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Photo Prints - Part of the Physical Media Revival

Recent statistics from Apple indicate that over a trillion images per year are being captured globally on iPhones. If one adds Android and other smartphones, then it is feasible that three trillion plus images are captured worldwide per year on all smartphones, notwithstanding, of course, camera image capture. For many years, despite rising image ...

Plantronics Acquires Polycom

Plantronic’s acquisition of Polycom late last week caused a significant stir in the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC & C) industry, giving Polycom a much-needed boost amidst an increasingly crowded competitive landscape. In a deal purportedly valued at $2 billion in a cash and stock transaction, the announcement creates a communicat ...

CanalPlay Closure Further Highlights Importance of Continued Original Content Investment for SVoD Success

The announcement that CanalPlay is to close in France is another reminder of the growing requirement for major content investment to compete in the increasingly dynamic subscription video sector, particularly amongst local services. CanalPlay will join the list of high profile closures worldwide over the last couple of years, all with significant p ...

InfoComm 2016 - Window into the World of Displays

The Futuresource professional AV team attended Infocomm 2016, meeting clients and scanning the floor for the latest innovations in this space. For those that did not attend this show, we wanted to share what we found to be the big display themes, which did reflect the trends from European market, captured in our ISE 2016 report. The final numbers ...

Medical-Grade Technology Brings Renewed Excitement to the Wearables Market

Medical-grade wearables represent an exciting and dynamic new area for wearable technology. The increasing global prevalence of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, are expected to cost the global economy $47 trillion annually by 2030. With the total consumer wearables market estimated to be worth $20 billion by the end of 2018, ...

Echo Sales Overtake Fire Tablets - But International Uptake Remains Dwarfed by the USA

The rise of Amazon’s Echo speaker has been well documented in recent years, culminating Echo selling more units worldwide in 2017 than Amazon Fire tablets – just.  With almost 20 million units sold worldwide during 2017, Echo’s installed base stood at 28 million by the end of the year, marginally ahead of Fire tablets at 27 million, with Fire TV al ...

Apple WWDC 2018: Apple Showcases its Commitment to the Wearables Market

Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) highlighted their software plans for the next 12 months across several product categories. While we will have to wait until September to get our hands on new Apple hardware, WatchOS 5 certainly highlights Apple’s commitment to smartwatches, especially in contrast to some others in the industry t ...

Highlights from the Apple WWDC 2018

This week, Futuresource attended Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote in San Jose, with a 5,000 strong group of developers and representatives of the world’s media. The event opened with a Sir David Attenborough style nature programme spoof, providing a humorous insight into the world of developers, featuring many of the attendees at the ...

Apple WWDC 2018: Apple TV - Small Steps to a Bigger Living Room Play?

Heading into Apple’s WWDC 2018 event, there continued to be widespread speculation surrounding Apple’s TV and video strategy, largely because unlike Netflix, Amazon and Google – it does not yet have a video subscription streaming service.  However, announcements at the gathering were not heavily video or entertainment focussed, further dampening th ...

GDPR and the Impact on Local Data Storage

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which the EU adopted on 14 April 2016, comes into force today (25th May 2018). GDPR is the new regulatory law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union, replacing the 20+ year-old Data Protection Directive from 1995. It will also impact businesses outside of Europe that c ...

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