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June 11, 2014

Three Categories for Success in Wearable Devices

Wearable electronic devices are such a new category in consumer electronics that there are no standards for designing a device that consumers will ultimately buy. Instead, the focus should be on three main categories. A device should be aesthetically pleasing while remaining functional, easy to use and offer a good value for price. The future of wearable devices could lie in better app integration, but for now, many wearable devices remain notification devices.

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How the Brazilian Consumer will Enjoy the 2014 World Cup

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With it taking more than 175 hours of work for a typical worker to pay for the most expensive ticket, how will the average Brazilian Consumer watch the World Cup?

 

June 5, 2014

Have we Reached a Tipping Point in the Payments Industry?

 

New technologies could soon uproot traditional means of payment as companies such as Isis, Weve, LevelUp and MPayMe threaten the long established method of paying by a card swipe. However, the industry is still a long way from complete disruption as these technologies still rely on the card payment infrastructure to conduct payments. Mobile payment products do exist that circumnavigate card payments and rely on technology such as electronic funds transfers, but in the short term traditional payment providers don’t have to worry about losing business to disruptors quite yet.

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May 30, 2014

Apple Acquires Beats by Dre

 

Apple recently acquired Beats by Dre for US$ 3 Billion, the company’s first major move since the release of the iPad. Both Apple and Beats have very similar marketing strategies and their product lines are sleek and modern, making the move a good fit for both companies. The important acquisition for Apple however is Beats Music, a streaming audio service. Apple had no previous foray into streaming music services so Beats Music can help Apple compete with Spotify, Pandora and Amazon’s recently announced streaming music service.

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May 29, 2014

Apple’s US$3 Billion Bet on Headphones and Music Streaming

Weeteck_looAnalyst Insight by Loo Wee Tek - Head of Consumer Electronics

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Apple Inc (Apple) officially announced an agreement to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for a total of US$3 billion. Beat Music is the company that offers subscription-based streaming music service much like a smaller Spotify whereas Beats Electronics sells the wildly popular Beats headphones and other accessories.  

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May 28, 2014

Speculation Surrounding Apple and Nokia's 2014 Product Launches

 

Samsung, LG and HTC have all released new smartphones in 2014 but Apple and Nokia have remained silent on any product releases for 2014 so far. The latest iPhone is expected to be released in the fall of 2014 with a larger screen and a compliment of wearable devices to combat products such as the Galaxy Gear from Samsung. This is an important release for Apple as North American consumers are leaning towards low cost Android phones. It is unlikely that Nokia will release a new phone in 2014 after the company’s purchase by Microsoft but should begin a new approach to hardware and software in order for future Windows-based phones to gain wider acceptance.

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May 24, 2014

Income Inequality Fragments the Global Telecommunications Market

Pavel_MarceuxWith Pavel Marceux - Contributing Technology, Communications and Media Analyst

Income inequality, which is the gap between earnings of the rich and poor, creates a major digital divide between consumer groups worldwide. Telecommunications companies tend to develop infrastructure in areas that can afford services and price these services accordingly, alienating low-income consumers and fragmenting the telecoms markets.  One solution to this digital divide is internet enabled mobile devices, which are generally cheaper in both price point and internet subscription. 

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May 15, 2014

Wearable Tech: Digital Consumers Still Need Convincing

Pavel_MarceuxAnalyst Insight by Pavel Marceux - Contributing Technology, Communications and Media Analyst

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In a global digital landscape driven by surging consumer communications expenditure, there are few segments that can still offer the creative opportunities like the wearable tech market. Though attracting much hype over the past year, wearable smart technologies are yet to become necessary accessories even among wealthy developed-market consumers. Design flaws, cost concerns and narrow niches have held back the segment from entering the mainstream market, despite the recent rapid success of other telecom-focused products such as music players, smartphones and tablets. However, the lack of a clear brand leader and a product yet to capture the public’s imagination offers opportunities to capture what can potentially become a giant global market for wearable tech.

Global Telecom Equipment Expenditure and Smartphone Retail Value: 2008-2017

Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics/Eurostat/UN/OECD/trade sources

Note: Figures are in constant 2013 terms; data for 2014-2017 is forecast 

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May 11, 2014

Smartphones og Tablets Oplever Stor Vækst i Danmark

Tablets og smartphones er nærmest blevet hvermandseje i Danmark, og de bruges af både yngre og ældre generationer samt i erhvervslivet og til personlig brug. Salget af tablets har været imponerende i Danmark, med en vækst i 2012 på 56% og i 2013 på 45%. Vi vil se en mindre positiv vækst i den nærmeste fremtid, og det skyldes at mange forbrugere endnu ikke vil erstatte deres nuværende smartsphone eller tablet, selvom priserne på disse falder.

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Smartphones and Tablets Recording Strong Growth in Denmark

 

Tablet and smartphones, permeating the daily lives of consumers in Denmark, are used by both younger and older generations for business and personal use. Sales of personal consumer electronics have been impressive in the country with tablet sales rising by 56 and 45 percent in 2012 and 2013 respectively. A slowdown is expected soon due as consumers keep their current phones and tablets even as unit prices for these electronics fall.

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