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The mobile PC market isn’t doing great, but that’s only if you look at it independently of tablet device sales. NPD DisplaySearch now says that over the next five years, however, the mobile PC market will more than double, growing from 367.6 million units in 2012 to 762.7 million by 2017.
The growth is being driven by a sea change in PC computing, as tablet PCs continually replace your standard notebook form factors, and touch gets built in to more and more laptop devices. Almost every manufacturer now has at least one touch-capable model, which is actually required for Windows 8 certification, and which helps explain ambitious devices like the Asus Aspire R7.
In the near-term, NPD DisplaySearch expects tablet shipments to rise 67 percent year-over-year in 2013, reaching 256.5 million on their own. Notebook shipments are expected to slow in general, down to 183.3 million in 2017, from 203.3 million in 2013. NPD predicts growth for certain categories, including touch-enabled devices, and even projects that devices like the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks will adopt touch in the coming years.
NPD doesn’t see Windows 8 actually driving touch adoption, despite the requirement by Microsoft for certification. That’s probably because of reportedly lackluster sales performance by Microsoft’s latest OS so far, but still the category will grow as OEMs look to invest more in hybrid devices, sliders and tablet-style form factors that could potentially resonate better with where consumers seem to be spending their computing dollars these days.
Despite the generally rosy outlook NPD DisplaySearch paints, the fact remains that now, Apple is the company that stands to gain the most from an upsurge in tablet popularity. It sold around 19.5 million iPads during Q2 2013, representing 65 percent year over year growth, and so far no one has been able to come close to that. Others are slowly making inroads, however, including Asus, which reported its Q1 2013 earnings today, including 3 million tablet sales that offset notebook and PC component losses to the tune of $ 202 million in profit.
Now that the PS2′s started taking steps toward retirement with Sony ceasing its production in Japan, it seems GameStop doesn’t plan to continue letting the console under its roof for long. According to a leaked in-store display posted to Reddit by eGORapTure, the gaming retailer will longer accept the over 12-year old system for trade-ins as of June 1st. Our friends at Joystiq contacted multiple stores confirm the news to confirm the news and many said the policy is indeed set to go into affect. Unsurprisingly, PS2-related accessories and titles will also be unwelcome when the date rolls around. We’ve reached out to GameStop’s corporate representatives for comment and will let you know what we hear back. For now, you can find the full picture of the display after the break and more info at the via and source links. Hey, gotta make room for those PS4 boxes — whatever they end looking like — somehow, right?
Over the previous year we & rsquo; ve seen great deals of experimentation around interface, ranging from infrared eye tracking (which has currently found its method into mainstream smartphones) to incredibly exact 3D movement controls. Today, Japan & rsquo; s Fujitsu is flaunting its take on the nontraditional user interface– a combination scanner and camera that is someplace in between among those laser virtual keyboards and a tablet display that it & rsquo; s displaying under the prolonged moniker “Next-Generation UI Enabling Operations by means of Hand Gestures and Finger Movements.”
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Google Glass, the advanced head-mounted computing project the company is gearing up for a possible launch later this year, will be assembled in the U.S., according to a new report from the Financial Times today. The assembly will take place in a facility located in Santa Clara and managed by partner Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn.
Google is building the first run of its ambitious close to home so that it can be close to the action in order to tweak the process and easily add last-minute fixes into the mix, the FT’s unnamed sources say. Assembly will take place in the U.S., but will use components supplied mostly by partners in Asia. Google has a rather checkered history when it comes to making gadgets close to home, however: its Nexus Q media streaming device was originally touted for its U.S.-based manufacturing, but the project was ultimately shelved without official explanation after it baffled early reviewers.
