Shopping on your mobile? Transactions to exceed $3.2 trillion by 2017

The latest research from Juniper shows commerce transactions on mobile will reach an incomprehensible $3.2 trillion by 2017, fuelled primarily by mobile banking.

However, by comparing to all financial transactions in the US it suddenly seems insignificant. In the U.S alone the total for 2012 exceeded $4,400 trillion.

As an increasing number of NFC-enabled devices reach consumers’ hands, along with easy online payment solutions such as PayPal,...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

“LTE-Advanced” Galaxy S4 on the way, users ready for 4G switch

The latest research shows many customers can’t wait to switch to LTE and have capable devices in preparation; however Samsung, looking to get ahead of the pack, is introducing a refreshed Galaxy S4 in South Korea supporting LTE-Advanced.

Users outside of the country aren’t likely to utilise the “advanced” iteration for some time, so we’ll dream of its theoretical capabilities for now.

The standard by 3GPP should offer a download speed up to 3Gbps and upload speeds of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

 

The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

Forget IM, is Skype’s Video Messaging the next disruptor?

Currently many carriers, operators and journalists are discussing how the rise of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage will affect traditional SMS usage, and add to the infrastructure costs for supporting increasing demand for data.

But we could be missing the mark: what if Skype’s video messaging should cause them concern?

 

We’re all used to voicemail; it’s a convenient technology which has been around for decades and still going strong today. You ring someone; leave a...

HTC gets “One” up on Samsung

According to the latest IDC market research, HTC (2498:Taiwan) has overtaken nemesis Samsung as fifth largest smartphone maker spot in Japan.

This is a huge win for the company, who despite releasing handsets which are routinely reviewed as better than most – Samsung included – they cannot match the same level of marketing budget.

 

HTC’s most recent flagship, the “One”, is currently regarded as

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

China and Taiwan to issue LTE licenses in 2013, but not without controversy

The Chinese press recently reported that sources “close to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)” have stated that the MIIT is planning to issue TD-LTE licenses to all three Chinese MNOs – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. The licenses are expected to be issued in 2013. However, the problem is that only China Mobile wants a TD-LTE license as it is a natural evolution from its TD-SCDMA air interface. Issuing China Mobile with a TD-LTE license as early as this year would also...

By Ovum Research, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Smartphones.

EE pushes LTE speeds, bumps coverage, and hits out at competition

As other networks fight and collaborate to get their own LTE solutions into the wild, EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced it’s already saturated the market with 500,000 subscribers. Now they’re looking to secure that title position through improved infrastructure and coverage.

In a press release, EE has given consumers an insight into their forthcoming expansion plans.

The next phase of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

4G LTE connections grow 50 percent in 5 months

According to the latest market study by 4G Americas, the number of LTE connections worldwide passed 100 million in May -- with the U.S. and Canada capturing 57 million subscriptions of that global total. There are 172 operators in 70 countries with LTE mobile networks and more than 250 commercial LTE networks are expected by the end of 2013. "We are pleased to report that 20 Latin American operators have commercially deployed LTE networks and the number of connections in the region is quickly increasing," said Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas.

By David H. Deans, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Pay-TV providers seeking to regain lost momentum

By 2017, two billion mobile phone and media tablet users will watch TV and video on their devices, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. This phenomenon is attributed to the growing popularity of short and easily shared video clips, and the increased global uptake of connected mobile devices with faster processors and better displays. Juniper examined how mobile is increasingly being used as the primary screen for consuming TV and video content among younger demographics, and the seamless integration of streaming services with social networks. They observed that sharing content...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Industry, Mobile, Multi Screen, Networks, Smartphones, Smart TV.