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Amazon ups the ante in the land grab for the home

Amazon ups the ante in the land grab for the home

Written by on September 22, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Amazon increases its aggressive land grab. Not content to sit on 70% market share, Amazon is aggressively compensating for the lack of Alexa on smartphones by effectively giving the devices away and pushing e-commerce as hard as it can. A land grab strategy makes complete sense because the more Amazon can drive Alexa usage, the more […]

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Question: can AI machines ever have an ‘aha’ moment?

Question: can AI machines ever have an ‘aha’ moment?

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

While the debate about whether AI will lead us to destruction or not continues, one recent insight is worth reporting. A lecture on the progress in finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease in Edinburgh is not the place where you would think you would be struck by insights into AI, but it was. The reason […]

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Will Brexit have a positive or negative impact on telecoms?

Will Brexit have a positive or negative impact on telecoms?

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

With 18 months to go before the UK’s formal exit from the EU, Brexit is rolling in fast, pushing a bow-wave of uncertainty ahead of it. When the wave breaks, which way up will it leave the UK telecoms industry? The biggest impact is likely to result from changing patterns of movement within the EU. […]

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EVs could trigger huge disruption in the car industry

EVs could trigger huge disruption in the car industry

Written by on September 18, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

EVs could trigger a huge decline in vehicle demand. Vehicle makers are queuing up to announce their commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) but at the same they may be cheering for their own demise. Volvo began it by committing to an EV line-up in 2019 followed by Chinese plans to ban all sales of fossil fuel […]

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Guy Kawasaki has some lessons on real digital transformation

Guy Kawasaki has some lessons on real digital transformation

Written by on September 15, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The ACC2017 conference kicked off in Cebu on Tuesday with a pep talk from Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley guru and chief evangelist for online graphic design platform Canva, who outlined key points that telcos should keep in mind as they plot their path to digital transformation. Drawing from his own experience working for Apple  – […]

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Will AI deliver us to heaven or hell?

Will AI deliver us to heaven or hell?

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

AI, not the baby, fast look up kind, but the one that is just beginning to emerge and worry people like Elon Musk (hashtag ‘next stop Mars’) is at a crossroads. Between the many, many lines of hype about AI (generally the baby, fast look up, variety) the evolving technology is getting some very serious […]

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Putting the digital into digital transformation

Putting the digital into digital transformation

Written by on September 13, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

In case you hadn’t noticed, the word digital is everywhere. We’re all digitally transforming or digitally enabling or embracing the digital economy (or not). There are those of us who hate the word because it seems oddly out of date – telecoms having ‘gone digital’ decades ago. We remember when digitalisation simply meant making information […]

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The humble database is not so humble; it must drive digital transformation

The humble database is not so humble; it must drive digital transformation

Written by on September 12, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Long gone are the days where a relational database supported the telco business. It is over a decade since the comfortable, post-paid world of telecoms faced the first wave of digital service providers. Digital service providers, whose business is not only internet based, but is completely real-time require a different breed of database. Massive amounts […]

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Huawei needs its own algorithms to succeed in AI

Huawei needs its own algorithms to succeed in AI

Written by on September 11, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Huawei abandoned its habit of launching a new phone at IFA 2017 and instead focused on a new chipset called the Kirin 970 that promises all usual the bells and whistles as well as artificial intelligence. Huawei made some bold claims regarding its hardware performance as well as power efficiency thanks to its 10nm geometry […]

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Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You may have noticed that we are being quite nice and quite quiet about our friend Facebook, the anti-social network. In the past we have wondered how investors continued to pile in to a business based on a one-sided business model – advertising. We marvelled at the metrics not only Facebook, but other platforms, used […]

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