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Verizon purchase of Yahoo: Data breach puts deal at risk, but purchase still likely

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The theft of confidential information from Yahoo in 2013, although only recently announced, has heaped doubt over the proposed purchase of Yahoo by Verizon. Many predict the final bill will be substantial and worse could follow – the FBI are investigating and could yet cause more problems. A reduced share price caused Verizon to reappraise the sale. For both parties the realization that damage occurring from the data theft has yet to be fully felt is a serious problem, making revaluing Yahoo much harder. Regardless of which route Verizon chooses… Read more

Amazon Go: Newfound technology will give Amazon a major chance in the food & grocery industry, at the cost of future jobs

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Late 2015, Amazon Fresh rolled out across the USA in several states and similarly was introduced in the UK mid-2016. Now with the launch of Amazon Go, it is clear that Amazon wants a proportion of the share of the food & grocery market, one of the largest industries in the world it is not being quiet about it. Innovation and technological advances will give Amazon a significant advantage over its competitors emphasizing convenience for the customer. Amazon Go is the tangible version of its online store. A 1,800 square… Read more

Brexit and Trump’s disastrous effect on science

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2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year with regards to political incidences. With the UK voting in favor of leaving the EU in June 2016 and then a follow up of the US voting for President-elect Donald Trump in November of the same year, this has led to a degree of uncertainty in the scientific field. With funding at the forefront of scientific research and the advancement of scientific breakthroughs, the future has been thrown into turmoil as the individuals working in both countries, the US and the UK,… Read more

AT&T to buy Time Warner

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When business acquisitions on this scale are announced they almost inevitably become political – hence extensive investment in political lobbying. Announcing a buyout, therefore, just weeks before one of the most acrimonious presidential races in living memory concludes gives a difficult birth. Both candidates have already declared their displeasure. Some Senators have also voiced concerns and their intent to heavily scrutinize any proposals that come before them. Exactly why this time should be chosen is unclear: it makes the deal far more politicized than need be the case, raising uncertainties… Read more

Ford’s autonomous cars due for release in 2021

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Ford, one of the world’s largest automotive and mobility companies, announced that it will be developing autonomous cars for use by 2021. As part of this goal, Ford will be investing in several startups, continuing its trend of making investments in technology in recent years. For example, Ford’s recent technology investments include Easy Access Door System, Active City Stop, Hands-Free Tailgate, and Active Park Assist. In the announcement, Ford said that it will also be investing in companies developing advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors. These… Read more

SpaceX: turbulent week for Elon Musk

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September 01 2016 saw SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) hit the headlines after the explosion of one of its Falcon-9 rockets on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The incident, which occurred during a test launch, destroyed the rocket and its cargo – a $200m satellite. The explosion was the latest bad news in a turbulent week for CEO Elon Musk. Shares in Tesla Motors – where Musk is CEO and largest shareholder – dropped 5.3% after it announced it would need to raise additional capital before the end of… Read more

Microsoft: $26.2bn LinkedIn acquisition its largest to date, but deal makes sense

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Surrounding this acquisition purchase came many queries questioning the future success of such a transaction. With an alarming price tag attached to the bill, Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn is by far the largest purchase it has made in history. With a pretty poor track record in large acquisitions, (with the exception of Skype of course), it remains to be seen if this one is any different. CEO Satya Nadella has been leading Microsoft since early 2014 and feels it is his job to turn the poor history of buyouts into a… Read more

UK Bookmakers hedge bets with consolidation

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July 25 2016 saw the latest move towards consolidation in the UK gambling industry as online bookmaker 888 Holdings Plc (888) and casino operator The Rank Group Plc (Rank) approached longtime incumbent William Hill Plc (William Hill) about a potential merger. The merger would create one of the largest gambling groups in the world and the share prices of all three protagonists responded well to the announcement. UK takeover rules dictate that 888 and Rank now have until August 21 2016 to submit a formal offer. This is somewhat of… Read more

