By Lisa Johnston
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Framingham, Mass. — More than 1 billion smart connected devices shipped worldwide in 2012, a 29.1 percent increase, according to IDC’s “Smart Connected Device Tracker” report.
The category, which encompasses desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, will continue its hockey-stick-growth curve with shipments hitting 2.2 billion by 2017. This is expected to generate about $814 billion in revenue, up from $576.9 billion in 2012.
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Port Washington, N.Y. — Small and medium businesses (SMB) intend to boost their IT spending over the next 12 months, with retailers expected to grab a portion of sales, according to The NPD Group.
The research firm’s latest study on companies with 50 to 999 workers forecasts an average spending increase through the end of year. This is the first time since January 2012 that SMB’s have signaled their intention to boost IT expenditures.
Waban, Mass. – Apple and Hewlett-Packard earned the top slots in a recent poll for producing the most functional, accessible and emotional computer products among U.S. consumers.
The study by Temkin Group Research, a customer experience and research firm, looked at 10 PC brands: Acer, Apple, Compaq, Dell, eMachines, HP, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba.
Port Washington, N.Y. – There are now more than 500 million connected devices in the United States, reached primarily on the back of smartphone and tablet sales, according to The NPD Group.
The research firm’s “Connected Intelligence Connected Home” report saw a marked jump in the number of connected devices just during the last quarter.
El Segundo, Calif. — The time when more computer memory was considered a necessity for improved PC performance may be coming to an end.
A recent study by IHS iSuppli indicated that design changes — including the adoption of ultra-slim laptops and the fact that Windows 8 did not require additional DRAM to function properly — has OEMs scaling back how much memory is now being placed in devices.
London — Revenue generated by apps developed for tablets will surpass that generated for smartphones by 2018, according to ABI Research.
The research firm said for 2013 total revenue for tablet apps will be $8.8 billion, compared with $16.4 billion for smartphones. Apple iOS will account for 65 percent of the share; Android will get 27 percent, and 8 percent is projected to be shared by the remaining mobile platforms.
Sunnyvale, Calif. — AMD rolled out its Elite A series of accelerated processor units (APUs), formerly code-named Richland.
The new high-end APUs will allow computers to handle gesture and facial recognition, and feature better power management and an overall improved graphics performance, the company said, when compared to AMD’s previous generation of processors.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Smartphone and tablet sales will drive cover-glass shipments to more than 2.5 billion in four years, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
Smartphones will be the primary driver of the shipment increases this year, said Calvin Hsieh, DisplaySearch research director, accounting for about 84 percent of the shipments. At the same time, tablets will use about 14 percent of the glass shipped, with touch-based laptops part of the remainder.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile USA ended the year with its first full-year subscriber-base gain since 2009 but with a deeper net loss.
In the fourth quarter, the carrier posted net income before taxes of $70 million, but its full-year net loss deepened to $7 billion compared with a year-ago loss of $4.9 billion.
The full-year net loss is attributable, however, to a third-quarter one-time $8.1 billion good-will impairment charge triggered by the planned merger of MetroPCS and T-Mobile.
Hyannis, Mass. — Savant Systems is targeting retrofit installations with its first thermostat, which connects to standard thermostat wiring and communicates via Wi-Fi with the company’s SmartSystem home controller.
The SST-W100 thermostat is designed for residential and commercial installations to deliver one- and two-stage control of forced-air, radiant-heat, heat pump and HVAC systems, the company said.