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Gartner: Nearly 200 million tablets sold in 2013, mostly Android

Research firm Gartner reports that more than 195 million tablets were sold in 2013, and for the first time since the introduction of Apple’s first iPad, most of the tablets sold were running Google Android software. According to Gartner, Android grabbed about 62 percent of the market for a total of nearly 121 million tablets. […]

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Nielsen: People spending more time on phones than PCs

At a time when PC sales are stagnant and smartphone sales continue to rise, it’s probably not surprising to learn that people in some areas are spending more time with their phones than PCs. But audience research firm Nielsen has some solid numbers to back up that theory… well, somewhat solid. According to Nielsen, folks […]

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HTC “Power To Give” initiative uses your phone to solve world problems

Your phone has a lot of processing power — and most of the time you’re not actually using it. While it’s nice to have the ability to play bleeding edge games or render web pages in a split second, HTC is thinking about other ways to put your phone’s power to use. The company has […]

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IDC: 1 billion smartphones shipped in 2013, most running Android

Remember when BlackBerry and Palm dominated the fledgling smartphone market? Things have changed a lot in the past decade. Research firm IDC reports that a billion smartphones were shipped in 2013, and 80 percent of them were running Google’s Android operating system. Apple’s iPhones come in second at just over 15 percent, and everyone else […]

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Report: The tablet market isn’t growing like it used to

More than 217 million tablets were shipped around the world in 2013, which is a more than 50 percent jump from 2012, when an estimated 144 million tablets were shipped. But while you might think that means the market for tablets is still growing like crazy, research firm IDC says tablet growth is actually slowing. According […]

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About 12 percent of notebooks in 2013 were ultraportable (ABI research)

Remember how Intel was hoping that ultrabooks would account for 40 percent of notebooks by the end of 2012? That didn’t happen. But some people certainly seem to be spending their money on ultraportable PCs. ABI Research estimates that about 22.5 million notebooks shipped in 2013 were ultraportables. That’s about 12.3 percent of all notebooks sold, […]

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Reports: PC sales decline by 10% but Chromebooks climb 112%

There’s good news and bad news for PC makers in the latest reports from research firms IDC, Gartner, and NPD. The bad news is that most reports suggest PC sales in 2013 were down about 10 percent from the previous year, with 4th quarter/holiday shipments down about 6 percent from 2013. The good news is that’s […]