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Mar 30
Global devices shipments to grow 2.8% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are estimated to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8% over 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In spending terms, the global computing devices market (PCs and ultramobiles) is on pace to reach US$226 billion, a 7.2% decline in current U.S. dollars, says the research group.

Stripping out the impact of exchange-rate movements (constant U.S. dollars), the global computing devices spending will decrease 3.1 percent in 2015. The global PC market is on pace to total 306 million units in 2015, a 2.4 percent decrease over 2014. 

"The fall in PC purchases is primarily due to expected price increases by vendors in Europe and other regions, which is forced by local currency depreciation against the dollar," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to...

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Mar 27
Public Wi-Fi hotspots to reach 7.8 million this year

Worldwide public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments have reached a total of 5.69 million in 2014, and will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.2% between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

This includes public Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party Wi-Fi service providers. ABI Research expects the number of worldwide carrier Wi-Fi hotspots will reach 13.3 million in 2020.

"Wi-Fi hotspot deployments have been surprisingly robust; more and more public locations have signed up on a free or 'freemium' basis. This has discouraged the participation of third-party operators in some locales because there is a need for the upgrade of service, coverage and legacy equipment, which is only beneficial for operators with significant economies of scale," comments Lian Jye Su, research associate at ABI Research,

For example,...

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Mar 26
Smart cities will use 1.1 billion connected things in...

Increasing urbanization is putting unprecedented pressure on city mayors to constantly balance the challenge of resource constraints against environmental sustainability concerns.

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com)estimates that 1.1 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020. 

Smart homes and smart commercial buildings will represent 45% of total connected things in use in 2015, due to investment and service opportunity. Gartner estimates that this will rise to 81% by 2020, according to the research group.

"Smart cities represent a great revenue opportunity for technology and services providers (TSPs), but providers need to start to plan, engage and position their offerings now," says Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner. 

Gartner defines a smart city as an urbanized area where multiple sectors cooperate to achieve sustainable...

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Mar 25
Report: global headphones market to grow at 12.70%...

According to the Sandler Research group (www.sandlerresearch.com), the global headphones market will see a 12.70% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] between now and 2019.

According to the report, one key trend being witnessed in the market is the rapid adoption of over-ear headphones. The rise in disposable income, especially among individuals in developed countries, the proliferation of smartphones, and the availability of headphones with advanced features, has increased the purchase of over-ear headphones.

In terms of volume, the global headphone market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 4.1%. Sandler Research says one major factor propelling this market's growth is advances in technology. The availability of various technologies such as noise cancellation, SRS Wow effect, and extra bass in headphones has resulted in a huge demand for these advanced headphones worldwide.

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Mar 24
Increasing number of data breaches will impact...

According to the latest report by the TechNavio (www.technavio.com) research group, the number of data breaches has increased in recent years.

Encryption software encrypts data, files, folders and software with a secret code that only registered users can access. With encryption software, organizations can store sensitive data in secure storage in the cloud, which can be accessed only by authorized users.

"Because data breaches can be catastrophic for an organization, encryption software is being adopted increasingly to control these violations and create a secure information environment," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio.

What's more, the new TechNavio report emphasizes the growing adoption of BYOD policies as a key driver for market growth. BYOD policy offers enterprises various benefits like improved productivity, employee satisfaction and cost saving options, but it can also open...

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Mar 23
Older mobile users spur data traffic growth in the U.S.

According to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix Telemetry Intelligence Platform (www.strategyanalytics.com), the total data traffic (Wi-Fi andcellular combined) doubled between the first quarter [Q1} 2014 and Q4 2014, with the bulk of the growth coming from an older demographic.

The analysis is based on over one million individual application sessions from 3000+ panel members in the US. The results are powered by Strategy Analytics’ elemetry Intelligence Platform. Additional findings from the study include:

° Between Q1 2014 and Q4 2014, social media use has emerged as the top category in three out of four age groups.
 
° Data traffic through the browser remains consistent across all age groups – highlighting the universal appeal of browsing across all users.

"Over the past four quarters, there has been a significant shift in traffic priorities by application categories,"...

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Mar 19
Strategy Analytics: sponsored data not hurt by Net...

Sponsored data business models benefit consumers by expanding the mobile ecosystem to new partners that want to foot part of the bill for consumers to use wireless data — according to the Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS) service report, "Measuring the Success of Sponsored Data."

