By Lisa Johnston
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Framingham, Mass. – When it comes to shipping smart connected devices, Samsung is now the worldwide champ, according to IDC.
Samsung took over the top spot from Apple by shipping 250 million such devices, defined by IDC as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, in 2012. Apple was not far behind, pumping out 218.7 million such products during the same period.
For the entire year, 1.2 billion smart connected devices were shipped worldwide, a 29.1 percent increase over 2011.
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Seoul, South Korea — LG will launch its next generation of Optimus L Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where three Optimus L Series II phones will debut with upgraded features.
The company hasn’t said which models would come to the U.S. market or when, but L-series models have been sold by U.S. carriers in the past.
Round Rock, Texas — Dell Inc. signed a definitive merger agreement today that will have its founder, chairman and CEO Michael Dell purchase the company for about $24 billion.
The deal, which will take Dell private, was made in partnership with the technology investment firm Silver Lake. Published reports stated that Microsoft will finance $2 billion of the loan used to make the purchase.
Under the agreement, Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share. The stock closed at $10.88 on Jan. 11 when rumors of the buyout became public.
Clearwater, Fla. — Tech Data has expanded relationship with Asus to distribute the new Asus Taichi, a fusion of a notebook and tablet.
The Asus Taichi has a back-to-back dual-screen design which provides mobile flexibility, allowing users to switch between tablet and notebook in a single touch, Tech Data said.
New York — Amid its introduction of several new products today, Research In Motion officially changed its name to BlackBerry.
The name change is part of the company’s attempt to reinvent itself and present a unified marketing front, said CEO Thorsten Heins.
Wakefield, Mass. - The NFC Forum, the industry association that promotes the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has established five special-interest groups to drive NFC adoption in the consumer electronics, health care and other vertical markets.
The other markets are payment, retail, and transportation.
LAS VEGAS — Velocity Micro will introduce three new products this week, here.
The new models are the Cruz D610 and Q610 10-inch tablets and the Edge Mini computer.
The Cruz D610 will ship late in the first quarter; pricing has not been announced. It is being positioned as an ultra-thin tablet with a thickness of 8.7mm.
LAS VEGAS — ViewSonic today expanded its new Smart Display computer line, and added several new touchscreen monitors and a 4K Ultra HD display at International CES.
The 24-inch VSD240 Smart Display, which joins the previously announced VSD220, is a 24-inch display that shares many features with a very large tablet or an all-in-one PC. However, ViewSonic prefers to refer to these products as secondary monitors.
The VSD240 will carry a $499 price tag and ship in April. The 22-inch VSD220 shipped in October at $399.
LAS VEGAS — Qualcomm took total advantage of its first-ever pre-International CES keynote, with CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs introducing star after star and still finding time to unveil the company’s latest Snapdragon processor.
Jacobs’s address marked the first time someone from outside Microsoft has delivered the traditional kickoff pre-CES keynote address. Jacob took over the reins from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who, in turn, took center stage when Microsoft founder Bill Gates stepped down.
LAS VEGAS – Netgear founder and CEO Patrick Lo spelled out his company’s plan to create the “Smart Home.”
Netgear’s mission for the next ten to 15 years is to have everything in a home that is powered by electricity connect to the Internet, said Lo.
“Going forward we want to extend beyond speeds and feeds to the start of the Smart Home,” Lo said during Netgear’s press conference at CES.