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July 22, 2013

Looks like Apple is testing a giant 12.9-inch iPad

Citing unnamed Apple suppliers in Asia, The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is testing a 12.9-inch iPad and has asked its partners for “prototype smartphone screens larger than 4-inch”.

This report certainly adds weight to the rumor of Apple making a larger iPad. Korean website ETNews carried the same rumor of a 12.9-inch iPad in May and said that the model would bear the somewhat unlikely moniker of the ‘iPad maxi’.

It also appears as though the firm will look to go bigger with future iPhones too, with Reuters reporting last month that Apple is considering 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch screens for the iPhone 5, sizes which would push the Cupertino [...]

 
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July 2, 2013

Enterprise app store adoption forecast to triple by 2018

In a new report, the research firm predicts that large enterprise app store adoption will grow 30.4% year-on-year and claims that the manufacturing and trade industries are at the cutting-edge of this new trend.

When it comes to adoption by region, North American and Western European enterprise app store adoption is similar, at 20.7% and 21.5% respectively, but it is the Asia-Pacific that is ahead of the curve with a YoY adoption growth of 59%.

 “Mobile Application Management is growing in popularity among enterprises looking to deploy flexible mobile solutions to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives,” said senior analyst, Jason McNicol, in [...]

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June 27, 2013

iPad POS vendor Revel to expand after securing $10 million investment

The series B funding comes from two private investors in the Asia-Pacific, both of whom have a history in the restaurant business.

Revel has said that it will use the money to expand its headquarters by 50% and to build construction of a new distribution center for its iPad POS hardware on the west coast, thereby adding to its existing location in Orlando, Florida.

Prior to this announcement, Revel had managed to attract $3.7 million in funding since its launch in late 2010.

The company, which was co-founded by CEO Lisa Falzone and CTO Chris Ciabarra, has however grown at an alarming rate since then and now says that it is growing 380% annually and processing [...]

 
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March 19, 2013

Enterprise mobility set for explosive growth up until 2020

The report comes from the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and details how the global enterprise mobility market will bring in $140 billion a year by 2020, representing a 15% annual growth in revenue for the next seven years.

Indeed, such is the growth in this sector that the India-based firm predicts that enterprise mobility will account for 10-12% of total IT spend by the end of the forecast period, impressive figures given the current penetration is under 5%.

Much of the growth in enterprise mobility space is expected to come from Asia and South America (APAC), according to the report, which is growing at a compound annual growth rate [...]

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February 21, 2013

Windows 8 Ultrabooks and hybrid tablets off to a shaky start in 2013

The research group has downwards revised its original forecast for original design manufacturer (ODM) notebook shipments in the first half of 2013, something it puts down to global economic instability, weak demand for Windows 8 Ultrabooks and surging tablet shipments.

"Smartphones and tablets have been outselling notebook computers, and demand for Ultrabooks and other ultrathin PCs so far has not taken off as expected,” said analyst Peter Lin.

As a result, IHS iSuppli now forecasts that the top five ODMs (all of which are based in Taiwan, Asia) will ship around 35.2 million devices in Q1 of 2013, compared to the 41.4 million shipped in Q4. These [...]

 
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May 22, 2012

German paper supplier cuts 710 jobs as iPad send paper demand tumbling

In a statement, Voith said that the redundancies would come in effect across sites in Germany and Austria, with the firm now taking a hard look at which of its factories make the largest machines for newsprint paper.

The company said that the proliferation of media on smartphones and tablets had led to a falling demand for printed magazines and newspapers, and this has subsequently had a negative knock-on effect on demand for Voith’s graphic paper printing machines.

Although this digitization was the primary reason behind the decision, the statement did also mention that production has ramped up in Asia, which is likely to have had some bearing on the [...]

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January 10, 2012

Study: Half of tablet/smartphone users put up with mobile advertising

The report evaluated what kind of apps smartphone and tablet users have downloaded, including both free and paid-for applications and across a range of different categories. Unsurprisingly, only a small percentage of these users downloaded only paid-for apps, with the majority opting for free apps, or a mixture of free and paid-for apps.  

Nielsen says that mobile consumers tend to have an average of 33 apps installed on their device. The researcher said that users preferring free applications tended to plump for for gaming, music and social networking apps. Approximately 35% of mobile consumers said that they would pay for game applications, while 29% would pay [...]

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