December 13, 2017

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One in two would consider sharing smart home data for cash

A worldwide survey by Intel Security has revealed that 54% of respondents would consider sharing their personal data collected from their smart home with companies in exchange for money. A whopping 70% agreed that companies should give coupons and discounts to customers in return for data about device usage, according to a survey of 9,000 global consumers sponsored by Intel Security. The survey also found that 77% of respondents believe smart homes will be as common in 2025 as smartphones are today, but 66% are also very concerned about smart home data being hacked by cybercriminals. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 6 April 2016

DISTREE Events appoints Loh Teck-Heng as Director of Business Development for APAC region

DISTREE Events has announced the appointment of Loh Teck-Heng as its new Director of Business Development for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. In his new role, Loh Teck-Heng will use his extensive regional experience and in-depth knowledge of APAC channel structures to drive the growth and evolution of DISTREE APAC, the flagship event for vendors, distributors, retailers and e-tailers involved in the region’s consumer technology channel. The fourth annual DISTREE APAC will take place in Bali on 2nd to 4th November 2016. Loh Teck-Heng (pictured right) will report directly to Farouk Hemraj, CEO & Co-Founder at DISTREE Events. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 8 March 2016

Tianjin Tianhai to buy Ingram Micro for US$6 billion

Distribution giant Ingram Micro is set to become part of Chinese logistics and aviation outfit HNA Group in a US$6 billion cash deal. HNA Group is the largest stockholder of Tianjin Tianhai, the company that has tabled the US$38.90 a share offer, which represents a 39% premium on Ingram Micro’s average closing price during the last month. The definitive merger agreement has been unanimously approved by Ingram Micro’s board of directors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 18 February 2016

CES: Ten product picks for 2016

We survived last week’s CES 2016 In Las Vegas (just). The Channel EMEA team covered many miles and saw a vast array of new and innovative products and technologies. As always, the big challenge at any trade show is identifying the products that will make the grade and are capable of making a real market impact. So, here’s our rundown of ten companies to watch in 2016. (If none of them make it big, we will remove this article in the summer and no one will be any the wiser) Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 11 January 2016

fonebud to focus on international channel expansion in 2016

Smart device manufacturer fonebud aims to establish a global channel footprint for its products in 2016. The fonebud executive team is participating at next month’s CES 2016 to meet potential new channel partners and to showcase its multipurpose smartphone accessory. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 December 2015

Smart home trumps wearables in GfK consumer study

The latest GfK research claims that half of people internationally believe smart home technology will make an impact on their lives in the next few years, compared to just a third who say the same for wearables. The study, which covered seven countries, asked consumers to choose which of 11 leading-edge technologies – from 3D printing to virtual reality to Internet of Things (IoT) would have an impact on their lives in the next few years with respondents able to choose as many technologies as they wished. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 November 2015

DISTREE announces 2016 calendar of events

DISTREE Events has officially announced its 2016 event calendar, with six consumer technology channel events planned around the world. The company is also launching an additional event in the Middle East region in 2016 focused on the SMB reseller channel. In addition, DISTREE Events will stage a new two-day exhibition in Paris, in association with Innov8 Group, focused on the growth areas of connected devices, wearables, drones, robotics, accessories and smart home products. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 November 2015

Bit9 + Carbon Black extends Exclusive Networks deal

Endpoint threat prevention, detection and response solutions vendor, Bit9 + Carbon Black, has announced that it will be expanding its current distribution agreement with Exclusive Networks, due to increased interest globally. Following successes in the UK, Bit9 + Carbon Black will expand its relationship with the distributor in the Benelux, Nordics, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 November 2015

Nubia celebrates third anniversary

Chinese smartphone brand Nubia has just turned three and is launching a range of new devices to celebrate its anniversary. Nubia has launched the latest of the Nubia Z9 series, the Z9 Max elite, Z9 mini elite and the third anniversary special edition of the Nubia Z9. The phones will immediately be available for purchase in China and will be released in other markets in 2016. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 October 2015

Smart home revenues to hit US$100 billion in 2020

As big numbers go, it is certainly one guaranteed to get your attention. The numbercrunchers at Juniper Research reckon that global consumer spending on smart home services including entertainment, health, energy and home automation, will reach US$100 billion per annum by 2020. That’s more than double the US$43 billion estimated spend in 2015. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 October 2015

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