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Garmin's Acquisition of Firstbeat Sends Ripples Through the Wearables Market

On the 30th of June, Garmin announced that it had acquired Firstbeat Analytics, an arm of Finnish company Firstbeat Technologies which provides the heartrate and biometric tracking used by approximately 77% of the sports watch market, including Garmin, Suunto, Amazfit and Huawei. This acquisition from Garmin will likely send ripples through the wea ...

What Next for Smart Home as a Service?

One-in-four Consumers Will Consider Buying a Smart Security Device this Year When a consumer looks to buy their next smart device, they will be looking to purchase a product with a strong element of personalisation – one that aligns with their daily routine, eliminates manual tasks and improves safety, energy efficiency and even family connections ...

Five Reasons Why AirPods with Spatial Audio Matters

At WWDC on 22nd June, the first of its kind to be a fully virtual event, the headlines will undoubtably be about the move to silicon chips in Macs and the new features of iOS14. However, there were a couple of interesting innovations surrounding AirPods, which may have gone under the radar. These features, whilst only receiving a small mention, not ...

Five Ways the Gaming Ecosystem Continues to Innovate

It certainly is an exciting time for the gaming industry – a slice of the entertainment sector that continues to prove its resistance to the wrath of COVID-19. With less reliance on the physical model, the likes of free-to-play gaming, online streaming and cross-platform functionalities have continued to provide engagement for consumers since spend ...

Three Pro Audio Trends Set to Impact the Music Industry Beyond the Realm of COVID-19

As we continue to feel the ripple of COVID-19 across the globe, a new reality for musicians is fast emerging, one that again places content at the forefront of engagement and creative expression. In the years preceding COVID-19, content had become an element of a much larger communication strategy - mainly to expand an audience beyond the reach of ...

COVID-19 Driving Sustainability and Innovation Across the New Sphere of the Virtual Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has without a doubt had an indelible impact on the workplace, both on the environment and the routines that underpin daily lives globally. Organisations have had to adapt both rapidly and radically to survive, deploying digital technology and platforms to keep business moving, as the definition of normal continues to be redefi ...

Sony Heats Up Gaming Battlefield in Latest PS5 Reveal

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly challenged the technology industry in many ways, one key bright spot has been the steady announcements on next generation consoles. While the gaming community is still left in the dark about many aspects of what Xbox and Sony will bring to market during the 2020 holiday season, more and more is being revea ...

Wireless Presentation Solutions in the Age of Video Conferencing

It is not an exaggeration to say that the world as we know it will be forever changed once we emerge from the all-engulfing COVID-19, with one of the major shifts being how we choose to work effectively in the workplace moving forward. Ultimately, collaboration technology is at the centre of this - a growing trend that has been magnified since busi ...

Quarantine Measures Suspends Digital Signage Industry with Longer-Term Investments Uncertain

The outbreak of COVID-19 has plunged the world into an unprecedented period of restriction. The mantra: ‘Stay at home’ is being broadcast across all major markets, as governments struggle to dampen the virus’ mortality curve. Whilst this shift to life in isolation has caused opportunities for some industries (namely computing hardware, accessories ...

The UK CE Market Landscape, COVID-19 and Beyond

Futuresource Consulting has been researching and forecasting the global demand for entertainment hardware and content for over 30 years. In this time, we have witnessed global crises such as the recessions of 2001/2 and 2008/9. Now, with the global pandemic of COVID-19, we once again enter uncertain territory for almost everyone. ...

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