By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Barnes & Noble today began to spin down its Nook hardware business announcing it will partner with other vendors to develop co-branded devices.
BN said it its fiscal year statement that it saw a 34 percent decrease in its digital content segment, which includes devices, content and accessories, for its fiscal fourth quarter and a 16.8 percent drop for the year. However, content sales increased 16.2 percent for the year.
The company hopes to offset the loss attributed to hardware sales by stopping in-house manufacturing.
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CE Week New York — Tablets will comprise about 80 percent of all computers sold by 2016, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) most recent industry research.
Shawn DuBravac, the CEA’s chief economist and research director, and Jack Cutts, CEA’s business intelligence senior manager, gave this bit of data along with a wide overview of the computer and tablet market at the CEA Research Summit.
Stamford, Conn. – Gartner became the latest research firm to forecast a double-digit drop in shipments and massive tablet growth for 2013.
Desktop and notebook computer shipments are set to decline 10.6 percent to 305.2 million units worldwide this year and continue falling another 5.3 percent to 289.2 million in 2014.
Meanwhile tablet shipments will grow 67.9 percent to 201.8 million in 2013 and 36.8 percent to 276.2 million next year.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. - Samsung today revealed the pricing and shipping information for its previously announced Galaxy Tab 3 line.
New York — About one-third of all Americans now own a tablet, according to a poll by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
The study found that 34 percent of American adults 18 and older are tablets owners, with the number of tablet owners increasing with age. Almost half of those 35 to 44 years old have a tablet, and the same number, 49 percent, were college graduates. However, the reverse situation takes place with older adults — only 18 percent of those 65 and older have a tablet.
Framingham, Mass. — Almost 2 billion connected devices will ship worldwide next year, according to an IDC report.
The company’s “Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker” report stated that 1.7 billion connected devices (smartphones, tablets and computers) will ship by 2014. The majority of the devices, about 650 million, will ship to the BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China — while the developed markets that include the United States, U.K. and Japan will account for 400 million units.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Only 12 percent of tablet owners used cellular-embedded tablets to connect to the Internet in the first quarter, an NPD Group survey found.
Nonetheless, the number of cellular-embedded tablets with active cellular subscriptions grew 48 percent in the quarter compared with the year-ago period, NPD said.
New York — Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first Android-based, Tegra 4-powered tablet/laptop hybrid today with the introduction of the SlateBook X2.
The company also expanded its Windows 8-based Split X2 tablet/laptop hybrids with the addition of a 13.3-inch model.
The SlateBook X2 is HP’s first venture outside the Windows operating system for a laptop or tablet. The SlateBook has a 10-inch FullHD touch display and a full-size detachable keyboard; it comes with batteries in both the keyboard and tablet sections.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Led by tablets, touch-enabled device shipments will more than double over the next four years, according to PD DisplaySearch.
The research firm’s latest report has 762.7 million mobile PC devices shipping worldwide by 2017, up from the 367.6 million that shipped in 2012.
The spike will be fueled by an increase in demand for tablets, primarily inexpensive, white-box models in China, said Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics today reorganized its computer business unifying all its Windows-based products under the Ativ brand.
The company also rolled out two new laptops and a new USB-based interface for connecting smartphones and computers.
Ativ, previously the company’s brand for convertible PC devices, will now be used for all laptops, tablets and all-in-on PCs. Samsung said the new naming configuration will give consumers a consistent experience across the company’s computer product lines.