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.

Report predicts further industry consolidation

Almost half of telecoms firms are still facing financial risks associated with past and ongoing economic uncertainties, leading to a further spate of M&A industry consolidation activity, according to a report from the business advisory firm Alix Partners.   

The firm said that despite steady growth in the high-tech sector, a large number of companies were still facing the prospect of default or bankruptcy in within the next two years unless action was taken.

Within the telecoms sector, which...

By Matt Henkes, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Europe, Google, Industry, N America.

How long will the iPad fever last?

2011: the year of media tablets

Although there were tablets in the market long before iPad, after its first announcement many still had doubts, and questioned the usefulness of such a device. Nevertheless Apple exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Since the release of the iPad, Apple alone has shipped a total of 15 million tablets making it a most wanted Christmas present of 2010. Despite a temporary volume decrease in Q1 2011, caused by delayed iPad 2 launch, in Q2 2011 again there were 9.25...

By Research2Guidance, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Consumers, Devices, Industry, LATAM, N America, Research.

Proof that online video doesn’t mean the death of TV

Online video.  It’s the death of TV, or so I’ve been told.  There’s only one problem though…I really love my TV.  And so do a lot of other people it seems.

A recent analysis of two of the largest over-the-top (OTT) video providers in the U.S. highlights this fact, and suggests that the days of the TV as the centerpiece of the living room are far from over.

According to

By Ciena, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, N America, Smartphones.

First ever Cloud Computing degree available

Those interested in learning more about the SaaS, PaaS and LaaS are now able to take a certified university course after the first ever cloud computing course was launched at the University of Washington, last week.Dr. Erik Bansleben, program development director, Academic Programs at the University of Washington, revealed the outline of a new certificate program offered by the university in cloud computing. Topics covered include cloud computing models: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure...

By Matt Henkes, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, N America.

New research maps US by Android vs iOS

New Data Takes Deep Look at Performance of Advertising on Android Devices

New data from Jumptap, the leader in targeted mobile advertising, shows that consumers in the South and Southwest tend to be Android-biased compared to the rest of the country, while those in the Midwest and Northeast lean towards iOS. California, Texas and Florida over-index for Android use and states in New England and the Midwest over-index for iOS use. Blackberry use, which over-indexed in New York, was also included in the geographic data. This...

By Otilia Otlacan, 05 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America.

Dell'Oro, Infonetics up forecast for 100G market

Analyst firm Dell'Oro Group has updated its Optical Transport forecast report, with several predictions that should come as welcome news for industry vendors.  The firm recently released a summary of the report findings, which is part of Dell'Oro's larger Optical Transport subscription service.

In the new forecast, Dell'Oro sees total worldwide Optical DWDM equipment revenue growing at a 12%...

By Ciena, 01 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, N America.

The Myths, Hype and Reality of the Cloud

Jim Morin is Ciena’s Product Line Director focused on Cloud solutions.  Jim has been a member of a commission looking into recommendations for the use of Cloud technology in U.S. government and industry.

 

In March 2011, TechAmerica helped pull together a commission of experts from industry and academia to form...

By Ciena, 26 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, N America, Operators, Research.