Friday, October 06, 2017

Somethings to ponder

The Google future is one that means you only need to speak one language. Alongside showing the Phone that Google hopes will "incentivise" Android Handset Makers they showed off a headset that allows real time translation. Will this be the Babble Fish of Douglas Adams fame or is it going to lead to mistakes that a Comedy Writer could only dream of?

Interesting round up on the current state of UK's next round of Spectrum Auctions over at gives Ofcom more credit that they are due, but I also think that a delay might not be a bad thing given that most Networks are still trying to figure out just what they are going to do with 5G.

Softbank investment in to the UK post purchase of ARM is highlighted in this report. Whilst the UK headcount has grown so has the non-UK headcount and I expect that the increase will be greater outside of the UK going forward given the politics of a post Brexit UK.

Technology Review has an interesting post on the problems being a Futurologist that is worth a read. Almost all of the thoughts about the potential for AI could have been written by the staff of Orange's Imaginerium in 1999 when they modelled what customrers would be using the 3G network for once it launched.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Imagination Technologies sale to Cabyon Bridge

On Friday, Imagination Technologies announced that Canyon Bridge had bought the company that put itself up for sale following the loss of Apple as a customer earlier in the year.

The Telegraph has been reporting that such a transaction leaves the UK Government with a headache as Canyon Bridge is backed by Chinese money and might also suffer the fate of Cadbury post purchase and be stripped of its assets.

I rather expect that the Hertfordshire based business is likely to suffer the fate of Vertu and end up bankrupt and sold for scrap in less than two years because of mismanagement and the new owner having very little understanding as to just what they own and control.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Did Liberty Global just pay Arthur D Little to publish research that shows it has very little future?

Having spent some time reading Arthur D Little's latest report, Unlocking GigaWorld Innovation, I have to ask why was Liberty Global associated with it?

If you take the time to read the report very little of what the outline can be served by the services currently sold by Liberty Global unless I have missed them building a massive Business Services unit to match those of BT Global Services and Vodafone Enterprise Services. The report in itself seems to be of the sort written by Analysts in order to justify a particular market and has a degree of optimism even a Blockchain booster my call over confident.

If the report is a forecast of what is happening rather than what might then Liberty Global does not have the product portfolio or workforce that is capable of grabbing the opportunities and thus faces the terminal decline of a British High Street shopping chain that failed to engage suitably with the Digital Consumer.

Go take a look and tell me if I'm fooling myself!