As of today, Google is notifying the winners of its #IfIHadGlass competition for early access to Project Glass devices, which will give 8,000 lucky people the opportunity to pay Google $ 1,500 for the device months before it launches to the general public. Production for those devices is said to be ramping up “in the coming weeks” according to the new report, at the facility located near Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
The effort to manufacture Glass at home likely has a lot to do with quality control for a product that for now will have an extremely high price tag and an extremely low unit count. But Foxconn has in the recent past talked about plans to expand its U.S. operations, and Apple got a specific callout during this year’s State of the Union address for bringing some Mac production back to U.S. shores, so this could be about more than just wanting to make sure the first production runs go very smoothly.
We’ve reached out to Google for confirmation or additional comment, and will update if they provide a response.
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Microsoft is the latest company striving to be more transparent in detailing how much user data it provides to law enforcement. Today it released the 2012 Law Enforcement Request, marking the first time Microsoft has ever revealed such statistics in an easily accessible document. “All of our major online services are covered in this report,” writes Brad Smith, the company’s VP of legal and corporate affairs. “In recent months, there has been broadening public interest in how often law enforcement agencies request customer data from technology companies and how our industry responds to these requests.” Smith openly credits Google and Twitter for leading the trend, saying Microsoft has “benefitted from the opportunity to learn from them.”
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The FTC held a workshop on mobile payments last year, and it’s now followed that up with a full report that raises a few concerns and offers some referrals for the market. Those consist of the expected concerns of personal privacy and safety, which the FTC urges business to step up their efforts on, along with the issue of billing disagreements. On that latter front, the FTC draws attention to one trouble in certain known as “stuffing,” where business or people put deceitful fees on a user’s cellphone expense. As the FTC notes in the report, “there are no federal statutory protections regulating consumer conflicts about fraudulent or unauthorized fees placed on mobile carrier expenses,” and it further includes in an article that “the method mobile carrier billing works makes this a challenging trouble to fix.” It passes to outline some customer security gauges it states all carriers must embrace, and keeps in mind that it will further attend to the concern at a roundtable on May 8th. You could find the full report at the source link.
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Samsung is about to show off a new flagship phone at an event on March 14, and details continue to leak out about the new smartphone. The New York Times’ Brian X. Chen reports today that eye movement-based content scrolling will be among the Galaxy S IV’s features. Chen’s source, a Samsung employee, also says that the emphasis will be on software, not hardware at the upcoming press event.
Samsung’s next smartphone will be able to track a user’s eyes and scroll articles and other types of content based on where they’re focused, the source said, so that if a user was reading a web page and hit the bottom, the device could automatically scroll more content up into view. There’s no guarantee it will be demoed on stage, according to the article, but the Korean company should be showing off more new software features, instead of demoing hardware advancements.
A software-centric approach to an Android flagship device launch is nothing new. HTC showed off its own new flagship device, the One, at an event in NYC last month and the bulk of the presentation focused on Sense 5.0. Android OEMs seem keen to highlight what it is that makes the experience of using their devices fundamentally different from using the Android phones of other makers, a good strategy when each successive generation of devices seem to share more in common than not when it comes to specs and internal components.
The NYT points out that Samsung already has trademarks on “Eye Scroll” technology, as it could be applied to smartphones as well as tablets, cameras and other devices. A trademark in this case might actually be more indicative of product plans than a patent, since it demonstrates at least some intent to actually bring the named product to market.
Eye movement-based scrolling could work well, but only if perfectly executed. If the tech registers too many false positives or disappoints in other regards, it’ll end up being more of an annoyance than a feature, and users will simply turn it off. But if executed properly, it could definitely be a decent differentiating factor. And if Samsung opens up access to scrolling features to third-party apps, that could really help its platform stand apart from others in the Android space. But again, if it’s even a bit touchy in terms of implementation, the eye-tracking tech will likely be more of a forgettable edition than anything with real value, at least for this generation.
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It’s been more than a decade since Minority Report hit theaters, but its influence on product design doesn’t seem to have waned — much to the dismay of designers like Christian Brown. In a recent piece for the Awl, Brown bemoans Steven Spielberg’s disproportionate influence on interface design, arguing that Minority Report‘s futuristic vision has fueled misguided dreams of gesture-based and touchscreen interfaces that don’t really add much to a product’s function — “interfaces that look good, rather than… work well.”
