Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Around The Net

    • Tablets Cut Into PC SalesBloomberg

      In the fourth quarter, global PC shipments dropped 4.9% year-over-year, according to new data from Gartner. The culprit? “Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by cannibalizing PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Gartner, said in the report. “This transformation was triggered by the availability of low-cost tablets in 2012." ...Read the whole story

    • Surface Sales Miss ExpectationsThe Next Web

      Microsoft sold about 1 million Surface tablets during the holiday season, estimates UBS. What’s wrong with that? “This is down from the analyst’s previous sales estimate of 2 million units for the product line,” The Next Web reports. “The company obviously wanted more. 1 million Surfaces is a fraction of the supply numbers that were floating about … in the last few months of 2012.”   ...Read the whole story

    • Radio Shack, Target End Mobile PartnershipChain Store Age

      RadioShack Corp. announced that it is ending its relationship with Target, where it helps operate Target Mobile in 1,500 Target stores, effective April 8. The RadioShack and Target partnership provided RadioShack access to manage Target's post-paid mobility business. But RadioShack did not manage the prepaid mobility business or the wider range of accessories offered in Target stores. ...Read the whole story

    • Orange, Baidu Launch Mobile Browser In AMEAM&M Global

      The new browser will be initially be available in Arabic and English for Mobinil customers from today, with a French version currently in development for countries across Orange's African footprint. Features of the new browser include a highly customisable, simple interface, giving users one-click access to web-based apps and internet services from Baidu and Orange, as well as services including Wikipedia, Facebook and Twitter. ...Read the whole story

    • Next Year In UK: Send, Receive Money By Text BBC
    • ITunes Subscribers Will Get Early Peek At 'Downtown' FinaleBBC News
    Mobile Advertising: Lucrative With Right Strategy

    Time for a reality check on the flashy Consumer Electronics Show and the robust mobile revenue forecasts that have kicked-off 2013. Calmer heads prevailing on Wall Street are warning significant costs will moderate growth rates and ...More

    • Mobile Brains Reaching Mobile Brains

      Targeting has been the unkept promise of mobile marketing. But we are starting to see improved sophistication in real-time bidding, app marketing and location-triggered offers. ...More

    • Digital Hyper-Tasking Will Push Mobile in 2013

      According to comScore, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the period ending November 2012, Samsung is the top handset manufacturer overall with 26.9% market share. Google Android continued to lead among smartphone ...More

    • The Problem With Mobile Is Perception