Sharp’s IGZO screen technology for personal and business computing

 Sharp’s IGZO screen technology on their 32-inch PNK322B monitor is an amazing screen, in this case running on Windows. It’s a touchscreen too, in fact ten simultaneous fingers capable on Windows 8. It works with a stylus as well. Sharp does not own IGZO technology but is the first to license it in new monitors, laptops, tablets and phones.

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Sharp PNK322B 32 inch ultra resolution ten finger touchcreen and stylus monitor

With a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, the equivalent of four Full HD screens, it’s basically a 4K, Ultra HDTV squeezed down to 32 inches.

The Apple Store also sells a less expensive version without touch screen, the Sharp 32″ PN-K321 – 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor, $3,849 which comes with two built-in speakers.

Because the very same ultra-resolution Sharp IGZO screen technology is also available on the new Dell XPS 15 laptop starting at $1,899.99 compared to Apple’s MacBook Pro Retina display starting at $2,049. It’s also used on the iPad mini retina and iPad Air, but not that crazy 4K resolution.

Dell XPS 15 with eye-popping 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolutionDell XPS 15 with eye-popping 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolutionLet’s talk about the Dell XPS 15 which is sharper at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels compared to the MacBook Pro 15 at 2880-by-1800 pixels with similar IPS screen quality. But it comes with many more customization options such as a combo 1TB hard drive and SSD, or a Samsung 500 GB SSD. Both are armed to the teeth with Intel 4th gen i7 technology. They weigh in within a couple of grams 2.01 kg for the XPS versus 2.06 kg for the MacBook Pro and have a classy tier one look with attention to detail.

Dell XPS 15 can surpass $4,000 with options, features a nice feeling medium hard rubber finish around the keyboard and wrist rest area and a sensitive multi finger touchpad. It comes with Windows 8.1, a must upgrade from Windows 8, as applications recognize the ultra-screen resolution and you can easily change settings to see larger icons that retain their sharpness.

Some apps still have some catching up to look their best on these high resolutions. Internet Explorer works great with sharp graphics compared to Chrome browser, as it recognizes the sharper screen, as does Office 365. But Photoshop still shows tiny icons on this big screen. Still, images look drop-dead gorgeous.

IGZO, short for indium gallium zinc oxide, technology lights up its pixels more efficiently requiring less power, about 50 per cent less, and a thinner format. This gives another advantage to the XPS 15 as its Dell Xps m1530 Battery lasts 10 per cent longer than the MacBook Pro.

The iPad mini retina also uses IGZO screen technology, as does the newest iPad Air, both thinner and longer lasting on batteries, but with a lower display score that more traditional display technologies like LTPS, used for years on iPhones.

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HP unveiled a new 3G-enabled calling tablet: Slate7 VoiceTab

Notebook PC giant HP has unveiled a new 7-inch, 3G-enabled calling tablet — the Slate7 VoiceTab, along with the 6-inch Android phablet Slate6. As the names of the products suggest, the Slate 6 has a 6-inch screen and the Slate 7 has a 7-inch screen. Both tablets are powered by an unnamed quad-core processor and feature IPS displays.

“Consumers are looking to consolidate their smartphones and tablet PCs, which is propelling the voice tablet market,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer Personal Systems Group, HP.

“This is an exciting new category that represents a meaningful growth opportunity for HP. Our HP Slate VoiceTab provides consumers with a high-quality product at a great value.”

Both of the devices have voice calling capability and run the Android operating system. Both have 3G Dual SIM Standby features and front stereo speakers.

Slate7 runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, comes with dual-sim functionality with support for Edge, GPRS, and 3G, and uses a Marvell PXA1088 1.2Ghz quad core processor.

The RAM of the Slate7 stands at 1GB (DDR2 1333MHz), and the in-built storage is 16GB with external storage support for 32GB. The 7-inch screen of the Slate7 offers a screen resolution of 1280×800, which is to be expected at this price range. The other connectivity options include Wifi and Bluetooth 3.0. It also has a 5 MP auto focus rear camera and a 2 MP front camera. The HP 6730s Battery is 4100mAh Li-Polymer.

