Wearable computers "took a huge step forward" in 2013 and shipments of smartwatches and related devices will grow by 78 per cent a year until 2018, according to IDC said.
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In the last year or so, there has been a noticeable slowdown in innovations in new smartphones -- with both hardware and software. The next direction seems to be making the smartphone the hub for connecting technologies int eh Internet of Things scenario.
Nearly two-thirds of mobile device users own three or more network-connected devices, according to an online survey of 5000 people conducted in November in the U.S. and eight other countries.
Recently-installed BlackBerry CEO John Chen is on a mission to restore the ailing company to financial health, largely by restoring faith in BlackBerry among corporate CIO's and other traditional enterprise customers.
The smartwatch phenomenon promises to blossom in 2014 as experts expect Google to launch a model by summer followed by Apple sometime in the fall. Even Microsoft is reportedly working on one.
After a nearly disastrous year and facing an expected negative earnings report Friday, BlackBerry hopes to start 2014 on a more positive note with its news interim CEO and a commitment to help developers more easily port Android apps to the BlackBerry World app store.
Large smartphones with 5-inch or larger displays -- often called phablets -- are eating into sales of smaller tablets with screens in the 7-inch range.
BlackBerry's financial troubles may be funny to some, but not to the iT shops at thousands of government and enterprise organizations that rely on BlackBerry's highly touted security to keep their data safe.
Respected analyst firm Gartner is set to recommend that all BlackBerry enterprise customers find alternatives to the struggling vendor's smartphones and enterprise management software over the next six months.
New tablet shipments will outnumber laptops for the first time in 2013, as touch display capabilities drive buying patterns rather than new operating systems like Windows 8 and Windows RT, research firm NPD DisplaySearch reported on Monday.
Annual IT costs for managing smartphones will soar by 48 per cent in 2013 compared to 2011, a new survey by Osterman Research shows.
More than half of tablet adopters are reading books and other content on their tablet screens instead of relying on paper, a survey finding that should serve as a warning to publishers to adapt quickly to electronic media, Gartner analysts said Tuesday.
IBM has embraced -- nearly -- the growing "bring your own device" trend of allowing employees to buy and use their own smartphones and tablets for work tasks, said IBM's CTO for mobility, Bill Bodin.
BlackBerry service delays experienced by users around the world yesterday were caused by a core switch failure within the infrastructure of Research in Motion (RIM), the company said.
A RIM spokesman said service was beginning to be restored to normal, although there would be further delays as backlogs in data are cleared. It was the second outage or "delay," as RIM put it, in two days affecting users in numerous countries.
RIM's system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, but the failover system "did not function as previously tested," according to a statement issued by RIM.
When the failover did not function, a backlog of data was generated. The company is working to clear that backlog.
"RIM has failed again at what plagued them in past outages, which is to provide a comprehensive disaster recovery solution," Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner, said after the cause of the outage had been made public.
Dulaney said that while switches can fail, "there should be automatic ways in which the system recovers from this type of event. Any vendor who runs this type of mission critical service must constantly be reviewing disaster recovery solutions."
The latest problems occurred in two phases, with a 12-hour outage Monday evening affecting some BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to RIM. That problem was fixed, the company said, without explaining the cause.
Then on Tuesday evening , wireless carriers in the UK and Egypt reported outages that continued for hours.
RIM said an hour later that the delays affected some customers in South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, but didn't immediately offer an update about the underlying problem.
Tweets and other reports blamed a server outage in Slough, UK, where RIM operates a datacentre, but the company would not comment on those reports. The Slough datacentre would serve much of Europe and the Middle East, analysts said. RIM also runs a datacentre near its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.
But a datacentre outage in the UK or Canada probably wouldn't explain service problems in South American countries, such as Brazil, Chile and Argentina, analysts noted.
Networking giant Cisco needs to cut 5,000 jobs, nearly 7% of its total workforce, in August to remain competitive, one Wall Street analyst recommended Monday.