Trouble at Twitter: Profit still elusive

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Twitter, the micro-blogging social media platform, is struggling. In a week that reminded us of the cost of missing the boat in the tech world, as Yahoo is sold for $5 billion, a mere 25th of its peak value, Twitter released its Q2 results. What they showed was a platform hampered by virtually stagnant growth, and a company that has yet to make a profit, despite being well on its way to ten years old. Twitter makes its money by charging advertisers to boost the visibility of tweets and videos…. Read more

Uber & Didi Chuxing: Uber gives app in China

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Uber’s once seemingly irresistible march to world domination has suffered a setback as it agreed to merge its business operations in China with local competitor Didi Chuxing. Uber had been employing the practices that served it well elsewhere, by engaging in subsidizing of rides and drivers’ income to gain market share. However, in China a domestic ride sharing incumbent made from the merger of Didi and Kuadi in February 2015 (later renamed Didi Chuxing) could match Uber’s financial power, as it drew backing from Chinese internet companies and Apple. The… Read more

Business Process Outsourcing: Strategic Focus

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According to Kable’s BPO market opportunity forecast, the overall BPO market was valued at US$135.7 bn in 2014, and is forecast to reach US$181.5 billion in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2015 to 2019 with constantly increasing demand for KPO services which is primarily driving the whole BPO market. The evolution and maturity of the business process outsourcing segment has given birth to a new wave of global outsourcing in the form of knowledge services outsourcing (KPO). Success in off-shoring business process functions has persuaded many multinationals… Read more

Pet business of the future: A whole different breed

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The pet industry in the US is booming, approaching $60bn in revenue. Growth in the market is derived both from increasing pet ownership as well as from increased spending per pet. If people have been willing to buy something for themselves, they are likely to now buy it for pets. There are plenty of opportunities across various segments of the industry, especially in the pet-related services segment which is growing at nearly twice the rate of the overall pet market. People increasingly view their pets as part of the family… Read more

Self-driving to the future

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The line between the auto and tech industries is rapidly blurring, with the pursuit of autonomous driving and a shift from car ownership towards car sharing and ride sharing. China is widely viewed as the next frontier for growth and many market players are looking to establish a foothold in this country, which requires significant investment. To keep up with changing market trends, most major auto makers are investing in their own driverless-car technology, which is less costly if done in cooperation with high-tech companies, like Google or Apple. The… 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

Billions of test miles to prove driverless tech

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As of April 2016, Google is running 23 converted Lexus SUVs and 34 prototype vehicles in autonomous mode on public roads across Kirkland, Mountain View, Phoenix and Austin in the US. It has driven its vehicles a total of 1,564,981 miles in autonomous mode to date, averaging weekly miles of between 10 and 15 thousand. On May 3rd 2016, it was announced that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google will be joining forces to integrate autonomous driving technology into 100 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans, marking the first time that Google has partnered… Read more

Activision Blizzard to seize mobile gaming crown?

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US video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. has announced a deal to buy mobile game producer King Digital Entertainment Plc (creator of Candy Crush Saga) in a deal worth a reported $5.9bn, over $1bn less than King Digital’s valuation at its 2014 IPO. Activision Blizzard, publisher of global franchises such Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, will pay $18.00 for each of King Digital’s outstanding shares – a 20% premium on the closing share price on 30th October 2015, but still a knockdown price on King Digital’s $22.50 IPO… Read more

Apple’s security flaw and ad-blocking decision highlight two key technology trends

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In quick succession, Apple has been subject to some perfect examples of two key current issues in the technology industry. Firstly, much of the free content on the internet is driven by advertising revenues and the long-term implications of using ad-blocking software could see the end of free content provision together with a shift to more and more online subscription services. On the flipside of this, the obtrusive use of data-heavy adverts across websites slows down internet use for consumers and can spoil the browsing experience. Secondly, the battle between… Read more

Driverless Cars: The coming insurrection

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The technology required to produce an autonomous vehicle already exists in specific circumstances. The challenge is to make self-driving cars viable in all locations, all conditions and all situations. Incumbent automotive manufacturers, together with major suppliers to the industry, are well along the road towards commercial production having already implemented a number of more basic autonomous driving features. Yet there remain significant barriers to the adoption of autonomous driving, not least of which will be consumer perception. Some of the key concerns in this regard will be skepticism around the… Read more

