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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 ...

The 5 Pro Video Acquisition Trends that Defined NAB 2018

April marked the annual return of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Show to Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is an opportunity to see the latest innovations in broadcasting technology and learn from thought-leaders and content creators on how they will use the developments to move the industry forward.  Looking back at the show, we’ve picked out ...

China: A Hotbed of Smart Speaker Activity

A trip to China last week, which involved numerous meetings with audio ODMs, brands and technology partners, culminated in Futuresource making a presentation at the Alexa summit in Shenzhen on the outlook for smart speakers and voice assistants. China is an appropriate location for such events because the smart speaker market there has ballooned in ...

NetDragon, Edmodo and the Impact of This Week's Acquisition

This week, Chinese online games company, NetDragon Websoft, announced its agreement to acquire US-based Edmodo, the global education network. The deal will likely present growth opportunities for NetDragon’s broader portfolio of education solutions and could have competitive ramifications for companies operating across the breadth of the education ...

2018 UHD Content Rollout to Improve Once Technicalities are Resolved

The UHD sector has continued its steady evolution over the last year; from a consumer perspective UHD is becoming commonplace with a variety of devices and distribution platforms now available. However, from an industry perspective there is still a significant amount of ongoing grappling with the technology, more specifically, justifying and provid ...

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