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Who says the PC market is dying a brisk death? While the numbers in some segments may be cause for concern, Lenovo's bucking the trend by announcing better-than-expected figures for its fourth quarter earnings. The company recorded 55 million PC shipments, 50 million smartphone shipments, and 9.2 million tablet shipments in its last full year, with annual revenue coming in at a record $38.7 billion (a 14% increase year-over-year). It pulled in $817 million in full-year earnings (a boost of 29% compared to the prior year), and it also added 2.1 points of market share to its overall #1 position in PCs. What's amazing is that Lenovo has somehow notched 5% year-over-year growth, compared to the industry... Read more...
Square has done an exceptional job of making it easier for small businesses to accept credit card payments, but what if you're looking to move product in more places than your current city? The company's looking to expand a bit, taking a local idea global. Square Market is the answer, described as an online marketplace for businesses to sell everything from handmade jewelry, housewares and merchandise, to yoga lessons and beauty services. Square Market provides local businesses across the U.S. the ability to sell their products throughout the country to anyone, anywhere. "We're focused on making easy-to-use tools for merchants that create an incredible experience for their customers - no matter... Read more...
If you've been following Apple's recent quarterly earnings, this news won't come as a shock. But to most, it definitely will. The nation most commonly associated with Apple knockoffs may soon become the nation that's contributing the most to Apple's bottom line. It's a wild shift from even ten years back, when Apple's sales in China weren't even worth bragging about. But with the advent of the iPhone and iPad, a new swath of consumers in mainland China have fallen head over heels for the company, and they're showing their adoration by opening up their wallets in a major way. A new report pegs CEO Tim Cook as having made his second trip to China since taking over as head of Apple, and during an... Read more...
Apple may be closer than you think to true worldwide PC domination. While the company has long-since dropped the "Computer" from "Apple Computer," evidently things are looking up on the PC side. Microsoft has held a huge, huge advantage in the desktop OS marketshare race for years, even as the iPod demolished the Zune and iCloud and trampling over Microsoft's cloud services. But according to research firm Canalys, Apple has become the worldwide client PC vendor in Q4 2011. That's right. We aren't talking about phones; we're talking about PCs. The trick here is to include tablets in the "PC" category. Apple shipped over 15 million iPads and five million Macs, representing 17% of the total 120... Read more...
Not a day goes by that we don't hear something out of the Google camp. There's hardly a harder working company in the tech-biz, truthfully, and regardless of whether it's Chrome OS or Android (or something else entirely), something's always changing in the land of Google. This week, they're dishing out a monumental overhaul for the Android Market on phones. This comes just weeks after a new Market hit select Android tablets, as Android 3.1 brought Movies and a few other small things to a handful of Honeycomb tablets. With this new market, users have new ways to find apps/games, purchase books and rent movies. That's right; the Movies addition is now available on Android phones with v2.2 or higher... Read more...
It's just the thing to do these days, isn't it? If you have a phone, you best have an App Store. It worked for Apple, it worked for Google, and it just might work for LG. Maybe. It's safe to say that most app markets outside of the Apple App Store and Android Market are fairly dead to the outside world, though Palm's WebOS market showed signs of thriving before HP pulled the wind out of Palm's sails (but in turn, saved the company's life). Now, LG is looking to join those other companies, but they're taking a slightly different approach for good reason. Rather than butting heads with Apple or Android in the North American market, LG has just made official their "Application Store," which is available... Read more...
We knew Apple's App Store was popular, but wow. "Popular" doesn't even begin to accurately describe this news. After announcing over 3 billion choices in the App Store, Apple now has something else they can promote when pumping up the store over other alternatives: market share.With the amount of webOS, Maemo, S60 and Android devices growing by the day, one would think that the amount of applications downloaded in stores from those platforms would also be rising sharply. Obviously it's not sharply enough to put a dent in Apple's domination, as new research figures from Gartner has found that in 2009, Apple had a 99.4% piece of the overall app store market.You read that correctly. Nearly 100%... Read more...
