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Will the Internet of Things become a practical commerce platform?

Will the Internet of Things become a practical commerce platform?

Written by on February 21, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is inevitable, ahead of MWC, that there is a flurry of announcements and activity. From 5G to payments, from AR to security, the place is awash. The Internet of Things is no exception, and IBM has done more than most to bang the drum (toot its horn and blow its trumpet). The company sees pretty much […]

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Google vs Amazon, VHS vs Betamax, this time the home’s the prize

Google vs Amazon, VHS vs Betamax, this time the home’s the prize

Written by on February 21, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

This could be a repeat of VHS vs. Betamax. Google is adding functionality to allow Google Assistant to compete more directly with Amazon’s Alexa, but what it really needs is to offer love and support to developers of smart home products. Google’s failure to do this was visible on every stand at CES where a smart […]

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However far away, AR & VR are surely here to stay

However far away, AR & VR are surely here to stay

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Some days you can’t help but love your job! In December 2016, my new company, along with IMDA, Favorite Medium, IoT Asia and Vertic, sponsored Pecha Kucha’s Rojak.Digital event at Singapore’s National Gallery. As part of the event, I participated in the world’s first combined augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) experience. Seeing first-hand how AR and […]

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PayPal is established but still making waves in the world of payments

PayPal is established but still making waves in the world of payments

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The world of digital – particularly mobile – payments is fast-moving and complex. And unlikely to get simpler any time soon. The question for players that are not called Apple, Samsung or Wal-Mart is ‘how do you keep up, how do you differentiate yourself?’ The answer, for PayPal at least, is to extend the functionality […]

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What do Her Majesty the Queen and hoovers have in common?

What do Her Majesty the Queen and hoovers have in common?

Written by on February 17, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You would be forgiven for wondering why Her Majesty the Queen would be interested in hoovers. It is not easy to visualise our monarch wielding the Dyson (although she most certainly does). Actually, the answer in this case is to do with security. The Queen recently opened the National Cyber Security Centre, a public/private initiative […]

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T-Mobile and Jio show how to be two steps ahead in innovation

T-Mobile and Jio show how to be two steps ahead in innovation

Written by on February 16, 2017 in Guest Blog with 1 Comment

While T-Mobile and Jio operate in starkly different conditions, they are both driving their own brand of innovation. What’s great about T-Mobile and Jio is they tend to plan two steps ahead. Whether they think “outside the box” or they are just playing a different game, the results most often make an impact that competitors […]

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Facebook demonstrates just how serious it is about ‘video first’

Facebook demonstrates just how serious it is about ‘video first’

Written by on February 15, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Facebook is the company that never sleeps. OK so they were late on mobile, but let’s call that a lesson learned. They seem to have very clear strategies to win at just about every game they are prepared to play. The game plan for the Facebook future is clear: Continuous innovation and sustained domination. Facebook […]

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The Oslo Fintech Fest and why Norway is a role model for, well, everything

The Oslo Fintech Fest and why Norway is a role model for, well, everything

Written by on February 15, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Well, I’m just back from Oslo where it was a balmy -4 during the Oslo Fintech Fest. The nice people organising this little get-together of a almost a thousand close friends asked me along to give a short talk on the next ten years of Fintech and since some of Consult Hyperion’s favourite Nordic clients […]

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The future of money is not cash, nor cards, it is the device itself

The future of money is not cash, nor cards, it is the device itself

Written by on February 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Some years ago a mother was explaining to a five year old daughter why Daddy had to go away during the week. “He has to go to get money,” said the mother. After a pause, the five year old said, “but why can’t Daddy go to the hole in the wall like everyone else”. At […]

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Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

Written by on February 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Hong Kong incumbent telco HKT is very angry with the Hong Kong government because it is desperately worried that Hong Kong is going to be left behind in the global 5G race unless it gets new 5G spectrum ASAP. HKT’s angst is understandable – especially here in the early months of 2017, with Mobile […]

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