Our primary family digital photo library now at 50,000 photos , for example, still lives on our desktop as well as in the cloud , as do our Quicken finances, TurboTax taxes, and other critical files.Throw in innovative new small form factor desktops like Intel s Skull Canyon NUC and you have people who may not have considered desktops giving them a serious second look.That number is expected to eventually fall below half, but in many business environments, a fixed, large computing device is still very much an asset.The most compelling and newest demand for desktop PCs, however, is being driven by virtual reality.They still provide the best experience for a wide variety of consumer and business computing applications, and for that reason, will continue to hold an important place among technology solutions for some time to come.Bob O Donnell is the founder and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC a technology consulting and market research firm.
Get concessions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governmentApple has applied to the Indian government for permission to import refurbished iPhones so that it can offer lower-priced phones to the Indian user.The company's phones are considered too expensive by India's price-sensitive users, even though the iPhone is a well-regarded brand and a status symbol in the country.More than two-thirds of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter were assembled within the country, with over 25 vendors making phones locally, according to IDC.Help increase smartphone penetration in IndiaGrowth in China is slowing, with research firm Canalys reporting that smartphone shipments grew by only 2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.The Indian smartphone market will never grow to the size of China's because of the population's low average per-capita income, high taxes and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Indian rupee, Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific, said in an interview recently.Also, unlike in the U.S. and some other markets where the majority of phones are sold through carriers, in India carriers focus on services rather than offering phones, thus putting demands on Apple to quickly roll out its distribution channels to markets outside the main cities.
Get concessions from the governmentApple has applied to the Indian government for permission to import refurbished iPhones so that it can offer lower-priced phones to the Indian user.The company's phones are considered too expensive by India's price-sensitive users, even though the iPhone is a well-regarded brand and a status symbol in the country.More than two-thirds of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter were assembled within the country, with over 25 vendors making phones locally, according to IDC.Help increase smartphone penetration in IndiaGrowth in China is slowing, with research firm Canalys reporting that smartphone shipments grew by only 2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.The Indian smartphone market will never grow to the size of China's because of the population's low average per-capita income, high taxes and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Indian rupee, Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific, said in an interview recently.Also, unlike in the U.S. and some other markets where the majority of phones are sold through carriers, in India carriers focus on services rather than offering phones, thus putting demands on Apple to quickly roll out its distribution channels to markets outside the main cities.
According to the company the technology is able to produce high quality parts to ten times faster and half the price compared to existing 3D printing systems. HP sued 3D printers market is currently dominated by Stratasys- and 3D Systems, Inc., says the BBC. HP about the washing machine-sized Jet Fusion 3D 3200 -printterin Prices start at 120 000 euro. 3200 model will be on sale in Europe in 2017, the first to include Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany and the UK. HP models will be the representative that they can print the also multi-colored objects. Research firm Gartner estimates that last year sold about 245 000 3D-print inserts.
Expedia Inc. s chief executive officer is expecting more company in the world of online travel booking, predicting Facebook Inc. will follow Google into the business.Facebook is already working on e-commerce, letting users save their payment information on the social media giant s site and purchase products they see advertised there directly through buy buttons.Google now lets users book trips and lodging directly through its search engine, a feature the U.S. Justice Department cited when it approved Expedia s takeover of Orbitz last year, saying Google was increasing competition.The development would bring both risks and opportunities for Expedia and rivals, Khosrowshahi said.For years, hotel companies have tried to find ways to drive more sales through their own websites so they can avoid the premiums paid to the likes of Priceline and Expedia when customers book lodgings and trips through them.If Facebook pushes into travel booking it will most likely follow Google s lead, building a tool that lets hotel chains and online travel agents show up in search results on the social network, Dan Wasiolek, an analyst with Morningstar Inc., said in an interview.This new targeted advertising platform in theory is supposed to offer a better way to target travelers when they re planning a trip and when they re in the destination, Henry Harteveldt, founder of the travel industry research firm Atmosphere Research Group, said in an interview.Travel companies including Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Air France-KLM are using Facebook s Messenger application to talk to customers.So is Expedia, said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia U.S. That s another area that Facebook could expand its presence in, Harteveldt said, either by getting more companies to do business on Messenger or building its own booking tool in the app.Expedia, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last week, went on a $6 billion acquisition spree in 2015 by buying Orbitz and vacation rental company HomeAway.Startups like GetYourGuide GmbH, Vayable Inc. and Peek Travel Inc. have raised venture capital for their own tour-booking websites and applications.
Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi will further expand in the US market — in cooperation with Google — when it releases a new TV set-top box in the country, according to the company.It also makes Xiaomi a closer partner with Google as the Mi box will be the second set-top box that supports Google s own TV operating system — Android TV — after the SHIELD from graphic processor giant NVIDIA.According to research firm IDC, vendors shipped 334.9 million units during the first quarter this year which represents 0.18 per cent growth from the same period in 2015 and Xiaomi, the fifth largest global player last year, was bettered by domestic rivals OPPO and vivo.Xiaomi said it has sold over 10 million smart TVs and set-top boxes in China since 2013.Xiaomi is less known in the US and the collaboration with Google can quickly raise its profile in this market, said Alex Ng, an analyst from China Merchant Securities.The domestically-sold box cost 299 yuan HK$355 .
A South Korean mobile hit is going to try its luck with a global audience.Nexon announced today that Heroes of Incredible Tales, an action role-playing game for mobile, will get a worldwide release this summer.It has already been downloaded more that 5 million times in South Korea.The mobile industry was worth $34.8 billion last year, according to market research firm Newzoo.NAT Games, a studio created by Yong-Hyun Park who was the lead designer for popular online games Lineage 2 and Tera , developed Heroes of Incredible Tales.Built on Unreal 4, we are able to push today s powerful mobile devices to deliver truly immersive, visceral gameplay, said Lawrence Koh, general manager at Nexon, in a press release sent to GamesBeat.Yong-Hyun Park creates incredible RPG experiences that resonate with players globally.We are very excited to bring his epic slasher to mobile devices worldwide later this year.
The smartphone market is growing slowly, but demand is particularly low cost handsets in emerging countries. Phone for browsing the man described in Calcutta in India in February 2015. Nokia's return to the smartphone and tablet market will not be easy. manufacturing operating devices is not a problem for Nokia, but users need a compelling reason to stay loyal to a particular brand, research firm Gartner Vice President Anshul Gupta says the release. Slowing growth in the phone market is not an easy environment to a new HMD-company, Gupta believes. The second will be for Apple, whose market share is 14.8 per cent.
Photo: Pichi Chuang / Reuters We do not see that Microsoft should be very aggressive in smart phones in the future, estimates research firm Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta. Windows share of the smartphone operating systems has been reduced to a paltry 0.7 per cent, estimates research firm Gartner, the Windows smart phones sold in the first year, only 2.4 million. We do not see that Microsoft should be very aggressive in smart phones in the future, says Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta Economic Sanomat. Samsung remains the roller Samsung has kept its position as the Galaxy A series, as well as the Galaxy S7's time. Huawei catches Chinese phone manufacturers in particular, according to Gupta Huawei seems now to proceed aggressively. They have increased their sales tumbled since the second quarter of last year and sprints to Apple, as well as with Samsung in relation to, says Gupta.
Google I/O 2016: Google delivers biggest update to wearable platform since its launch 2 years ago, adding new APIs, user interface changes and appsAndroid Wear 2.0 will arrive this autumn complete with a host of user interface enhancements and the ability to support standalone apps, giving wearables more independence from a paired smartphone.This means apps will still function whether a paired smartphone is out of range or switched off and work the same whether they are connected to an Android or iOS handset.Google I/O 2016: Google Duo and Allo Smart Messaging / Android N For Businesses / Is Google Home Secure?Android Wear 2.0Google has also added a new notification design, allowing users to take actions directly from alerts, a new face picker, app launcher and dark colour palette that it claims makes better use of round smartwatch designs.IDC recently estimated that 45.7 million wearable devices would be sold this year, up 133.4 percent from last year s figure.By 2019, the research firm predicts 126.1 million units will be sold each year.
