According to new projections from Juniper Research, the installed base of connected appliances in “Smart Homes” will surpass the 10 million mark by 2017.
That’s an impressive jump from 4 million at the end of 2013.
Juniper’s new report – Smart Home Ecosystems & the Internet of Things – found that consumer awareness of connected appliances, such as smart fridges and washing machines was gradually increasing, but that such devices are not widely considered to represent attractive purchases.
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The following is a guest contributed post from Toffer Grant, CEO and Founder of PEX Card.
When leaving the house over the past decade, a typical person’s checklist has morphed from “keys and wallet”, to “phone, keys and wallet” to “smart phone, keys… and do I really need my wallet?” With the evolution and growth of mobile payment solutions, now more than ever, you can cross “wallet” off of your mental checklist.
New applications and venues for accepting mobile payments have revolutionized online sales for merchants and consumers alike.
Posted in Announcements, Marketing Strategy, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, Mobile Shopping, News, Platforms, Predictions, Smartphones, Technology, Topics
ABI Research’s latest quarterly market data report on location technologies indicates that 2014 is shaping up to be a breakout year for indoor location technologies in retail environments.
The reason? Early adopters are entering the final year of the three-year technology adoption cycle, shifting from trials to full-scale deployments.
Another critical driver, however, is the boom in BLE/iBeacons, which are creating a wave of second generation start-ups in this space that will help to drive new growth and use cases across all major verticals.
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Since late February, rumblings have perpetuated across the tech blogosphere to suggest that Apple will soon introduce a significant revamp of iTunes.
Late last week, new reports emerged which indicate that Apple’s foray into high-definition music is now imminent.
According to industry sources, 24-bit tracks could be unveiled within two months, likely before Apple’s WWDC set for early June.
Posted in iOS, Mobile Music, Mobile Software, News, Predictions, Rumors, Technology
The worldwide wearable computing market – the “wearables” business, as it’s widely known – is finally expanding beyond early adopter status to more functional and stylish lifestyle accessories that are making their way onto the pages of GQ and Shape as well as Computerworld and Wired.
That’s the latest assessment published over the weekend by International Data Corporation (IDC). According to the IDC, wearables took a huge step forward over the past year and shipment volumes will exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year’s sales.
From there, the global market will swell to 111.9 million units in 2018, resulting in a CAGR of 78.4%, the data projects.
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Sources close to Apple are cited in a new report from Re/code indicating that Apple almost purchased one of the world’s leading mobile payments companies.
According to the report in question, Apple came close to making a bid for Square.
We’re told that Google was interested as well, but even with such large potential suitors at their door, Square seemed happy to remain independent.
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Comcast may have just confirmed a longstanding rumor about Apple’s next-gen Apple TV… it’s coming soon. And it may be bigger and better than ever.
Earlier this week, an FCC filing from Comcast and Time Warner regarding their proposed merger references the so-called next-gen Apple TV.
In the filing, Comcast says:
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