As we welcome in February 2017, in the mobile scene there have been announcements from both Apple and Google this week. Whilst the former is closing the feedback loop a feature which brings it in-line with the Play store, the latter is offering the ability to use an app without downloading it. If successful, is it the end of the App-Store model?

Apple’s results showed strong iPhone 7 sales and app store revenue up 18% but in China the incremental changes to the hardware, haven’t been popular with customers but is the removal of the headphone jack, just about selling air pods – or did we all miss something far more significant?

Google’s revenues were slightly down but Amazon grew 22% notching up $44 billion in the quarter as well as 11 Golden Globe nominations for their Studios; Apple to buy Netflix to compete with content anyone?

Can you guess what the number one TV-Ad spot is in the calendar? Little surprise that it’s the half time break in the Super Bowl, where $5.6 million will buy you 30 seconds of exposure. In a world of digital platforms, is this really the best way to engage the audience you want in the way you want? Especially as platforms like YouTube continue to show impressive growth.

It must have been almost seven days since we last talked about AI – this year’s number one trend in technology. This week had two announcements, firstly from IBM, who are intending to merge in some of Googles AI technologies with their own existing Cognitive Computing Technologies to make getting started with their PowerAI tools far simpler. The second announcement was from Google themselves, who (at the other end of the processing power spectrum) intend to bring out a range of AI tools for the RaspberryPi.

The other buzzword of this year is definitely big data, and whilst this is a very technical article looking at the Hadoop platform (and how it handles Big data), if you only read the first 3 paragraphs, it elegantly sums up what the big data is, and what challenges it presents to the IT community.

Snap is going public with losses of $514 million in 2016; not a social media platform but an innovative camera company with millions of young habitual users and worth $25 billion.

3DTV failed to live up to the fanfare given on its arrival, but at least 4k (plus 5k and 8k) delivers and we finally have an answer to the question ’is, wearing polarised glasses in the living room cool?’ Maybe we’ll see it again in 20 years with active contact lenses?