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Sep 06
Wireless audio device market to reach $32.56 billion...

According to Stratistics MRC, the global wireless audio device market is estimated at $14.56 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $32.56 billion by 2023 growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 12.1% from 2016 to 2023.

The research group adds that some of the factors influencing the market include growing demand for smart phones as a basis of entertainment, rapid technological advancements and high expenditure on semiconductor for wireless devices. In addition, demand from automotive industry creates huge growth opportunities for market. However, negative health effects on children and other user groups and strict regulations on the frequency range of audio devices are some key factors inhibiting the market growth.

Among applications, home audio segment acquired the largest market share owing to constant technological advancements in home audio devices and rising consumer demand for high-performance home theaters. Based on product, sound bars segment is...

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Sep 05
Multi-vector threats driving convergence of security...

Cyber threats have traditionally been associated with an adversary remotely attacking a corporation's networks and resources. However, as cyber defenses improve, adversaries are turning to physical access to commence the attack process for conducting malicious operations.

To mitigate this risk within the enterprise, the IT, OT and physical security groups are converging security operations into a combined joint security operations center (JSOC), according to Revolutionary Security (http://www.rev-sec.com), which provides clients and partners the expertise and solutions to proactively defend against all cyber threats across enterprise IT and industrial control systems.

"Defending large and targeted corporations requires a commitment to a holistic cyber defense program that includes both physical and logical threat coverage," says Jason Holcomb, director, Industrial Control Systems Security at...

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Sep 05
Payment markets poised to pass $5 trillion by 2020

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that Visa and Mastercard’s distinct evolutionary strategies in digital payments will underpin the success of a market expected to increase from $3.8 trillion globally this year to more than $5 trillion by 2020.

The report pinpointed Mastercard’s two-pronged approach; the company is developing partnerships with third party wallets from players such as Apple and Samsung, while also introducing its own API-based wallet. Juniper says that Visa’s attempts to reduce friction in online payments through the implementation of one-click login (Visa Checkout) will increase conversion rates and overall online customer spend. Meanwhile, the study identified best-in-class players across the digital payments ecosystem, placing the following companies at the head of their respective Juniper Leaderboards: digital wallets: PayPal; PSPs (payment...

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Sep 01
The Northern Spy: Information is not information

By Rick Sutcliffe

Information is not information unless it reflects reality. All real world activity generates observable data, and such data is the necessary starting point for information.

The term "fake data" is an oxymoron, for alleged data not rooted in real wold activities and events simply isn't. In his long and hopefully not too misspent life, the Spy has occasionally encountered people who believe they possess data that is no more than their imagination working overtime. Even by people who pride themselves in being right about everything, acts get jumbled, events get moved around in time and given content and/or meanings that are pure fabrication.

Such is also often (nearly always?) the case when someone attributes motives to explain another's words or actions. Only one Being apprehends the thoughts and motivations of people's hearts. Indeed, the Spy has had motives attributed to him that were exactly the opposite of his actual ones...

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Sep 01
Demand for independent living to drive connected...

New digital health research from international firm Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that three-fourths of consumers 40 years and older expect to live in their own home when they turn 80, which will drive adoption and innovation in aging-in-place solutions. P

The research group joined industry executives this week at the fourth annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers in San Diego, to discuss the role of connected health technologies and smart home crossover use cases to enable aging-in-place and independent living for current and future generations. The Summit also examines the latest consumer research in connected health and successful approaches in deploying connected healthcare products and services within the expanding IoT market.

According to Parks Associates, more than 40% of U.S. broadband households own at least one connected health device, while...

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Aug 31
Event management software market to be valued at $14....

The global event management software market is estimated to reach $14.45 billion by 2022 from $7.57 billion in 2016 with a growing CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.39% during the forecast period (2016-2022).

Geographically, North America is the leading region in the event management software market where U.S. occupies highest market share in the region. More than 50% market revenue comes from U.S. only due to the established event management software market. Other countries such as Canada and Mexico are the growing countries in the region.

It’s estimated that North America would reach $6.95 billion by 2022 from $3.37 billion in 2016, where U.S. is estimated to grow with the highest CAGR of 13.68% from 2016-2022. Europe is a fast growing region in the event management software market and is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 11.23% during forecast period. Growing investment by key players, namely Cvent & Etouches, and increasing technical innovations in the...

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Aug 30
Global smart medical devices market to reach $24.46...

The global smart medical devices market is expected to reach $ 24.46 billion by 2025, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The increasing adoption of smartphones is observed as a major factor driving market growth, according to the research group. In addition, the technological advancement and the rising awareness and focus on fitness is driving the market.

