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The Next Frontier: PS5 Spec Launch Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

While Coronavirus has led to the cancellation of gaming’s major event of the year, GDC in San Francisco, Sony has not let momentum slow for its upcoming release of the PS5. Last week Mark Cerny, gaming industry heavyweight and chief PS5 architect, took the opportunity to give PlayStation fans a deep look into the internal tech and the design proces ...

The Merger of Two Giants in Japanese Display Manufacturing Illustrates the Mounting Threat Posed by China

The news that NEC and Sharp, two major players in ‘Japan Inc’, are to create a joint venture is not terribly surprising. Both brands have been battling an increasingly competitive landscape for several years. According to Futuresource’s Worldwide Quarterly Tracking Services, in 2019 the brands had a combined volume share of 7.5% in the LCD market, ...

Will Hearables Become an Indispensable Device in the Workplace?

2020 is poised to be an exciting year for hearables. Moving beyond the concept of an occasional gadget within the consumer world, hearables will now look to provide more advanced technology to improve the everyday life of the employee. This shift in focus will encourage many vendors to move towards the office hearable in a bid to master the growing ...

Ed Tech Alert - Coronavirus and the Impact on K-12 Education

Following the Department for Education in England’s announcement to close all schools until further notice in the bid to control the COVID-19 outbreak, teaching staff have been resiliently rolling out home learning contingency plans. The spread of COVID-19 across the world has been rapid and the Ed Tech sector as a whole has been impacted. Key cha ...

Disney+ Set to Hit Europe with a Bang; Momentum is Key Throughout 2020

Disney+ is set to quickly become the third largest SVoD service in Europe, following its Tuesday March 24th launch in key European markets. The current stay-at-home directive due to the coronavirus, along with additional distribution partnerships, are likely to see subscriber uptake reach even higher levels than previously anticipated. Futuresource ...

Esports to Fill the Gap Left by Sport Fixture Disruption

With coronavirus causing disruption to all facets of life, the sporting calendar faces substantial postponements or even cancellations, with large social gatherings both indoors and outdoors discouraged, as well as many players and teams contracting the disease or self-isolating from it. In parallel with this, the outbreak is forcing sports fans t ...

Harmony OS - Better Explained

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Harmony OS, the operating system that was launched by Huawei last year. Is Harmony OS Huawei’s solution to its growing dependency on the Android platform? Or is it the much touted ‘Plan B’ for its smartphone business that’s facing strong geo-political headwinds? It is neither but a lot more. Let’s see what the Har ...

Virus Driven Lifestyle Changes will Drive Temporary Home Entertainment Paradigm

The continued escalation of Coronavirus worldwide will continue to have a major impact on the global entertainment sector; major movie theatrical releases are being postponed, theme parks are closing, music concerts/theatre shows postponed and TV show production, particularly those with live audiences scaled back or cancelled/delayed. In addition, ...

Appealing to the Masses: What a Fragmented Smart Home Sector Must do to go Mainstream in 2020

We all have a friend that is first to invest in the latest tech gadget, but the exponential growth in new, innovative products across the smart home sector – from smart toilets and kettles, to smart litter bins and curtains – has left many a technophile checking their bank balance. From hundreds of exhibitors who released or upgraded smart home pr ...

From Hearable to Healthable - The Case for Biometric Sensors in True Wireless Products of the Future

Almost all smartwatches, smartphones and even some sports headphones have had heart-rate sensors for almost a decade, providing the ability to monitor beats-per-minute primarily for sports-use cases. Biometric sensors have come a long way in many consumer electronics products but its adoption in hearables has been muted, with a current lack of supp ...

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