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

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/10/gartner-and-idc-pc-shipments-tumbled-over-8-percent-in-q3/

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

One Month Later, Here’s What’s Happened To Sean Parker’s Ultra-Hyped App Airtime…

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/one-month-later-heres-whats-happened-to-sean-parkers-ultra-hyped-airtime-2012-7

Sean Parker’s Facebook-connected video chat application, Airtime, launched with an enormous amount of hype last month.

So, where is it now, about a month later?

Well, if you take a look at Airtime on AppData, the numbers don’t look good: it has around 9,000 Facebook-connected daily users and 200,000 Facebook-connected monthly active users.

First, a look at Airtime’s daily active Facebook-connected users according to AppData — which is usually a good barometer of success of a Facebook-connected app.

airtime DAUs

Ouch. Now, monthly active users (not as accurate, but still relevant):

airtime MAUs

Double ouch.

For reference, here’s the kind of chart you want to see if your app is growing quickly: Song Pop. It’s a “guess-that-tune” app that’s picked up millions of users in the course of a month.

songpop DAUs

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Linux Will Eat Oracle’s Lunch in 2012, Says Analyst (ORCL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/analyst-red-hat-suse-to-take-a-big-bite-out-of-oracle-in-2012-2012-1

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In 2012, a shocking number of enterprises will slink away from Oracle into the arms of competitors Red Hat and SUSE, new market research finds. This comes even though Oracle has its own flavor of Linux that is basically a copy of Red Hat’s.

Worse, this is a part of a bigger trend to move away from Oracle’s most important product, its database, says Jay Lyman, an open source analyst for market research firm The 451 Group told Business Insider.

“Oracle is still strong but the challenge from Linux is growing,” says Lyman.

Oracle has tens of thousands of customers of Solaris, a version of Unix, the go-to operating system in the 1990s and 2000s for powerful or highly technical uses including databases.

Over the past few years, many of those users are leaving Solaris (and other forms of Unix) and going to Linux, which has proven to be equally capable and a whole lot cheaper. When they do, they are more likely to start using new high-performing open source databases, known as NoSQL, Hadoop and Casandra, Lyman says.

In a survey of 165 IT professionals done by The 451 Group, 67% were planning to spend more money with Red Hat for servers that run their databases and only 6% plan to spend less. Meanwhile, 55% plan to spend less with Oracle and only 9% will spend more for either Oracle’s Linux or Solaris in 2012.


Lyman points out that this same trend will also affect IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

Oracle inherited its Unix operating system when it bought Sun Microsoft’s in 2009 for $7.4 billion. But Oracle thought it was fixing the problem of users ditching Unix for Linux when it created a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This is a perfectly legit thing to do. RHEL is itself an open source flavor of Linux.

But in Oracle’s typical marketing flamboyance, it called its version of RHEL “Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel”  indicating that its Linux was more reliable and performed faster. In 2010 Oracle tried again.  It made another splashy introduction of another version of Unbreakable Linux. This version of Linux was designed to work especially well with its database, with Oracle saying it was 75 to 200 percent faster.

But the 451 Group’s research indicates that so far, enterprises aren’t buying it.

Oracle has been asked for comment.

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012 news No Comments

AT&T Takes a Commanding Lead… In Dropped Calls

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5535410/att-takes-a-commanding-lead-in-dropped-calls

AT&T Takes a Commanding Lead... In Dropped CallsAT&T may have improved their dropped call performance lately, but they’ve still got a lot of work to do. According to a recent survey from ChangeWave Research, AT&T customers experience 3x the percentage of dropped calls as Verizon users. Ouch.

Maybe the least surprising part of the survey was that those dropped calls led to consumer dissatisfaction, though this time AT&T shared the dishonorable mention with T-Mobile:
AT&T Takes a Commanding Lead... In Dropped CallsThere’s no question that AT&T has put serious resources behind improving their network, and major improvements are expected for this summer. But until users start actually feeling those improvements in their day to day lives—without having to resort to a MicroCell 3G—there are going to be a lot of folks interested in jumping ship if and when the iPhone ever hits Verizon. [ChangeWave via PC World]

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Apple, Android, and RIM winners in 2009 smartphone growth, Nokia and Symbian still dominate

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/23/gartner-apple-android-and-rim-winners-in-2009-smartphone-os-g/

Gartner just released its annual numbers for worldwide mobile phone sales to end users in the year known as two thousand nine. Looking at smartphone OS market share alone, Gartner shows the iPhone OS, Android, and RIM making the biggest gains (up 6.2%, 3.4%, and 3.3% from 2008, respectively) at the expense of Windows Mobile (down 3.1%) and Symbian (down 5.5%). Although Gartner says that Symbian “has become uncompetitive in recent years,” (ouch) it concedes that market share is still strong especially for Nokia; something backed up by Nokia’s Q4 financials and reported quarterly smartphone growth of 5%. Regarding total handsets of all classifications sold, Nokia continues to dominate with 36.4% of all sales to end users (a 2.2% loss from 2008) while Samsung and LG continue to climb at the expense of Motorola (dropping from 7.6% to 4.5% of worldwide sales in 2009) and Sony Ericsson. See that table after the break or hit up the source for the full report.

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