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What's Next for the Moving Head Professional Lighting Market?

The Moving Head Professional Lighting and Lighting Consoles (MHPL/C) market has certainly come a long way in recent years, with the arrival of LED and now even laser light sources. The current dynamic landscape of vendors, backed by ODMs has provided more choice and opened further opportunities to innovate, as technologies mature. This has paved th ...

Is this the Beginning of the End for LCD Video Walls?

Last week, Samsung Displays (DID) announced that it is to end production of LCD video wall displays from 31st July 2020. As one of the largest panel providers in the industry, Samsung DID’s decision to exit LCD video wall panel production has generated shockwaves, but it also presents significant opportunities for its former competitors. LCD panel ...

Huawei Shine a Light on its Post Google Future

On March the 26th, Huawei, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by volumes, refreshed its flagship smartphone range with the release of the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus. This was the centrepiece of Huawei’s entire product release, but alongside this the vendor also announced the Watch GT2e, the Smart X speaker and a refre ...

The Next Frontier: PS5 Spec Launch Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

While Coronavirus has led to the cancellation of gaming’s major event of the year, GDC in San Francisco, Sony has not let momentum slow for its upcoming release of the PS5. Last week Mark Cerny, gaming industry heavyweight and chief PS5 architect, took the opportunity to give PlayStation fans a deep look into the internal tech and the design proces ...

The Merger of Two Giants in Japanese Display Manufacturing Illustrates the Mounting Threat Posed by China

The news that NEC and Sharp, two major players in ‘Japan Inc’, are to create a joint venture is not terribly surprising. Both brands have been battling an increasingly competitive landscape for several years. According to Futuresource’s Worldwide Quarterly Tracking Services, in 2019 the brands had a combined volume share of 7.5% in the LCD market, ...

Will Hearables Become an Indispensable Device in the Workplace?

2020 is poised to be an exciting year for hearables. Moving beyond the concept of an occasional gadget within the consumer world, hearables will now look to provide more advanced technology to improve the everyday life of the employee. This shift in focus will encourage many vendors to move towards the office hearable in a bid to master the growing ...

Ed Tech Alert - Coronavirus and the Impact on K-12 Education

Following the Department for Education in England’s announcement to close all schools until further notice in the bid to control the COVID-19 outbreak, teaching staff have been resiliently rolling out home learning contingency plans. The spread of COVID-19 across the world has been rapid and the Ed Tech sector as a whole has been impacted. Key cha ...

Disney+ Set to Hit Europe with a Bang; Momentum is Key Throughout 2020

Disney+ is set to quickly become the third largest SVoD service in Europe, following its Tuesday March 24th launch in key European markets. The current stay-at-home directive due to the coronavirus, along with additional distribution partnerships, are likely to see subscriber uptake reach even higher levels than previously anticipated. Futuresource ...

Esports to Fill the Gap Left by Sport Fixture Disruption

With coronavirus causing disruption to all facets of life, the sporting calendar faces substantial postponements or even cancellations, with large social gatherings both indoors and outdoors discouraged, as well as many players and teams contracting the disease or self-isolating from it. In parallel with this, the outbreak is forcing sports fans t ...

Harmony OS - Better Explained

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Harmony OS, the operating system that was launched by Huawei last year. Is Harmony OS Huawei’s solution to its growing dependency on the Android platform? Or is it the much touted ‘Plan B’ for its smartphone business that’s facing strong geo-political headwinds? It is neither but a lot more. Let’s see what the Har ...

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