Connected Living market to reach $731 Billion by 2020

Massive technology-led disruption across all industries is moving everyone globally towards an Internet of Everything -- where into the 2020's, tens of millions of people will be connected by trillions of digital things and software applications.This evolution started in the 1970's that had specialized activities driven by proprietary equipment and mainframes, then increased productivity in the 1990's propelled by the advent of PC's and the internet, followed by bursts of disruption and innovation in 2010 onward...

By David H. Deans, 20 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research.

Licence to Kill: Laws signed for cell phone ‘kill switch'

Minnesota has become the latest state to sign legislation that requires all mobile phones and tablets sold within its borders to be equipped with anti-theft software which includes a remote ‘kill switch’ able to shut-off and lock the device if it is stolen or being used for illegitimate purposes.

iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices already come with built-in software which can locate, wipe, or shut-down the missing device. On iPhone and iPad this comes in the form of ‘Find my...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Government, Industry, Smartphones.

DMR Tier III: the open standard for radio communications

Private mobile radio is fast becoming an essential communications solution to support the operational needs of utilities companies, airports, oil and gas pipelines and emergency services.

When compared to public cellular services, it delivers improved coverage, reliability and resistance, contention, security, group communications and performance.

The digital landscape is crowded, though, with a number of public safety digital standards such as...

By Andy Grimmett, 25 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile.

S5 is the most expensive smartphone to build in this Galaxy

Samsung’s smartphones have never been known for their build quality. Reviews have called outer shells “cheap plastic” and although changing to a more faux leather texture with their latest Galaxy S5 – few would pit the build cost as being above rivals such as the HTC One M8.

But, it is. In fact an IHS teardown has revealed the Galaxy S5 carriers the biggest bill of materials of any smartphone.

The 32GB iteration of the handset carries a BOM of $251.52 and rises further to $256.52 once...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Smartphones.

A closer look at Virgin Media Business' “Three New Things” shortlist of web technologies

UK telecoms giant Virgin Media Business is currently running a competition to find “Three New Things” alongside some very appetising rewards for digital entrepreneurs up and down the country. The list has now been whittled down to 10 finalists – and most have something in common…

Perhaps unsurprising for a competition run by a modern and forward-looking empire as Virgin Media – the majority of the finalists have some relation to the web and connected...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, M2M, Smartphones.

Telefónica’s Simon Birkenhead: “Don’t get obsessed with the latest technology”

Speaking at the Technology for Marketers & Advertisers conference, Simon Birkenhead, Director of Global Ad Sales at Telefonica, explained: “The iPhone, born in 2007, doesn’t look too different today from what it did seven years ago. The iPad was born in 1993, it was called the Apple Newton. That was the first iPad. The design has changed a bit, it’s a bit more ‘gadgety’ but the concept hasn’t really changed that much.”

Instead...

By Telefónica, 03 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Operators.

The smart device market outlook for China

During 2014, China will remain one of the leading high-growth markets for digital technology. The Chinese Smart Connected Device (SCD) market grew by 45 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by IDC.However, segment growth was mixed. The market growth rate of smartphones was 64 percent, media tablets were at 77 percent -- but, in contrast, PCs declined by -12 percent.IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker provides an integrated view of three important digital technology markets: Personal computers (notebooks and desktops), smartphones, and media tablets. According to the IDC study findings, overall 2013 saw fast growth for the SCD market in China."2013 was a game changing year. The consumer SCD...

By David H. Deans, 19 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, M2M, Research.

Spectralink’s PIVOT offers a familiar experience where BYOD isn’t feasible…

Earlier in the week, we spoke to Simon Watson from Spectralink and discussed that whilst BYOD in the workplace offers convenience to the user; there are applications, such as in medical institutions, where bringing your own device simply isn’t a feasible option…

Watson highlighted that consumer devices aren’t built to handle the bumps and bruises of industrial areas, or the harsh cleaning chemicals required to sanitise hardware...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.