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I’m guessing most of you have already completed a significant portion of your holiday shopping right? If you are like me, then most of your shopping will be done online – no long queues, less chaos, more convenience, same bargains and many retailers even offer free home delivery. That said there is still a considerable ...

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Now that we’re nearing the end of 4Q14, it is time for the annual rite of winter, i.e. , the news media picks up the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner meme and rolls out the latest gossip of who is dating whom.  This time Bloomberg (Alcatel-Lucent Advances on Report of Merger Talks With Nokia ...

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With the end of 2014 fast approaching, I wanted to provide some of ABI Research’s top level findings and success stories within the three primary smart card market verticals, whilst presenting a preview into our market expectations and makeup for 2015.

Firstly, I think it’s important to note that the SIM card and government ID ...

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I attended Cartes Secure Connexions last month in Paris for the first time, alongside my ABI colleague Phil Sealy, a veteran to this event. The conference is one of the largest events for security in smart card technologies. While the primary focus was around the payment industry, there was a growing scope for application at ...

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Ford recently announced the 3rd generation of its SYNC solution, first launched in 2007. While most observers are focusing on the Windows (Microsoft) to QNX (Blackberry) operating system software switch, some other major hardware changes were introduced by Ford to boost the lackluster performance of the abandoned MyFord Touch:

  • Freescale’s i.MX51 600MHz processor ...

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Many consumers are making the decision to purchase 4K / UltraHD TVs in screen sizes from 55 inches and up; sale prices for a number of 4K sets fell between $1000 and $1500 this holiday season, representing a premium of $200-$500 on otherwise comparable 1080p HD displays. What will their experience be like?  Most ...

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I was at the oneM2M Showcase event in Sophia Antipolis, southern France, this week. It was something of a release party for oneM2M – a standards body dedicated to M2M and IoT, set up in 2012 – including the first set of demos that the involved companies have come up with. It was a productive ...

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 AWS-3 had some aggressive bidding – perhaps just to run up the price and extract revenge for previous M&A grievances, but who knows.  Below is a view of the provisional bids shortly before the auction closed.  As expected, the 2x10 MHz spectrum carries about a 10% premium over 2x5 MHz spectrum.  ...

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International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced final approval of G.fast broadband standard on 5th December. 

G.fast standard use fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) architecture where fibre-optic cables are installed up to 200 meters from customers’ households providing broadband speed up to 1 Gbps. G.fast will allow operators to meet growing ...

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Microsoft announced an update to their Bing Pulse product which brings a second screen interactivity and analytics toolkit to broadcasters.  

Second screen engagement for the past couple of years has been a case of two steps forward, one step back.  A number of independent consumer-facing applications attempting to engage customers with TV, including ...

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