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Are Classroom Engagement Tools a Threat or an Opportunity for Enterprise Communication Providers?

School to parent communications are an essential part of the day-to-day running of a school. The requirement to notify guardians of school closures and events, absenteeism and student progress present a significant operational burden, one which is often best handled by a dedicated management platform. In the US, most K-12 public schools use an ent ...

What's Next for Pro AV Tech in 2017?

It seems slightly odd to be referencing ‘the consumer electronics’ (CES) trade show when being asked to consider the big trends in Pro AV for 2017, but here I am kicking off with a nod to CES. As my colleagues from our CE division returned from Vegas and we discussed the hot trends from the show floor, I am reminded again that convergence, certainl ...

VPA (Voice Personal Assistants) Competition in 2017

Futuresource expects voice control to largely disrupt how we interact with our electronics – from controlling our in-car-entertainment, white goods or smartphones, voice is making an impact. With four main contenders in the English language VPA race, Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant, there is a lot of ground to fight for, with no clear win ...

The Cultural Revolution - The Rise and Rise of Legal Online Video in China

Consider home video in China and the first things that spring to mind for many are pirate DVDs and illegal online video sites. However, things are changing rapidly. The Chinese home video market is in the midst of a cultural revolution and this is largely occurring in the minds of the young, with the growing acceptance and uptake of legal paid-for ...

The US and UK Show Key Differences in the EdTech Management Platforms & Tools Space

This week, Futuresource’s education technology team published its latest report on the adoption of mobile PC’s in K-12 schools globally.One of the key takeaways is the storming success Google is having with its Chromebook platform in the US market. A 58% market share in 2016 is no mean feat when competing with Microsoft and Apple, but look beyond t ...

The Day of the Smart Appliance is Finally Dawning

Smart appliances have been available for many years without making much impact on the $74 billion worldwide laundry and refrigeration market, but research from Futuresource Consulting indicates that this may be about to change.Currently, <2% of the worldwide market for laundry and refrigeration is accounted for by smart devices, even though the ...

Western Europe Retail Minilab Photo Printing - It's Not Dead Yet

The UK pharmacy chain, Boots announced yesterday (March 1st 2017) that it is to close two thirds of its in-store photo centres, which fulfil silver halide photo prints, photobooks, cards and some wall décor with a combination of wet minilabs, duplex and simplex digital printers and LFPs.Is this a sign of the times for the Western European retail mi ...

ISE 2017 - The Show that Keeps on Growing!

The dust has settled on another successful show for the organisers, assuming growth metrics are indeed the right barometer of success! The official statistics underline what our team of analysts all felt; this was busier and larger than ever before. Attendance grew by 12% year-on-year to surpass 73,000 visitors across the four days with an extra 3, ...

Capturing the Zeitgeist of BETT 2017

The BETT educational technology (EdTech) show remains to be one of the global meeting places for those passionate about harnessing the power of technology in education. The Futuresource team relish the opportunity to explore the halls at this show and wish to share the zeitgeist of BETT 2017 in our free downloadable show report. The emphasis and fo ...

Do-It-Yourself Consumer Electronics

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is a trend we see growing in Consumer Electronics as consumers seek to refresh, enhance, and even create their own CE devices, supported by online tutorials, online component marketplaces and a rapidly growing base of coding-savvy consumers.We have seen connectivity penetrate home and personal CE devices; however the scope of w ...

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