Posts Tagged ‘market’

Bing to Become iPhone Default Search?

January 20, 2010

It seems that Apple is considering moving the default search for its iPhone users from Google to Bing, which is a bit of a surprise.

According to a report in BusinessWeek, Apple is already in talks with Microsoft to replace the default Google search option in its iPhone OS with one that searches through Microsoft’s search engine instead. It’s an interesting prospect, if only because it’s a fairly major shift quite late in the device’s life, but it also says an awful lot about the direction that Apple sees its business going.

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Nvidia CEO Says PC has Lost its Magic

January 20, 2010

Nvidia’s CEO stated in a recent interview that he feels the PC has “lost its magic” as the platform has matured, with newer hardware no longer offering the same massive shifts it once did.

In the recent BBC interview, Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, was fairly frank and forthright about the state not only of the industry, but also the way we relate to PCs on an individual level and how Nvidia got to where it is today. It’s certainly an interesting look into the mind of a man with a lot of influence over the shape of the industry today. He talks openly about some of Nvidia’s darker days, saying that,

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Acer Founder Predicts Death of US PCs

January 19, 2010

Acer’s founder and former chairman, Stan Shih has made the fairly inflammatory comment than he firmly believes US-based PC makers could die out over the next twenty years.

According to the Inquirer, the former Acer chairman made the comments when discussing the current trend towards low-cost PCs, one that he feels north American PC manufacturers can’t hope to ignore. Indeed, Shih’s belief is that the demand for low-cost PCs will continue, and that anyone not serving that market will be left in a very difficult position indeed.

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Skype Sees Massive Boost

January 19, 2010

It seems that Skype has seen a massive bump over the course of the last year or so, with the VOIP company now accounting for fully 12% of all international calling minutes.

According to a report from TeleGeography, growth of international telephone traffic on a whole has slowed, while Skype has seen its uptake continue steadily, managing to accumulate a massive following. It’s worth noting that Skype accounts for fully 12% of all “international calling minutes” but we’d imagine the percentage of international calls carried by Skype is far lower… it’s just that those using Skype for international calls are more likely to stay on the phone significantly longer.

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Analysts Predict Rising PC Prices

January 15, 2010

The general rule on hardware is that it gets cheaper as you go, and for the last six years or so, that’s always been the case. Now though, new research indicates that we could see PC prices rise again this year.

Rising disk prices could drive PC prices higher still

According to research from Gartner, one of the biggest reasons for this will be the rising cost of memory. Due to increased demand for flash memory in mobile devices (let’s not forget the vast and quickly growing smartphone market), memory has been something that’s already seen price hikes in recent months, and that’s a trend that looks set to continue if the folks at Gartner are to be believed.

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Bing Slips in December, Google Grows

January 14, 2010

According to search statistics for the month of December, it seems that Google has managed to grow once again, with Microsoft’s search engine, Bing falling a little.

According to Nielsen’s report on the search market for last month, it seems that Google has grown, hitting 67.3% of all searches made in December, up 1.9% from its November statistics. At the same time, Yahoo maintained second place though it didn’t do so entirely without falling. With a 14.4% share, Yahoo has dropped by 0.9%.

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PC Shipments See Growth in 2009

January 14, 2010

Despite being a fairly abominable year, it seems that PC manufacturers managed to see a little growth in 2009, with the Christmas season proving just enough of a boost to give the market some small growth over the year.

Low cost netbooks have helped keep the industry alive.

While the humble netbook was long credited with keeping PC sales up while times were hard it seems that the industry also saw healthy growth from the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7. While the overall growth shows last year was up just 2.3% on 2008, Cnet is reporting that the period just after the launch of Windows 7 saw PC shipments up 15.2%.

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3D TVs to Save Industry?

January 11, 2010

It seems that 3D displays are being hailed as a possible saviour for those manufacturers who’ve been hit hardest by the current recession, though some are more sceptical than others.

According to the BBC, industry experts are optimistic about the new technology, which they predict could take off in a big way over the course of the next year. Indeed, the figure that they’re expecting to sell comes it at around the 3.4 million mark, which would put manufacturers very well placed indeed to take advantage of the burgeoning 3D market. What is perhaps most surprising is the honesty with which manufacturers have discussed their current positions.

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App Store Sees Christmas Boost

December 29, 2009

Apple’s App Store saw a soaring amount of traffic this Christmas, with the vast number of iPod Touches given as gifts the biggest reason for the unusually high volume of apps downloaded.

Indeed, Cnet is carrying word that the number of downloads for the iPod Touch specifically, excluding the iPhone, was in the region of 1,000% higher than average. Moreover, the number of downloads for the lastest iteration of the iPod Touch hardware, often known as the iPod Touch 3G, was up by fully 900%. Still, that means that all of Apple’s success with the App Store over Christmas wasn’t from users hitting the App Store with their new hardware.

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Intel and Nintendo in Console Talks?

December 29, 2009

Reports indicate that Intel and Nintendo could well be in talks over the future of the gaming giant’s home console efforts, with Intel apparently pushing to supply the chips to power the successor to Nintendo’s Wii.

The news comes from a widely circulated report from the Japanese publication Impress Watch, but given the fact that my Japanese is hazy at best, we’ve gone with TomsGuide’s interpretation of the news. According to the report, Intel has been “trying to push Nintendo into using its Larrabee graphics processor,” which is interesting enough in itself, given the uncertainty surrounding Larrabee at the moment.

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