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Has Netflix Picked the Perfect Time to Launch Download Functionality?

Netflix might be a global phenomenon but it's only just playing catch up with a function Amazon Prime Video has had since August 2014; the ability to download movies and TV shows to watch offline - even though Amazon is only active in a handful of countries (although this is about to change significantly). Amazon's download functionality has been w ...

Samsung and Harman Acquisition - Can it all be about Automotive? What About Pro AV?

The recent announcement that Samsung will acquire Harman for $8 billion has sent the newswires buzzing across the technology industry. Google this news and one comes across reams of press commentary, along with countless blogs from industry experts, Futuresource included.  The story invariably focuses around the access Samsung will gain in the aut ...

Harman Brings Samsung Leadership in Connected Car Market

Samsung has made an offer worth around $8 billion to acquire US audio/automotive specialist group Harman International. The deal will jump-start Samsung in the global automotive infotainment market, which Futuresource values at around $30 billion (including telematics and navigation), as well bringing Harman's stable of consumer and professional au ...

Evolution Key for Video Server Vendors, with Stern Tests Ahead

The video server market is one of the stalwart product areas of the broadcast equipment industry, but in recent years it has started to face the same challenges that are affecting much of the rest of this business. The transition to IT-centric solutions has been core to these changes, as has a shift in end-user purchase behaviour and the desire to ...

Google Jamboard: A New Contender in the Collaborative Display Market

The competitive landscape of meeting room collaboration solutions over the past two years has changed rapidly where tools to facilitate this collaboration were extremely fragmented with vendors of displays, software/content, videoconferencing (VC) hardware and wireless presentation devices working in isolation of each other. However, the common sta ...

The Consumer World of 360 Video Capture

2016 has seen the launch of lower cost virtual reality (VR) headsets and the availability of 360 video experiences without headsets on sites like YouTube and Facebook. This is creating a heightened interest in 360 video capture. Initially VR capture was made possible only with high end professional cameras like the Nokia Ozo, at a cost of 60,000 US ...

AT&T and Time Warner: 'Big is Beautiful'

Following its $49 billion grab for DirecTV in 2015, AT&T has now offered $84 billion to acquire Time Warner Inc. The deal is subject to regulatory scrutiny and the FCC will be under pressure by a number of parties to block the deal, including Donald Trump, who has already said he will veto it if elected on the basis of too much concentration of ...

Google's Move Into Hardware Is About More Than Devices

Google has ditched its Nexus line of products after a few years. Initially introduced in 2012 to showcase Android’s capabilities and stimulate interest amongst OEM partners and consumers alike Nexus has now given way to Pixel as Google switches from working with selected partners on devices such as smartphones and tablets to new ‘designed by Google ...

IBM and Apple Target Adaptive Learning with the Watson Element App

Last week, IBM, in partnership with Apple positioned its Watson analytics platform for the K-12 education market with the launch of the Watson Element for Educators app. The app, designed exclusively for iPad's, collates information covering students likes & dislikes, learning activities, interests and academic achievements to provide a holisti ...

$5 App to Bring Projection Mapping to the Masses

As flat panel technologies become increasingly prevalent in corporate and education environments, projection's unique ability to produce more than a mere 2D image is beginning to be exploited. Projection mapping demonstrates how the technology can evolve to extort new opportunities and negate the threat that FPD presents.  Large-scale projection m ...

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