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AT&T and Time Warner: 'Big is Beautiful'

Following its $49 billion grab for DirecTV in 2015, AT&T has now offered $84 billion to acquire Time Warner Inc. The deal is subject to regulatory scrutiny and the FCC will be under pressure by a number of parties to block the deal, including Donald Trump, who has already said he will veto it if elected on the basis of too much concentration of ...

Google's Move Into Hardware Is About More Than Devices

Google has ditched its Nexus line of products after a few years. Initially introduced in 2012 to showcase Android’s capabilities and stimulate interest amongst OEM partners and consumers alike Nexus has now given way to Pixel as Google switches from working with selected partners on devices such as smartphones and tablets to new ‘designed by Google ...

IBM and Apple Target Adaptive Learning with the Watson Element App

Last week, IBM, in partnership with Apple positioned its Watson analytics platform for the K-12 education market with the launch of the Watson Element for Educators app. The app, designed exclusively for iPad's, collates information covering students likes & dislikes, learning activities, interests and academic achievements to provide a holisti ...

$5 App to Bring Projection Mapping to the Masses

As flat panel technologies become increasingly prevalent in corporate and education environments, projection's unique ability to produce more than a mere 2D image is beginning to be exploited. Projection mapping demonstrates how the technology can evolve to extort new opportunities and negate the threat that FPD presents.  Large-scale projection m ...

Retail Photo Printing - A Changing Landscape

The retail photo printing sector has been undergoing a marked change in Western Europe (and, in fact, globally) in the past two years or so, driven by the availability of a wider range of photo printing equipment. Specifically, the inkjet photo printers marketed by Epson & Fujifilm, plus the recently launched Noritsu inkjet photo printers.  Th ...

CEATEC - A Reflection of Japan's Changing Role in Worldwide Electronics

A number of trade exhibitions and fairs punctuate the calendar of Futuresource analysts and – one of these, CEATEC - has just finished. The Tokyo show (whose full name is Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) feels quite different to other events such as CES, IBC and IFA as it is primarily a showcase for Japanese firms. Over the years, Futu ...

Photokina 2016 - Focus Shifts Towards Enthusiast and Professional Equipment

The Futuresource Imaging and Pro Video team attended Photokina 2016, meeting clients and scanning the floor for the latest products. We have talked before about how the enthusiast and professional equipment market remains robust despite the collapse of entry level in our previous blog (click here to view), and this was clear to see at the show. The ...

Video Ownership Remains Robust, but will People Jump to Just Buying Digitally?

Consumers' have never had so much choice of movies and ways of getting their hands on it, so why is the disc still king and what's behind the reluctance to adopt just digital as the way to buy movies and video to own and keep?  Futuresource's latest consumer research unearthed an interesting trend from the results of 20,000 online interviews acros ...

Who Wants to be in the Music Streaming Subscription Market?

This year, the global music streaming subscription sector has seen a number of head -to -heads; the ‘big two’ - Spotify vs Apple Music, YouTube vs the rest of the industry and the polarised views on exclusives across the sector, but these running sideshows can’t distract from two key facts. Firstly, streaming music subscriber growth continues to im ...

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