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Smartphone Sales Exceeded Feature Phone Sales For The First Time (Gartner)
New Data From Gartner shows smartphone sales grew 46% during the second quarter of 2013 to 225 million units. That was good enough for a 51.8% share of total mobile handset sales for the quarter, marking the first time that smartphones outsold feature phones and all other mobile handsets

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 news No Comments

Gartner and IDC: PC shipments dropped about 11 percent in Q2


IDC PC shipment estimates for Q2 2013, worldwide

If you were looking for a bounce-back in the PC market after a sobering first quarter… well, keep looking. Both Gartner and IDC estimate that shipments fell about 11 percent year-over-year in the second quarter. The two analyst groups blame the decline on sluggish uptake in a few regions, most notably China and Europe, as well as a market that favors tablets over low-end computers. It’s easy to agree after seeing the numbers. Taiwanese PC makers like Acer and ASUS faced steep yearly declines as they switched their attention toward tablets and Ultrabooks, while even top-seated Lenovo took a small bruising.

There’s a silver lining to this cloud, however. Dell, HP and Lenovo all fared much better in the US than they have in recent quarters. Gartner and IDC attribute the resurgence to the corporate world, where the end of Windows XP support in 2014 may be pushing some upgrades to PCs running at least Windows 7. It’s not quite the broader recovery that vendors are hoping for, but it may have to suffice when any help from Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks is months away.


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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 news No Comments

Android and Samsung dominate the phone market in Q1


Gartner Android and Samsung dominate the phone market in Q1

If you’ve been following the trends, Gartner’s mobile phone market figures for the first quarter of 2013 won’t surprise. The research firm estimates that Android was on 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold in the period, with Samsung the key beneficiary of such dominance. While the Korean behemoth doesn’t release solid sales figures, Gartner believes its market-flooding strategy has paid off, topping the league with 30.8 percent market share — Apple has a firm grip on second place, with 18.2 percent, which is well ahead of LG, which has 4.8 percent. Samsung is also king of the mobile phone space, owning 23.6 percent of the market, ahead of Nokia, which has fallen to 14.8 percent share. Gartner’s research also found that feature phone sales are slowing, so we guess that it’s only a matter of time ! before t he humble candybar goes the way of the netbook.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 digital No Comments

Enterprises Are Spending Wildly On ‘Big Data’ But Don’t Know If It’s Worth It Yet


Big data is already big business, with companies collectively spending billions on it.

But most of them don’t know if big data is worth it—yet. And they’re not even sure what it means, with the “big data” label applied to all kinds of data-intensive projects.

Most companies said that “big data” meant scooping up large quantities of information, often from nontraditional, server-busting sources like Web traffic logs or social media, and then using it to make business decisions in real time. These include things like watching competitors, monitoring their own brands, creating new services that they can sell, and tracking product and pricing information.

In 2012, companies worldwide spent $4.3 billion on software for big-data projects, market research firm Gartner reports. Most of that was for software running on company-owned servers.

But in a survey of over 800 business and IT professionals commissioned by big-data startup Connotate, 60% said it was too early to tell if a given project was successful and returned a decent value for its investment.

That won’t stop companies from spending even more on big-data projects next year. They’ll be buying new servers and software and hiring experts. Add it up, and big-data projects will drive $34 billion of technology spending in 2013, Gartner predicts.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 news No Comments

PC shipments tumbled over 8 percent in Q3, only ASUS and Lenovo escaped unhurt


Gartner and IDC PC shipments tumbled over 8 percent in Q3, only ASUS and Lenovo escaped unhurt

We don’t often summarize market share in one word, but: ouch. Both Gartner and IDC have trotted out their preliminary estimates for PC market share in the third quarter, and the two agree that this summer was a dire one for the traditional computer. Outside of ASUS and Lenovo, whose price-focused strategies and key acquisitions kept them ahead of rivals, virtually every major vendor saw its PC shipments collapse versus a year ago, often by more than 10 percent. Total worldwide shipments declined by more than 8 percent in either estimate — enough to make a flat second quarter seem rosy by comparison. Lenovo took the top spot in Gartner’s study, although IDC is counting workstations and kept HP in its usual lead.

As for the US, it’s almost better that we don’t look. Gartner and IDC believe that the American market sank by respective 13.8 or 12.4 percent amounts, and the steep global declines repeated themselves in the one country for everyone but Lenovo. Even a market share gain for Apple came only because its shipments dropped at a gentler rate than most of its peers. Whether it’s the US or worldwide, don’t assume that inventory clearances ahead of Windows 8 were the only factors at work, though. Both research teams point to continuing world economic tro! ubles as influences, and IDC contends that buyers are still skipping PCs in favor of smartphones and mobile tablets. There’s often a jump in computer sales between the summer and the fall, especially with a new OS on the way, but we wouldn’t count on a return to the halcyon days.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 news No Comments

The Latest PC ‘Growth’ Numbers Show No Growth At All


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PC shipments are stagnant. According to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments in Q2 were basically flat, declining -0.1 percent from last year. PC shipments have grown only 5 percent since the second quarter of 2010, when the iPad was introduced.