The specifications of the Slate6 are almost same excluding the screen, which is smaller at 6-inch, offering a resolution of 1280×720. The camera in the Slate6 comes with LED flash, and supports dual-sim functionality, including 3G calling facility.

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iWork, iLife apps will be free for new customers

Apple wants to delight its business customers by offering them some free apps in return of buying latest devices of the company. On Apple’s Cupertino HO, CEO Tim Cook declared that the leading company would initiate its giving of five free apps from iWork and iLife segments like Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages and Numbers to those clients who purchase latest iOS driven devices.

As per the chief, iOS will on its own gift users of new iPhones, iPads or iPod touches with a screen that directs them to install the software when they initially turn on their devices. Those using current devices won’t be getting the free offer.

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Apple iWork

The roll out signals you that the giant now wishes to grab not just content users, but also a hold on variety of segments and so it enhances an entire group of business and management apps to each iOS device. It is also a successful manner to extend Dell Inspiron 1525 AC Adapter productivity for customers.

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Install Android on Your Windows 8 Tablet PC Instructions

Windows 8 tablets are becoming more widely used, but the operating system – at least in its Modern mode – is light on the ground with particular apps. One way around this is to install Android on your tablet.

Although installing Android on a desktop PC is reasonably straightforward, you might find that there are a couple of problems installing Google’s popular operating system on a Windows tablet: namely, that the tablet doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive.

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What this means is that things can get a bit messy, especially when you combine this shortcoming with the implications that Windows 8′s safe boot system has on installing an additional OS.

Although the process of installing Android on your Windows tablet – and by this I’m specifically referring to an Intel x86 device here rather than one equipped with an ARM processor – will differ from device to device, the general approach is the same.

Before proceeding, however, you should check the web for steps for your own tablet, just to ensure that you don’t take any missteps that could wipe your SSD or leave your computer unbootable.

I performed this installation on my Acer Iconia W700, a useful Windows 8 tablet that is more akin to an ultrabook. This meant that I had the advantage of a sort-of backup, having recently replaced the device’s original mSSD for a larger model. I had the old one to hand should anything have gone wrong.

What You’ll Need To Install Android On A Windows 8 Tablet

Preparation for this project is a little in-depth, especially if you’re new to Windows 8.

We’ll get the straightforward stuff out of the way first. You’ll need a USB flash drive with at least 512 MB of storage to hold the installation media; the stick should be formatted to FAT file system. Also, make sure you have a USB keyboard and a USB hub – I’d recommend a small, unpowered hub, since a Inspiron 1520 Battery powered hub may take some time to initialize – which means the keyboard won’t be connected by the time you need to press F12. So, unpowered USB hub it is.

Software is also required. Begin by downloading the Win 32 Disk Imager from Sourceforge – this is used to write the disk image to your USB stick.

Once this is downloaded, head to Intel’s Open Source Technology Center and select the Generic UEFI Installer image of the version of Android you wish to install. After download has completed, make sure you unzip the file.

Prepare The USB Stick

With Android downloaded, you’ll need to write it to the USB stick. Insert the device into your tablet or USB hub and unzip the Win 32 Disk Imager tool.

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Run Win32DiskImager.exe and browse to the unzipped Android installer, selecting Save to add it to the tool.

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Next, ensure that the correct drive letter for your USB stick is selected under Device, and when you’re ready click Write to begin installation.

Following completion, Win 32 Disk Imager should inform you that writing the data has completed – you’re now ready to proceed.

Configuring Your Windows 8 Tablet For Android Installation

You can’t just install a second operating system on a device designed for Windows 8 without making a few adjustments to the system setup.

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First, you’ll need to ensure Secure Boot is disabled. Open Settings > Change PC Settings > Update and recovery > Recovery, and select Restart Now. From here use your arrow keys to select Troubleshoot then Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings to open the BIOS.