The increasing demand for wireless and smartphone compatible devices which is enhancing the diagnosis and makes accurate detection is making it convenient for patients to monitor their health anywhere and save the result on the connected device, is additionally driving the market, says Research and Markets.

Diagnostic and monitoring segment was the largest product category in 2015, but is expected to register a lower growth as compared to the therapeutic segment over the forecast period. Blood...

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Aug 29
Global music streaming market to grow at a CAGR of 14....

The global music streaming market to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 14.05% during the period 2017-2021, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

According to the research group, one of the major drivers for this market is High growth in mobile ad spending market. Mobile advertising is currently one of the most popular methods of advertising. The increased penetration of smartphones and tablets worldwide is one of the major driving forces for the growth of digital music.

Vendors also offer free downloading and streaming services for mobile devices. Mobile ad spending is one of the major sources of revenue for digital music service providers, which in turn supports the growth of the music streaming market. In 2016, the global mobile ad spending market was valued at $98.95 billion, and Research and Markets expects this to grow at a CAGR of 13.07%...

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Aug 28
Millennial smartphone shoppers may have to choose...

CouponFollow (www.couponfollow.com) has released a report exploring the behaviors and motivations of Millennial smartphone shoppers. The Millennial Smartphone Poll surveyed 1,015 young people between the ages of 20-35 to uncover key factors that influence the purchasing behavior of America’s largest generation.

The poll states that the majority of Millennials are satisfied with their current smartphone and that 89% plan to purchase their next phone from their current brand. However, many Millennials are unwilling to pay a high price for their next device. When participants were asked to estimate how much they would spend for a new smartphone, 68% said they would pay $500 or less. Additionally, only 14% claimed they’d be willing to spend more than $700.

“This generation’s brand loyalty is off the charts when it comes to smartphones,” said Michael Parrish DuDell, chief strategy officer at...

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Aug 25
Gartner: 4G smartphones helped spur growth in quarter...

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a 6.7% increase over the second quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In the smartphone operating system market, Android extended its lead with 87.7% market share, while iOS accounted for 12.1%, says the research group.

"Although demand for utility smartphones remains strong, there is growing demand in emerging markets for 4G smartphones, with more storage, better processors and more advanced cameras. This is translating into higher demand for midpriced [$150 to $200] smartphones," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.

Sales of all types of smartphone grew in the second quarter of 2017, compared with the second quarter of 2016. However, there is a concern about rising component costs, as well as limited supply, due to the reduced availability of critical components.

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Aug 24
Contactless to account for more than 1-in-2 POS...

A new study from Juniper Research has found more than half (53%) of global transactions at POS (Point of Sale) will be contactless within 5 years, compared to just 15% this year.

The research group found that adoption in the US would rise sharply over the period, with contactless rising from less than 2% of transactions this year to 34% by 2022. Juniper says that customer dissatisfaction at the slower speeds of chip card transactions, allied to burgeoning contactless infrastructure, would provide further impetus for smartphone-based payments currently dominated by Apple Pay.

According to the research, in markets where contactless has been heavily promoted, such as Poland and the UK, adoption has soared, while mandates both from Visa and Mastercard mean that all POS terminals in many markets must be contactless-enabled by 2020.

As research author Dr Windsor Holden pointed out: “While US card issuers haven’t yet made contactless a priority, the extremely positive...

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Aug 24
Global OTT market predicted to reach $165 billion by...

The global over-the-top (OTT) devices and services market is expected to reach $165 billion by 2025, according to new data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The rising penetration of mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and advancements in consumer electronics devices such as smart TVs, are estimated to drive the demand for OTT content and services amongst the masses over the forecast period, adds the research group.

There has been a rapid surge in the demand for OTT videos, particularly in developing economies. TV digitization initiatives by various regional governments and broadcasters across the world have enabled OTT content to emerge as the popular platform for video consumption.

Businesses across various sectors are increasingly seeking contemporary technological models to provide personalized experiences to their customers, such as TV...

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Aug 23
Global smart speaker market to grow at a CAGR of 24.02%

The global smart speaker market to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 24.02% during the period 2017-2021, according to new data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

According to the research group, one of the major drivers for this market is increase in number of smart homes. A large number of homes in developed countries such as the U.S. and the UK are being renovated into smart homes. In a smart home, smart electronics, consumer electronic devices, and media and entertainment gadgets are connected to the home network and can interact with each other.

