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NEW YORK — PC shipments during the back-to-school selling season, also known as the third quarter, showed some signs of life in the U.S.
The research firms IDC and Gartner each had PC shipments in the U.S. market higher — up from basically flat, according to IDC, to up 3.5 percent, according to Gartner. The latter company noted that this uptick marked the second consecutive quarter of increases following a string of six quarters of decreases.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
NEW YORK – The days when kids clamored for a desktop or laptop for Christmas are long gone, but analysts and vendors are optimistic that the category will enjoy a decent 2013 holiday season.
That does not mean tablets are in any danger of being supplanted as the No. 1 tech gift on most consumer’s wish list, but the influx of new form factors and price points will give the mobile computing category a boost.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Symantec has updated its line of Norton Internet security products.
The launch includes improved versions of Norton Internet Security, Anti-Virus, 360 and 360 Multi-Device. All become available at retail and direct from Symantec on Sept. 4.
• Norton 360 Multi-Device, $99.99, provides one year of protection for up to five devices.
• Norton 360, $89.99, provides one year of protection for up to three PCs.
• Norton Internet Security, $79.99, provides one year of protection for up to three PCs.
NEW YORK — The tablet market will face competition from within and without in the fourth quarter.
Competition from without comes from the growing selection of big-screen smartphones called phablets, defined by some analysts as smartphones with screen sizes of between 4.6 to 5.5 inches in size, though Samsung in August brought the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid to the U.S. market through AT&T.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Touchscreenequipped portable computers will enjoy a rapid growth over the next three years, according to HIS iSuppli.
The research firm is predicting that 25 percent, or 78 million units worldwide, of all mobile computers will feature a touchscreen by 2016. This adoption will be driven by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, which was designed from the ground up as a touch application. Intel’s Ultrabook initiative will also begin to bear fruit and help drive consumer interest in touch laptops.
NEW YORK — When Hewlett-Packard’s Meg Whitman took over as CEO, she wanted the company’s products to share a similar look.
So for the last few years HP’s design team has slowly been working toward developing a unified industrial look and feel, and the final result was debuted with the release of the company’s spring product line.
NEW YORK – Hisense recently launched its first two Wi-Fi-only Android-based tablets through more than 3,000 Walmart stores across the country, offering affordable prices, high-value feature sets, and, in one model, connectivity with select Hisense TV models.
The tablets include the Sero 7 LT (light), which carries a $99.99 suggested retail, and the Sero 7 Pro, which carries a $149 suggested retail.
Both models are available now exclusively through Walmart and Walmart.com, the companies said.
NEW YORK — Windows 8 is simultaneously taking the blame for falling PC sales and being hailed as the savior for the desktop and laptop categories.
Worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter of the year posted the steepest decline ever recorded by research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) and its analysts directly blamed the situation on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
NEW YORK — Toshiba last week unveiled a new premium brand called Kira that is part of the company’s move to present a higher-profile image to consumers.
The first Kira product to be rolled out is a three- SKU line of 13-inch Ultrabooks dubbed Kirabooks. These will have prices starting at $1,599 and will join Toshiba’s Satellite- and Portege-branded models. The Ultrabooks are only the initial Kira products. The company plans to roll out additional models in not only the computer, but other product categories.
STAMFORD, CONN. — Mobile technology adoption rates are increasing faster, and this is beginning to have a fundamental impact on worldwide spending patterns, according to a study by Gartner.
Absorbing media content on a mobile platform, both in the home and on the road, is beginning to replace the environment centered on a home’s television or desktop/ laptop computer, Gartner said. While this is still an early-adopter trend, Nick Ingelbrecht, research director at Gartner, said this is becoming a mainstream behavior.