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2013 Smart TV Shipments grew 55% >> Strategy Analytics
Smart TV shipments hit 76m units in 2013, about a third of flat panel TV shipments for the year:
50% seems encouragingly high. Are those used for apps, though, or catchup, or
The challenge for new mobile operating systems >> Beyond Devices
First, the share of smartphones running either Android or iOS has skyrocketed over the last few years, and has now reached passed 93%. But secondly, the actual number of users with smartphones not running one of these two operating systems has dropped, not just the share. There were around 30 million users of other OSs at the peak in 2010, but there are now just over 10 million, a number which has stayed fairly stable in the last three months. As BlackBerry has dwindled, Windows Phone has barely offset the declines in recent months, so that the total number has stayed roughly the same.
The challenge for any new operating system is to answer the fundamental question Windows Phone has struggled to answer: why does anyone need a third option?
There are still 83m people in the US using a featurephone. But they're clearly not eager to have a smartphone yet.
Computing redefined: a smart connected devices forecast >> Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
This year, my firm
In the US, the story isn't quite as dramatic, as large smartphones have been a little bit slower to reach mass appeal, but even by 2015 we expect large smartphones to outship notebooks in the US by a margin of 37.5m to 35.9m and by 2017 we expect them these mobile connected devices to outsell small tablets in the US (41.9m versus 41.5m).
Set the date in your smartwatches to look back on this one.
I am here for the same reason I think most people join
I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.
This is a software-powered world.
Mazzucato is professor in science policy at the University of
Research at the University of
The focus on entrepreneurial ecosystems is symptomatic of the misplaced obsession with SMEs and startups in terms of their ability to generate innovation and growth.
Motorola status report: 53.1% of North American Motorola smartphone web traffic from Droid Razr devices >> Chitika
Chitika is an online ad network:
Looking at the larger picture, Motorola devices generate about 3.5% of North American smartphone Web traffic overall, meaning that the 53.1% share equates to about 1.9% of total continental usage being driven by Droid Razr users.
While the data point to the Droid Razr lineup having been well received as a whole, the upcoming challenges for the company are exemplified when comparing the usage tallies of two of Motorola's most recent flagship product lines – the Moto X and Droid Ultra/Maxx.
The Moto X was the first phone from Motorola with
So the Moto X wasn't a big hit. Maybe the problem is more with Motorola's brand. Would a
Chromebooks have a 1% market share - and a tough road to the enterprise >> Techworld
The Chromebook, introduced in 2011, is still an outlier for most businesses, even as it becomes an alternative for consumers and schools. By 2017, IDC expects the Chromebook to reach about 6m shipments, or more than 2% of the PC market.
But how much progress has the Chromebook made into the enterprise? "Beyond education, it's probably virtually zero," said IDC analyst
There were 314.6m PCs shipped in 2013.
Despite this outlook, there are ample anecdotal examples of Chromebook adopters, particularly among small and mid-size firms that do most of their work in the cloud and through
Although the Chromebook has attracted fervent users, there are many reasons why it will have trouble in enterprises. One is Microsoft Office, which has over 90% of the productivity market, according to IDC. Another: Enterprises with an installed base of potentially hundreds of Windows applications would find such a move daunting.
Samsung is top (3.6m of 11.3m units total), but have you heard of the third-placed company? Together, two Indian manufacturers sold as many as Samsung. A sign of the coming times.
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