The demand for smart homes is highly driven by energy saving requirements, convenience, and connectivity among the home devices, according to Research and Markets. It is also fueled by government initiatives to promote smart homes for a better living. Among the common examples of solutions in this market...

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Aug 22
Worldwide info security spending to grow 7% this year

Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $86.4 billion in 2017, an increase of 7% over 2016, with spending expected to grow to $93 billion in 2018, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Within the infrastructure protection segment, the research group forecasts fast growth in the security testing market (albeit from a small base) due to continued data breaches and growing demands for application security testing as part of DevOps. Spending on emerging application security testing tools, particularly interactive application security testing (IAST), will contribute to the growth of this segment through 2021.

Security services will continue to be the fastest growing segment, especially IT outsourcing, consulting and implementation services. However, hardware support services will see growth slowing, due to the adoption of virtual appliances,...

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Aug 21
Gartner: three mega trends will drive digital biz into...

The emerging technologies on the “Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017” reveal three distinct megatrends that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years.

Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide unrivaled intelligence, create profoundly new experiences and offer platforms that allow organizations to connect with new business ecosystems, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com).

"Enterprise architects who are focused on technology innovation must evaluate these high-level trends and the featured technologies, as well as the potential impact on their businesses," said Mike J. Walker, research director at the research group. "In addition to the potential impact on businesses, these trends provide a significant opportunity for enterprise architecture...

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Aug 18
Juniper Research: 5G connections to reach 1.4 billion...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts 1.4 billion 5G connections by 2025, an increase from just one million in 2019, the anticipated first year of commercial launch. This will represent an average annual growth of 232%.

Juniper’s new research says that, to be successful, 5G fixed wireless broadband need to meet expectations in real-world scenarios to compete with fibre broadband.
The research group says China, the U.S., and Japan will have the highest number of 5G connections by 2025. Together these 3 countries will have 55% of all 5G connections by 2025.

Additionally, Juniper finds that the US alone will account for over 30% of global 5G IoT connections by 2025, with the highest number of 5G connections for fixed wireless broadband and automotive services. In terms of commercial IoT [Internet of Things] revenues, the research group says that the ARPC (...

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Aug 16
Report: educators embracing the ‘exciting, but...

MDR, a data and research driven marketing services agency, has released its third research report (www.schooldata.com) for the “State of the K-12 Market,” which examines shifts in U.S. K-12 instructional priorities and initiatives in light of rapid technology acceleration and advancements.

The report finds that U.S. K-12 are seeing these emerging trends: transition to more digital instructional and curricular materials; innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning anywhere and anytime; and the growing proliferation of computing devices preferred by students.

Based on a national survey of U.S. district curriculum directors, the 127-page report, by Dr. Rita Oates, President of Oates Associates, and MDR's EdNET Insight research team, finds that over 60% of curriculum directors said they wanted more evidence of product efficacy. Nearly as many said they are looking for digital instructional materials...

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Aug 16
Gartner: end users are willing to pay more for 5G

A recent global Gartner survey (www.gartner.com) revealed that 75% of end-user organizations would be willing to pay more for 5G mobile capabilities. Only 24% of the survey's respondents would be unwilling to pay more for 5G than for 4G. 

"Those in the telecom industry are more likely to be prepared to pay more than those in other industries," said Sylvain Fabre, research director at Gartner. "End-user organizations in the manufacturing, services and government sectors, for example, are less likely to be willing to pay a premium for 5G than telecom companies, which are willing to pay a 5G premium for their internal use.”

In addition to offering better prices for industries in which users are less convinced of the business benefits of 5G, communications service providers (CSPs) must create value propositions that entice customers to start 5G migration projects sooner. 

Although most of the respondents...

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Aug 15
Venmo, payment, credit card habits vary greatly across...

When it comes to consumer credit and payment methods, there are vast differences cross-generationally, as evidenced by First National Bank’s recent consumer survey. Results demonstrated that while a majority of respondents opened their first credit card at the age of 18, when looking at generational payment values and methods, behavior vastly differs depending on age.


“It was interesting to see that that while there have been many advancements in the digital age, consumers still consistently use traditional methods of payment such as credit cards and debit cards. Overall, it was surprising to see that geographic location had little effect on responses, and how drastic of an impact age had. I look forward to seeing how technology will continue to affect future generations and help influence their personal finances,” said Jerry O’Flanagan, executive vice president, Consumer Banking Group. 


Survey findings revealed that older generations on average own more credit...

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Aug 15
Polices may use ‘textalyzer’ to see if drivers are...