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Here, find Security in the left-hand menu and set a Supervisor password. Once this has been added, open Boot, find the Secure Boot option and set it to Disabled.

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With that done, hold down the Power to restart, then hold the Windows buttons as well until the screen comes back on. This enables a quick shortcut back into the BIOS screen where you should ensure UEFI Mode is selected.

Next, switch the tablet off, and connect the USB hub directly to the USB port (as opposed to any of the ports on any docking station you might have). With the keyboard and USB stick connected to the hub, boot up your tablet PC, pressing F12. In the boot menu, use arrow keys to select the USB device and follow the instructions to setup dual boot mode and allocate space for Android using your device’s volume keys.

Different versions of the Android installer have slightly different steps. For this installation, I selected:

Do you want to preserve Windows and dual boot? Y

Do you want to resize Windows to make more space? Y (This forces a repair cycle when you boot Windows 8.)

Enter new size in MiB for Windows: Enter for default option.

Install GummiBoot bootloader? Y

Enter boot menu timeout (0=no menu)(min=0, max=60, enter=5) 15

Once you have done this the installation will proceed. Upon completion you should see the message:

“Installation now configured. Press enter to continue”

If all goes according to plan, when you next come to boot up the tablet you should see a boot menu, where you can select between Android and Windows 8.

Running Android on a Windows 8 Tablet

Certainly in my case while preparing the installation for this tutorial, I discovered that things didn’t go quite as planned. Although the repair cycle took a while (and the Acer Iconia W700 doesn’t actually tell you it is doing a repair cycle), the computer eventually booted… into Windows 8.1. A couple of reboots later and there was still no sign of the boot menu.

Inconveniently, the only way to open Android at present is to hold F12 when booting to display the boot menu, something that may be tricky in some scenarios. I also found that Bluetooth didn’t work in Windows, but once I’d booted Android, opened Settings and toggled Bluetooth, the subsequent reboot into Windows had Bluetooth back up and running.

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Best apps for your iPad mini or new iPad Air

The wrapping paper has just been torn off that shiny new iPad Air or strikingly svelte iPad mini with Retina display that someone was kind enough to give you for the holidays. And believe me, between the stunning display and the way it feels in your hand, it’s going to take a long time for the shine to wear off that new iPad. And yet… it’s feeling a little empty, isn’t it? Like something’s missing.

Friend, you need to download some apps.

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Apple makes things easy on that front by keeping a well-stocked App Store. And nearly half of the million or so apps available for download are built specifically for that iPad you’re holding in your hands. Still, there is such a thing as having too many choices. After all, you don’t want your very first App Store download to turn out to be a clunker. And just to complicate things further, everyone uses their iPad for different reasons, and what’s a great app for one person might leave another staring at the Retina screen in uncomprehending horror. I can tell you that Infinity Blade III is a really great game that really makes the most of your new iPad’s processing HP hstnn-db42 battery power.

So I’ve surveyed my colleagues for the apps that they would install on a brand new iPad Air or iPad mini. And from that pool of contenders, I’ve picked the ones that are best for certain kinds of tasks. Whether you see your iPad as a productivity tool, a gaming device, or something you plan to share with the rest of your family, we’ve found the right app for you.

If you want to write

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Editorial puts a number of powerful text-editing tools right at your fingertips.

Let’s just dispense with that notion that the iPad is good for consuming content, and little else—this is a very powerful productivity tool, especially if you have the right apps. For power users who work with text, the choice is Editorial, which boasts a number of customization features that allow you to bend the interface and the extended keyboard to your will. The app also makes it simple for even non-programmers to assemble customized workflows to automate functions like converting text. And while its workflow support may be Editorial’s standout feature, the app offers writers plenty of other niceties like Markdown and HTML previews, powerful search features, and an integrated Web browser for those times you need to do research but don’t want to jump to another app. There’s a lot of power packed into Editorial, ready to help you get to work.

If you want to take notes

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You wouldn’t know it from my feeble handwriting, but the note-taking features in Notability make it a potential replacement for pen and paper.

