Intel turns its back on Smart TV

Intel Corp is moving away from the TV system-on-chip (SoC) market, as it struggles to compete with other companies.

According to an IHS market tracker report last week, Intel lost out in market shares, holding 2% compared to Mstar Semiconductor Inc’s 39% in the first half of 2011.

The Google partner will now focus its attention on smartphones and media tablets rather than its Google TV initiative, which has suffered poor sales.

IHS also found potential reasons behind why the

By Dani Millward, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, IPTV, Research, Smart TV.

Upside for Smartphones and Mobile Net in Asia-Pacific

The telecommunication services boom in the emerging markets of the Asia-Pacific is expected to continue in 2011, and will drive the total mobile subscription rate in the region to grow by more than 15 percent. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the mobile market in the Asia-Pacific still has the potential to grow at more than a 10 percent rate for the next two years. The smartphone market is also forecast to have healthy growth, with 24 percent share in total handset shipments in 2011 -- that's up from 17 percent in 2010. Smartphone shipments in Asia will see a significant growth of...

By David H. Deans, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

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.

Media tablets & app stores in top 10 for strategic technology

Media tablets and app stores have been named in the top 10 of strategic technologies for 2012, according to research company Gartner. At its IT Symposium last week, analysts found that enterprises will need mobile strategies for both B2E and B2C scenarios. For B2E, IT leaders must consider social, business and financial goals, whilst consumer support, API management, third-party app integration and app store delivery are priorities for B2C. With app stores, the consumer-only offering will soon grow into...

By Dani Millward, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Industry, Research.

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.

84.5 Million People in the U.S. Now Own a Smartphone

comScore released data reporting the key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending August 2011. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 43.7 percent market share. For the three-month average period ending in August, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 25.3 percent of U.S. mobile...

By David H. Deans, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

More mobiles than people worldwide, says expert

By the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people, according to expert, Dr Mike Short.

The current global population is around 7 billion, but Dr Mike Short is confident that uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Europe’s largest...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: India, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

GMT under threat as ITU recommends replacement

Britain's status as the keeper of the world's time standard is under threat following new recommendations by the International Telecoms Union (ITU) to create a more accurate means of measuring time. According to reports, the new recommendations may see the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Paris take the reins of world time. Speaking to a reporter from FRANCE 24 at last week's ITU event in Geneva, US Navy scientist Ronald Beard who chaired the working group making the proposals said: “GMT has been recognised as...

By Verity Gough, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Research.

ISPs get broadband speeds guidance

New guidelines set out for internet service providers to ensure they can prove customers can actually surf the web at "maximum speeds" have been issued by the government's advertising regulator.A Help Note, published by the Committee of Advertising Practice, the sister-organisation of the Advertising Standards Agency, now states that broadband companies should also include "appropriate, additional information to accompany a maximum speed claim to ensure the average consumer is not mislead. Where relevant, this includes information that bears out that...

By Verity Gough, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, Research.