A recent study (http://tinyurl.com/yb6tto9j) found that one out of four drivers were on the phone right before an accident. New York officials are even considering using a new device called a “textalyzer” which would allow them to see if a motorist had been using their phone just before a crash. 

“Reaction times for texting drivers are 35% slower than the reaction times of focused drivers,” says Karl Volkman, chief technical officer of SRV Network, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified partner that offers a variety of IT services. “Meanwhile, drunk drivers have a 12% slower reaction time. This does not mean that drunk driving is safe—however, it does show how dangerous texting while driving truly is.”

While the textalyzer technology is being considered by Gov. Cuomo, many people fear that this will be an invasion of privacy. To that end, many companies have created hands-free technology that can...

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Aug 14
Wireless VR set to strain data networks

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) on virtual reality (VR) forecasts that wireless VR headsets (smartphone-based and standalone) data consumption will grow by over 650% over the next four years, from nearly 2,800PB (Petabytes) in 2017 to over 21,000PB in 2021.

The new research found that data consumption will reach over 28,000PB when combined with traffic generated by VR headsets tethered to PCs and consoles, placing significant additional strain on both wired and wireless networks. VR requires fast data speeds to stream content effectively and, by 2021, the data demand of each VR device is expected to exceed that of 4K, according to Juniper. This will be driven by the need for higher image quality and frame rates, a developing problem as VR becomes more mainstream.

In order to make VR more accessible, the Juniper report recommends bringing network operators and...

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Aug 11
Over 20% of U.S. broadband households have a tech...

New research by Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that more than one-fifth of U.S. broadband households have a technical support subscription.

According to the research group, Best Buy is currently the leading provider of technical support subscriptions for many connected devices, including desktops, laptops, and tablets. However, the firm notes that Amazon's recent decision to offer an in-home tech support service is a notable threat to Best Buy's market dominance.

"The market for support subscriptions is fragmented, with no single player having more than one-third of support subscribers for any device," said Patrice Samuels, senior analyst, Parks Associates. "Best Buy has its strongest lead in the support subscription market for flat-panel TVs, with 29% of this market. Among laptop owners with a support subscription, 22% these subscribers chose Best Buy over similar services...

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Aug 10
Tablet market decline slows in the second quarter

The downward spiral of the tablet market continued during the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), according to preliminary data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com). Despite notable product launches like the new lower priced iPad and products from other top-tier vendors, worldwide shipments for tablets declined 3.4% year over year in 2Q17, reaching 37.9 million.

Apple positioned itself quite well during the quarter by consolidating its lineup and introducing two new iPads. The new iPad's relatively low price point triggered some consumers to upgrade their aging devices and demand for this new tablet finally caused a turnaround for Apple's iPad business. Meanwhile Apple's transition towards detachable tablets continued with the launch of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a major update to iOS (expected later this year).

Once touted as the savior of the market, detachable tablets also declined in the second quarter as...

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Aug 09
21% of U.S. households use a wellness, fitness or diet...

Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) has announced new digital health research showing that 21% of U.S. broadband households use a wellness, fitness, or diet app.

The firm's research reveals moderately positive NPS scores for these apps, with 38% of respondents likely to recommend them to a friend or family member, while 23% are hesitant to do so, resulting in an overall NPS of 15.

"NPS scores for wellness apps are below those for other, more mature industries such as tablets or online entertainment services," said Harry Wang, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates. "There are also great variations by app brands, with Fitbit scoring the highest NPS at 32. The wellness app industry has a lot of catchup work to gain consumer trust, and key to their future success is to focus on delivering an excellent user experience through customization and personalization.”

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Aug 08
Asset tracking IoT device market to triple by 2022

In their most recent report, Mobile Experts (www.mobile-experts.net) released exclusive analysis on Asset Tracking IoT Devices. The research group says that, over the past three years, technology changes have started to transform the market.

Unlicensed LPWA, LTE-M, and NB-IoT dramatically improve long-range communications with inexpensive modules that can run for years on a small battery. Other improvements in Bluetooth and UWB technology also improve precision and range for indoor location of devices.

"Basic tracking technologies, like bar codes and RFID, are used heavily in retail and logistics areas today. Around 9.6 billion RFID tags were used in 2016…despite the limitations in range and lack of real-time tracking capability. This marks an important baseline in Asset Tracking because low-cost RFID or bar-code tracking represent indirect competition for investment in enterprise markets….and...

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Aug 08
Gartner: semiconductor capital spending to grow 10.2%...

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 10.2% in 2017, to $77.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). This growth rate is up from the previous quarter's forecast of 1.4%, due to continued aggressive investment in memory and leading-edge logic which is driving spending in wafer-level equipment, notes the research group.

