted sanctions has had on Iran, Kantar TNS’ recent ‘Connected Life Iran’ study provides insights on digital attitudes and behaviour of the country’s 80 million inhabitants. According to the study, Iran’s long history of internet censorship and…

Samsung post-fiasco: beleaguered has-been or comeback king?

Written on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:54
Samsung shocked the world in September last year when it suspended sales of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 as reports of exploding batteries threatened to damage the reputation of the South Korean technology giant. The fiasco hit Samsung hard, after a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 cost the company an estimated $5.3 billion, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. But even though the odds were stacked against the smartphone manufacturer, Samsung is showing signs of making…

As IoT grows, PC popularity wanes

Written on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 08:15
Recent preliminary results from Gartner, Inc. shows that worldwide PC (personal computer) shipments totaled 72.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 3.7 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2015. In total, for the year 2016, PC shipments totaled 269.7 million units, a 6.2 percent decline from 2015. The significance of PCs is diminishing as the smartphone trend and popularity of connected devices takes center stage. PC shipments have declined annually since 2012, while mobile broadband subscriptions…
There were some incredible gadgets and devices on display at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, but one domestic appliance really stood out! Samsung’s latest vision for the connected family was unveiled at CES with the talking fridge getting people talking literally, excuse the pun! Last year, the company released the Family Hub Fridge, which proved to be a big hit with consumers. The fridge was equipped with a king-size touch-screen, cameras positioned on the inside of the appliance in order…
Ericsson’s newly appointed CEO, Borje Ekholm, has pledged to guide the beleaguered company through what he has labeled a “period of intense change”. The Swedish telecoms giant has endured some major setbacks, and was forced to lay off more than 3,000 of its Swedish staff last year. What’s more, the company has been forced to fight off bribery allegations after former executives of Ericsson told the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that they had engaged in multiple counts of…
Today, everything is online. The internet is where people go to book flights, go shopping, complete banking transactions, socialize, and so much more. It has provided a world of profound convenience and happiness for people. The only downside is that we’ve become too comfortable with uploading sensitive information which has created a field day for data theft and identity hackers. For instance, Yahoo announced in September 2016 that a massive hack on its network in 2014 saw 500 million of…
When the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset burst onto the scene in 2012 as a crowdfunding campaign later picked up by Facebook, a new tech boom had clearly emerged. A virtual reality headset provides immersive VR for the wearer – a concept that was only ever represented in sci-fi films. VR is fully available for consumers today, but at a price. Competitors to the Oculus Rift have emerged in recent years, with VR headsets released by Samsung, HTC, Sony…
In its recent ‘State of Broadband 2016’ report, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) says the increasing divide between the connected world and the un-connected world is worrying. According to the report, more than half the world’s population does not use the internet because of high broadband costs and inaccessibility. The report further touches on the fact that 3.9 billion people do not have home or mobile internet access, and that the problem is most prominent among the groups…

Dawn of the digital era: Currency in the cloud

Written on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:43
Digitization sits atop the strategic agenda for enterprises, according to a recent report ‘How to Win at Digital Transformation: Insights from a Global Survey of Top Executives’. The move towards digital is set to propel us into a new online era of convenience, where currency exists in the cloud. Ericsson predicts that around 29 billion connected devices are expected by 2020, of which 18 billion will be related to the Internet of Things (IoT). Mobile phones and wearables will be…
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