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The Digital Age: A Hackers delight

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Online storage is a huge leap forward in technology, allowing files to be accessed from anywhere without the need to send them via email. Files can be shared in a much simpler fashion and can be locked to ensure that any changes made are present in a single file as opposed to numerous versions of the file. This online system serves as a backup for companies and customers. A network of banking telecommunications (SWIFT) has been the target of numerous hacking and data leaks over recent years, serving to reduce… Read more

Samsung S8 follows the Note 7: A smarter choice

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The mobile phone market is extremely competitive and in order to retain customers, companies need to provide them with the best products and also a good level of security and customer service. Samsung is attempting to recoup its losses from the Note 7 from 2016 after it was recalled and ceased manufacturing with its latest release the Samsung Galaxy S8. The fear for Samsung is that it will not only be facing competition from the market but also from its customers whose trust has been put to the test in… Read more

Educational Applications: The price of learning

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The educational applications business is a multi-billion dollar industry which is growing yearly. Education is seen as a necessary part of life and has provided society with new ideas and has assisted in growth. The increased reach of internet and the technological boom has opened education back into the home to help make parents feel more included. This has reduced the strain on teachers and has helped teach children in the digital environment, along with traditional education, which will help accustom them growing digital trends. Increased hand-eye coordination and better… Read more

Netflix competition: Not a chill environment

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Growing from a DVD rental/ selling service in 1997, Netflix today has become one of the leading companies in the online streaming market. Netflix has benefitted greatly from the increased range and depth of broadband internet. The global reach of Netflix and its competitors serve to increase rivalry.  Gaming systems which now incorporate applications into their systems present new and growing opportunities and potential dangers for Netflix. The increased advertisements from gaming systems can help recruit more customers which is also an opportunity for competitors of Netflix. Netflix, as one… Read more

Toshiba $6.3bn write-down

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Originally the board of Toshiba wanted to sell just 19.9% of the semiconductor making business, which was expected to raise $2bn, maybe more. In hanging on to the majority of the business Toshiba would be able to maintain control over the business from which 80% of operating profit is derived. Yet the banks saw the matter differently. Whilst the sale of the majority of the business solves many problems, it creates a fresh set. The more the ‘crown jewels’ of Toshiba are sold off, the harder making a profit becomes…. Read more

Nintendo Switch: The Wii U version 2.0

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Historically, Nintendo has been the primary supplier of handheld consoles, a tradition it is hoping to carry forward with its new release, the Nintendo Switch, in March 2017. The ideology of Nintendo focuses primarily on its franchises, with Zelda and Mario being two of its best known titles. The Nintendo Switch is up against very fierce competition with mobile gaming, but with the nostalgia value for parents, the Switch is potentially going to profit from this factor and recuperate some of the losses from the Wii U. The advanced technology… Read more

Brexit – the meaning of a messy divorce for the Euro area.

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The lending channel between many industries and banks in the Euro area has been far from normal since 2008. This factor puts Britain in a better position to negotiate Brexit next year. The Euro area will embark on a period of further unprecedented slowdown by detaching itself from the world’s fourth largest economy. Credit to industries coming from the banking sector is key for the region to grow as the single currency area has a bank-based model as opposed to a capital market model. Debt financing to companies is largely… Read more

Samsung purchase of Harman signals the future

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The takeover of Harman has placed Samsung among the leading players in the connected car industry; the Korean technology company has access to a raft of deals with major car manufacturers, expertise from a range of companies acquired by Harman and a huge $24bn order backlog. Infotainment, acoustics, display and other systems are all due to expand in value in the coming years, and Harman has systems already installed in over 30 million cars worldwide. Taking over the company presents Samsung with a highly valuable market position. CarPlay (the system… Read more

Asia will lead global electrical and electronics retail market to $1.47 trillion by 2020, says MarketLine

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The global electrical and electronics retail market has experienced healthy growth in recent years, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% between 2011 and 2015 to reach a value of almost $1.01 trillion, according to data from research company MarketLine. The trend of robust growth is set to continue, with MarketLine forecasting a market value of $1.47 trillion by 2020. MarketLine’s latest report shows that while market values have increased in all regions, global growth is primarily driven by Asia’s growth economies, as swelling middle classes begin to… Read more

VR: Virtual insanity is what we’re living in

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In June 2012, Oculus VR, LLC was founded. Based in California, US, it was formed as a virtual reality technology company, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of their proposed virtual reality headset device. The company announced that backers who pledged $300 or more would be “rewarded” with the first development release of the headset, which was shipped to them in March 2013 (although the original date was December 2012). The intended amount Oculus wanted to raise was $250,000, but ended up raising over $2.4 million. Thus began… Read more

Intel Corporation ready to take on the IoT after failing in mobile

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2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, a famous and remarkably accurate prediction made by the co-founder of Intel Corporation about the pace of technological innovation. The prediction stems from an observation regarding the development of semiconductor devices and has driven the commercial success of Intel. But in 2014, Intel reorganized its business following an abject failure to take part in the smartphone and tablet revolutions amid a simultaneous decline in the consumer PC market. In 2014, the Intel management team finally decided to largely give up on the… Read more

Xiaomi, not the Apple of China

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2014 was an important year for Xiaomi, it saw the company become the world’s most valuable technology start-up, triple its phone sales, become the world’s fourth largest smartphone seller, more than doubling its revenue, and saw it expand to a number of new markets including India, the world’s third largest smartphone market. What makes the company’s performance all the more remarkable is that it has achieved this in less than five years of existence, and without a presence in any Western markets. A number of factors have contributed to this… Read more

What do Google and Apple’s latest devices tell us about the tablet market?