"Spending momentum is more concentrated in 2017 mainly due to strong manufacturing demand in memory and leading-edge logic. The NAND flash shortage was more pronounced in the first quarter of 2017 than the previous forecast, leading to over 20 percent growth of etch and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) segments in 2017 with a strong capacity ramp-up for 3D NAND," said Takashi Ogawa, research vice president at Gartner.

According to the research group's latest view, the next cyclical down cycle will emerge in 2018 to 2019 in capital spending, compared...

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Aug 07
Global coprocessor market to grow at CAGR of 6.76% by...

The global coprocessor market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.76% during the period 2017-2021, according to new data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The research group says that one trend in the market is innovations in discrete GPU. NVIDIA is striving to provide a desktop-like gaming experience in laptops. At the GTC 2016 conference, the company announced the launch of the Quadro M5500 notebook video card for professional game developers. The M5500 is the first Quadro GPU that supports virtual reality (VR), enabling its computing partners to make their professional laptops VR ready.

According to Research and Markets, one driver in the market is growing popularity of smartphones. The smartphone market has been growing rapidly over the years, and ever since the advent of the iPhone. One of the biggest decisions that customers make in their...

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Aug 03
Augmented reality market to reach $61.3 billion by 2023

The augmented reality (AR) market will reach $61.3 billion by 2023, according to new data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

The AR market was valued at $2.39 billion in 2016 and will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate]of 55.71% during the forecast period, adds the research group. The increasing demand for AR devices and applications in medical, increase in demand for AR in the retail and e-commerce, and rising investment in the augmented reality market are the major drivers for the augmented reality market.

The head-mounted displays will hold a major share of the AR market. Head-mounted displays are the most promising devices to boost the growth of the augmented reality market, according to Research and Markets. With advancements in computing, AR-enabled devices would be used for applications in consumer, commercial, and enterprise. The use of head-...

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Aug 02
The Northern Spy: high and low perceptions of...

By Rick Sutcliffe

High and low perceptions of technology are relative to an individual's “normal.” Just now, the Spy has finished his annual task of pressure washing the house, then putting some water on the squash and cucumber patch.

To someone living in Western society, small engine machines like pressure washers, string trimmers, generators, chain saws, lawn mowers and tractors are low technology--even to a city slicker who may not have heard of, much less used, any of these. Seen in use, all would be obvious and not particularly exciting--except perhaps to three-year-old grandson Gregory who would as, “But how does it work, Grandpa?"

Someone transported from a third world city slum would have less context, and might marvel, but to an Amazon jungle dweller, all would seem indistinguishable from magic--no concept of electricity or tap water, much less of the internal combustion engine, vinyl siding, or lawns. He or she might do well with a...

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Aug 02
Juniper: nearly six in 10 corporations considering...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that nearly six in 10 (57%) large corporations are either actively considering, or are in the process of, deploying blockchain technology.

Almost 400 company founders, executives, managers and IT responded to the research group’s survey; among companies who have reached the PoC (Proof of Concept) stage, two-thirds (66%) expected blockchain to be integrated into their systems by the end of 2018.

Using data from the survey, Juniper attendant deep dive strategy report identified settlement, land registry and digital fiat currency as ‘“best fit”opportunities for blockchain deployment, but cautioned that for each of these opportunities the scale and variety of barriers were significant. The research claimed that those companies which would benefit most from blockchain include those with:

° A need for transparency and...

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Aug 01
SD-WAN market to reach $8 billion in 2021

Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions have only been commercially available for a few years, but the technology's ability to address pressing enterprise networking needs has led to remarkable growth. A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that worldwide SD-WAN infrastructure and services revenues will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69.6% and reach $8.05 billion in 2021.

The most significant driver of SD-WAN growth over the next five years will be digital transformation (DX) in which enterprises deploy third platform technologies, including cloud, big data and analytics, mobility, and social business, to unlock new sources of innovation and creativity that enhance customer experiences and improve financial performance, according to IDC (www.idc.com). DX generally increases network workloads and elevates the network's end-to-end importance to business operations.

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Aug 01
Cloud infrastructure services grew 47% in Q2 2017

The global cloud infrastructure services market maintained strong momentum in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017, growing 47% year on year to reach US$14 billion, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com).

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remained the dominant cloud services provider, growing 42% on an annual basis and accounting for more than 30% of total spending, notes the research group. However, its growth rate was lower than those of its main rivals, Microsoft (97% growth) and Google (92% growth), but higher than fourth-placed IBM (23% growth). Overall, the top four cloud services providers represented 55% of the cloud infrastructure services market, which includes IaaS and PaaS.

