The concept of technological convergence goes back a long way, but consumer electronics manufacturers first started to talk seriously about product convergence during the late 80s and early 90s. In 1992 Apple organised a low-profile gathering of over one hundred senior executives from the entertainment and IT industries in Hakone, Japan to discuss common goals and standards. Now, over twenty years later, we have smartphones and smart TVs.

More recently, Canonical's founder Mark Shuttleworth focussed attention specifically on operating system convergence as it relates to hardware formats, with the launch of the crowdfunded E ...

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