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MPs to quiz Minister on connected tech

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is to question Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure Minister Julia Lopez on connected and smart technology as part of its inquiry, Connect tech: smart or sinister?, examining the impacts of the increasing prevalence of smart and connected technology. The inquiry is looking into what […]

January 30, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs to quiz Amazon, Google on connected tech

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is to question representatives from Amazon and Google about the future of their smart devices and data protection. The Committee is expected to ask about the level of data collected by devices and cybersecurity, which the Government has said “continues to be an afterthought […]

January 16, 2023By Colin Mann

Research: Smart speakers combat loneliness

Smart speakers are playing an important role in combatting loneliness for people who live on their own, according to new Ofcom research. The regulator’s latest data show that smart speaker ownership nearly doubled during the pandemic, increasing from 22 per cent of households in 2020 to 39 per cent earlier in 2022. But why do […]

December 13, 2022By Colin Mann

Vantiva powers Bouygues Telecom next-gen gateway

Connected technology specialist Vantiva, formerly known as Technicolor, has partnered with French multiplay telco Bouygues Telecom to be one of the manufacturers of the Bbox Wi-Fi 6, an eco-designed customer premises equipment (CPE) that supports fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband access for Bouygues Telecom’s subscribers. The Bbox Wi-Fi 6 is the first Green Product Mark-certified gateway to […]

November 30, 2022

Forecast: US connected video devices to top 1.1bn

The US installed base for Internet-connected video devices is on course to rise at a 2.3 per cent compound annual growth rate from 2021 through 2026, falling only slightly behind high-speed broadband household growth, according to Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence’s TMT offering. Kagan’s forecast anticipates a relatively stable 8.5 […]

November 23, 2022

Next-gen Apple TV 4K unveiled

Apple has revealed the next generation of Apple TV 4K, suggesting it is more powerful and entertaining than ever, offering impressive cinematic quality. Driven by the A15 Bionic chip that delivers faster performance and more fluid gameplay, the new Apple TV 4K features entertainment options for everyone to enjoy on the biggest screen in the […]

October 19, 2022

Plume launches Uprise for MDUs

Personalised smart services pioneer Plume has launched Uprise, which it says is the world’s first cloud- and AI-powered connectivity and management solution designed to meet the unique needs of Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs)—including apartments, multifamily, and other high-density living spaces—with high capacity, reliable and secure services. The new suite of services extends the benefits of Plume’s […]

October 18, 2022

MPs to probe connected tech cybersecurity threat

Members of the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee are to investigate the dangers posed by hostile and criminal actors to connected technology, a branch which ranges from virtual assistants, smart appliances and wearable devices to smart homes and cities. Despite being used in homes, cities, businesses, and hospitals, research has […]

October 7, 2022By Colin Mann

Amazon upgrades Fire TV

Amazon is upgrading its Fire TV family, including the next generation Fire TV Cube—Fire TV’s most powerful streaming media player yet—and Alexa Voice Remote Pro, a premium remote with an all-new Remote Finder and customisable buttons. “The all-new Fire TV Cube is a big step forward for Fire TV—it’s the fastest, most powerful, and most […]

September 30, 2022

Ofcom to probe cloud, messenger, smart-device markets

UK comms regulator Ofcom is to examine the position of Amazon, Microsoft and Google in cloud services, as part of a new programme of work to ensure that digital communications markets are working well for people and businesses in the UK. According to Ofcom, cloud computing is a huge and fast-growing market, which uses remote […]

September 22, 2022By Colin Mann