60 Million Media Tablets will Ship Worldwide in 2011

You've been thinking about your next portable computing device, but you can't decide because there are now numerous options to consider. Perhaps the next device that you purchase won't be called at computer. Does it matter? Media tablet shipments surpassed netbook personal computer (PC) shipments this quarter -- reaching 13.6 million tablets, compared to just 7.3 million netbooks. Netbook PCs had previously led the way with 8.4 million shipments in 1Q11, compared to just 6.4 million media tablets. “This is a trend that we do not expect will reverse,” says Jeff Orr, group director, mobile devices at

By David H. Deans, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Research.

Smartphone Users Interact with Brands via Social Networks

comScore released results of a study on mobile social media usage which showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their smartphone in August 2011 -- an increase of 37 percent in the past year. Their latest market study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or related event while on their mobile device. “Social media is one of the most popular and fastest growing mobile activities, reaching nearly one third of all U.S. mobile users,” said Mark Donovan,...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Demand for Media Tablets Disrupts the PC Market

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments increased by 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11) compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). The results are up slightly from the 2.7 percenet growth experienced in 2Q11, and just below IDC's August projections for 4.5 percent growth in the quarter. The Americas and EMEA were slightly below expectations while the Asia-Pacific markets were slightly ahead. The market continues to struggle as consumer discretionary income is diverted to other areas and business...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.

Publishers will Embrace eMagazines and eNewspapers

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, annual revenues derived from eNewspapers that are delivered to portable digital devices will exceed $1.1 billion by 2016 -- with publishers increasingly adopting subscription-based applications to counteract their falling print publication sales. The Juniper market study noted the surge in Apple iPad adoption led a number of newspaper publishers to move beyond standalone smartphone apps towards more integrated digital media strategies. Companies such as News International have begun offering a single subscription price enabling access to The Times...

By David H. Deans, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Browsers, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Media Tablet Owners Purchase Online More Frequently

Recent findings from a survey of U.S. smartphone and tablet owners indicate that tablet ownership increases the frequency of mobile shopping, improves the purchase experience -- and makes people who own both devices use their smartphone more often. The study revealed that tablet ownership increases mobile purchase frequency, with owners of tablets (as well as smartphones) buying nearly twice as often as those who only have smartphones. Further, more than 40 percent of these “dual owners” made more than 20 mobile purchases over the past year. Nearly two-thirds of dual owners indicated higher overall spending due to...

By David H. Deans, 20 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

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.