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Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market Explodes

Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market ExplodesGartner is not only predicting steady growth across the global IT sector this year:  It is also predicting 7.6 percent growth in device shipments in 2014. Android will dominate the operating systems (OS) market and the PC market, contrary to popular belief, will still have a slight pulse.

Toss Your iPhone: Windows Phones Could Rule the Enterprise by 2015

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Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise. 

Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.

Twitter Nearby Could Create New Options for Local Advertisers

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Twitter is testing a new service called Nearby that will display geographically local tweets to users. It will allow a limited amount of local interaction and provide users the ability to search for tweets in a defined geographic area.

It could also give local business and marketers a boost, enabling them to target advertisements and offers to users in proximity to a business or event. The service mixes maps and tweets to identify local tweets.

Retailers Thankful for iPads, E-Commerce and Record Sales [Infographic]

US retailers had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend as consumers turned their attention from family dinners to good deals, driving mobile sales to record highs. According to just released statistics from Adobe, "consumers took full advantage of their mobile devices to shop on Thanksgiving Day and 'omnishop' while in stores on Black Friday," triggering back-to-back billion dollar shopping days.

BlackBerry Pivots to Social Media with BBM Channels

bbmchannels.jpgBlackBerry has introduced an updated version of its messaging app that makes the service a social network — but Android and iOS users will have to wait for the new features.

Owners of BlackBerry 10 and Blackberry 7 devices can use BlackBerry Messenger Service (BBM) to join in social media chat across channels and interact with people, brands, celebrities and communities. In the near future, the feature will also be extended to Android and iPhone users.

With massive user growth of BBM, is this a threat to the likes of Facebook or will others just mimic it as we move to a more mobile social landscape?

How to Catch Customers #BlackFriday [Infographic]

Customer Experience, How to Catch Customers #BlackFriday [Infographic]You couldn't have made it through the past month without hearing one prediction after another about the importance of  mobile commerce this holiday season. And guess what? Everyone who emphasized that optimizing for mobile was an essential retail strategy was apparently right, according to early insight from IBM.

Buy Tech Products on Launch Day at Your Own Risk

xboxone_thumb.jpgToday's Microsoft Xbox launch comes with a required two-gigabyte update to access the most basic of the console's features. Owners are effectively left with an expensive lump of plastic and silicon without it.

Similar mandatory or essential updates were needed for Sony's PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U. Even Apple's latest iPhone 5S had a day-one bug fix update for iOS 7.

How long before day one updates become a horrific feature of all technology launches, with vendors shipping effectively useless products?  And what happens when that update fails?

Apple Releases iOS 7.0.4 Update to Squash Bugs

Apple is pretty coy about its technical failings, leaving highly ambiguous terms in the update documentation. While it is not the only company that does this, you have to wonder why. Wouldn't it be helpful if companies just told users why they needed an update?

That issue aside, if you've been having issues with iOS 7, this new update could  solve them. While the software engineers are squashing those bugs, the hardware design teams are preparing for next year's models.

Research Shows Android Wins Market Share, But Apple Gets the Money

Grand Central Terminal by Asa AaronsTwo heavyweights — International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner — just released quarterly statistics on smartphone shipments and market share.

The consensus: Android is running away with market share, now accounting for four out of five mobile phones sold worldwide. But Apple continues to rake in most of the money and Nokia is moving up in the rankings. What could change in 2014?

Pebble Skips On as Majors Stutter in the Smartwatch Battle

Thumbnail image for pebblewatchrange.jpgWhile Samsung and Sony make no noticeable impact on a nascent market with their smartwatch offerings, crowdsourced favorite Pebble continues to make headway. Boasting a new SDK and improved support for iOS 7, a major new update improves its utility as a filter for notifications arriving on your phone and adds features on the software side, including coming FourSquare support.

Google+ Upgrades Hangouts and Photos

Thumbnail image for image-google+locationsharing-2013.png Google+ has a reputation for being a bit barren for many users. But it just made several upgrades that could improve the user experience. Now there’s the ability to schedule a Hangout On Air and backup photos via auto syncing for iOS.

While we don’t see Google+ becoming the most popular place to share photos, that hasn’t stopped the company from taking dead aim at the Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has long been the go-to place for so called frictionless sharing of photos with friends and family, but Google+ updates like backup syncing of photos on iOS devices could prove to be a streamlined way to manage an incoming photo stream.

BlackBerry Attracts 20M New BBM Users on iOS and Android in a Week

bbm_android.jpgIn just one week, 20 million new users signed up to use BlackBerry's BBM service through a free app available on the iPhone and Android stores. 

But even that good news has a caveat for the struggling Canadian handset maker, which is pivoting to software and services and still looking for a buyer. The app rates only 2.5 stars on iOS and garnered a reportedly suspicious four stars on the Android store.

Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with 8.8 Million Units Sold in Q3

Customer Experience, Mobile, Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with $8.8M Quarterly SalesNokia's play to stay in the smartphone game is paying off as buyers flock to its wide range of Windows Phone 8 devices packing great camera technology. 

With its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, the $7.2  billion deal looks to be a good value with sales increasing by a million per quarter and some hot new models on the way. 

Apple Is Live Streaming Today's iPad Event

ipadmini2event.jpgGet ready to sit back and relax as Apple makes a video stream available for the world to watch it show off its latest tablets. 

You'll need a Mac, iOS device or Apple TV to join in the fun as the company unveils its winter line-up of Macs and who knows what else.

Android TV to Replace Google TV in Battle For the Smart Set

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While smartphones and tablets have exploded, the smart TV concept has struggled. Sure, people are buying sets, but those extra features and apps have been overlooked thanks to niche stores, complex menus and other customer experience issues. With an upcoming war against Apple and Microsoft, Google is changing its own game. 

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