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It has been a big week for new tablet releases, with both Google Inc. (Google) and Apple Inc. (Apple) revealing new devices that could become market leaders. Notably, Google announced the Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet manufactured in partnership with HTC, alongside a new phablet, the Nexus 6, manufactured by the previously Google-owned Motorola on October 5, 2014. A day later, Apple took to the stage to announce the iPad Air 2, its latest flagship tablet, as well as the iPad mini 3, an update to its range of smaller,… Read more

Did Phones 4U fail to pick up the signals?

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On 15 September 2014, Phones 4u went into administration. The United Kingdom-based mobile phone retailer had more than 700 high street outlets and a workforce of nearly 5,600. However, when network operator EE announced that it was not going to extend a supply contract with the company, its business model became unworkable. Phones 4u started life as a wholesaler of cellphone handsets called Midland Mobile Phones, founded by entrpreneur John Caudwell in 1987. The Caudwell Group entered the cellphone retail market in 1996 under the Phones 4u banner. Phones 4u… Read more

Is time running out for Sony?

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  “We must be like the Russians defending Moscow against Napoleon, ready to scorch the earth to stay ahead of the invaders. We must be Sony United and fight like the Sony warriors we are.” Exactly nine years ago to the month, Sir Howard Stringer then Sony’s first foreign CEO roused his comrades with these words, as he aimed to revive the fortunes of the Japanese electronics giant. Nine years on and with the General now departed to pastures new, Sony fights on like a war weary battalion trying desperately… Read more

Apple Watch – Leapfrogging competitors?

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Yesterday, Apple took to the stage to reveal two new iPhone models – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – and its own smart watch – dubbed the Apple Watch. Both new iPhone models represent an attempt to take on competitor devices with larger screens, referred to as “phablets” – such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note range – which are gaining traction in the smartphone market. The Apple watch, meanwhile, represents a movement into the burgeoning wearable technology industry, in typical Apple style. The Apple Watch shares much in common… Read more

Wii U-turn: is Nintendo preparing to sell on iOS following console failure and smartphone boom?

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Nintendo has completed a volte-face by announcing it is developing games for iOS, paving the way for a relaxation of its exclusivity policy. Elsewhere, there has been a renewed interest in Nintendo’s core market, and cause a scissor polarity in Nintendo’s consumers. Pokémon Trading Card Online is now being developed by the company to be played on iPad. This represents a major departure for Nintendo, which has previously focused all of its game production efforts on Nintendo hardware, although it has released iOS apps before. A policy of hardware exclusivity… Read more

Samsung aiming to take bite out of Apple’s tablet dominance

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With the launch of its Galaxy Tab S, Samsung has signaled its intent to take on Apple head-on in the premium tablet. Priced at the same level as Apple’s flagship iPad Air the Galaxy Tab S could be the Korean company’s last attempt to compete with Apple at the higher end of the tablet market. If rumours are to be believed, Samsung may exit the high-end tablet market if the Galaxy tab S fails to make significant inroads against the iPad. Although Samsung has been able to compete effectively in… Read more

Nintendo toppled by Sony as Wii U sales slump

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A report from Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review has revealed that, for the first time in eight years, Sony’s console sales outstripped those of Nintendo to take top spot in the console sales charts (FY ending March 31st 2014). The release of the PS4 console last year helped boost Sony’s console sales both in terms of unit sales and revenue – which increased 38.5% to JPY 979 billion. Meanwhile Nintendo saw a slump in net sales, partially caused by markdowns of Wii U hardware in the US. Growth in higher margin… Read more

Apple’s imminent questionable $3.2 billion acquisition

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Tech giant, Apple, has recently been rumored to be acquiring American audio company Beats Electronics in a deal worth $3.2 billion in the very near future. Beats Electronics revenues have relied heavily on its sales of Dre Beats audio equipment, though Apple’s acquisition is speculated to be focused more-so on Beats Electronics’ catalog music streaming service Beats Music, launched in January 2014. Apple have failed to make as big of a mark as they would wish to on the digital streaming market thus far, even though iTunes Radio is said… Read more

