Archives 2015

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Samsung is closing out 2015 with a bang in Virtual Reality. After a couple iterations of developer kits (AKA Innovator Editions) for their Gear VR mobile device housing, the newest consumer-ready Gear VR seems to have found a winning recipe for VR. The right ratio of attractiveness, accessibility, and affordability have led the Gear VR ...

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When ABI Research first started to look at the potential for BLE Beacons in retail, Groupon stood out as a very obvious candidate. Its business model is based on the ability for consumers to discover heavily discounted offers nearby, with the ability for instant gratification. The problem was that the location range was too wide ...

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ABI Research has been covering 802.11ac and 802.11ad (WiGig) for about 6 or 7 years now.  These standards started to take off commercially a few years ago.  802.11ac is much more complex than previous standards, so it was broken up into two waves of certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance.  ...

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I’ll be attending SCTE this year, and there are a few topics that we expect will be heavily covered at the event, reflecting some of the more influential trends in the TV markets today. The standard topics will be covered as usual, including B2B Solutions, Next-generation services (i.e. cloud), Wireless networks, and Wired networks ...

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Today, it’s clear that video service providers have a few key requirements in any new technology rollouts.  Among the top criteria, they are looking at:

  • Technology which leverages their broadcast ecosystem, eliminates or reduces capital (CapEx) expenses, and paves the way for the upcoming transition to IP delivery
  • Control of the solutions they deploy ...

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On August 3rd, Nokia announced the long rumored sale of its digital mapping division HERE to a consortium of car brands consisting of Audi, BMW, and Daimler for $2.8 billion Euro. When all is said and done, it seems HERE has finally found a suitable home, after a long journey of being independent ...

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Due to Apple’s reluctance to divulge any Apple Watch numbers speculation around revenue, ASPs and therefore volume of sales and shipments has been feverish and a wide spectrum of estimates from 2 million to 4 million units sold has emerged. ABI Research believes that 2.3 million units were sold and just over 2 ...

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At the end of June 2015, smart home SaaS player Alarm.com launched its IPO. Priced at US$14 a share, by the end of the first day’s trading, the stock had reached up to US$17.88, or 27.7% above the offer valuation.

A few days ago, the financial analyst quiet period ended ...

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With the release of Google’s new Nearby and Proximity APIs in conjunction with the Eddystone BLE Beacon standard, many have questioned the viability of start-ups and developers looking to create a business model around proximity apps and a services such as navigation, analytics and advertising.  While the market has certainly become much more democratized and ...

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In early July, Splunk announced the acquisition of Palo Alto startup Caspida for US$190 million. Caspida specializes in real-time cybersecurity and advanced persistent threat (APT) detection in corporate and cloud environments, using behavioral and security analytics. The next day, Splunk stock rose 4%, from US$69 to US$72 a share. The acquisition comes ...

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