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Big Billion Day Highlights India's CE Retail Transformation

India is in the middle of a digital transformation, fuelled by investment seeking to tap into the digitally hungry growing middle class. The last three years have seen major changes in India’s digital landscape; primarily following Reliance Jio’s aggressive mobile data pricing, lowering connectivity costs to affordable levels and aiding the growth ...

Cisco's Spate of Acquisitions Creates Disruptive Waves Across the Collaborative Tech Market

Cisco, following a spate of collaborative technology acquisitions, has now completed its acquisition of Voicea, a provider of real-time transcription, voice search and meeting highlight software, in a move to expand its WebEx collaboration platform. This acquisition has been finalised at a time when the conferencing market is experiencing a disrupt ...

Is Hi-Res Audio Coming of Age?

Hi-Res audio streaming is not a new phenomenon and, despite a steady increase of the number of products allowing its playback, it has remained a niche format, mainly reserved to audiophiles. The key reasons for this slow uptake have been mostly attributed to the lack of awareness of Hi-Res, the price of Hi-Res streaming subscriptions and the limite ...

New Apple Offerings Focus on Professional-Grade Photography, Content and a Wearable Future

Apple’s latest product releases saw the vendor refresh its three personal electronics products, with the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad all receiving upgrades. Meanwhile, Apple continued its march towards expanding its services offering with the official release of Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. As expected, the centrepiece of Apple’s new announcements ...

Barco and Unilumin Form Strategic Partnership to Tap Specialist Verticals

On 10th September, Barco and Unilumin announced a strategic partnership to develop their LED business together, with the deal attracting plenty of global interest. Barco plans to buy shares of Unilumin from Unilumin’s majority shareholder and CEO Minfeng Lin, for an amount of approximately €54 million in order to obtain a minority stake of 5%. If t ...

Moving Beyond Novelty - TikTok's Expansion as a Global Social Media Platform

With an ever-growing user base of over 500 million users worldwide and resounding popularity amongst teenagers, the video sharing and lip-syncing app TikTok, has been one of the most talked about social media apps of 2019. This success has notably been driven by the absorption of the widely popular Musical.ly, acquired by TikTok’s parent company By ...

With Competition Between Streaming Services Intensifying, Hardware Has Become an Important Growth Factor

After a dynamic few years in the music and audio industries, 2018 and the first half of 2019 have once again been marked by the continuous growth of global music streaming subscriptions, with this momentum expected to continue in the short to medium term. By 2023, Futuresource expects the number of streaming subscriptions to exceed 425 million glob ...

Fossil's 5th Generation Smartwatch: Wear OS' Lifeline?

It’s difficult to believe that Fossil is already on its 5th generation platform for its Android Wear smartwatches and easy to ask what improvements have been made on a generation by generation basis. Innovation tends to be evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary in the smartwatch market, and certainly from a consumer’s point of view it appears inf ...

Microsoft Acquire Fortnite’s Biggest Star in Unexpected Move

Fortnite star Ninja has made a shock move to Twitch competitor Mixer, in a momentous exclusive media rights deal. This marks a massive upheaval for the Fortnite star who has developed a significant fanbase on Amazon owned Twitch of over 14.7 million followers. At his peak in 2018, Ninja saw a paying monthly subscriber count of over 250,000. Ninja’s ...

What Does Fortnite's $3 Million Prize Mean for the Future of Esports?

In the wake of last weekend’s Fortnite World Cup event, which culminated in 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf taking the $3 million prize, esports is edging ever-closer to the mass market. And as FIFA’s eWorld Cup prepares for launch in a few days’ times, Futuresource Consulting’s Morris Garrard, Research Analyst explores the projections and provides expe ...

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