Look, 91% of anything is worthy of praise, but the figure in question here really shouldn't be all that surprising. According to new research from NPD, nine out of every ten personal computers sold with a price tag of $1000 or more were Apple machines. We know, that sounds crazy, but we'll explain in a bit why it's really not terribly shocking. The exact figure is 91%; 91% of the PC market in the $1000+ sector belongs to Apple, leaving just 9% to split between Windows, Linux and...um, Solaris or something. Back in May, the figure sat at 88%, so it's not like this is some new phenomenon. Of course, it's not completely old either; in Q1 2008, Apple's share of this so-called "premium" market sat... Read more...
For the longest time, we've felt that Sony's baseline $399 price tag on its PlayStation 3 console was simply too high. Nintendo's Wii is just $299, and Microsoft's Xbox 360 can be had easily for $199. Aside from Blu-ray playback, what does the console really offer to persuade gamers to purchase it over the other, cheaper options?Obviously, we aren't the only ones wondering why a PS3 price drop wasn't announced recently at E3, with major game developer Activision even wondering if it will continue to support the console in the near future. Specifically, Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Bobby Kotick stated that it may end up dropping support for Sony's console due to high development costs and... Read more...
We know -- huge shock, right? As with the GPU market right now, the CPU market is also struggling, and a recent report from research firm IDC suggests that it'll continue to do so throughout the first half of 2009. With both Intel and AMD reeling from tough Q4s, it wouldn't take a full blown report for the layperson to assume that chip demand was sinking. That said, we'll always take the facts over speculation.The IDC article noted that "worldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell significantly in the fourth calendar quarter of 2008, and further demand decline in 1Q09 points to a very poor outlook for the first half of this year." By the numbers, global PC processor unit shipments declined 17... Read more...
Considering the condition of the overall economy, few will be surprised by the latest report on the handset market. Strategy Analytics has publicly forecast that the worldwide mobile phone market will shrink nine percent during the course of 2009, which would mark the sector's first decline since 2001. The firm stated that it "expected the first half of 2009 to be very weak, as the industry is hit by a double whammy of slowing post-holiday shipments in developed markets and subdued demand during the normally buoyant Chinese New Year in Asia." As for exact figures, it has forecast that 1.08 billion handsets will be sold in 2009, down from 1.18 billion in 2008. If this proves true, it will be just... Read more...
A new service from Qik makes it possible for you to stream live audio and video from feature phones to PCs. Claimed to be the first mobile live streaming service on mass market, or feature, phones (meaning not smartphones or PDA-phones), Qik is now available in its first public alpha release for a slew of J2ME phones.Currently supported phones include Nokia S40 and Sony Ericsson JP-8 devices. More specifically, Qik mentions the Nokia 5300, 6300, 6500 classic, 6500 slide, 6555, and 8800 Arte along with the Sony Ericsson K850, K858, W890, W910, W908, K660, G502, and Z750.Qik also believes it can support the following phones fairly quickly with a little help from its users: Nokia 3120 classic, 3600... Read more...
A company on the brink?  That's what Apple was before it made its dramatic comeback.  Now, in the latest Gartner report, on Q3 PC shipments (note, these are preliminary numbers), Apple's market share in the U.S. has grown to 9.5%, up from 7.7% last year, a growth of 29.4%.  Nearly double-digits.IDC's numbers were similar to Garter's, pegging Apple's U.S. share at 9.1%, up from 7.3%, a growth of 32.0% year-over-year. But (there's always a but), both Gartner and IDC noticed that a major part of the global overall upswing (15%) in PC sales was a burgeoning netbook component.  Gartner said:"The mini-notebook segment experienced strong growth in the global PC, led by robust growth... Read more...
DELL PREMIERS FIRST INDUSTRY-APPROVED BURN-TO-DVD DOWNLOADSQflix Recording Technology from Sonic Gives New Life to Digital DownloadingFeaturing New Hit and Catalog Releases via CinemaNowQflix Certified Media Plays on Standard DVD PlayersROUND ROCK, Texas, Sept. 15, 2008 – Dell is bringing the big screen to the PC screen, making it easy for users to build a personal digital library of their favorite Hollywood blockbusters.Dell and Sonic Solutions have teamed to make downloading and recording DVD movies easy with the first PC-based Qflix™ drives. Using an intuitive application, Roxio® Venue, movie collectors can search and select from a variety of major Hollywood hits available from... Read more...
