A little "What is Old is New Again"

We think that today’s business model with services combined with cool handheld devices is new. Moreover, these services may be performed by people, systems, or manner unknown by the customer.  Email on your iPhone, Android, and Blackberry powered by the Cloud. A marketing phrase could be something like “You press the virtual keys and Google will do all the rest”.

However, this is really a case of what is Old is New again. George Eastman of Kodak fame coined the marketing slogan...

By Wesley Kaplow, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing.

Telefonica to test mobile wallet system in Europe

Blackberry maker RIM has announced that it will partner with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica to trial NFC mobile wallet technology in Europe.

While the technology is already widely used in Asia, adoption of NFC payments has been sluggish in the West while the industry struggled to unravel the competing interests of the many different players involved in the market; though recently, some of the key players have begun to make strides into the space.

RIM’s announcement this week that it was partnering...

By , 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Where now for Hewlett Packard?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a pretty dismal, though in truth better than many predicted, financial quarter, HP’s profits nudged $200m, down from $2.5bn...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure.

Skype Releases (Almost) The Same Version on Windows and Mac OS X

when pigs fly

Yesterday I sat in such utter shock that I had to look out my window to see if, in fact, we were witnessing porcine aviation. My brain was having a hard time processing something I had just read online. I literally was speechless, which, if you know anything about me, is a very hard state for me to attain. :-)

What created this cognitive dissonance?

You see...

Skype just announced the simultaneous release of new versions of Skype for BOTH Windows and Mac OS X.

Even more, the two versions almost have feature parity.

Yes, indeed, you can now get the Skype 5.7 beta for Windows and the

By Dan York, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, VoiP.

Mobile Broadband Drives Service Provider Investment

Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest global market study of the telecom service provider sector, which analyzes capital expenditures (capex), operational expenses (opex), revenue per user, and subscriber trends by network operator, operator type, region, and telecom equipment segment. Overall, the 6 percent increase in global telecom carrier capex in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to the AT&T ramping 4G LTE wireless network deployments, HSPA+ upgrades, and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload. The AT&T increase somewhat offsets the Verizon Wireless slowing of mobile infrastructure...

By David H. Deans, 18 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Mobile.

Over 8m Britons have never been online

Around 8 million UK adults have never used the Internet. This equals to just over 16% of the entire UK adult population.

The number of adults that have never been online fell by 299,000 during the three months up to September. This figure has significantly increased since the previous quarter, which fell by only 12,000 people.

This is according to an Internet Access Quarterly Update survey released by the Office of National Statistics. It estimates the...

By Dani Millward, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Consumers, India, Research.

How Retailers Can Engage the Mobile Savvy Shopper

eMarketer reports that online retailer sales are growing fast, but the vast majority of consumer spending still takes place offline in local stores. Are retailers prepared to re-design their online presence, optimized for mobile device interaction, to capitalize on their customer's evolving shopping behavior?

A large portion of those in-store sales are influenced by online research, most of which is conducted at a consumer's home. But increasingly, consumers are taking advantage of the just-in-time access to...

By David H. Deans, 12 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Marketing, Mobile.

China's app growth is up by 840% in 2011

China’s mobile application market is now the second largest in the world, according to research.

Analytics firm, Flurry, found that China has had an 840% increase in app usage during this year. The growth is four times more than the rate experienced by other countries.

The country now ranks behind the United States in the stakes to become number 1 in the apps...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Asia, China, Consumers, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Mobile NFC for Creative New Marketing Applications

As the number of mobile phone-based payment users grows worldwide to over 375 million in 2015, the demand for devices enabled with near field communications (NFC) -- the underlying communications technology behind many mobile payment solutions -- will grow as well. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, the adoption of this technology will push global annual shipments of NFC chips to over 1.2 billion by 2015. NFC is a set of technologies that supports wireless communications between two devices in close proximity to each other. An NFC link is very quick to set up, enabling small amounts of data to be...

By David H. Deans, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Marketing, Mobile.