There are two main types of sponsored data—offers that provide free access or zero-rated data traffic, and campaigns that reward the consumer with a free data allocation. AT&T has been enabling brands, developers and other companies to explore the potential of sponsored data, in partnership with leading US startups like Aquto, DataMi and Syntonic  that provide cloud-based solutions with rich analytics for tracking success, according to the research group. Key findings from the report:

° Sponsored data use cases gaining traction today range from advertising, free...

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Mar 18
Top US pay TV operators added 101,000 subscribers in...

The top pay TV operators in the United States added 101,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter to end a roller coaster year in 2014 according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com)

The declining trend in pay TV subscribers in North America, seen during the second and third quarters, reversed in the fourth quarter, with overall growth in both the US and Canada.

The 19 tracked operators in the US added 101,000 subscribers while operators in Canada added 5,000. In the US, the increase in the fourth quarter brought the total tracked subscribers to 96.1 million, representing more than 95% of the total US market. Digital subscriber growth has continued throughout 2014, ending the year at nearly 95 million.

"2014 started and finished strong, with growth in Pay TV subscribers in both the first and fourth quarters," says Jason Blackwell, director of...

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Mar 17
App users regularly use 7-8 apps on mobile devices

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that smartphone and tablet app users regularly use nearly eight apps on their smartphone and nearly seven apps on their tablet.

The average user spends 3.3 hours per week using social networking apps on a smartphone, while gaming and music apps score 2.7 and 2.6 hours per week, respectively. Fourteen percent of smartphone users and 26% of tablet users do not regularly use an app.

"Although the number of smartphone users has greatly expanded since 2012, the average app use among smartphone users has held relatively constant," says Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. "This leaves an increasingly wide variety of apps competing for the finite attention span of the consumer."

Parks Associates' research shows smartphone penetration increased rapidly over the past few years. Smartphone...

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Mar 16
Production printer shipments see double digit growth

The worldwide production print market enjoyed double-digit year-over-year shipment growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14). Unit shipments grew 17.1% to approximately 11,650 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 4.5% to nearly $1.4 billion in the same time period, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

With exception of Japan, all of IDC's regional markets saw positive year-over-year shipment growth in the production print space. Among the regions, North America grew 19.4% year over year, EMEA grew 23.2%, and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was up 14.7%.

All categories in the production print market recorded double-digit year-over-year growth. Production had year-over-year shipment growth of 50.1%, followed by Label & Packaging at 25.0% and Mid-Production with 10.2%.

Color laser grew by 44.8% on an annual basis while high speed inkjet saw a 27.9% year-over-year increase and...

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Mar 13
Worldwide LAN market shows slower growth in the fourth...

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 7.0% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).

The enterprise segment continued to grow at a steady rate and increased another 7.4% over the same period last year, notes the research group. After an uptick in year-over-year growth in 3Q14 (9.4%), the enterprise WLAN market growth rate resumed a pattern of incremental growth rate decreases. For the full year 2014, the enterprise WLAN market grew 8.5% year over year, significantly lower than the gains seen in the last few years.

The 802.11ac standard continues to see adoption at a breakneck pace in the enterprise segment. After six full quarters of product availability, the 802.11ac standard already accounts for just over 30% of dependent access point shipments and 44% of dependent access point revenues,...

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Mar 12
Tablet adoption in commercial segment to drive growth...

According to figures published by the IDC research group (www.idc.com), the commercial tablet market will reach more than 11 million units by 2019 in Western Europe, achieving more than 130% growth. Tablets continue to represent a significant opportunity for device makers in the coming years.

Since their launch in 2010, tablets have been strong in the consumer segment and have benefited from early adopters in enterprises. The introduction of tablets contributed to an ever-growing number of computing devices increasingly differentiated in terms of screen size and product features as demand is influenced by end users' differing mobility needs.

Among other things, innovation has brought new product designs, with devices becoming lighter and better connected, and with greater input options, including keyboards, according to IDC. With traditional PC vendors expanding their offerings to include tablets, devices are...

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Mar 11
Top 10 ad markets account for nearly 3/4s of global ad...