Antec Enters the Mobile Computing MarketCBB Certified Components Enable System Builders to Locally Build a TrulyCustomized LaptopFremont, CA - August 19, 2008 - Antec, Inc., the leading global provider of high-performance components for the gaming, PC Upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced that it is launching a new line of standard components for the mobile computing market. These interchangeable components-known as common building blocks and developed according to a common set of specifications initiated by Intel-continue Antec's legacy as a pioneer in standards-based computing components and extend its reach into the fast-growing portable computing market. The announcement marks... Read more...
... but they're still not a monopoly, at least if you ask the company. On Monday researchers at market research firm Hitwise released their monthly search share report, and their data indicates that Google has now topped 70% in terms of search market share.Google reached a new milestone and accounted for 70.77 percent of all U.S. searches. Google’s share of searches increased 10% over the same month last year and 2% over the previous month. Yahoo! Search, MSN Search (including Live.com), and Ask followed with 18.65%, 5.36%, and 3.53% share of searches, respectively. That's Google's tenth consecutive record high in monthly search share. And if you wonder why Microsoft is / was so keen on snagging... Read more...
Shipments of computers for personal use  jumped by 14.6 percent worldwide in the first quarter, well above prior estimates of 13.2%, according to market research firms IDC and Gartner, and reported at Digitimes. The market in the USA had a weak showing compared to other areas of the globe, but still clocked in with a respectable 3.5% year over year growth. And the term "personal computer" is really starting to mean something now. We're likely to continue to move from a computer in every house to one in every lap for the foreseeable future. As with previous quarters, much of the growth came from the notebook markets, and in particular the consumer notebook segment in retail environments.... Read more...
VIA Moves into COM Express Embedded Module MarketVIA to introduce first COM Express modules with VIA processor platform, enabling cost effective, flexible customization and faster time to market Taipei, Taiwan, April 14th 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced the extension of embedded board portfolio to include COM Express modules that will be the first to harness the power and thermal advantages of VIA's processor platforms. Measuring 95mm x 125 mm, COM Express is an industry standard embedded form factor developed by the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) to provide greater connectivity... Read more...
Now that HD-DVD is out of the way, is it possible for Sony to garner a 50% share vs. DVD?  Sony seems to think so.Maybe that price cut in Blu-ray players is coming sooner than we think because Digitimes is reporting that Sony has set some very ambitious goals for Blu-ray in 2008. And by ambitious I'm talking a 50-50 split with DVD.The short article, which carries the headline, "Sony looks to 50% global market share for its Blu-ray products in 2008," says that "Sony will offer Blu-ray Disc (BD) devices in a wide range of product lines and prices and aims to increase the global market share of its BD products from 20 percent currently to 50 percent by the end of 2008." If Sony would reduce... Read more...
AMD Provides Quick Time-to-Market Platform for Growing Networked Storage Market - Storage Bridge Bay Reference Design and new AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core processors deliver more options for high-end embedded customers - ORLANDO, FL - April 7, 2008 - At the Storage Networking World conference AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the first Reference Design Kit (RDK) for the Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) 2.0 Specification based on the AMD Athlon(tm) processor.  This RDK can simplify the design process and provide a standardized platform powered by AMD's unrivaled Direct Connect Architecture.  AMD expects to help storage vendors deliver low power, high performance, entry-level networked... Read more...
The screen is small, the device is small, but the market share, for the browser of a mobile phone is, relatively speaking, big. The iPhone has only been available since late June, and it's already the most popular mobile browser for surfing the Web, beating out even Windows Mobile, which has been available for over 10 years.Net Applications came out with its quarterly browser marketshare report this weekend. More surprising than the solid market share gains that the Mac platform made, was iPhone's phenomenal showing..09 percent may seem like an extremely small marketshare but when you consider that the iPhone has only been selling for 5 months and for most of that time was in one – albeit large... Read more...
That is definitely an impressive percentage, especially when you consider that desktop sales are dropping while notebook sales are rising.  According to NPD, Apple’s U.S. retail notebook market share for June 2007 rose 2.2% from last year's 15.4% mark. As well as the notebooks are doing, Apple’s overall standing among computer makers is up too. According to data from research firm IDC, Apple’s continued rise in computer sales puts it in third place overall among all computer makers in the U.S. This is the first time since 1996 that Apple finds itself this high on the list of top selling manufacturers. Dell took the top spot with HP coming in second place of total unit sales.... Read more...
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