Apple Watch: Does The Emperor Have No Clothes?

Many of the Apple Watch’s features were shown off during its original unveiling in September 2014, but the company had not specified a launch date or the device's pricing.  Two weeks ago those remaining details were made public at an official Apple press conference.  The world was watching. Below LinkedIn editor John C Abell, who attended the event, discusses the launch of the Apple Watch, assessing the likely outcomes for such a trumpeted product in an article which first appeared on LinkedIn Pulse (reblogged here with permission). Apple's Tim Cook did his absolute best to tout Apple … [Read more...]

MEF Members elect new North and Latin America Boards

MEF, has announced the results of its 2014 North America and LatAm board elections for the 2015/2016 term.  In total ten new regional Board Directors were elected by MEF members during second annual MEF Global Forum in Silicon Valley.  Each Board member will contribute to the direction of MEF, helping the organization to champion initiatives around mobile money, consumer trust, innovation and monetization across the international ecosystem. Rick Fant, VP Planning and Ecosystems at Mozilla is elected as the new Chairman for MEF’s North American board and is joined by newly elected Co-Vice … [Read more...]

MEF announces inaugural LATAM Board

Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), the global trade body of the mobile media and entertainment industry, announced today the election results for its inaugural LATAM Board.MEF’s LATAM Chapter was launched in November 2009 to accelerate the growth of mobile media & entertainment across the region by creating dialogue between the industry and regulators, as well as driving initiatives that promote best practice and sustainable business solutions. The newly elected board was elected to a two year term and consists of industry leaders across Latin America with expertise spanning the mobile, … [Read more...]

MEF elects new EMEA board

New & re-elected directors to build on momentum of EMEA regionalisation programme and drive competitive advantage for members.Barcelona / London, 18 February 2010 – Representatives from Dolby, du, Mobile Interactive Group, Mira Networks, Sony Pictures and Telefonica were voted onto the MEF EMEA board at the general meeting held during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this week. Dozens of member companies based in more than 15 different countries gathered at the elections to cast their ballot. The new board subsequently voted to re-elect Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg, Comfone, as … [Read more...]

MEF’s Annual Business Confidence Index predicts 24% growth for mobile media and entertainment industry

- 5th quarterly result indicates moderate decline suggesting market caution- Direct consumer purchase forecast revenues rise from 46% to 73% - Games and apps represent highest new revenue opportunities- Southern hemisphere lead the way in growth during 2009 - MEF projects $36 billion mobile media industry for 201017 February 2010, Barcelona and London – MEF’s Annual Business Confidence Index (BCI), compiled by KPMG and capturing a year’s worth of quarterly industry sentiment, points to a consistent positive growth for the mobile media and entertainment industry, with a cooling in optimism from … [Read more...]

MEF welcomes the formation of the ‘Wholesale Applications Community’

Andrew Bud, Global Chair of MEF responded earlier to announcements of the formation of the Wholesale Applications Community:"MEF's members are very optimistic about apps, and this will be demonstrated in MEF's soon-to-be-released annual Business Confidence Index that predicts that apps will make up over 20% of total mobile media revenues in 2010. But fragmentation in apps platforms is an important factor limiting growth and competition, so this initiative is welcomed by the mobile media industry. MEF has been working on network enablers, and this new initiative focusing on platforms will … [Read more...]

MEF and The Qtel Group to Establish Mobile Media Innovation Hub for the MENA Region

The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) and The Qtel Group have announced plans to co-found and establish a local MEF office in Doha sponsored by The Qtel Group. With its 2020 Vision to be among the world’s top 20 telecommunications companies, The Qtel Group aims to work closely with MEF in this joint project to build a sustainable ecosystem and accelerate growth of the mobile media industry in the (MENA) region via dedicated local MEF Connects events and knowledge exchange.The Qatar MEF office will be responsible for facilitating regional membership, organising local events and supporting … [Read more...]