The global advertising market surpassed a half-trillion USD in 2014 totaling $525 billion with the top 10 countries accounting for nearly three-quarters of global advertising spend, according to new data from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

The United States alone accounted for over a third of global ad spend in 2014, 3.8 times higher than the second largest market, China, and over 16 times larger than Canada, the 10th largest market. Meanwhile China surpassed Japan in 2013 to become the second largest advertising market and will surpass Germany (4th largest market) and the U.K. (5th largest market) markets combined in 2015.

"While in absolute terms U.S. ad spend continues to grow its share of global advertising it is declining as spend in other regions grows." says Leika Kawasaki. "Despite this, the U.S. remains at #1 in ad spend across all media types and we do not...

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Mar 10
Reading convenience for students to be key for digital...

Device portability and reading convenience have had a positive impact on the global digital education publishing market, according to TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

With digitally published material, students, especially in the post-secondary segments, don't have to carry bulky textbooks, notes the research firm. E-readers, tablets and other devices provide easy access to the same content as a print book.

"Overall the convenience of e-textbooks will cement their place in the education sector over the forecast period," says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of TechNavio.

The TechNavio report also emphasizes changes in value propositions, with the shift from print textbooks to digital media. As the supply chain shifts, publishers are finding it difficult to maintain a monopoly with high entry barriers.

"Competition is much higher in the digital environment than it is in print, which actually...

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Mar 09
Healthcare cybersecurity a 'massive' concern

The healthcare sector is ill-prepared for the new cyberage, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Hospitals, clinics, trusts, and insurers are constantly under attack from malicious online agents, says the research group.

The value of personal health information, made more easily available with the convergence to electronic health records, is 10 times that of financial data such as credit card numbers. Medical identity theft and fraud are on the rise, and healthcare providers are struggling to cope, with the past 2 years seeing hundreds of instances of data breaches leaking millions of personal records.

Yet the industry spends very little on cybersecurity, comparatively to other regulated critical industries. ABI Research calculates cybersecurity spending for healthcare protection will only reach US$10 billion globally by 2020, just under 10% of total spend on critical infrastructure...

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Mar 06
Augmented, VR devices to explode to 55 million units...

The augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are seeing much action, from new devices and new content, to existing content adapting to make use of the new medium, according to ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com). Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) will be the prevailing form-factor for both AR and VR devices, but AR will see varied form-factors as the technology progresses into more applications, notes the research group.

"Among the three categories of devices defined by ABI Research—standalone, mobile-reliant, and tethered—mobile-reliant devices like the Samsung Gear VR will see the most success early, while tethered devices like the Oculus Rift and standalone devices like those manufactured by ODG for industrial applications will need more time to mature before establishing a large user base," says Eric Abbruzzese, research analyst.

Virtual reality will be most popular in the gaming market, because...

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Mar 05
10% of U.S. broadband households have smart device...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reveals that approximately 10% of U.S. broadband households have a smart device with energy-related functions-including 8% with a smart thermostat and 6% with smart lighting. A smart energy device includes a programmable thermostat, light bulb, power strip, outlet, or plug adapter capable of connecting to the Internet.

"Smart products introduce new capabilities into the home, including data analytics that utilities can use to promote and enhance their energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DM) programs," says Tom Kerber, director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "Energy providers can use the new capabilities in smart meters and smart home products to reinvigorate energy management business models, including bundles with value-added monitoring services, where our research finds strong consumer interest. In this...

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Mar 04
Large format printer shipments Grew 3.5% year-over-...

According to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com) research group, large format printer (LFP) shipments grew 3.5% in 2014 when compared to 2013 while revenue from those shipments declined by less than -1%. Product mix changes and some very aggressive price promotions were responsible for the revenue declines.

"The fourth quarter is often the strongest quarter of the year for the wide format digital printer market in some segments and some geographies, particularly due to the aggressive promotion by major manufacturers and distributors," says Phuong Hang, program director, Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker, IDC. "Shipment growth is an important indicator for the overall wide format market because even though hardware revenue declined slightly, the vast majority of the decline came from inkjet products, and with inkjet products a great deal of revenue is driven by the consumption of supplies."

Highlights of the IDC...

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Mar 03
Cloud security software market will see aggressive...

TechNavio (www.technavio.com), a tech-focused research firm, says the cloud security software market will see a compound annual growth rate of 48.46% from 2014-2019.

According to the new report, traditional on-site security software has a high total cost of ownership, as it includes high upfront software license and software implementation costs, coupled with high maintenance costs. Cloud security software circumvents these expenses, since cloud vendors are responsible for the implementation, maintenance, updates, and backup of software, thereby reducing the need for internal IT administration.

