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Softbank Takes the 'Long View' with ARM

Japan's Softbank is planning to buy UK semiconductor architecture designer ARM for £24.3 billion (US $31 billion), representing a 43% premium on ARM's pre-announcement share price. If the deal goes ahead, it seems like a lot for a company, which although highly profitable, had just $1.5 billion sales and single-digit growth in 2015. What does Softb ...

Robotics in Education - Fad or Serious Trend

The 'Maker Market' is one of the hottest trends in the EdTech sector. Maker days are springing up everywhere and schools are increasingly creating maker spaces. The White House announced a 'National Week of Making', inviting people to hold events around the US which celebrates problem-solving and supporting new opportunities for creativity and inge ...

Vendors and Telcos Evolve their Strategies to Address the Mobile Handset Slowdown

Focus on META for New Growth, Accessories, Dedicated Online Stores and Open-Channel Brands. This blog entry expands on and discusses some of the new findings from Futuresource’s most recent analysis of the mobile market.2016 marks a significant point in terms of handsets sales, with smartphone growth expected to fall below 10% for the first time t ...

Netflix Second Quarter Results Should not be Evaluated in Isolation

Netflix announced a lower than expected 1.7 million global net additions in Q2 2016, below expectations of many onlookers, as well as its own. It largely blames the recent announcement of price rises and subsequent increase in churn. However, these results are not entirely surprising. There are a number of factors to consider when monitoring Netfli ...

How Etail Players are Eroding the Traditional Reseller Channel

Projector resellers are facing increasing pressure from the expected long-term decline of the mainstream market. However, traditional 'bricks and mortar' resellers face further challenges from online retail, particularly from mass merchandisers such as Amazon and Media Markt which are able to undercut traditional resellers partly due to their lower ...

DVD Royalties - The Final Curtain

A longstanding and contentious issue for the optical disc replication industry has been the requirement to pay a royalty to a number of patent pools on each good disc manufactured. CD royalties expired in the early part of the last decade, except in the USA where they were enforced until 2008. Since 2013 the essential patents required for DVD produ ...

Is the Gap Between Technology Suppliers and End-Users Increasing?

Innovation in the supply side of the EdTech industry continues to develop at pace. Virtual reality, predictive analytics and adaptive learning are just a few of the developing trends, but is the gap between what technology suppliers are offering and what end users are able to effectively leverage in the classroom beginning to grow? As the market ma ...

ISTE 2016 - Evolution Not Revolution

A concise summary of our view of the show would be 'evolution' rather than 'revolution' in terms of developments in the EdTech market. Many of the key themes seen on the show floor were around integrating and implementing technology solutions in a more efficient, joined up and effective way. We have talked before about how the fragmented education ...

Starz Deal Strengthens Lionsgate Market Reach

The marriage of Lionsgate and Starz has finally reached the altar following the announcement that Lionsgate will acquire Starz for $4.4 billion in cash and stock. The move will bring Lionsgate a new conduit to the valuable US cable market as well additional international and SVoD distribution. Starz will be able to lift its game in terms of origina ...

The Impact of VR and 360 Video on the Professional Acquisition Market

Strictly speaking, 360 video isn't virtual reality (which tends to be computer rendered), but virtual reality and 360 video have become one and the same thing in popular parlance as they often (but not always) use the same headsets toview content.The ability to watch 360 video on YouTube and Facebook without the need for headsets is a key different ...

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