Growth was driven by demand for primary cloud infrastructure services, such as on-demand computing and storage, across all customer segments and industries. However, Canalys predicts that future growth will be fueled by customers using...

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Jul 31
Parents plan less back-to-school spending than in 2016

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and both parents and teens are busy tackling long shopping lists. According to a new survey conducted on behalf of Ebates (www.ebates.com) many parents (42%) plan to spend between $100-$300—significantly less than the $250-$500 they planned to spend last year.

The survey also discovered that a majority of American parents are likely to take advantage of back-to-school promotions (80%). Social media is everywhere—and this year it’s even going to help teens with their back to school shopping decisions.

When asked which platform they use most frequently, teens say they use Instagram (68%) and Snapchat (67%) equally. Facebook was far behind, with only 39% of teens using it the most. College students rated Facebook much higher, however, with this age demographic selecting Instagram (71%), Snapchat (67%) and Facebook (66%) using each with about the same frequency.

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Jul 28
Online payment fraud detection spending to hit $9.3...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) finds that spending on online FDP (fraud detection and prevention) solutions is set to rise to $9.3 billion by 2022, an increase of 22% over this year’s anticipated spend.

The research group finds that perceptions of high software costs alongside relatively low awareness of effective solutions in the eCommerce space were slowing service uptake. Nevertheless, Juniper predicts that several factors would prove instrumental in driving the market forward.

The growing threat of insecure IoT (Internet of Things) devices will be key in driving FDP spend, notes Juniper. The evolution of IoT botnets from DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) weapons aimed at fraud automation tools will influence this trend, owing to a requirement for better customer verification tools.

Meanwhile, Juniper predicts the launch of 3DS 2.0 (3-D Secure 2.0)...

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Jul 27
Sharing economy revenues to double by 2022

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) finds that the sharing economy is set to see substantial growth, as players in more established sectors, such as transport and space, press their first mover advantage.

The research group forecasts that the sharing economy will reach $40.2 billion in 2022 in terms of platform provider revenues, up from $18.6 billion in 2017. Since Juniper’s previous research, some of the biggest names in the sharing economy including Uber and Lyft, have seen much greater returns from driver operations than expected. The proportion taken by these platforms is now around 30% per journey, as providers capitalize on an established driver network, notes Juniper.

In addition, uptake of many leading sharing services has increased considerably, with listings on shared space provider Airbnb growing from two million at the end of 2015, to 3 million this year....

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Jul 27
Refurbished, used mobile phone market to reach $40...

The global refurbished and used mobile phone market will see an expansion of 8.9% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] during the forecast period 2017 to 2025, according to Persistence Market Research (www.persistencemarketresearch.com). Global sales of refurbished and used mobile phones are estimated to account for revenues worth almost $20 million this year, notes the research group.

Global leading manufacturers of mobile phones are emphasizing on green initiatives, by reusing and recycling their products for adopting sustainability. With rapid changes in technology, new innovative gadgets with updated features are being introduced in the market, resulting into reduction in customer usage cycle of mobile phones, says Persistence Market Research.

Premium brand refurbished and used mobile phones are expected to remain sought-after in the market, with sales expanding at a...

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Jul 25
Gartner: AI tech will be in almost every new software...

Market hype and growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) are pushing established software vendors to introduce AI into their product strategy, creating considerable confusion in the process, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.garnter.com). The research group’s analysts predict that by 2020, AI technologies will be virtually pervasive in almost every new software product and service.

In January 2016, the term "artificial intelligence" was not in the top 100 search terms on gartner.com. By May 2017, the term ranked at No. 7, indicating the popularity of the topic and interest from Gartner clients in understanding how AI can and should be used as part of their digital business strategy. Gartner predicts that by 2020, AI will be a top five investment priority for more than 30 percent of CIOs.

"As AI accelerates up the Hype Cycle, many software providers are looking to stake their claim in the biggest gold...

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Jul 25
Mobile gaming segments are the most lucrative

A report by Newzoo (www.newzoo.com) on the global games market shows that 2.2 billion gamers across the globe are expected to generate $108.9 billion in game revenues in 2017. This represents an increase of $7.8 billion, or 7.8% from the year before.

Digital game revenues will account for $94.4 billion or 87% of the global market. The Newzoo report also indicates that mobile is the most lucrative segment, with smartphone and tablet gaming growing rapidly or at 19% year on year to $46.1 billion and accounting for 42% of the market. In 2020, mobile gaming will represent just more than half of the total games market.

