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Samsung’s Gear VR Vs Google’s Daydream View, Google’s next-generation smartphone VR headset

IHS Technology forecasts Samsung’s Gear VR to have the largest installed base out of all the major branded headsets in 2016 with 5.4 million. 
However, the firm mentions that, the launch of Google’s Daydream View will slowly disrupt Samsung’s dominant market position in the smartphone VR market. 
In fact, IHS Technology forecasts that Google Daydream View will become the most popular headset for VR by 2019; overtaking Samsung’s Gear VR position due to broad industry support, a compelling $79 price point and the delivery of a premium smartphone VR experience.

Lower volume premium VR headsets Vs higher-volume cheaper smartphone VR headsets in content monetisation

Based on the reality that, the VR headset installed base will escalate significantly by 2020, many analysts predict that expensive, higher-end headsets will dominate content monetization. 

In fact, there will be a polarization of the VR market between lower volume premium VR headsets, which are on the interesting curve to have strong paid content conversion rates, and higher-volume cheaper smartphone VR headsets, which are susceptible to monetise content at a lower rate.

The smartphone VR base as a major opportunity for VR content experimentation

The Smartphone is now part of our daily lives and priorities, so that, I can easily believe that, Smartphone VR headsets will represent the largest addressable market for VR content .The smartphone VR base will be a major opportunity for VR content experimentation.
According to IHS Technology, Smartphone VR headsets’ share of the VR installed base will be 87 percent at the end of 2016, while Google Daydream View will become the most popular headset for VR by 2019.

The impact of high-end headsets from Oculus, HTC and Sony on the VR market

Many findings and predictions converge on the fact that, the high-end headsets gain more traction, and Consumer spending on VR headsets could reach $1.6 billion in 2016, bolstered heavily by the launch of high-end headsets from Oculus, HTC and Sony
According to IHS Technology report, this will drive average sales price of all headsets to close to $85 from $26 in 2015. The average selling price is expected to climb sharply once again in 2017 to $191 as high-end headsets sell more.
Consumer spending on VR entertainment is forecast to hit $310 million in 2016, growing to $3.3 billion in 2020, as the high-end headsets gain more traction.

Better User Experience in the Newton release significantly advances OpenStack

I can observe that, the Newton release significantly advances OpenStack as the one cloud platform for virtualization, bare metal and containers and enhances the ease of use for operators and app developers, making OpenStack easier to set up, operate, change and fix, with greater automation. 
Magnum offers provisioning for container orchestration tools, namely Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesos. Magnum’s new features include an operator-centric Install Guide, support for pluggable drivers, support for Kubernetes clusters on bare metal servers, and asynchronous cluster creation. 
For general bare metal provisioning, Ironic adds multi-tenant networking and tighter integration with Magnum, Kubernetes and Nova; also, Kolla now supports deploying to bare metal. 
Kuryr brings Neutron networking capabilities to containers, making Swarm integration and Kubernetes integration available for the first time. 
Another Kuryr highlight is the capability to nest VMs through integration with Magnum and Neutron (e…

Enhanced Resiliency in the new openStack® Newton

Advancements in high availability, adaptability, and self-healing, are very interesting, as they give operators further assurance of stability regardless of workload demands.
Cinder, Ironic, Neutron and Trove are among the projects that deliver improved high availability functionality. Security improvements are included in Newton as well; for example, Keystone offers upgrades that include PCI compliance and encrypted credentials.
Cinder adds support for retyping encrypted to unencrypted volumes and vice versa. Additional enhancements in Cinder include micro-version support, the ability to delete volumes with snapshots using the cascading feature, and a backup service that can be scaled to multiple instances.

The release of openStack® Newton, as the 14th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds

OpenStack is a cloud platform that ties everything together: from compute, network, storage, to innovative cloud technologies. With the new release, we have at the core of stakes: New features in the Ironic bare metal provisioning service, Magnum container orchestration cluster manager, and Kuryr container networking project more seamlessly integrate containers, virtual and physical infrastructure under one control plane.

New capabilities in openStack® Newton Release

I can proudly observe that, the OpenStack community that focuses on making clouds work better for users, has released powerful new capabilities to address more use cases for organizations with heterogeneous environments, who are looking for speed and better developer experience with new technologies like containers, alongside workloads that require virtual machines or higher availability architectures.

Transition to LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro

It is now obvious that, as mobile operators rapidly transition subscribers to LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro, Operators need to push their handset OEMs to increase adoption rate of more sophisticated modems
Based on this reality, ABI Research suggests that failure to do this will have a negative impact on network performance and function as a drain on the billions of dollars operators continue to invest in improving their networks.

SmartThings + Google Home and Weave Cloud Platform for a smart home that’s more secure, efficient, and delightful

Steadily and surely, Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are enabling more sophisticated voice control, so that users can interact with devices in a more natural and conversational way.
For instance, Google Home is a new voice activated speaker, designed for hands-free help from the Google Assistant to get answers from Google, stream music, manage everyday tasks, and control smart home products. 
The combination ofSmartThings + Google Home Weave, and Cloud Platformallows users to say “Ok Google” to seamlessly turn on lights, change light color, or adjust thermostats. 
I can also recall that, with Google Assistant and its powerful artificial intelligence, Google Home does not restrict users to speak commands in a specific manner and encourages users to have a more natural, conversational interaction with their smart home. 
For those who are unfamiliar, Weave is Google’s communications platform for IoT that enables device setup, phone-to-device-to-cloud communication, and user interac…