HD Video is Pervasive in Mobile Consumer Electronics

Today, high-definition (HD) video capabilities are a standard option in many types of consumer electronics (CE) devices. Once considered a feature that was available only in the expensive high-end products, HD video technology is now truly pervasive -- rapidly spreading throughout the industry. As an example, last year there was a dramatic increase for High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections in portable consumer devices -- including consumer-oriented HD video camcorders and digital still cameras (DSC). In addition, within the personal computer segment, the HDMI interface applications in mobile PCs, graphics cards, and PC...

By David H. Deans, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Mobile.

Blackberry service improves but brand damage is done

Blackberry assured its users that services across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India were ‘operating with significant improvement’ this morning, following a disastrous three day outage.

Users of Blackberry’s messaging and email services worldwide have been experiencing severe disruption since the 10 October, when a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure at its data centre in Slough, Berkshire in the UK caused the system to fall over.

Unfortunately for Blackberry,...

By Matt Henkes, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Consumers, Devices, Europe, India, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones, SMEs.

Disc Media: the Bygone Era of Digital Entertainment

In a few years from now, the perceived need for physical media formats could become a mere novelty, as more multimedia consumption moves online. Until then, there's the continued debate about the future of the Blu-ray Disc format. The name Blu-ray Disc (BD) refers to the blue laser used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than possible with red laser technology used for DVDs. It's not new technology. The first prototype Blu-ray Discs debuted in October 2000, and the first prototype player was released in Japan in April 2003. Its evolution and development continued until it was officially released...

By David H. Deans, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment.

Upside Opportunities for Multi-screen Video Offerings

According to the latest market study by MRG, Inc., small and independent Pay-TV operators will introduce Multi-screen Video (MSV) and Mobile TV services by 2014 -- after they introduce infrastructure upgrades and whole-home DVR. Those findings are based upon the results of a survey sent to over 600 telecom network service providers and video systems vendors. “All of the elements, from adaptive bit streaming to the widespread adoption of the tablet and smartphones to licensing rights, are in place for multi-screen to be a standard part of many...

By David H. Deans, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Devices, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

How Seamless Mobility will shape the the Digial Swarm: Blurring Boundaries

As devices get smarter and users can access resources and applications from anywhere, the domains of work, home, and personal life will eventually become blurred. Will it really matter when, where, and how you watch your ethics training video, as long as you do it? Will anyone be willing to carry more than one device hat supports the full spectrum of enterprise and entertainment applications?

We are already seeing strong signals today as users are insisting on bringing their consumer-based applications and...

By Alex Wanda, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Devices, Europe, Geo-location, Industry, Mobile, Wireless.

France Telecom get strategic about mobile offloading

The French telco has this week said that WiFi offload is the right approach to dealing with mobile data traffic.Speaking at Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Alain Maloberti, senior vice president of network for France Telecom emphasised the importance of using WiFi to offload traffic from its mobile network, based on its existing network of WiFi access points, but warned that there are still challenges to be overcome.“We have a real opportunity to offload onto WiFi a part of the traffic and leveraging what exists, not rolling out a whole new...

By Verity Gough, 01 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Selling your Privacy Evolves with Amazon Silk Browser

amazon-kindle-fire.pngAmazon's new Silk browser bundled with its new Kindle Fire will leverage it's own servers for browser proxying meaning that all the websites you surf will go through the company's cloud-based servers. Although browser proxying is not new, it has been used in the Skyfire and other browsers. Its general benefit is allowing web sessions to speed up...

By Rich Tehrani, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Browsers, Consumers, Content, Devices.

Kindle Fire turns up heat on competition

Amazon has finally unveiled its new colour tablet, the Kindle Fire, as it prepares to lock horns with a number of industry leaders on various fronts in what is a ferociously competitive market.

The new device, already being touted as stiff competition to the market dominance of Apple’s iPad, will be available to purchase for roughly $300 less than the cheapest Apple equivalent.

Kindle is already a well established brand, with the new Fire model standing on the shoulders of several generations of popular...

By Matt Henkes, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Industry, Marketing, N America, Wireless.