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Want to maximize the success of your digital transformation? Make the CIO your digital educator

If you’re an average Japanese farmer, chances are that you’re 66 years old and there are a lot fewer of you around than there used to be. With the number of workers in farming and forestry workers dwindling significantly in recent years, several IT players in Japan, (Fujitsu being an example), are considering storing farmers’ agricultural knowledge in the cloud so that their expertise can be passed on to the next generation, using computers as their digital educators. Whether computers can ever properly substitute for human coaching/mentoring (or robots replace a human workforce for that matter) remains an open question. […]  More >>
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My daughters’ daughters won’t have to learn to drive – but will they even need to work?

Anyone seen that Mashable video at the end of last year showing how the Tesla autopilot predicted – and then avoided – a sudden crash two vehicles ahead on a Dutch highway? It’s pretty extreme footage and any driver will be left wondering how, without the help of the artificial intelligence (AI) embedded in the car, they would have known when to start breaking. So 2016 has almost ended up where Total Recall left off in 1990, when Arnold Schwarzenegger had to deal with Johnny Cab, a self-driving taxi robot (although, ironically Arnie ends up taking over the driving himself). […]  More >>
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Digital killed the radio star

For over 80 years, people have been tuning in to FM radio for the tunes that get them through their day. But this week marks the beginning of the end of FM. The government of Norway has announced they were beginning the shutdown of broadcast FM radio throughout the country, a process which will be complete by the end of 2017. They won’t be shutting down broadcast radio, just moving it to Digital Audio Broadcasting – or DAB – which offers more channels, better audio quality and cost savings for broadcasters which can be invested in more content development. The […]  More >>
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Want to earn US$1.6B after only 5 years? Just go virtualize your video-delivery network

Calling all parents, does this sound familiar? Our five-year-old is quite happy to watch her favourite shows on any device – except for on a TV. I’ve even taught her how to stream content from the iPad to the TV in an effort to persuade her about the comfort and benefits of watching on a big screen, but nothing works. (“It’s more fun to watch it like this!”) And it’s not just her…  More >>
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How did you do your Christmas shopping?

Don’t tell the kids but even Santa probably uses the Internet for some help with all that shopping and deliveries. My guess is that most of you bought some, perhaps even all of your Christmas gifts online. If so, did you manage to keep all your presents a surprise from the intended recipient? Well done if you did, because as the Wall Street Journal’s Laura Stevens discovers, your browsing history or the ads that follow you around on the Internet can unfortunately sometimes give away the surprise you have in store. Buying her husband a present on the family Amazon […]  More >>
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Fed up of going on blind dates? (Well, so are service-provider customers)

“I think these two are off to a bad start” observed the Alabama Police Chief Deputy. (That’s an understatement.) Luckily for those of us looking for love, most blind dates don’t end up in a police chase, but if you’ve ever been on one, you know how awkward they can be.   More >>
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Why OTT could be Pay-TV’s new best friend

In the battle against over-the-top (OTT) video services, AT&T recently unveiled its new “rules-free” TV streaming service for cord cutters. Described by AT&T Entertainment Group CEO Group John Stankey, as “TV your way,” DirecTV Now is targeted towards subscribers who aren’t entirely ready to rely only on Netflix, YouTube, or whatever is free on the web. This new service enables subscribers to watch shows from the major networks, (although the ability to live stream NBC, ABC, and Fox is limited to select markets). Not only priced significantly lower than traditional cable TV packages, AT&T subscribers can stream to their smartphones […]  More >>
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Why I’m not going to argue with Tom Cruise

“OK, Alexa – how long did it take to create you?” We’ll save Amazon’s helpful voice-activated personal assistant the trouble of answering – according to CCS Insight’s Chief of Research Ben Wood, it took Amazon a mere 1,500 engineers working on Alexa for four years before Alexa’s launch. That’s a pretty big commitment but fortunately for Amazon, the result so far is a positive one, judging by early adopters’ feedback, and 3 million units sold in the first year.  More >>
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The Third Network – Live from MEF 16 in Baltimore

