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The Changing European Retail Photo Printing Landscape

Futuresource’s latest review of the Western European retail (on-site) photo printing landscape reveals some interesting changes and developments. Whilst standalone wet and dry minilabs accounted for 47% of the 1.16 billion on-site photo prints in Western Europe in H1 2017, both instant print kiosks and ‘tabletop’ professional inkjet photo printers ...

The Continuing Democratisation of Video

As price points of what were once referred to as “broadcast” products continue to fall, manufacturers of professional video equipment are starting to cater more and more to the wider “AV” market. This market, with its myriad verticals, is growing globally and is only just starting to embrace professional grade video on a large scale. There are a n ...

Increased Bundling of Premium Headphones By Mobile Handset Vendors Could Impact Audio Retailers' Bottom Line

This year at IFA 2017, LG announced that it will bundle its flagship V30 smartphone with B&O Play headphones. LG’s smartphone audio is tuned by B&O and the headphones are made specifically to produce optimum playback with the V30 handset. This follows Samsung bundling AKG headphones (which it now owns via its Harman acquisition) exclusively ...

CEDIA Expo 2017: Where High-End Audio Met Smart Home, Whilst Amazon Extended Its Reach into Both Sectors

Anyone who doubts the existence of the inextricable link between custom installation (CI) and high-end audio in the US would have been quickly convinced by a visit to CEDIA in San Diego, held on 7-9 September. Futuresource Consulting sent analysts who are focused on both audio and smart home to the event, which attracted a large number of delegates ...

Voice as an Interface, is it the Next Big Battle Ground in Education for Tech Giants?

Virtual Personal Assistants (VPA’s) are one of this year’s hottest trends in consumer tech, with giants like Amazon and Google pushing the agenda of voice into the home. Platforms like Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant have been in our pockets for years and are now finding new homes across a range of home electronics. Amazon, with its Alexa interf ...

Importance of Data Analytics in Schools

The role of data in the education environment is evolving and has the potential to effect institutions, students and suppliers. Schools collect large amounts of data, gleaning information on student attendance, grades and learning styles alongside operational and financial statistics. Traditionally, data has been siloed within the tens of manageme ...

Smart Speaker Market Grows 843% in Units in Q2 2017, While Q3 is on Course to Break More Records (Year-on-Year)

4.2 million Smart Speakers shipped in Q2, with sales dominated by the US and UK markets despite availability extending to Germany, China and South Korea during the quarter. Adoption in the US and UK has been relatively swift, with penetration standing at 6% and 3% respectively and with each home owning a little over two speakers per home, on averag ...

Retailers, Service Providers and Custom Installers Drive Smart Home Growth

41 million smart home devices will ship in 2017 globally, representing a retail value of $7.9 billion. Revenues are expected to triple by 2021, making this category one of the strongest growth categories within consumer electronics. This will be helped by added store space dedicated to smart home, the bundling of smart home devices with services an ...

Making Sense of 10G Versus 1G in AV Over IP

During the past 24 months, AV over IP has risen from relative obscurity to become the hot topic in the Pro AV world. Advances in compression technologies and network infrastructure capacities have helped drive this development. And we are now beginning to see significant volumes of encoders and decoders being sold into low-latency Pro AV applicatio ...

Sony Shows a New Direction for Smart Devices in the Home, with the Xperia Touch

Sony’s Xperia Touch is a short throw projector with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for easy pairing and streaming. It has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in (and expandable) storage and is driven by a Snapdragon 650 processor. The device also includes a 13MP camera, speakers and a microphone. So far it doesn’t sound too dis-similar to a smartphone ...

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