Top Stories of the Week – November 19, 2011

BSNL's partner pulls the plug on IPTV service in India

The IPTV service offered by BSNL is being shut down following poor subscription. BSNL was providing IPTV services in partnership with MyWay, a digital entertainment enterprise owned by Smart TV Group.

The group had entered into long-term agreements with MTNL and BSNL for providing co-branded interactive video services to customers in 54 cities across the country. In Tamil Nadu, the IPTV services were on offer in Chennai and select towns such as Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai and Puducherry. When asked, a MyWay spokesman confirmed that the group's Indian operations were being discontinued as they had turned highly unprofitable.

Unified communications gaining ground

With business customers from small to medium to enterprise level looking to cut expenses, increase productivity, and streamline business practices, demand for unified communications solutions — both on-premise and in the cloud — is gaining ground.

The total unified communications market is growing at 12 percent anually, and expected to reach US$18.5 billion worth by 2013, according to research by COMMFusion.

Android malware has ballooned 472 percent since summer

Security researchers have found an incredible 472 percent increase in Android malware samples since this July. The free-for-all Android Market has seen a remarkable increase in the volume of attacks since July, according to research from Juniper Networks, as attackers continue to become more sophisticated in the malware they code.

October and November saw the fastest growth in Android malware discovery ever since Google’s OS was released, Juniper Global Threat Center discovered. The security researchers identified a 28 percent increase in malware samples in September, which exploded to a 110 percent increase in October, and a further 111 percent only this November. The numbers are even more concerning, considering Juniper also reported a 400 percent spike in Android malware from 2009 to the summer of last year.

Mobile shopping predicted to rise 15 percent for November

When the holiday shopping frenzy of 2011 starts in earnest this week, it could be the year of the mobile shopper. Ads displayed on all smartphones are part of retailers' efforts to attract people to shopping online.

A record number of consumers will soon shop from their mobile devices this coming Thanksgiving season, according to a forecast from IBM Coremetrics, which studies online data from 500 leading U.S. retailers. And most retailers seeking to tap into that trend will be forced to adapt.

"It is going to play a big part of how consumers are buying this Thanksgiving," said John Squire, chief strategy officer of IBM Coremetrics. "Mobile users have less patience than most. Retailers are going to have to do a better job in targeting their messages and promotions for mobile users."

Panasonic expands IPTV with WealthTV, Accuweather, New Social Media App

Panasonic TVs with VIERA Connect continue to offer owners a variety of the latest applications to enhance the home viewing experience. These interactive features, both paid and free, have been designed to work with IPTV-equipped VIERA Connect-enabled models from this year onwards, as well as the older 2010 VIERACast models that have taken advantage of last month's firmware upgrade to VIERA Connect, empowering a new order of information and entertainment.

More than 50% of customers who purchase Panasonic connected devices (remember, Blu-ray players can also go online) are in fact connecting them to the internet, and that figure is increasing.

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