IDC: PC shipments up for the first time in years, Gartner: nope

PC shipments have been declining in recent years. While smartphone shipments continue to rise, consumers and businesses are upgrading their desktop and notebook computers less frequently. But according to research firm IDC, the PC market saw growth in the first quarter of 2017… for the first time in 5 years. The analysts at rival firm […]

Are “hearables” and smart clothing the next big things in wearable tech?

Smartwatches and fitness trackers may currently dominate the wearable tech space. But there’s a reason we call them “wearables” and not wrist-worn gadgets: the space also includes heads-up displays like Google Glass and smart headphone gadgets like the Moto Hint and Sony Xperia Ear. And researchers at IDC think so-called “hearables” represent a growth opportunity […]

IDC: Cheap 2-in-1 devices doing well in a declining tablet market

The tablet market is starting to look a lot like the traditional PC market: device makers are seeing declining shipments and some of the best-selling devices are the ones that are dirt cheap, which leaves little room for profits. That’s the takeaway from a new report from research firm IDC, which says about 43 million […]

Tablet shipments continue to fall

There was a time when some folks predicted tablet shipments would eventually surpass those of traditional PCs like laptops and desktops. But it’s easy to make that kind of prediction when a product category is brand new, because going from 0 to a few million devices shipped looks like astronomical growth. These days, things are […]

PC shipments still falling.. but not as fast as expected

We may be living in the age of the smartphone, but there are still plenty of notebook and desktop computers out there. The analysts at IDC say 62.4 million personal computers were shipped worldwide in the second quarter of 2016, while rival Gartner puts the number at 64.3 million. Both companies agree that’s fewer PCs […]

IDC predicts smartphone growth to slow to 3.1 percent in 2016

Smartphone shipments have skyrocketed in recent years, as a growing number of new customers in developed and emerging markets have been buying their first phones. But there aren’t as many first-time buyers as there used to be, and research firm IDC projects that smartphone growth will slow to just 3.1 percent in 2016. If the […]

IDC: Detachable tablet shipments are up, but overall tablet shipments are down

Research firm IDC says tablet makers shipped about 39.6 million units in the first quarter of 2016… which sounds like a lot of tablets until you realize that the number for the same period in 2015 was 46.4 million. In other words, overall tablet shipments are down by nearly 15 percent. But as expected, IDC […]