With its smartphones performing well globally and the hype generated behind a court order temporarily barring the sale of its latest tablet in the US, Samsung has been presented with the perfect opportunity to experience unprecedented growth. Log onto:http://www.abhirdayaram.com/2012/07/05/samsung-step-plate/ to read more about this.
Can Lenovo's new leadership live up to expectations?
News that the founder of Lenovo, the world’s second biggest PC producing company, Liu Chuanzhi will be stepping down as president of parent company Legend Holdings has been met with surprise with a number of people asking if the new leadership has what it takes to drive the company forward. Log onto: http://www.abhirdayaram.com/2012/06/23/lenovo-leadership-live-expectations/ to find out more.
Airtime, the new video social media app that works off Facebook was launched this week by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning; who previously founded Napster, the first music sharing website and in the case of Sean Parker, was a co-founder of Spotify and an early employee of Facebook. Log onto my blog to find out more: http://www.abhirdayaram.com/2012/06/21/airtime-launched-early/
Activison Blizzard, the multibillion dollar games developer behind a whole host of successful games including the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero series, World of Warcraft, the Marvel series and many more has finally announced that its looking to enter the rapid growing mobile gaming market. Log onto my blog: http://www.abhirdayaram.com/2012/06/21/activison-blizzards-innovative-plan-mobile/ to find out more.
Applications or apps for short – whether they are for cell phones, smartphones or tablets have never been more popular; with even President Obama ordering government agencies to start developing them. With this popularity has come great wealth and Apple’s App Store alone generates $5.4m a day from the top 200 apps and has seen over 63,000 new apps added this year alone (according to market research firm Distimo), from developers looking to make it big and become the next Instagram or Rovio. With so many applications available; many developers are taking too many liberties and short cuts that could potentially develop into a multibillion dollar problem for both themselves and their consumers. Read my blog to find out more about this topic: http://www.abhirdayaram.com/2012/06/19/apps-multibillion-dollar-time-bomb/
Hollywood has come a step closer to completely replacing physical entertainment media with video streaming with the launch of the Disc to Digital service in partnership with Wal-Mart. This new service involves movie fans presenting their blu-ray discs or dvd’s at a Wal-Mart store and then, for a small fee, gaining permanent access to an online version of each movie on either Wal-Mart’s Vudu website or UltraViolet, a website run by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE); a consortium of all top Hollywood producers except Disney and LucasFilm, which have decided to develop their own services.
According to Wal-Mart’s category director for movies, Louis Greth this is “the right first step” to ease consumers into owning movies online while Dennis Maguire, president, Worldwide Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures said “The unmatched reach of Wal-Mart – which serves over 140 million consumers every week – means we can quickly grow awareness for this unique technology throughout every region across the country.” Aside from Vudu and Ultraviolet; video streaming is also available from Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, LOVEFiLM, Netflix, and Voddler. Established technological corporations are also showing an interest with Apple, Google and Microsoft developing their own services as they seek to leverage their respective strengths in web technologies to capitalise on this new market.
Video Streaming on this scale is a huge development and its emergence is due to the rise of two types of technology – cloud computing and internet connected devices. Cloud based computing through the sharing of computing resources across a network allows for the mass storage of thousands of movies and television and the sharp growth in of internet connected devices such as Internet TVs, Computers, Tablets, Game consoles, Set top boxes, Blu-ray players and Smartphones provides for a large market for suppliers.
With hundreds of millions of connected TVs and set-top boxes expected to ship worldwide over the next five years, the motion picture and television business is on the cusp of the biggest technological upheaval since the introduction of cable TV. While it’s not certain who set to dominate one thing is truly clear – the days of Blu-Ray and DVD are well and truly numbered.