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MPs warn over tech-enabled domestic abuse

The Government must make tackling ‘tech abuse’ a priority, according to the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, amid a warning that the use of smart technology and connected devices in facilitating domestic abuse is becoming a growing problem. The Committee’s report, Connect tech: smart or sinister?, also calls for more to […]

August 7, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs back Media Bill radio protection measures

The UK Government should include measures to protect radio when it introduces the Media Bill to address the risk to the industry of larger platforms controlling access to stations and driving listeners elsewhere, according to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The Committee’s recommendation is contained in its first report following its […]

July 21, 2023By Colin Mann

Research: Same-brand device ecosystems drive consumer loyalty

Kantar, the marketing data and analytics company, has released its latest Worldpanel ComTech data on the decision-making journey for technology devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, smart speakers, domestic appliances, and also Wearables (smartwatches & fitness trackers). The data reveals that the same brand ownership across multiple devices consolidates brand loyalty and drives revenue by […]

March 29, 2023

BlackBerry sells patents for $900m

Struggling phone company BlackBerry says it has sold up to $900 million (€834m) of its exclusive cellular patents. BlackBerry’s potential sale of its business to Catapult IP Innovations has collapsed. Malikie Innovations Ltd will buy the BlackBerry patents and pay $170 million in cash on deal closing, and another $30 million three years later. BlackBerry […]

March 22, 2023

Report: Internet access impacts US CE ownership

While availability of Internet and speed of that service can vary widely from state to state, or even county to county, there are a number of technology devices that have reached parity levels among connected households in rural and urban US markets. Those include, TVs, video game consoles, smartwatches, activity trackers, and tablets, according to […]

February 10, 2023

CMA: Microsoft/Activision deal could harm UK gamers

An investigation by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally concluded that Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision could result in higher prices, fewer choices, or less innovation for UK gamers. The provisional findings follow a wide-ranging investigation conducted over the last five months to understand the market and potential impact of the deal. […]

February 8, 2023By Colin Mann

CTA forecasts lower US tech sector revenues

As the technology sector converges on Las Vegas for CES, research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) projects US technology retail revenues of $485 billion (€456bn) in 2023. This new data puts revenues slightly above pre-pandemic levels, following a three-year surge in consumer technology spending that peaked at a record-breaking $512 billion in 2021. While […]

January 4, 2023

NAO: ‘BBC’s key digital products performing well’

The BBC’s key digital products are performing well, according to the National Audit Office (NAO), the body that scrutinises public spending for the UK Parliament. To achieve its digital ambitions, the BBC will need to further develop its ‘digital-first’ plans, and consider whether it has sufficient resources to deliver its vision, says the NAO in […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: TV still main platform for watching World Cup

With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar well under way, research from broadcaster regulator Ofcom reveals the different ways UK followers plan to view the action. “Things have come a long way since the first football World Cup in 1930, and since the first televised World Cup in 1954,” notes Ofcom. “While the previous tournament […]

November 28, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: 36% intend to purchase CE product this Xmas

The NPD Group has published its annual Holiday Purchase Intentions report findings and among consumer electronics (CE) categories purchase intent was highest for smartphones, headphones, tablets/e-readers, and smartwatches this holiday shopping season. More than one-third (36 per cent) of US consumers expect to purchase a consumer technology product this holiday, which is slightly down from […]

November 1, 2022