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You are, virtually, what your smartphone says you eat

If you have a wearable fitness tracker – and there are a lot of people who do (Fitbit, one of the market leaders, had over 50 million registered users at the end of 2016) – then you’ll know that the application associated with the tracker itself also enables logging and analysis of other parameters such as what you weigh, your body fat index, and what you eat and drink (so that your calorie intake can be tracked as well as you calorie usage through exercise).

Good ideas emerging…brief review of Interop 2015

What3words concept graphic2My main reason for being at Interop was to find interesting, innovative companies and new ideas. I wasn’t disappointed...

Huawei’s annual global analyst summit: the wrap-up

M2M and wireless commsWhat were the most significant things to come out of the global analyst summit hosted in April by Huawei – one of the biggest telecoms equipment vendors? I’ve had a few days to reflect, and these are my conclusions.

Q & A … not always the bland leading the bland

No commentOften, Q&A sessions at analyst conferences don’t reveal anything very interesting. There are two reasons for this. First, and more obviously, the person answering the questions has just talked through all the things they wanted to say, and will stonewall difficult questions, for all sorts of reasons (not wanting to reveal commercially confidential information, not wanting to comment on competitors, and so on). It’s a bit of a game ...

How Huawei structures its innovation

Innovation is ...To paraphrase Thomas Edison, “innovation is 1% inspiration, 79% perspiration, and 20% organisation”. In a wide-ranging presentation at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen this April, Ryan Ding, the company’s president of products and solutions, explained how the ICT vendor had structured innovation into three layers – recognising that no company, not even one as big as Huawei, has a monopoly of new ideas in all the areas in which its products and services are used.

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