Cisco poised to capitalize on movement to smart cities

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The nascent smart city industry is a potential goldmine for a whole host of players – utility companies, data analytics providers and, perhaps most importantly, providers of communications infrastructure and networks. One company, Cisco, is poised to greatly capitalize on then burgeoning industry as the world moves towards a smart, connected and data driven existence through the Internet of Things (IoT) or, as the company prefers, the “Internet of Everything” (IoE). It is worth noting that there is no hard definition of what constitutes a smart city, but a distinction… 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

Holistic intelligence and the limits of Big Data

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Big Data has been heralded as a ground-breaking technology that will transform the way that businesses operate. As such, major organizations have been quick to understand and implement Big Data analytics in a number of different ways. The most common implementations have to date been limited to internally-focused information, through fairly standardized techniques. There are therefore a number of externally-focused areas in which Big Data technologies could be further utilized, as well as the potential for stretching the industry towards ever more complex analytics. Nevertheless, there must also be some… Read more

Joie de VIVE: Valve announces VR headset

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Entertainment software company Valve Corporation has unveiled its new virtual reality (VR) headset, manufactured jointly with smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC. The product has been announced just in time for the game developers’ conferencing commencing 2-6 March 2015, where it promises to give developers the chance to test the software.  A developer version is being released in spring 2015, with the consumer ready version aiming to be available by the end of the year. Further details are to be released at the conference. Valve is renowned for producing critically acclaimed… Read more

Amazon Web Services, revolutionizing cloud computing

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) was developed alongside the online retail giant’s vast e-commerce from the world’s largest online retailer’s inception. Although having built its reputation and brand recognition on its retail operations, Amazon has gone on to expand its offerings into products and services as diverse as media, electronics and cloud computing. Responsible for over 4% of Amazon’s revenues in 2013, AWS has seen Amazon sink over 10 years of development and millions of dollars of investment into the world’s largest cloud service provider. Available in over 190 countries worldwide,… 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

The open source and graph database revolutions

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The Oracle relational database is the world’s most popular enterprise database software and makes up a substantial part of the company’s software and cloud revenue segment. The revenues for this segment in the financial year ended June 2014 were $29.2bn. Improving on the relational database format is therefore likely to create high levels of income for those companies able to develop and distribute such a product. Graph databases have the potential to disrupt the dominance of relational databases. Large organizations are increasingly concerned with the ways in which the information… Read more

Tumblr pressing play on video improvements won’t worry YouTube

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The media networking and blogging site Tumblr have made some upgrades to their native video-player in a bid to boost revenue and keep up with their rivals. There is speculation however that Yahoo! plans to use its acquired blogging site to rival YouTube’s iron grip on the video streaming market. If this is indeed a secret ambition it is surely doomed to failure. Yahoo! bought Tumblr for $1.1bn in 2013, its revenue was $13m, now Yahoo! CEO Marrisa Mayer has announced Tumblr is expected to hit $100m from advertising revenue… Read more

Nokia on Heaven’s door? Microsoft ditches the Nokia brand in favour of Lumia

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Following the $7bn acquisition of Nokia’s device business in September 2013, Microsoft has officially begun to phase out the once ubiquitous phone brand. Microsoft has begun the withdrawal in France, where the Nokia Lumia social media accounts have announced they will become Microsoft Lumia in due course. This is not a sudden arrest in the brand however; Microsoft has been gradually phasing out the Nokia brand on devices and apps, and redirecting traffic from websites to Microsoft Mobile. The Nokia brand was still being used on products which launched only… 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

Boeing and SpaceX to launch astronauts: Bad news for Virgin Galactic?

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The ISS was originally designed and tested to provide an operational lifetime of 15 years; this period passed in November 2013. In January 2014, NASA announced its intention to extend ISS operations until 2024, giving a new 26-year life span to the station. However, at the same time, NASA’s budget has been falling in real terms and the agency has had to develop new relationships with private enterprises, such as SpaceX, Orbital Sciences and Sierra Nevada, in an attempt to allow competitive forces to drive down the cost of rocket… 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