Withings shop in late April told Nokia's fresh playing field for market share size was revealed when an American research firm IDC, the market summed up the situation in the sector report this week. Nokia does not According to IDC, above even the top ten list. Ten from the outside of the tip we do not give out the reviews, but it can be said that the Withings has a market share drop in the ocean. At the same time, pulse and GO products face fierce competition, for example, the direction of Fitbit, Withings it does not have the same brand of prestige, an analyst unlock challenges. At the moment, most of the wearable device manufacturers provide descriptive information, such as steps, heart rate, oxygen levels and more. Nokia admits that Alcatel-Lucent trade integration is a complex and time-consuming.
Withings shop in late April told Nokia's fresh playing field for market share size was revealed when an American research firm IDC, the market summed up the situation in the sector report this week. Nokia does not According to IDC, above even the top ten list. Ten from the outside of the tip we do not give out the reviews, but it can be said that the Withings has a market share drop in the ocean. At the same time, pulse and GO products face fierce competition, for example, the direction of Fitbit, Withings it does not have the same brand of prestige, an analyst unlock challenges. At the moment, most of the wearable device manufacturers provide descriptive information, such as steps, heart rate, oxygen levels and more. Nokia admits that Alcatel-Lucent trade integration is a complex and time-consuming.
For now though, it s neighboring Argentina that looks to be moving faster to capture surging demand, rather than the normally investor-friendly Chile.This bickering and this back and forth in Chile is detrimental to production, said Chris Berry, president of research firm House Mountain Partners LLC and editor of the Disruptive Discoveries newsletter.In April, SQM said it will seek to block an expansion project by rival Albemarle in Chile, citing concern that the operation will have a bearing on its own environmental procedures.Corfo had announced a 27-year contract with the Baton Rouge-based Albemarle in February to expand production in exchange for a royalty of about 40 percent of sales.Admiralty Resources NL is in the pre-production phase at the Salar de Rincon, Galaxy Resources Ltd. is developing the Sal de Vida salt-bed project and Lithium Americas Corp. is working with SQM on the Cauchari venture, according to a presentation from the Argentine government.SQM agreed to pay $25 million to Lithium Americas for 50 percent of that project, which will begin construction in 2017.Prices for lithium carbonate at 99.5 percent purity in China more than tripled in the last 12 months to 168,000 yuan about $26,000 per ton from 49,000 yuan, according to Asian Metal.In 2015, Chile produced about 35 percent of global lithium output totaling 200,000 tons, according to estimates from consultancy Stormcrow Capital Ltd.It s not as if Chile doesn t recognize the potential for lithium.
Although it s close to being sold for a pittance, Yahoo isn t dead yet.The company has been busying itself building shiny new apps, including a revamped Mail client for Android and a new esports news reader.Available for iOS from today, Yahoo Esports delivers live tournament broadcast coverage, news, highlights, and league scores for major competitive games from various genres: League of Legends , Dota 2 , Counter-Strike: GO , Heroes of the Storm and Street Fighter V .The app features a card-based interface that s easy to browse, and lets you leave comments on news stories.According to research firm Newzoo, the market is set to grow to $463 million this year and hit $1.1 billion by 2019.But Yahoo will certainly have its work cut out for it: earlier this year, ESPN launched a dedicated esports section on its site to cover League of Legends , Dota 2 and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft .
The plan was to purchase as much as $10 million in preferred shares from Uber s most recent round of financing and package them in an investment fund to be sold at a premium, according to offering documents obtained by Bloomberg.SharesPost said it wouldn t pursue the transaction, citing a lack of investor interest.Brogger is now SharesPost s chief executive officer and chairman, and the company is registered with the SEC.SharesPost's spokesman called the 2012 settlement completely irrelevant to a 2016 fund that never got off the ground.She highlighted the lack of transparency in such deals as cause for concern.For the proposed Uber transaction, the documents said a fund managed by a member of SharesPost s board of directors would buy the shares at a 2 percent premium to their price in last year s funding round, which valued the company at $62.5 billion, and then resell them for 5 percent more.VC Experts, a private-market research firm, estimated that the transaction would give Uber an implied valuation of more the $70 billion.If the deal had moved forward, Uber would need to give approval to the fund manager, SharesPost said.Our disclosures and risk factors are significantly deeper and broader than anybody else in the marketplace, Brogger, the SharesPost CEO, said in an interview.Prospective investors need to meet the SEC definition for accredited, meaning they make at least $200,000 in two consecutive years or have a net worth of $1 million or more excluding their home .
Our power demands are ever-increasing, but our ability to carry or store power is limited.To put that in perspective, a fridge uses around 1,600 Wh a day, and petrol stores about of 13,000 Wh/kg – or more than 50 times the energy of even the best lithium-ion batteries.Safety is key and thermal management is crucial.The battery market is forecast to be worth $120bn in 2019 according to industry research firm Freedonia Group, and vacuum cleaner firm Dyson recently joined electric carmaker Tesla, Korea s Samsung, Panasonic of Japan and IBM in investing heavily in battery research.Many consider a range of 500 miles crucial – the distance an average petrol or diesel car can travel on a single tank.Since 2009, IBM s Battery 500 Project has been working on lithium-air batteries, which have the potential to reach similar energy densities to petrol.
In the early days of any new hardware, it s incumbent on the hardware manufacturer to fund the creative community, says Anthony Batt, co-founder of VR production studio WEVR.I think we are undeniably in a hype cycle, notes Mr. Pinnell, referring to the trajectory for new technologies described by the research firm Gartner Inc.HTC s Mr. Metis disagrees that users will be disappointed with the content available on the Vive, which launched last month.It is a fragile illusion, aided by the ability to move through, and interact with, a scene, as you can most easily on HTC s Vive.The masses, especially those looking for experiences other than games, are likely to be disappointed.Consider the difference between that 2007 iPhone, before the App Store, and today s model, which can summon a vehicle, or a meal, to your door at the touch of a button.
Supercell is a well-known name even in Tencent s home market; its Clash Royale was the only foreign-published title among the 10 top-grossing mobile games in China last month, according to research firm Newzoo.Supercell would push Tencent deeper into the fast-growing mobile segment, which now accounts for only a bit more than a third of its gaming revenue, the rest coming from desktop franchises in China.Supercell and King—maker of Candy Crush Saga —were similar last year in revenue and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.And mobile-game sector is vulnerable to one-hit wonders.It recently raised $4 billion in loans from foreign banks, giving it ample firepower to do deals overseas without the worry of needing Chinese regulators permission to shift cash offshore.China s largest gaming company wants to go global, and building an empire doesn t come cheap.
It says research firm IDC analyst David Tapper, outsourcing in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. If you look at the hundred largest outsourcing deals made globally in 2005 as these were worth an average of $ 680 million. This applies not only to the biggest business. The decrease in value is illustrated by a recent outsourcing deal when British defense group BAE Systems - which moreover has a large Swedish business - Chalk on the new contract with the outsourcing provider CSC. IDC measured the outsourcing market for more than two decades and has a database containing more than 60,000 stores. They must simply find other services to complete the deal with.
It says research firm IDC analyst David Tapper, outsourcing in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. If you look at the hundred largest outsourcing deals made globally in 2005 as these were worth an average of $ 680 million. This applies not only to the biggest business. The decrease in value is illustrated by a recent outsourcing deal when British defense group BAE Systems - which moreover has a large Swedish business - Chalk on the new contract with the outsourcing provider CSC. IDC measured the outsourcing market for more than two decades and has a database containing more than 60,000 stores. They must simply find other services to complete the deal with.
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