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Cord cutters challenge content companies

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The numbers of TV cord cutters – or people not subscribing to a pay TV service – has grown to a point where content providers are aiming to reach them in new ways. It’s clear that when more than 14 percent of US households do not subscribe to a pay TV service, we have reached an inflection point where we can expect accelerated market momentum for new ways to access traditional TV content. Continue reading

Is Davos better streamed or in real life? A virtual trip to the World Economic Forum.

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Davos is a dish better served online, if you ask me. Looking at the agenda for the World Economic Forum in 2015, there was a smorgasbord of panels to see, with topics like: the future of the internet, economic growth and social inclusion, and environment and resource security. I chose two panels to start with: “In Tech we Trust,” and “Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age.” Continue reading

Beyond speed – examining how 5G will affect the user experience

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Editor’s note: Today we are happy to feature a post from Ericsson’s User Experience Lab blog. It was written by Joakim Formo, a designer and senior researcher at the User Experience Lab, which is a multidisciplinary unit within Ericsson Research exploring networked societies, people and artifacts through strategic design and making. Continue reading

Do you want a robot that looks (and acts) exactly like a human?

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The robot era has just stared. I can guess that many of you have likely been dreaming of having a robot in your home.

Have you ever thought about owning a robot that looks almost exactly like a human? Have you ever thought about having a robot that can wash your dishes, wash your clothes, clean your home, wash your car and even have a smart chat with you? Or why couldn’t you go out and have a drink or two with it? Continue reading

Wearables at CES 2015 – when will the Internet of Things catch up with science fiction?

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I made the trek to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) every January for five years starting in 2009. In 2015, I didn’t go. Ostensibly, I had the year off but even though I wasn’t in the middle of the madness of the 2-million-square-foot Greatest Trade Show Of All Time (if you believe the press releases from show organizers), I naturally watched from afar. Continue reading

Smart industries do not want dumb pipes. They want smart networks.

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Smart industries do not want dumb pipes! As many industry sectors are driven by the digital transition towards a “smart” paradigm, so are their communications needs. Smartphone traffic is not the only challenge here, so let us look into how smart networks can make a difference for all smart connected products and sensor-enabled applications. Continue reading

Microloans and circles of trust – a story of 8 farmers from Ghana

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Editor’s note – We are featuring a post today by Jan Hallberg from Call for Change, Ericsson’s M-commerce blog. Jan is the Head of Marketing for M-Commerce, and here writes about “circles of trust” and microloans. Continue reading

Why wait with WiFi calling?

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The ability to make VoIP calls to mobile phones over WiFi has long been restricted to over-the-top applications without connections to the mobile network. But WiFi calling services have now been introduced to the mass market, with the ability to deliver voice from the mobile network over WiFi access in areas where mobile coverage is not an option. Continue reading

If you have a right to privacy, do you have an equal right to obscurity?

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William Kidd was born in Scotland on January 22, 1645. He became a sailor and later became more famously known as the pirate called Captain Kidd. He was hanged for treason and murder. Before that happened though, rumor has it, he hid his treasure so it was completely accessible by anybody, if you knew where he hid it. Nobody has found his treasure despite many attempts. He hid the treasure on public land but the cost of discovery has proven prohibitive. Continue reading

Acting fast in the continually evolving digital economy

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Editor’s note: We are pleased to feature a guest post today from Pamela Mallette, who is currently responsible for driving new business growth within OSS/BSS for Ericsson:

As we begin 2015, I’ve been reflecting on the changes that have molded our society in recent years. The pace at which mobile technologies and connectivity are expanding is astonishing, even though I’m in the middle of it. When I was a kid, computers were a rarity, and mobile phones were sci-fi gadgets; today, it seems like every six-year-old has a smartphone in their pocket and a tablet at home! Not only that, today niche markets are being created around devices such as iPads that attach to strollers, along with apps developed for children less than a year old. Continue reading