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Social, Analytics and Smartphones Driving IT Spending Growth

While smartphones remain the top dogs in IT spending, the research firm IDC reports analytics, collaborative applications and data management will help drive stronger spending through the end of 2014.

The firm forecasts worldwide IT growth of 4.1 percent in US dollars. It notes that without smartphones, the number would be just 2.8 percent (in US dollars).

"Aside from smartphones, the strongest growth will come from software, including rapidly expanding markets such as data analytics, data management and collaborative applications including enterprise social networks," the firm noted.

PC Market? Up Slightly, But Still Barely Breathing

Though it appears there will be some relief for the besieged PC market in Gartner’s second quarter predictions for 2014, the relief will be be only temporary.

Overall, the global devices market  will witness a revival in 2014, increasing by 4.2 percent over 2013.

The PC market, which falls under the devices umbrella, will contract 2. 9 percent — considerably less than last year's 9.2 percent .The driving force behind this trend, according to Annette Zimmerman of Gartner, is the ongoing development of the mobile market. However, the longterm direction of the PC market remains downward.

Game Consoles, 3D Printers Top Holiday Shopping Lists

holidaypresents.jpgWith Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales looming, new super-powerful game consoles — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — appear to be the hot tickets this year.

But from affordable 3D printers to tiny and low-cost smart-TV adaptors, there's something for every budget in this most bountiful of selling seasons. 

Microsoft Commercial Business Thrives, But Ballmer Still Remains a Question

Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.

While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion. 

Apple vs. Microsoft: the Buyers Will Decide

A row is brewing between the two tech titans, initiated by Apple's' comments about "confusion" among its rivals during the recent iPad unveiling. Microsoft shot back, claiming "standardization" and "productivity" are on its side. Who do you think is right  — or should both companies shut up and just let consumers decide? 

Apple's Tablet Moves Please Analysts

If the key to a financial analyst's heart is profit margin, then Apple did a good job yesterday of reassuring Wall Street with its roll out of new products. That's because it introduced new iPads with higher prices.

Nokia Joins the Windows RT Party with it's Lumia 2520 Tablet

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Alongside its Windows Phone phablet, Nokia officially entered the tablet market with a 10.1" device at Nokia World in Dubai.

The $499 SnapDragon-powered machine runs Windows RT 8.1 and offers both 4G and Wi-Fi, plus a full 1080p HD display.

How does it compare to Microsoft's own Surface 2 RT tablet? Let's take a quick look at the spec sheets.

Free Wi-Fi Could Boost Retail Sales, Survey Shows

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There's no doubt mobile in the marketplace influences the way consumers shop. Whether they are using their smartphone to compare prices or pulling out tablets to access coupons and retail discounts, consumers are increasingly incorporating mobile devices into their shopping experiences.

However, using mobile devices in stores can present challenges, especially when the Wi-Fi signal is weak or nonexistent. So what effects does the availability of Wi-Fi have on the customer experience?

Day of the Tablets: Apple, Nokia, Microsoft Go Head-to-Head

In a rare alignment of technology and marketing muscle, there will be a major face-off in the tablet world tomorrow.  Nokia will unveil the first Windows Phone phablet while Apple unveils the next generation iPads in a quest to maintain its dominance.

But Microsoft has the most to lose as it tries to boost interest in the Windows RT operating system with the arrival of Surface 2 devices on the shelves. 

 

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. 

iOS 7.0.2 Goes Live to Close the Passcode Bypass

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A modest iOS update follows in the wake of all last week's hoopla, fixing some of the more glaring security issues with Apple's new smartphone operating system. 

Flipboard Redefines Digital Publishing, Raises US$50 Million

Flipboard Redefines Digital Publishing, Raises US$50 Million A Flipboard magazine on Climbing & Mountaineering

When the history of digital publishing is written, the social magazine Flipboard could get a whole chapter for its successes in mobile publishing, socially-based reading selections and stellar display of aggregated content. This week, the company fueled up for more forward motion, raising US$ 50 million in investment funding. 

Microsoft Launching Surface 2, Has It Learnt From RT's Failure?

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The imminent arrival of Windows 8.1 will make the company's new tablet computing devices more usable. But Microsoft's hardware updates won't radically change the money-losing Surface proposition in a market that fails to see keyboards and me-too apps as a major differentiator. 

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?Is Microsoft in the process of losing one of the few competitive advantages it has in tablets? That question is being raised following news this week that Google is now offering its Quickoffice productivity apps for mobile devices, including tablets, for free. 

Tale of Tablets: Executing a Strong Digital Marketing Campaign #SMWA

customer experience,Tale of Tablets: Executing a Strong Digital Marketing Campaign #SMWAMy father-in-law loves nothing more than to have his Sudoku puzzle, the couch and his “clicker,” so he can turn on the television shopping channel and later proudly boast that he “bought that off the TV.”

Then there’s my wife, his daughter, who comes home after a long work day, gets into her comfort mode, grabs her own “clicker” like her father and then, of course, cuddles her iPad. Good chance there’ll be a few hits to the family debit card by night’s end.

Two completely different shopping media methods, but ultimately, the same habits -- a comfortable, convenient shopping experience. And it’s a world digital marketers are constantly struggling to penetrate.

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