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Virus Driven Lifestyle Changes will Drive Temporary Home Entertainment Paradigm

The continued escalation of Coronavirus worldwide will continue to have a major impact on the global entertainment sector; major movie theatrical releases are being postponed, theme parks are closing, music concerts/theatre shows postponed and TV show production, particularly those with live audiences scaled back or cancelled/delayed. In addition, ...

Appealing to the Masses: What a Fragmented Smart Home Sector Must do to go Mainstream in 2020

We all have a friend that is first to invest in the latest tech gadget, but the exponential growth in new, innovative products across the smart home sector – from smart toilets and kettles, to smart litter bins and curtains – has left many a technophile checking their bank balance. From hundreds of exhibitors who released or upgraded smart home pr ...

From Hearable to Healthable - The Case for Biometric Sensors in True Wireless Products of the Future

Almost all smartwatches, smartphones and even some sports headphones have had heart-rate sensors for almost a decade, providing the ability to monitor beats-per-minute primarily for sports-use cases. Biometric sensors have come a long way in many consumer electronics products but its adoption in hearables has been muted, with a current lack of supp ...

Attitudes on Videoconferencing Start to Shift in Response to Global Health Emergency

The video conferencing industry has enjoyed a number of years of significant growth across the globe. However, the amount of companies adopting video conferencing technology does not equate to the same level of actual usage. There are many reasons for this, but perhaps one of the major factors is the cultural shift needed to fully embrace video com ...

Coronavirus Continues to Impact the Global CE Market

Efforts to halt the spread of the health crisis caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected almost 100,000 people across 80 countries at the time of writing, has caused significant disruption to global supply chains. This, in turn, has dampened Chinese domestic demand. Given that the Chinese consumer electronics m ...

2020 - A Milestone Year for Many Across the Streaming Landscape - But What's the Secret to Service?

The streaming media industry is now entering a new era, as major launches and acquisitions carve out a global landscape for 2020 and beyond. US Direct-to-Consumer launches in the spring, from NBCUniversal’s Peacock and Warner Media’s HBO Max who will join recent newcomers AppleTV+ and Disney+, along with industry veterans Netflix, Amazon and Hulu t ...

Squaring the Student Data Privacy Law Triangle

Education providers and government agencies collect data - that is a given. However, students and parents expect that providers will only collect what is necessary and that the data they do collect is treated with appropriate levels of privacy. So, when the government is found to have shared that data with private sector companies, it rightly raise ...

Mobile World Congress Cancelled: What Does this Mean for the Smartphone Industry?

Following the news that GSMA has decided to cancel Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as a result of the risk associated with the Coronavirus, the mobile industry and its stakeholders are now taking stock as to what this precisely means for the market this year. MWC is one of the most important consumer electronics trade shows of the year, represe ...

Samsung: Unpacking its 2020 Strategy

At its Samsung: Unpacked event, the company unveiled 3 new premium devices, and in doing so pointed towards its strategy for 2020 and beyond. With the Galaxy Z Flip, an upgrade to its foldable phone line up, the S20 range - a refresh of its premium handset offering and new true wireless Galaxy Buds+, Samsung has again positioned itself for a strong ...

Schools Need a Different Approach to EdTech

A common theme at this year's BETT expo was the need for education organisations to develop a clear roadmap for the adoption of digital services. However, many schools and colleges are struggling to keep pace with the rate of technological change and are finding it increasingly difficult to know when and how best to implement new technology. The su ...

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