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Prime Time for Prime Day, as COVID-19 Gives Online Retailers a Clear Run at Q4

With Amazon’s Prime Day taking place across the 13th and 14th of October against the backdrop of a traditional retail landscape struggling as a result of Covid-19, it is clear that 2020 will go on record as the year that the digital revolution made tremendous strides through the consumer psyche. Online retail channels are expected to see record hig ...

Apple Finally Brings 5G to its Flagships, but the iPhone 12 Remains Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary, with Limited Consumer Applications for 5G Remaining

Apple’s October event finally saw the vendor release its much-anticipated 5G range of handsets, with the company opting to bring 5G to its entire iPhone 12 portfolio in a bid to launch themselves into the next generation of smartphone devices. While several of Apple’s rivals have already released first and, in some cases, second generation 5G hands ...

Ninja's Return to Twitch - Key Takeaways

As announced earlier this month, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, the most popular gaming influencer in the world, has returned to his fanbase on Twitch. As part of a multi-year exclusive streaming rights deal, Ninja will be returning to the platform following his marked presence on Microsoft’s proprietary streaming platform ‘Mixer’. Ninja’s Mixer tenure was ...

Hybrid Learning: A Key Investment for Universities in Response to COVID-19

Make no mistake: COVID-19 has caused incredible disruption to higher education. As campus living is stripped from the usual buzz of freshers’ week, students are understandably concerned about how university is set to become a not-so-memorable experience. With physical lectures restricted, a 10pm curfew on nightlife, and all sporting events cancelle ...

Esports in Education Helping Children to Overcome Lockdown Isolation

Student engagement is the single most important cornerstone of any education solution. This importance has been proven throughout the practice of distance learning where globally, teachers have had to seek out new ways of engagement through purely digital rather than physical mechanisms. This has expressed itself in various forms throughout the wor ...

Esports Education Investments Endure and Grow Amidst Budget Restrictions

Throughout 2020, esports has been one of the most notable champions amidst stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies. The industry has thrived, but it has certainly changed course from its pre-COVID trajectory, and even more so for its application in K-12 and higher education. When we talk about esports and education, most market activity ...

The Adoption of LTE Devices for the Future of Distance Learning

Interest in Long-Term Evolution (LTE) continues to grow, as the issue of internet access equity has been further highlighted by the move to distance learning. In the near-term, school districts utilising Chromebooks or Windows Notebooks have looked to bridge the connectivity gap by deploying mobile dongles, or by utilising mobile hot spots (MiFi). ...

Sony's PS5 Showcase: What Have We Learned Ahead of the Next Console War?

Sony has finally given PlayStation fans the information they have been waiting for all year by announcing a launch date and price for the upcoming PS5, as well as sharing some tantalising content trailers showcasing the power of next generation graphics. The announcements come just weeks after Microsoft gave onlookers similar details regarding the ...

Futuresource Audio Collaborative Event Shifts to Virtual

Futuresource Consulting is delighted to announce that their well renowned Audio Collaborative event will be shifting to an all-virtual experience for the first time in six years. With health and safety being of prime importance during the coronavirus outbreak, Futuresource must ensure all co-workers, exhibitors, thought leaders and attendees feel a ...

Office Based Headsets - A Key Element of the Home Working Revolution

The rate of growth in the office based headset market has been steadily increasing in recent years. A key driver of this has been the rising importance of video conferencing, explored in Futuresource’s 2020 Video Conferencing report. Many end users have been looking to improve their video conferencing experience, leading to investment in more soph ...

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