By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Gartner is forecasting double-digit worldwide growth for mobile phones, tablets and ultrathin laptops for the next four years.
The only category expected to decline during this period is desktop PCs and laptops.
The research firm reported that 2.4 billion connected devices will ship this year, up from 2.2 billion in 2012. This figure will climb to 2.6 billion by 2014 and hit 2.96 billion by 2017.
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.
On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Computer and last August, Apple became the most profitable company of all time on Wall Street.
Economist/pundit Charles Krauthammer has come up with an interesting proposal that would solve the Cypriot banking scandal and open Apple up to new investment opportunities.
On Fox News he suggested that Apple simply buy the entire island for the cost of the bailout. The first payment of about $13 billion is due in April. Krauthammer said this equates to about a quarter of Apple’s available cash, so it is eminently doable.
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.
San Jose, Calif. – THX Ltd. sued Apple in federal court here, alleging that Apple is using patented THX speaker technology in select iOS mobile devices and in iMac PCs, Bloomberg reports.
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.