Newzoo says that the Asia-Pacific is by far the largest region, with China expected to generate $27.5 billion or one-quarter of all revenues in 2017. Mobile games performed even better than expected in China, while the PC segments performed worse than anticipated. North America is the second-largest...

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Jul 24
Worldwide SMB IT spending to top $676 billion in 2021

New data from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that total IT spending by small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) will approach $568 billion in 2017 and increase by more than $100 billion to exceed $676 billion in 2021.

With a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5%, spending by businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees on IT hardware, software, and services, including business services, is expected to be slightly stronger than the research group's previous forecast.

"SMB IT spending growth continues to track about two percentage points higher than GDP growth across regions. But beneath that slowly rising tide are faster moving currents that reflect the changing ways SMBs are acquiring and deploying technology," said Ray Boggs, vice president, SMB Research at IDC.

SMBs around the world are increasingly interested in investing in resources to improve employee productivity and improve their competitive positions. Boggs noted that while...

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Jul 24
Mobile roaming revenues to fall 11% globally in 2017

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that operator revenues from international mobile roaming are expected to experience an 11% decline in 2017, as operators introduce “Roam Like at Home” packages in key markets including Europe, North America and Asia.

“Roam Like at Home”enables mobile users to use their monthly voice, data, and messaging allowance while roaming without incurring additional charges. Juniper Research forecasts that the annual revenues, worth an estimated $54 billion in 2016, will decline to $48 billion in 2017 as revenues generated from increased usage in many markets fail to offset those lost by lower roaming charges in the EU.

“This decline in global revenues is due to a 33% fall in European roaming revenues, following the EU regulation to end roaming surcharges,” research author Nitin Bhas added. “While we expect roaming tariffs outside...

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Jul 21
Worldwide public cloud services spending to reach $266...

Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com). Although spending growth will slow somewhat over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is expected to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21%, notes the research group.

Public cloud services spending will reach $128 billion in 2017, an increase of 25.4% over 2016. The U.S. will be the largest market for public cloud services accounting for more than 60% of worldwide revenues throughout the forecast and total spending of $163 billion in 2021. Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) will be the second and third largest regions with 2021 spending levels of $52 billion and $25 billion, respectively. APeJ and Latin America will experience the fastest spending growth over the forecast period with CAGRs of 26.7% and 26.2%, respectively....

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Jul 21
Most businesses using the cloud spend $100,000-plus on...

Businesses prefer storing data in the cloud but plan to invest in extra security precautions, according to the second report in Clutch's “Annual Cloud Computing Survey.” Clutch (https://clutch.co) is a B2B ratings and reviews firm.

Nearly 70% of businesses on the cloud prefer storing data in the cloud instead of on a legacy system, and these businesses are willing to invest heavily in keeping their cloud's data secure. In fact, over half of companies surveyed spend more than $100,000 annually on additional cloud security features.

One reason for the high investment in cloud security is companies' greater awareness of the security risks that are out of their cloud provider's control, according to industry experts, according to Clutch. When it comes to application-level security, including user access, password sharing, and other individual interactions, the company and its employees shoulder the responsibility...

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Jul 20
AI, analytics speed up the pace of digital workplace...

New research examining how organizations are evolving from a traditional office environment to a digital workplace reveals that gaining competitive advantage and improving business process are among the top goals of their digital transformation strategy. This is according to 40% of 800 organizations in 15 countries on five continents that were interviewed for a new Dimension Data (www.dimensiondata.com).

The research group says that digital transformation is not just about adopting the technologies of the past: 62% of research participants expect to have technology such as virtual advisors in their organizations within the next two years. In addition, 58% expect to start actively investing in technology that powers virtual advisors in the next two years.

Today, the digital workplace is no longer just made up of managers and those managed; co-workers collaborating with one another to complete...

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Jul 19
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A new Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) report notes that 59% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.

The firm's OTT Video Market Tracker service notes that only 6% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to any other OTT service without also having a subscription to one of the top three services, while 3% subscribe to one or more sports OTT video service, including MLB.TV, NFL Game Pass, NBA League Pass, or WWE Network.

The OTT Video Market Tracker ongoing service provides industry research data and analysis of competing players' strengths and weaknesses in the space and includes an exhaustive analysis of market trends and profiles of more than 100 OTT video service providers in the U.S. and Canada.

"U.S. consumers are not taking solely a Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu subscription. Many are shopping around and trialing new services to get access to...

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Jul 18
Peer-to-peer payment transactions to exceed $120...

