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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Security Practices For Smart Homes

As devices in the home connect to the Internet, they make our homes vulnerable to hackers. With Parks Associates predicting more than 50 million connected homes by 2020, it’s time for developers to make protecting customer data a top priority.

From the article "Security Practices For Smart Homes" by Bill Curtis and Robert Cragie.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Platform Wars Get Scorecard

The terms "ecosystem" and "platform" may be overused, but they are useful to describe today's market. That's because today's top tech competitors all seek a perfect lock-in where their customers love their experiences so much that they want to stay with their vendors as long as possible.

Apple has almost 600 million iTunes accounts; Amazon boasts over 200 million shoppers/customers. Google's Android has more than a billion users, and its search business has twice that number more

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Apple's iBeacon to propel micro-location revolution

PayPal is also experimenting with beacons to facilitate the use of its e-payment solution in stores, though the company claims the PayPal beacon won’t constantly track users’ location. It will only take information from users who opted-in. The company is piloting PayPal Beacon in a few stores in the US and Australia with plans to expand to the UK, Canada, France and Germany.

With these new developments in mind, Jennifer Kent, senior analyst at market analysis firm Parks Asso more

Thursday, April 07, 2011

LTE shift impact raises questions

Market watcher Parks Associates estimates use of 4G networks such as LTE and WiMax will rise from just 4 million subscribers today to 325 million in 2015. In the U.S., Verizon became the first to deploy LTE in December. A month later, archrival AT&T announced it is accelerating its plans to deploy LTE. Parks Associates foresees tensions between carriers and end users. In the rising mobile storm, users want more and more mobile data for fixed prices as carriers struggle to pay fo more

Monday, April 04, 2011

Carriers struggle to share mobile data costs with users

Increased use of cellular data over the next five years will pose a serious challenge to operators struggling to convince end users to pay for the growth of next-generation networks, says market watcher Parks Associates. As a result, wireless carriers could see their revenues grow from about $204 billion in 2010 to $500 billion in 2015. But they will only hit that peak if they are able to eke out new revenues from two new sources—charging at least some end users by the amount of more

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Users, carriers clash in mobile data boom

Users of 3G of higher cellular nets will rise from 1.2 billion in 2010 to 2.5 billion in 2015, according to market watcher Parks Associates (Dallas). Most of those users—2.3 billion-- will be on smartphones, a four-fold increase from the number of smartphone users today, Parks said.

In addition, use of 4G networks such as LTE and WiMax will rise from just four million subscribers today to 325 million in 2015, Parks estimated.

As a result, wireless carriers could see their rev more

Thursday, January 20, 2011

RIM launching PlayBook beta in February

Indeed only four companies showed tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2010, and two of those products have yet to make it to market. By contrast, more than 100 companies showed tablets at CES in January, said Harry Wang, a senior analyst at market watcher Parks Associates (Dallas).

"Probably 80 percent won't be able to claim even two percent market share in a couple years," said Wang. "The Motorola Xoom was my favorite because the specs closely matched the iPad, espe more

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Survey finds 'consumers want femtocells

Research carried out by the Femto Forum and international research firm, Parks Associates, finds improved indoor wireless coverage and fast access to advanced data services are drivers for consumer interest. The small wireless base stations designed to provide five bars of local wireless signal strength are climbing up global consumer 'want' lists as determined by the survey of consumer attitudes toward femtocells in developed markets.

“Despite the survey covering mature mob more

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