Reasons for the bad numbers:

  • The global economy remains weak.
  • The upgrade cycle for business PCs has lengthened.
  • The iPad killed the netbook market, which had been driving growth for the past few years.
  • Some Windows loyalists are probably waiting for Windows 8 and the new hardware form factors that will ship with it, such as Microsoft’s Surface, a touch screen tablet that doubles as a small laptop.

Microsoft and its PC partners have high hopes for Windows 8, which will start shipping on new PCs in October. But for now, the PC market sure doesn’t look good.

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 news No Comments

PC market flattened out in Q2 while Apple, ASUS and Lenovo remain the stars


IDC and Gartner PC market flattened out in Q2 while Apple, ASUS and Lenovo remain the stars

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer might be working overtime to keep Apple at bay, but the PC market that his company largely built is hurting, if you ask researchers at Gartner and IDC. Both estimate that shipments of traditional computers dropped by a tenth of a point in the second quarter of 2012 — not a good sign when Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors and a wave of Ultrabooks were supposed to usher in a PC renaissance. While the exact numbers vary, the two paint a partly familiar picture of the world stage: HP and Dell are taking a bruising, while ASUS and Lenovo are making huge leaps forward. Depending on who you ask, though, Acer is either kicking Dell down to fourth place or occupying that all too comfortable spot itself. The economy and tablets are once again blamed for making would-be PC upgraders jittery, although this time it may also be the wait for Windows 8 leading some to hold off.

If there’s a point of contention, it’s the US figures. Gartner and IDC alike agree that Acer, Dell and HP all took a drubbing. Tthe two analyst groups are at odds with each other when it comes to everyone else, thou! gh. Appl e will have gained market share to as much as 12 percent, but either increased or shrank its shipments; it’s Lenovo or Toshiba completing the top five outside of the usual suspects. Accordingly, take results with a grain of salt until all the PC builders have reported in. Nonetheless, if the groups have the same reasonable level of precision as they’ve had in the past, Microsoft may have to defer its ambitions for a little while longer.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Every Major Credit Card is Potentially Hacked


Every Major Credit Card Provider Is Potentially Hacked Right NowGlobal Payments, a major credit card processing company, has reportedly been hacked. That means each of the four major credit card companies, and according to reports, as many as 10 million customers are at risk.

The story has been developing throughout the morning. Right now, it goes like this: Hackers gained access to an administrative-privileged account at a New York City taxi company and, over the course of several months, stole 10 million credit card numbers. They’ve been sitting on them, waiting to spend all at once to maximize the time before they’re shut down.

The Wall Street Journal puts the number of compromised accounts around 50,000, which is a far cry from 10 million. The massive number had originally been sourced to a post from a Gartner analyst, and while it seems a little far fetched that a cab company would have millions of numbers, we’d still err to caution.

Visa and Mastercard have both issued statements explaining the breach, but stressed that their networks were not specifically breached. Though that doesn’t really matter if you’re affected by the hack of “third-party processor” Global Payments. No word yet from American Express or Discover, but both are accepted by official NYC cabs.

Third-party processors like Global Payments or PayPal simplify accepting credit cards for small or spread out merchants. So a cab using GP is about the same as an eBay seller using PayPal, and this hack affects users the same way a PayPal hack would. Which is to say, very seriously.

Everyone seems to be scrambling to figure out what’s going on here, including credit card companies. What we’re going on right now is that this is probably based out of New York, and probably confined to those who’ve paid for a cab with a credit card. If you fit that description, think about preemptively checking in with your card company to protect yourself. [Gartner, PhysOrg, CNN, WSJ]

Update: Bank of America and Chase have apparently been alerting their customers about this breach for weeks, but not providing specifics beyond their individual accounts. And in some cases, alerted customers received fraudulent charges even after a card had supposedly been shut down.

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Friday, March 30th, 2012 news No Comments

How Apple’s Business Completely Changed


What a difference a few years makes. Four years ago, Apple analysts fretted over iPod shipments and computer sales when an earnings call rolled around. All the early chatter is now focused on whether surging iPhone and iPad sales will even be enough to meet soaring expectations.   

The iPad, only a rumor two years ago, accounted for 24% of revenue last quarter. The iPhone, meanwhile, has jumped from 10% of revenue at the beginning of 2008 to 39% last quarter–and nearly 50% at the beginning of last year. With the tablet market still in its infancy and huge opportunities still available in mobile, the shift in Apple’s revenues has only just begun. All of which should futher underline the changing nature of their business: Apple is essentially a mobile computing company. 

Which is not to say the rest of the company isn’t growing. Mac shipments were up 20.7% year-over-year in the fourth quarter, according to Gartner–even as the rest of the PC market fell 5.9%. It’s just that they have not kept up with the astronomic growth of the company’s mobile products.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 news No Comments

Apple bucks declining PC shipment trend, according to latest estimates


Apple remains conspicuous by its absence (again) at this year’s CES, but preliminary shipment estimates for PCs sold in Q4 2011 show that the company appears to be bucking the generally declining trend. Worldwide shipments dropped 1.4 percent compared to the same period last year, with the US seeing a 5.9 percent decline. The global drop includes an estimated 16.2 percent decrease from HP while Acer battled an 18.4 percent loss in shipments. Staving off any decline, both Lenovo (23 percent) and Asus (20.5 percent) managed an increase. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mac shipments — including both desktop and notebook models — saw a 20.7 percent increase since Q4 2010. Who needs booth babes?

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012 news No Comments

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