"Cloud security software eliminates connection-related expenditures because it is offered with a wide variety of connection options," says Faisal Ghaus, vice president of TechNavio.

The new TechNavio report also draws attention towards growing partnerships between cloud service providers (CSPs) and...

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Mar 02
Managing identities, access critical to the success of...

Managing identities and access is critical to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT), but in its current form identity and access management (IAM) cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that the IoT brings to the enterprise, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

"IAM leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem," sahs Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.

The growth of the IoT means that IAM leaders of digital businesses require a way of defining and managing the identities of "entities" (people, services and things) within a single framework. The IoT is not only about the introduction of different forms of networked devices into digital business moments; it is a transformational approach to...

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Feb 27
Worldwide datacenter install base sees minimal growth

Data from 451 Research reveals that the worldwide datacenter install base grew at +0.2% Y/Y [year-over-year] in Q4 2014 to 4.3 million datacenters and IT sites. The weak demand for new facilities was primarily driven by a decline in traditional enterprise demand, particularly in mature markets, according to the research group.

This decline was offset by the booming demand for large premium and hyperscale facilities from cloud, service provider and multi-tenant datacenter vendors. While datacenters from those organizations are typically very large, from a datacenter count perspective they are still the minority, representing only 5% of the market combined when server closets and rooms are excluded. 

From a square footage perspective, enterprises continue to control the vast majority of the worldwide market, at 83%. MTDC and cloud providers control 12% and 5%, respectively. That balance will continue to shift over time as enterprises invest less in their own datacenter...

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Feb 26
LTE-Advanced coverage reaches 100 million people

LTE-Advanced networks have been actively deployed around the world. At the end of 2014, LTE-Advanced covered its first 100 million people worldwide, just 4 years since the network’s inception. ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) predicts that the coverage will reach one billion in four more years.

At the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE-Advanced networks around the world. Western European operators lead the commercialization with 20 operators, followed by 13 in Asia-Pacific; however, North America still commands the largest population coverage at 7.8%.

"All four major operators of the United States have either commercially deployed (AT&T and Sprint) or have been actively deploying (Verizon and T-Mobile) their LTE-Advanced networks," comments Lian Jye Su, research associate of Core Forecasting, ABI Research.

Globally, a number of major auctions are expected to take place...

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Feb 25
Global pay-TV subscriber base to surpass 924.4 million

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to have grown 5% in 2014, surpassing 924.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"IPTV is expected to grow a market leading 14% in 2014, followed by satellite TV platform at 7%. The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%," comments Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting at the research group.

Global cable TV market growth is driven by the Asian-Pacific and Latin American markets. A combination of the two regions is likely to add over 13 million subscribers in 2014 while the cable TV market in North America is expected to decline approximately 1% in 2014. In 3Q 2014, major cable TV operators in North America lost over 400,000 TV customers, although cable companies are doing well in broadband.

Video streaming services such as Netflix and TiVo,...

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Feb 24
Global 2D gesture recognition market will post a CAGR...

Increased demand for gesture recognition solutions in the healthcare sector has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the global 2D gesture recognition market, which will post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.12% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

According to the latest report by the research group, gesture recognition in video games has enabled otherwise inactive individuals to participate in physical activity to a certain extent. These games are ideal for elderly people who should have a minimum amount of physical activity every day for their overall health. The TechNavio report also draws attention to the increasing demand for gesture-enabled electronic devices, which are being increasingly used for human-device interaction.

"Vendors are constantly upgrading gesture-enabled consumer electronics to make the interaction between devices and humans simpler and...

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Feb 23
Worldwide personal, entry level Storage market...

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments remained flat year over year in 2014, finishing the year with 75.7 million units, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

Annual shipment values were down -1.5% year over year to $6.6 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter (4Q14), declining -0.9% from a year ago to 20.5 million units, while 4Q14 shipment values were also down, declining -5.2% to $1.7 billion.

"The personal and entry-level storage market finished 2014 flat, despite strong growth during the previous quarter," says Jingwen Li, research analysts, Storage Systems, IDC. "The entry-level portion of the market showed consistent growth throughout the year, but it remains too small to drive growth for the entire market. The largest market segment, personal storage, fell victim to continued price declines, increased competition from public cloud providers, and...

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