Richard Windsor

Richard Windsor

Dr Richard Windsor is the founder of Radio Free Mobile which is an independent research provider. The research helps clients to understand and evaluate the players in the digital ecosystem and presents a unique perspective on how all the pieces fit together in an easy to read and digest way. The product is available on a subscription basis and counts members of the handset, telecom carrier, Internet, semiconductor and financial industries as its subscribers. RFM is the land of the one man band meaning that Dr. W. also makes the tea.

Indian e-commerce: Amazon is now the hot favourite

Indian e-commerce: Amazon is now the hot favourite

Written by on August 8, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The only likely winner in India is now Amazon. Snapdeal has ended merger discussions with Flipkart in a move that, I think, snuffs out the one chance the local players had to keep Amazon at bay. At the same time Softbank is now looking at committing $1.5bn – $2bn into Flipkart in a move that I […]

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Facebook’s new smart speaker is actually pretty dumb

Facebook’s new smart speaker is actually pretty dumb

Written by on July 31, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Another smart speaker that badly needs a brain. It looks like Facebook is joining the ever more crowded smart speaker bandwagon, but without a decent brain inside the box, it may as well be a paperweight. One possibility is for the device to use Cortana as it comes from one of the few companies that doe […]

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AR is years away for consumers, but what about the enterprise?

AR is years away for consumers, but what about the enterprise?

Written by on July 25, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Between a surprising re-launch of Google Glass and a major pivot by Meta, it is increasingly clear that while augmented reality (AR) makes sense in the enterprise, it is years away from the consumer market. Google has quietly relaunched Google Glass as a smaller unit with upgraded electronics that can attach to a range of […]

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Snap shares slip – time for a reality check

Snap shares slip – time for a reality check

Written by on July 17, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Twitter remains by far the better choice. Reality is beginning to set in for Snap Inc. but I think that the shares still have some distance to go before there is an opportunity to snap up a bargain. A major downgrade by one of its underwriters taking the target price from $28 to just $16 caused […]

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The fine imposed on Google for unfair search is not the point

The fine imposed on Google for unfair search is not the point

Written by on July 4, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Google has time on its side in Android. I think that it is the remedies that the EU imposes that have the potential to do the real damage as long as they are quickly put in place. I view the fine as almost an irrelevance. Alphabet has been handed a $2.7bn fine by the EU as […]

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Do not underestimate the importance of sensors in AI

Do not underestimate the importance of sensors in AI

Written by on July 3, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Sensors are the eyes and ears of AI. Data is the raw material of artificial intelligence (see here) meaning that will be increasingly critical that the sensors that collect that data are reliable and accurate. Nowhere is this more true than in eHealth where inaccurate data is useless at best and deadly at worst. This is […]

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Are Facebook and Microsoft actually the perfect partners?

Are Facebook and Microsoft actually the perfect partners?

Written by on June 27, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

I see Microsoft and Facebook creeping quietly together. I continue to think that Facebook and Microsoft make very good partners and I see them doing more and more together over the long-term. In addition to building an undersea cable together (see here), the companies have a long history of collaboration and when I look at their […]

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Digital cars: why the infotainment unit is probably redundant

Digital cars: why the infotainment unit is probably redundant

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The best automotive infotainment unit is the one in my pocket. A car maker with a future is a car maker that realises how vital its data is and pays the buyers of its vehicles for the right to use it. This also has the added benefit of creating a relationship with the buyer of the […]

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Facebook’s intelligent digital assistant is not very intelligent

Facebook’s intelligent digital assistant is not very intelligent

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Very little AI in the assistant that has launched. Now that Facebook’s digital assistant is available in the wild, one can see how simplistic it is indicating just how far Facebook still has to go to get a real grip on making its services more intelligent. Facebook M has been in beta for over 18 months […]

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Alphabet set to become more focused on monetising data

Alphabet set to become more focused on monetising data

Written by on June 14, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Homeless robots find permanent shelter. Alphabet has reached a deal to sell both Boston Dynamics and Schaft to SoftBank leaving it more focused on its core business of collection and monetisation of Internet data. Boston Dynamics is a robotics company that specialises in robots that are autonomous as far as navigating and adjusting to their immediate […]

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