With its notebook-sized shape, the iPad seems the perfect size for sitting down and scribbling some notes, and indeed, a number of note-taking apps have sprung up over the years. Still, there’s a good reason why Notability perpetually lands among the top-selling iPad productivity apps. It lets you type or write out notes long-hand, giving you options for changing the color and style of your note-taking. A nifty recording feature lets you capture the audio of a meeting or lecture; when you play back that audio, tapping on a section of your notes takes you to that specific section of the recording. Notability offers great search tools for tracking down your notes, and you’ll never lose an important file thanks to the app’s ability to sync with cloud-based services including Dropbox and Google Drive. Some of us may still cling to pen and paper for our note-taking needs, but Notability is powerful enough to give those old-school tools a run for their money.

If you want to read comics

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The sharper screens on the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display really come to life with Comics from Comixology.

Since its launch, the iPad has been an appealing device for people who enjoy comic books. The recent hardware changes have only improved matters. Artwork really pops on the iPad Air’s screen and now that the tablet is lighter and easier to hold, it really lends itself to extended reading sessions. As for the iPad mini with Retina display, the comic experience is vastly improved over the original mini, with crisper text and sharper art. So what comic reader should you choose? Try Comics from Comixology, which offers a smooth interface and an easy-to-navigate storefront for purchasing issues. (Perhaps too easy, if your monthly credit card statement will be any indication.)

If you’ve got small kids

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Toca Hair Me lets you put your face on the chopping block for some wild hair-styling.

If you’re a parent, I’ve got some sobering news for you: That iPad Air or iPad mini is not going to remain your sole property for very long. Your kids are going to want to use it too, and, unless you’re made of sterner stuff than I am, you’re going to acquiesce. You might as well make sure there’s a few apps on your tablet that your kids can enjoy. As a parent of a preschooler, I can’t say enough nice things about the apps that Toca Boca produces. They’re more like digital playsets than apps, encouraging your children to use their imagination. Almost all of the Toca Boca offerings would be fine additions to your iPad, but I’ll single out Toca Hair Salon 2, in which you’ve got an array of scissors, curling irons, and other beauty parlor tools to help you give assorted cartoon characters unique coiffures. If you’re having a bad hair day of your own, Toca Hair Salon Me lets you snap a photo with the iPad’s camera, before you start styling and profiling.

If you’ve got kids in grade school

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An animated, interactive globe in Barefoot World Atlas lets you learn about the world around you.

Kids who’ve reached the upper grades of elementary school might have outgrown what Toca Boca has to offer, but they’ll enjoy the colorful look of Barefoot World Atlas. This digital version of the book of the same name takes full advantage of your iPad’s touch interface, with a spinnable, interactive globe. Tap on any country or one of the animated points of interest to learn a little bit more about it. And this app has up-to-the-minute information, including the current temperature of a country as well as how far away it is from your current location. I first took Barefoot World Atlas out for a spin more than a year ago, and I’m impressed by how the app continues to grow, with the latest addition being downloadable packs that deliver enhanced data and puzzles for a modest in-app purchase fee. Not many apps can put the whole world in your hands; Barefoot World Atlas does so with a distinctive and pleasing look.

If you want to see the stars

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Tilt your iPad to the heavens and Star Walk HD shows you what stars and planets are blinking down above you.

If you sometimes gaze up at the night sky and wonder what’s blinking back at you—star, planet, or satellite?—you should equip yourself with Star Walk HD, a beautifully designed astronomy app. Star Walk takes advantage of both your iPad’s accelerometer and its location awareness to help you identify the heavenly bodies immediately above you. Just tilt your iPad to the heavens, and Star Walk displays planets, stars, and constellations based on their relative orientation to you. This app has been around the App Store for a while, but it receives regular updates, so it should be a constant companion if you’re idea of star-gazing runs more toward Ursa Major and Corona Borealis than any of the Kardashians.

