Will New Media Tablets Displace PCs or Smartphones?

Led by a growing demand for media tablets -- and more specifically the Apple iPad 2 -- an estimated 37 million ultra-mobile devices (UMDs) will ship into the United States during 2011. UMDs represent mobile computing devices on a continuum bordered by laptop or notebook  PCs and smartphones. The UMD category consists of four segments: ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks, and media tablets. The revenue value from vendor shipments of UMDs into U.S. sales and distribution channels during 2015 is forecast to reach $24 billion. About 75 percent of total UMD shipments in the U.S. market during 2011 are expected to...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile.

It's Official! For Better Or Worse, Skype Is Now Part of Microsoft

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And so begins the next chapter of Skype... first it was a scruffy little startup taking on the telecom world... then it became somewhat bizarrely part of eBay... then it went back to a private company owned primarily by Silver Lake Partners... and then... to the utter amazement of so many of us... Skype announced it would be acquired by Microsoft!

And today that acquisition is official. Microsoft announced in a news release and Skype announced in a blog post and video from CEO Tony Bates that the acquisition has formally...

By Dan York, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, VoiP.

Tech Growth: It's all about the Arbitrage

Wikipedia defines arbitrage as the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets and I’m amazed at how it’s helped the world of tech grow through the decades. Now before I continue I should point out productivity and flexibility are also crucial reasons for tech growth. For example, the PC spreadsheet made it possible to not only perform financial calculations more quickly but more...

By Rich Tehrani, 15 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Devices, Industry.

Thousands queue up for iPhone 4S

Apple stores around the world opened to vast queues of iPhone fanatics this morning; people who had stood in line, some for many tens of hours, to be the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 4S.

The smartphone became available at 8am today in the UK, US, Australia, Japan, Germany, Canada and France.

Some customers camped outside stores for days to get their hands on the last product Steve Jobs developed. Preorders for the new iPhone exceeded 1...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

It Hits the RIM and Bounces Out…

When you have an older service model, problems just seem tobuild and build: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/industry-insights/technology/blackberry-breakdown-is-death-sentence

The latest outage and performance issues with the Blackberryservice is another indication that the executives at RIM have not moved withthe times. This has nothing to do with the quality of the network...

By Wesley Kaplow, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, LTE, Mobile.

iOS 5 Update: Steve Jobs Rolling Over Already?

I understand the title of this post may be insensitive and nothing could be further from the goal of this piece. In fact, if anything, I admire Steve Jobs so much that I feel this entry needed to be made in order to honor his memory.The question which our industry is asking today is how could Apple screw up the iOS 5 update so badly - literally a week or so after the death of Steve Jobs? I realize of course the two incidents aren't related but one has to wonder if all those devices that Steve keeps in his office wouldn't have...

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

HD Video is Pervasive in Mobile Consumer Electronics

Today, high-definition (HD) video capabilities are a standard option in many types of consumer electronics (CE) devices. Once considered a feature that was available only in the expensive high-end products, HD video technology is now truly pervasive -- rapidly spreading throughout the industry. As an example, last year there was a dramatic increase for High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections in portable consumer devices -- including consumer-oriented HD video camcorders and digital still cameras (DSC). In addition, within the personal computer segment, the HDMI interface applications in mobile PCs, graphics cards, and PC...

By David H. Deans, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Mobile.

Blackberry service improves but brand damage is done

Blackberry assured its users that services across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India were ‘operating with significant improvement’ this morning, following a disastrous three day outage.

Users of Blackberry’s messaging and email services worldwide have been experiencing severe disruption since the 10 October, when a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure at its data centre in Slough, Berkshire in the UK caused the system to fall over.

Unfortunately for Blackberry,...

By Matt Henkes, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Consumers, Devices, Europe, India, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones, SMEs.

In-flight Wi-Fi Service Revenue to Surpass $1.5 Billion

During the past year there has been significant growth in both the usage rates of in-flight broadband internet access and number of planes deployed with the capability. As new providers enter the emerging global market, growth is sure to continue in the coming year. Additionally, what has to date been predominantly a U.S.-centric market began to see an expansion of borders -- with deployments in Europe growing over the past year and new activity in the Middle East. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, they now forecast that in-flight Wi-Fi revenues will surpass the $1.5 billion mark in 2015. ...

By David H. Deans, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.

Disc Media: the Bygone Era of Digital Entertainment

In a few years from now, the perceived need for physical media formats could become a mere novelty, as more multimedia consumption moves online. Until then, there's the continued debate about the future of the Blu-ray Disc format. The name Blu-ray Disc (BD) refers to the blue laser used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than possible with red laser technology used for DVDs. It's not new technology. The first prototype Blu-ray Discs debuted in October 2000, and the first prototype player was released in Japan in April 2003. Its evolution and development continued until it was officially released...

By David H. Deans, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment.