Internet of things and M2M apps move to open platforms

In spite of global recession, certain areas of the global M2M industry are illustrating remarkable resilience -- even with the threat of new business models created from the ever-increasing sophistication of the global smartphone and software app ecosystem. According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the installed base of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) devices will approach 500 million modules by 2018, driven by more open M2M ecosystems and improved cloud-based APIs. According to their assessment, the M2M space is seeing an increasing focus on the development of open platforms that simplify connectivity to a wide range of isolated devices through the cloud....

By David H. Deans, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, M2M, Research.

Celltick on the challenges facing mobile operators today #AppsWorld

According to Ramgopal Vidyanand, Celltick VP corporate marketing and business development, one of the biggest challenges facing mobile operators is that mobile is increasingly becoming the first screen.

In other words, if you’re struggling at the back of the pack now, it’s not going to get better any time soon.

“I think the operator’s relevance is waning,” he explains to TelecomsTech ahead of his speaking appearance at Apps World Europe, adding...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Devices, Mobile, Operators, OTT Services.

Apple ‘iTV’: CableLabs exec to engineer “something big”

There’s been plenty of speculation about Apple’s play in the TV set space for many years; with the interest most definitively displayed in CEO Steve Jobs’ comments to his autobiography writer Walter Isaacson – where he calls the current medium as “brain dead”.

“I should be able to walk into a room, ignore the remote controls, and say, ‘OK TV. Put on Morning Joe.’ And I should be able to get it when I want it, easily.” Walter Isaacson, biographer of Steve...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Wish the Surface Pro ran Mac OSX? Apple may be listening.

Whether you sit on Microsoft or Apple’s side of the fence, the Surface (Pro) is at least as capable as the iPad – possibly more.

With its ability to run full x86 desktop applications and games (think Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Maya, Diablo 3...) along with its whole host of connectivity options, and a physical keyboard, it’s reached the stage where many Apple diehards I’ve spoken to are now, like me, lusting for one.

Unlike me however (whose sole Apple device was an iPad) these people prefer...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Industry.

UK’s tracking programme is exclusively for cows

Whilst many of us are steal reeling from the invasive privacy measures used by the NSA in their PRISM programme; it turns out the UK has started a similar tracking initiative... for cows.

The aptly-named “Cow Tracking Project” connects individual cows to the web, Internet of Things-style, by attaching a GPS device to each, and placing sensors around their shed to monitor their movements and sleeping habits.

Its aim is to monitor any behavioural changes which could...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Industry, M2M.

Where is the Apple iPhone 5C’s market?

Apple is a premium brand. It was for this very reason I got nervous in the days before yesterday’s keynote about the rumoured iPhone 5C.

What everyone felt certain of, was that it would be considerably cheaper than the higher-end ‘5S’ in order to enter the mid-level market at an affordable price that could potentially put an iPhone in any consumer’s hands.

In the short-term, this would have worked wonders.

Price a mid-range iPhone like Google’s Nexus 4 at $370 (£239) and it...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.

Sony’s “Vita TV” is (literally) a game changer

Everyone seems to want a piece of the TV these days; Apple TV, Roku, ChromeCast – the list is endless, and with good reason. It’s a lucrative space which we’re only just starting to see being taken advantage of. Forget Smart TV’s, these are Smart Manufacturers.

Built-in solutions, in my mind, were never going to work. Consumers want an experience which is both powerful and portable.

Whilst there have been many memorable devices such as the Boxee Box (which subsequently got absorbed and...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Industry.

ThingWorx’s Ken Forster on leading the IoT and M2M renaissance

Recent winner of ITExpo's "Most Innovative Product" award; ThingWorx is a forward-thinking platform leading the way in the Internet of Things and M2M. So who better to talk to about the future of this renaissance-like movement than EMEA Head, Ken Forster?

Like the other big industry talking point, LTE, both the IoT and M2M is in a state of Long Term Evolution; constantly adapting to what people expect...

By Ryan Daws, 09 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M.

There’s a new Nokia, it’s called Newkia

Not everyone is happy about Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia; it marks the end of an iconic brand which only three years ago was the market leader in smartphones. Many would attribute this downfall to the lack of success found by Windows Phone.

Many speculate whether Nokia would have found success on the Android platform – I personally think they would have.

Nokia’s reason for not following the crowd was they didn’t want to be in HTC's position; bringing out fantastic handsets - but living under...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Microsoft acquires Nokia, now it’s time for Windows Phone 1.0

This morning, Microsoft made the (shock?) announcement the company has acquired Nokia for the rather meagre sum of $7.2 Billion. You don’t have to be a top analyst to realise this has been on the cards for a long time; but the deal could mean Windows Phone can really get off the ground.

We can quite confidently say Nokia is the sole manufacturer keeping Microsoft’s mobile OS from ending up like the Titanic; sunken, but unforgotten. Redmond had to save their biggest asset.

Currently Microsoft receives less than...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.