“Human hands and fingers are good at feeling texture and detail, and good at gripping things—neither of which touch interfaces take advantage of,” Brown writes. “The real future of interfaces will take advantage of…
Windows Phone 8 is Nokia ’ s big play for the future, however as an outcome of concentrating on those gadgets and their higher-end target market, the company is giving up ground to companies like Huawei and ZTE with lesser end devices. But the Finnish company may be wanting to get its affordable groove back with the introduction of new, fundamental smartphones not based upon Microsoft ’ s mobile OS, to be revealed at MWC next week according to Reuters.
The tails of brand-new designs originate from “ company sources, ” according to Reuters, and recommend Nokia will introduce “ cut-price ” hardware in multiple smartphones, in addition to a single brand-new Lumia gadget on Windows Phone 8, but one designed with affordability in mind. Nokia already provides the spending plan Lumia 620, a $ 249 smartphone with Microsoft ’ s latest OS onboard, but that ’ s still over $ 200, whereas the ordinary selling price of Nokia mobile phones in general was EUR 31 in 2012, Reuters notes, with net sales of smart phones considering EUR 9.44 billion in sales in 2012 for the business.
Nokia has actually had tremendous success with its Series 40 line of devices, as Natasha noted in a post late last year, but even that market where it has typically been sturdy is under attack from rival makers. Nokia is failing to attract audiences in its traditionally strong markets with even low-cost Lumia mobiles. And it ’ s losing share fast to Huawei and ZTE, which are quickly charging up the ranks of international mobile manufacturers thanks to an emphatic focus on lesser end devices.
Nokia ’ s candle is burning at both ends, with the business dealing with dangers in both smartphones and with low-end devices. The business said to “ anticipate a great deal of things ” in 2013 based on the Series 40 platform at the end of 2012, and it looks most likely we ’ ll see a few of those things unveiled at MWC. A spruced up Series 4 line could definitely help bolster its shrinking share of the under $ 100 market, and if a new Lumia could break the $ 200 obstacle, we might see Nokia recover some valuable smartphone share as well.
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Windows Phone 8 is Nokia’s big play for the future, but as a result of focusing on those devices and their higher-end target market, the company is giving up ground to firms like Huawei and ZTE with lower end devices. But the Finnish company may be looking to get its budget-friendly groove back with the introduction of new, basic handsets not based on Microsoft’s mobile OS, to be unveiled at MWC next week according to Reuters.
The tails of new models come from “company sources,” according to Reuters, and suggest Nokia will introduce “cut-price” hardware in multiple handsets, as well as a single new Lumia device on Windows Phone 8, but one designed with affordability in mind. Nokia already offers the budget Lumia 620, a $ 249 smartphone with Microsoft’s latest OS onboard, but that’s still over $ 200, whereas the average selling price of Nokia mobile phones in general was € 31 in 2012, Reuters notes, with net sales of mobile phones accounting for € 9.44 billion in sales in 2012 for the company.
Nokia has had tremendous success with its Series 40 line of devices, as Natasha noted in an article late last year, but even that market where it has traditionally been strong is under attack from rival manufacturers. Nokia is failing to attract audiences in its traditionally strong markets with even low-cost Lumia handsets. And it’s losing share fast to Huawei and ZTE, which are quickly charging up the ranks of global handset manufacturers thanks to an emphatic focus on lower end devices.
Nokia’s candle is burning at both ends, with the company facing threats in both smartphones and with low-end devices. The company said to “expect a lot of things” in 2013 based on the Series 40 platform at the end of 2012, and it looks likely we’ll see some of those things unveiled at MWC. A revamped Series 4 line could definitely help shore up its shrinking share of the under $ 100 market, and if a new Lumia can break the $ 200 barrier, we might see Nokia win back some precious smartphone share as well.