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  • As The World Turns: Vizio Is Acquired by LeEco

    July 27, 2016

    A press release crossed my desk yesterday, detailing how the TV brand Vizio had just been acquired by the Chinese firm LeEco for $2B. LeEco, while largely unknown on this side of the Pacific, is the 7th largest TV brand in China and also operates an online video content delivery business. It’s expected that the combined operations of both companies will push them past Skyworth as the #6 worldwide TV brand, according to analysis from IHS Technology I just received this morning. (Never heard of Skyworth? Give it time.) Vizio, which started operations over a decade ago, has become a powerhouse brand in the U.S. Although they don’t release their revenue and market share results, the company has given Samsung a run for their money over the years with a full line of televisions, most recently taking steps into HDR and UHDTV with Dolby Vision-equipped sets. Yet, not everything the company has touched has turned to gold. There have been brief forays into smartphones (go..Read more

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  • A More Mobile Mobile is Coming

    March 29, 2016

    Data traffic on mobile networks will reach 367 exabytes -- that's 367x10^18 bytes or 367 billion gigabytes -- in 2020, up from 44 exabytes in 2015, according to Cisco Systems' recently released Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2015-2020. A lot of that is video, which accounted for 55% of all mobile data traffic in 2015, and will account for 75% in 2020, predicts Cisco. But significant contributions to growth are expected from automotive infotainment and mobile networks to support the Internet of Things, including connected cars, said a Cisco Global Technology Policy VP in a company blog on February 3. Auto manufacturers recognize that in-car electronic technology is now a stronger driver of sales than traditional measures of automotive performance like torque, power, straight-line acceleration, and cornering ability. Automotive connectivity is here now, of course, in such common systems as GPS navigation and ra..Read more