The digital economy requires “Third Network services,” said Nan Chen, president of MEF, in the opening session of MEF16 here in Baltimore. Or, as Comcast’s Chad Haggerty put it, in today’s on-demand era, “we need to think differently about connectivity services and embrace software to gain speed, agility and reliability.” But what is the “Third Network”? According to an MEF white paper announced today, the Third Network is an industry vision for the evolution and transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them. In this vision, the Third Network combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of […]  More >>
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John Legend’s mobile etiquette guide – Live from CTIA in Las Vegas

Ever wonder how musicians feel at a concert when you have your mobile phone outstretched over your head, videoing the performance? Ten-time Grammy winning musician John Legend admits to a love-hate relationship with the mobile experience at concerts. On the one hand, he told the audience on the last day of the CTIA Super Mobility Show 2016 here in Las Vegas, it’s a powerful marketing tool, encouraging people to buy tickets for future performances, which is where the money is these days for musicians. But if you’re sat in the audience, as he was recently at a Mariah Carey show […]  More >>
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The future demands 5G – Live from CTIA in Las Vegas

It might not be here yet, but there was no escaping 5G at the second day of the CTIA Super Mobility Show 2016 here in Las Vegas. Just as the new technology took center stage yesterday, 5G continued to dominate the discussion during the morning’s keynote sessions. Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri put it the most bluntly, declaring that “4G is great but the future requires 5G.” Suri argued that while 4G essentially does what 2G and 3G could do but better, 5G will be a radical game changer. By harnessing the new technology, we will be able to […]  More >>
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Why your phone has become the remote control of your life – Live from CTIA in Las Vegas

The mobile phone has become “the remote control of your life,” Glenn Lurie, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Operations CEO said in his keynote speech today on the first day of CTIA Super Mobility Show 2016, here in Las Vegas. One of the first changes that the advent of mobile phones introduced was that people stopped calling places – the home or the office – and started calling people, Lurie noted. Now the latest change is the explosion in mobile-video usage, and the consumer demand to enjoy content on any device or place that they want. This is why AT&T, following […]  More >>
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The 5G revolution – Live from CTIA in Las Vegas

5G isn’t a technology, it’s a revolution, according to Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Speaking at the CTIA Super Mobility Show 2016, here in Las Vegas, Wheeler described 5G as “the missing piece of the puzzle depicting the wireless future,” pointing out that today’s wired and wireless networks are forcing customers to choose either high speed and capacity, or mobility. With 5G’s promise of gigabit mobile connections at any location, this new technology, he said, will open up hugely disruptive, new value propositions and bring benefits such as smart-city energy grids, safer transportation networks,and new opportunities to […]  More >>
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Where does PAY-TV go from here? New research reveals the “Experience Generation”

f you haven’t seen what happens in season 6 of Game of Thrones yet, don’t worry – no spoilers ahead! But it’s premium on-demand programs like this or a one-off sporting event that are compelling enough to persuade 18-21 year olds to sign up with a Pay-TV or OTT service just to watch it. Nothing wrong with that, you would think – except for the fact that once it’s over, 43% of them told 451 Research in a new Amdocs-commissioned survey that they then go and cancel their subscription  More >>
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Why there’s money to be made from NY sidewalks (and data analytics)

If you’re planning a trip to New York this summer, you might end up walking the streets – literally. Overcrowded sidewalks, particularly around key transit hubs like Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal, are forcing pedestrians off the sidewalks and onto the street. In order to alleviate the congestion, transport officials are starting to collect data to help them identify which specific places to invest in. By the way, Fifth Avenue might be a good place to start …  More >>
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Why the digital teen would rather be Bill Gates than Adele

Forget Taylor Swift or Adele – teenagers’ connection to technology is so strong that two thirds of teenagers say they would rather be Bill Gates when they grow up than a pop star. And they don’t just want to use technology, they’re happy for it to become an actual physical part of their bodies, with an astonishing 78 percent of teenagers willing to have an Internet-connected device embedded in their arm. If you’re finding that a little difficult to understand, you’re not the only one – apparently, so is your communication service provider.  More >>
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It’s “va va voom!” as connected cars overtake mobile phones

Guess what’s driving growth in the mobile-phone saturated US cellular market? The clue’s in the word “driving”. According to the latest report from industry consultant Chetan Sharma, the major American carriers actually added more connected cars as new accounts than they did phones. “The market position of the car today is similar to where the smartphone was in 2010 — it’s just taken off and is ready to explode.” says Business Intelligence’s Andrew Meola.  More >>