The use of mobile peer-to-peer payment apps, such as Venmo, in the US will continue to experience double-digit growth through 2021, according to eMarketer’s (www.emarketer.com) latest mobile banking/payments forecast. 
 
The transaction value of mobile peer-to-peer payments in the U.S. will grow 55.0% this year to $120.38 billion, notes the research group. Transaction values are on pace to double by 2021.  This year in particular, growth of P2P payment apps will largely be driven by the rollout of Zelle, a network of more than 30 banks and credit unions that will allow banking customers to transfer money to others within the network.  It will be rolled out over the next 12 months.    

“Mobile P2P payments have been driven by the desire for convenience, on-demand payments and the widespread adoption of smartphones,” said eMarketer forecasting analyst Cindy Liu. “Strong double-digit growth is...

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Jul 18
In-Flight Wi-Fi to be Offered on Over Half of...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that commercial aircraft adopting in-flight Wi-Fi services will reach 14,419 globally by 2022, up from an estimated 5,243 in 2017. This will mean that over half of the global fleet will offer such services in 2022, compared with just under a quarter this year.

This increase will primarily be driven by the impact of the BYOD (bring your own device) trend, despite increased security concerns from several governments, primarily the US, which has given rise to the so-called “laptop ban,” says the research group. Juniper found that in-flight wireless streaming is increasingly being offered as an IFE (in-flight entertainment) option, based on a lower installation cost and weight savings versus seatback systems.

Indeed, with many vendors offering combined wireless streaming and Wi-Fi connectivity services, Juniper predicted that...

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Jul 17
IDC study reveals the top three drivers of cloud...

Newly released results from IDC (www.idc.com) reveal that the top drivers of cloud adoption include improving agility and security, as well as standardizing IT infrastructure.

As multi-cloud environments and hybrid cloud become more prevalent, the survey revealed that 87% of cloud users have adopted some capabilities for a hybrid cloud strategy, an increase of 17% compared to 2016, according to the research group.

"Beyond adoption and maturity, a series of questions on 'why are' or 'why aren't' respondents moving more workloads to the cloud makes up a key part of the study," said Ben jamin McGrath, senior research analyst, SaaS and Cloud Software.

Additional findings from the study include:

° 56% of users run more than one type of cloud deployment.

° 40% of cloud users are "Cloud First" organizations.

"When we look at the shift in IT spend over the next 12-24 months to more of a mix of...

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Jul 17
Global E-SIM card market to see increases competition

The global E-SIM card market is predicted to see the entry of a “significant number” of new players and intensifying competition in the future, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR). A few of the prominent players operating in the global E-SIM card market are Apple, Samsung, Gemalto N.V., Giesecke & Devrient, NTT DOCOMO, OT-Morpho, Telefonica S.A., Deutsche Telekom AG, Sierra Wireless., and ST Microelectronics.

A report by Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.cxom) projects the global E-SIM card market to expand at 13.5% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] between 2017 and 2025. At this rate, the market is expected to be pegged at $14,6 million by 2025, increasing from $4 million in 2016.

The global E-SIM card market based upon application is segmented into machine to machine (M2M), wearable and companion devices, smartphones, and...

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Jul 14
Consumer, SOHO, SMB NAS market growing at 6.14% CAGR...

Consumer, SOHO, and SMB network attached storage market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) now through 2021, according to a new report from ReportsnReports (reportsandreports.com). Part of that is due to the increasing popularity of cloud-based NAS, a remote storage system that can be accessed over the Internet, adds the research group.

According to the ReportsnReports report, another driver in the market is raising demand for video surveillance systems. Smart home security is among the most demanding IoT applications from the consumer's end point. Smart home security systems operate on the centralized control of the home gateway where the intelligence shifts onto the cloud network. Cloud-based services provide a more user-friendly system to end-users for controlling the security devices as part of the cloud-based system. Issues such as interoperability, updating of software and so on would all be taken care of by cloud services.

ReportsnReports says...

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Jul 11
Global docking station market to grow through 2021

A new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) predicts that the global docking station market will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 5.87 % during the period 2017-2021.

The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is growing market for wireless docking stations, according to the research group. The growing popularity of wireless electronic devices, such as laptops and smartphones, is encouraging docking station manufacturers to design and produce docking stations that can connect to laptops and smartphones wirelessly.

Docking stations are becoming important, especially in workplaces, as they provide employees the freedom to use external monitors and other input devices with ease. However, wired docking stations add a constraint to the workplace as they restrict the mobility of users.

According to the Research and Markets report, one of the...

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