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Four out of five first world problems relate to Wi-Fi – no, really!

Four out of five first world problems relate to Wi-Fi – no, really!

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

Dailymail.co.uk is the hub of celebrity gossip for millions of people in Western Europe and beyond. It is not the first place I would think of when it comes to groundbreaking technological research, but a survey outlining so-called First World Problems caught my eye last week. The top 20 includes a number of eye rollers; picking out […]

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VR and AR still a long, long way from being properly ready

VR and AR still a long, long way from being properly ready

Written by on October 16, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Facebook has launched a wireless VR headset that appears to be very similar to Oculus Gear which addresses a gap in its portfolio but does nothing to alleviate the issues that keep VR a niche segment. At the same time Apple has admitted that real AR is years away, explaining its (and almost everyone else’s) […]

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The Chinese were first with paper money, now first with paperless

The Chinese were first with paper money, now first with paperless

Written by on October 10, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The Chinese were first with the great transition from commodity money to paper money. They had the necessary technologies (you can’t have paper money without paper and you can’t do it at scale without printing) and, more importantly, they had the bureaucracy. “In 1260, Genghis’ grandson Kublai Khan became Emperor and determined that it was […]

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Amazon and Microsoft dating or just flirting – what’s the attraction?

Amazon and Microsoft dating or just flirting – what’s the attraction?

Written by on October 9, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Amazon looks to be the main beneficiary of the co-operation between Amazon and Microsoft which will see Alexa offer access to Cortana and vice-a-versa. Amazon and Microsoft are working on a co-operation where Windows 10 users will be able to get Cortana to open Alexa and perform its range of functions. Users of Amazon Echo products […]

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Banking ain’t what it used be – in some cases it’s getting even worse!

Banking ain’t what it used be – in some cases it’s getting even worse!

Written by on October 5, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

A banker asked me, do I really believe fintech can change the banking business. I told him, let’s think about a typical bank account, its user gets one salary payment, pays a few bills and handles some card transactions each month, do you really need one-billion-dollar IT systems, 10,000 people and hundreds of branches to […]

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What do failed IT projects and airplane crashes have in common?

What do failed IT projects and airplane crashes have in common?

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

I have often joked to colleagues and clients that I should write a book on why IT Services companies walk blindly into situations that lead to them having troubled accounts – and what they can do avoid such circumstances. Somehow, life kept getting in the way of this notion. However, having left my last company […]

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Is the iPhone X and Face ID enough to put Apple back on top?

Is the iPhone X and Face ID enough to put Apple back on top?

Written by on October 2, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Face ID will make or break this device. I have long believed that this year’s iPhone offerings will not trigger a super cycle of replacement but with a lukewarm reception for the iPhone 8 is likely to mean that it is up to the iPhone X to drive Apple’s bottom line beyond expectations. When I look […]

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It seems that even Oculus does not believe the VR hype

It seems that even Oculus does not believe the VR hype

Written by on September 28, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Even Oculus doesn’t believe the hype. Oculus has sent the surest signal yet that all is not well with virtual reality (VR) in a move that can only be interpreted as an admission that VR is far from being able to live up to the expectations that have been set for it. Oculus has updated its […]

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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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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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