San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Framingham, Mass. — IDC is forecasting that Android-based tablets will take over as the market share leader from Apple iOS in 2013 and maintain this lead going forward.
IDC also upped its worldwide tablet shipment numbers to 190.9 million, from 172.4 million, due to the increased volume of smaller-screen-size tablets expected to hit the market this year. IDC expects at least 350 million tablets to ship by 2017.
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.
New York – Amazon.com was cited as America’s most reputable company in a Harris Interactive poll of 14,000 consumers.
Amazon earned the top-spot for the first time in the annual survey, which measures consumer perceptions of the 60 most visible U.S. companies.
Amazon edged out last year’s leader, Apple, which came in second place followed by The Walt Disney Co., Google and Johnson & Johnson. It was Google’s eighth consecutive appearance on the Top 5.
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple is expanding its iPad selection with a 128GB version of its fourth-generation iPad with Wi-Fi and the fourth-generation Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
Apple said it expects the higher storage capacity to help it make inroads to enterprises that regularly use large amounts of data for such things as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals.
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple launched its free iOS 6 update to add features and enable more carriers in the U.S and foreign countries to offer 4G LTE service to the iPhone 5.
The update, iOS version 6.1, also enables more foreign carriers to offer LTE service for the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad.
Boston – Global cellphone shipments rose a modest 2 percent in 2012 to 1.6 billion units compared with 13.7 percent growth in 2011, with Samsung knocking out Nokia for top market share, Strategy Analytics reports.
Apple also gained global share in 2012 but remained in the No. 3 market-share slot.
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple reported $54.5 billion in quarterly revenue and a net profit of $13.1 billion in its fiscal first quarter ended December 29, 2012, but that didn’t seem like enough for Wall Street.
While revenue was a quarterly record topping the prior year’s first quarter revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit last year was the same as this year’s opening quarter - $13.1 billion Apple’s stock price sank in early trading.
Recently, the supply chain has been buzzing about potential changes in the touch technologies used for future iPhones and iPads, in particular involving LCD suppliers rather than touch panel makers.
The headline is a little misleading. Santa’s online service was really not involved, but the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Tracks Santa program hit highs in calls, emails and social-media followers on Dec. 24.
The 57-year-old operation, which is run by volunteers out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, uses NORAD’s worldwide radar network and defense satellites to keep tabs on St. Nick as he travels the world.