Luxottica to make nerdy Google Glass look cool

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Luxottica Group S.p.A. (Luxottica or ‘the group’), the world’s largest producer of eyewear, which offers a range of premium, luxury, sport and performance glasses, has signed a strategic partnership with Google over its Glass eyewear. According to the agreement, the two groups will work together to create innovative wearable devices for the Glass brand. Luxottica will put Google’s geeky device through the designer’s laboratory in an attempt to make it cool. The eyewear giant is expected to take care of the design, development and distribution of Google Glass. The company’s… Read more

Tim Cook needs to take a bite into Apple’s innovative core

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Following his death in October 2011, Steve Jobs was always going to be a tough act to follow. He was named CEO of the decade by Fortune Magazine in 2009 and turned a loss making company into the world’s most valuable one. The increasing sales revenue the new CEO, Tim Cook, has managed in a more competitive market, saturated with similar products, is therefore very impressive. Selling 150m iPhones in 2013, compared to 72m in 2011 is no mean feat, either operationally or in terms of obtaining the sales. However,… Read more

Microsoft’s new CEO – opening the window to a fresh start?

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Microsoft’s newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella faces a number of challenges as he takes over leadership of the technology giant. In recent years Microsoft has been criticised for failing to adapt quickly enough to technology trends such as the switch to mobile. Microsoft has been criticised for being too reactionary with its new technology products, and for bringing new products to market too late to be able to secure a large market share. This has been partly blamed on the company’s need to be more conservative than competitors to appease… Read more

Can Apple’s next big innovation be the ‘one box for TV?’

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Apple’s purchase of Israeli technology company PrimeSense for $360 million is perhaps an indication of where-next the technology king is headed. Given that PrimeSense is a global pioneer in ‘gesture technologies’; seen in smart phones and gaming consoles, it may be more than just an indication. The Israeli company has previous success in this market as it provided some of the technology behind Microsoft’s hugely successful, Xbox, motion-sensing device; Kinect. Despite this Apple finds itself in slightly uncharted territory as it plays ‘catch up’ in the TV devices market. The… Read more

Apple’s new iPads to offer greater profit opportunities?

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Apple Inc’s (Apple) latest additions to its iPad tablet range show that it continues to focus on the high-end of the market. The addition of a Retina display to the iPad mini, in conjunction with a price increase, demonstrates that the company continues to value premium, profitable products. The replacement of last year’s flagship iPad with the new iPad Air also marks an attempt to continue premium profitability, as the company continues to offer its iPad 2 at $399. Further premiuzation of the iPad mini This time last year, I… Read more

Are smart watches a smart move for Samsung and Sony?

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Now that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung) has officially unveiled its Galaxy Gear smart watch at IFA 2013, and with new offerings from other major manufacturers, such as Sony Corporation (Sony), also set to hit shelves within the next couple of months, it appears that wearable technology is about to step into the limelight. Whether the smart watch will enable such tech players to genuinely diversify their product offering, however, remains to be seen. Crucially, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is only compatible with its own-branded line of smartphones and tablets, and… Read more

America and Europe remain the largest control systems markets but Asia-Pacific is growing at the fastest rate

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Control systems, including programmable logistic controllers (PLC) and distributed control systems (DCS) are widely applicable and once installed, contribute towards better energy efficiency, increased productivity and safety. They can help companies achieve a competitive edge in a global scale. Currently, America and Europe are the largest markets for industrial control and factory automation; however, the emerging economies, mainly in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, are growing at the fastest rate. These markets are expected to generate the largest revenue stream in the nearest future, as they pursue expansion and improvement… Read more

EE launched 4G in the UK

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At the end of October 2012, EE launched its 4G services in the UK, kicking off the technology’s implementation in the UK, the fourth largest mobile broadband industry in the world. Since then, the company has expanded its coverage to over 50 cities nationwide. This blog will evaluate the case for 4G services in the UK, how effective EE’s rollout of the service has been, and future challenges posed by the company’s rivals. There are two main variations of current technology that can be classed as 4G: Long Term Evolution… Read more

Xbox One-80: Microsoft backs down on controversial DRM policies

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Microsoft’s U-turn on its Xbox One DRM and Internet connectivity policies has completely changed the dynamics of the upcoming battle for next generation console dominance. The decision to go back on previously asserted policies has meant that many of the competitive advantages held by competitor Sony’s machine, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) have been negated. However, the decision has also confused Microsoft’s strategy, and the Xbox One’s higher price tag remains an issue. One step forward, two steps back: Microsoft’s initial DRM policies, which placed restrictions on the lending of physical… Read more

Sony Profitable Again after Five Years

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Following a weaker yen (the dollar and euro have both appreciated almost 20% against the yen in recent months), the giant electronics, entertainment, and technology exporter has recorded a net profit of Y43bn ($435m), a remarkable turnaround from the Japanese firm’s Y475bn loss a year earlier. Indeed, currency market trends, largely brought about by the consequences or perceived future consequences of the Bank of Japan’s monetary, fiscal, and regulatory easing (what has been deemed Abenomics, after the incumbent Premier’s pushing for the changes), have been necessary for the turnaround, the… Read more