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Here’s the weekly feed of the most disruptive pieces of news from the most prominent sources, enjoy the Week 10 Disruption Feed!

5G vs. Wi-Fi vs. Satellites
Operators are a natural topic this week due to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, but they have also been frequented in the feed the last few weeks due to big threats from satellite fleets, softSIMs etc. At MWC, the talks on next generation Telco have focused on 5G (not due till 2020) and how it will fit in the telecom and mobile landscape. Bloomberg summarizes some of the data points and what 5G is really about. The main focus will be on ‘The internet of things’ and ensuring a far better connectivity and reliability than today to support billions of connected devices and sensors. Additionally speeds of up to 100 times faster than 4G!
Google has now also confirmed a collaboration with US wireless providers, but not just as a traditional operator, the main goal is to provide a proof of concept for a phone service that seamlessly integrates Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

Read the full articles here and here

Ikea pushing wireless charging past tipping point
At MWC Ikea announced a new line of furniture, such as lamps and bedside tables, which are integrated with wireless device chargers. However, the technology they have chosen is today far from standard as two different technologies are at battle to take over the market for wireless charging. In a world of environmental impact having a stronger influence the (current) efficiency of the devices can potentially also be questioned.
Nonetheless, wouldn’t it be nice if your office/desk was finally completely free of cables?!

Read the full article here

Smartphone addiction
The Economist has published several pieces on the topic of mobile this week of which two stands out; one on smartphone producer Xiaomi and one on how smartphones are dominating our lives.
Smartphone providers have seen a shift in the landscape the past year where Chinese producer Xiaomi, started only 4 years ago, has taken a big share of the global market. The firm joins the list of ‘Unicorns’ as it is now the world’s highest valued startup at $45 billion dollars. The success is however likely to bring some hostility from competitors as they are naturally behind on patents and Xiaomi now say they are “filing thousands of patents in preparation for a legal onslaught”.

The second article, a must read for anyone interested in phones or telecom is on the smartphone’s effect on society. Like the book, the clock and the internal combustion engine before it, the smartphone is changing the way people relate to each other and the world around us. It also entails a big change for someone like Google where search engines might not be as relevant in the future as smartphone users mostly buy things through apps, not through searching or ads. Smartphones are also changing dating as we speak and in the next few years it is expected to bring big changes to the healthcare industry.
Interestingly enough these coming healthcare features are likely to tell us to use our phones less as smartphone usage starts to lead to “text neck” and addiction related stress. Perhaps the most fundamental question about the fluid world of the smartphone is whether it will, in general, bring people together or set us apart?

Read the full articles here and here

Will Apple and Google really be producing cars?
Fortune published an interesting article that puts some perspective on recent movements (or entrants) in the automobile industry, Apple being the most recent. It seems making cars at scale is not that easy…
Apparently, it’s easier to design and build a Ferrari than a Ford, almost all meaningful innovation occurs in the production system (not the vehicle) and unlike other industries which modularized long before saturation, contract manufacturing is nearly non-existent. Will actors Apple, Google, Uber or even Tesla succeed?

Read the full article here

Crowd funding vs. traditional banking
This past week an Australian startup broke records in crow funding, with about $4 million dollars in just one day. These cases seem to be all more common and we must ask “how will this affect small business lending? For entrepreneurs it is naturally a much prefer scenario to avoid losing equity and paying interest, while at the same time getting great marketing exposure online – tough competition for venture capitalists!

Read the full article here

Online travel agents losing their grip?
Online travel agents are losing share to direct online booking as discounts are more common and consumers are now looking for upgrades and more add-ons to their booking, supplied only through direct channels. The amount of leisure travelers who typically book their airfare with online travel agents was 32 percent in 2013, down from 37 percent in 2011.
Even though online travel agents might not disappear completely any time soon this points to an interesting trend. Last week we wrote about tire agents loosing share to direct channels – is this a new trend?

Read the article here

How to survive the death of your core business
Fujifilm, once a global leader in the production of photographic film took a major hit when the digital camera disrupted the industry. However, due to radical changes and clever use of existing assets and know-how Fujifilm is now a case study example on corporate innovation and survival.
A great read from CNN! How can future victims of disruption learn from this

Read the full article here

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