Microsoft is taking Cortana for a joyride in your car

Car manufacturers are well-acquainted with Microsoft. For over 15 years the company’s Windows CE or Windows Automotive embeddable software has been behind software from BMW, Fiat, Ford, Kia, and Nissan.

What the company hasn’t had any control over is the end experience – with Apple bringing ‘CarPlay’ to upcoming vehicles; it’s overdue that Microsoft takes the car for another spin…

A new version of Windows for the car was shown off at last week’s BUILD developer...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Entertainment, 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.

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.

2014: Year of the contextual AI

When we first seen Siri hit mobile devices, before developer ‘SRI International’ was even acquired by Apple, it was an impressive technology which gave a glimpse into what we can expect from the future of Artificial Intelligence.

Whilst improvements have been made, and the selection of similar competitors are in abundance from the likes of; Evi, Robin, Vlingo, Dragon, and Maluuba - for most of us, they’re redundant and more frustration than...

By Ryan Daws, 28 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Mobile, Smartphones, Startups.

Nokia’s negative, Lumia’s lifting

Nokia [NYSE: NOK] has unleashed their end of year financial results for 2013; an occasion industry observers have been waiting for to see how the company is now faring since the $7bn Microsoft acquisition last September.

Overall, Nokia hasn’t had the best 2013 with sales in ‘Operations’ down 21%, ‘NSN’ down 22%, ‘HERE’ down 9%, and ‘Advanced Technologies’ also down 20%... but is the outlook as bleak as many of the press are making...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

The Renaissance of Things

As we entered 2014, analysts everywhere took to their research with the hope to predict what the biggest trends will be throughout this year. The three recurrent themes are; wearables, connected devices, and big data… which can be related to what the industry is calling “The Internet of Things”.

Some are calling this phenomenon the next industrial revolution, and in terms of economic benefits they are right, but I’m taking a different...

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Industry, M2M, Smartphones.

Warwick Warp’s CEO on biometric ID for personalised experiences #TTW

TelecomsTech (TT) spoke to Stewart Hefferman (SH) at Telecoms Tech World in London this week about the company for which he is the CEO, Warwick Warp, about the increasing capabilities of biometric identity personalisation.

Stewart was previously CEO of OmniPerception; a facial recognition and matching system under the Digital Barriers brand. Here he was also involved in biometrics, and certainly has the experience to answer anything we could chuck at him credibly!

TT: What makes the solutions...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Security, Smartphones, Startups.

Kinect developer PrimeSense detected and acquired by Apple

Arguably the technology which makes Microsoft’s Xbox console stand-out from its main competitor is its Kinect peripheral; an innovative motion detecting camera. Whilst many gamers are slowly coming around to see its benefits; developers have been hacking it for years for fantastic uses.

Apple is known to acquire a range of technologies to use for its devices; ‘TouchID’ is a feature found in the new iPhone 5S made possible through the company’s AuthenTec acquisition in 2012.

A notable...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Microsoft will rule the internet (yes, and Google…)

The next decade will be connected to that source of knowledge we know as the internet – whoever rules it has the keys to the tech world. Nobody really “owns” the internet; but some companies certainly have more influence than others over its contents – notably, Google.

One of the current hot topics in the industry is “The Internet of Things” - the idea being that every device has a reachable address on the web.

Whoever can harness this technology has an enviable...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, M2M, Smartphones.