If you’re an animal lover

There’s a reason WWF Together gets showered with awards—a 2013 Apple Design Award here, runner-up honors for the App Store’s Editors’ Choice picks there. It’s a beautifully designed interactive app that contains a wealth of information assembled by the World Wildlife Fund. You’ll find detailed stories of 16 endangered species, each one with an interactive element to engage the reader. A spinning globe lets you find endangered species around the world and learn a little bit more about them. WWF Together is a remarkably detailed app and a great way to showcase your new tablet’s interactivity.

If you want to cook a meal

I can’t say definitively that How To Cook Everything—a digitized version of Mark Bittman’s reference book for home cooks—does, in fact, tell you how to cook every conceivable foodstuff. But it certainly tells you a lot. More to the point, it instructs you on techniques and basics with illustrations that really pop on your iPad’s screen. It’s easy to jump around the app, from recipes to techniques to kitchen basics. I’m a big fan of tabs within the ingredients themselves that let you look at variations on a recipe, related content such as how to use relevant kitchen tools, and a notes window where you can jot down your own notations on a particular meal. Other nice features, like the ability to print out recipes so you won’t have to touch your new iPad with your food-stained hands, make this a must-have for home cooks with dreams of four-star meals.

If you want to play a game

Sometimes you just want to have some fun, and your iPad can certainly cooperate with any one of a number of games. For a fun diversion that still manages to stimulate the ol’ brain, try The Room Two, a sequel to last year’s very well-regarded puzzle game. The same spooky ambience returns in this latest version, as do the puzzles that use pinching, zooming, and other touch gestures to great effect. There’s hours worth of mysteries to unravel here, and a lot of atmospheric graphics and sound effects to capture your imagination.

If you want to drive really fast

If you don’t mind the micropayment approach, the racing action in Real Racing 3 is superlative.

A built-in accelerometer has made the iPad a great platform for racing games—just tilt your tablet to steer and you can make like Mario Andretti. The Real Racing franchise has generally been in the winner’s circle for much of its time on the iOS platform, and Real Racing 3 continues the tradition of a delivering racing thrills to your iPad. The game’s payment model—it’s free to download, but you have to make a series of micropayments to speed up your progress—is not without its critics, and that’s a shame because the actual gameplay in Real Racing 3 is terrific. My advice: Download the free version and give it a spin.

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Power Bank Defines Modern Wireless Technology

All the electrical and electronic gadgets are designed with wires and cables till date, but with the advent of modern age technology, wireless connection has grabbed its foot in the market. Now-a-days, infrared bluetooth, and Wi-Fi hotspot have taken the place of wires and cables. Beside this, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has ultimately provided a great standard platform for wireless mobile devices that is also based on induction technology. You can gain access to this portable power bank charging station and make your device full support to bring up the battery back up.

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The wireless charging station is comfortable to use and is also a convenient means to bring up gadget in full charge. One can carry the wireless charger while traveling without any hassle. The product is also excellently build to ensure that it covers most of the phones be it Android supportive or iOS device. The device is portable as well, which means that you can carry it any where and can access its charging point anytime. It also posses unlimited Asus a33-m50 battery power, which is also stored in it and allows you to maintain the full quota of charged device easily.

The product is designed with perfection and is also added up with all the latest features that make the gadget fit the technical output. Being one of the best portable power stations, it is also made available in different models and vostro 1510 battery capacities, which can be chosen as per one’s preference. One can get it either from from reliable stores or can order it from the online stores as well, which even is convenient. In both the cases, the customer needs to go for stringent research work and find out the most reliable and trustworthy firm from where you can purchase the required portable mobile phone charger at cost effective manner. In this concern, solar mobile charger is also designed by the engineers, which would let your mobile phone stay charged with the help of solar energy.

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Asus launch Three-in-One Ultraportable Transformer Book, Better Battery Life

ASUS announced the availability of the Transformer Book Trio, a new ultraportable device with a two-part dockable design that can be used as a laptop, as a separate tablet and desktop PC. It has the ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at the press of a button. ASUS Transformer Book Trio is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor. The 11.6″ display detaches from the PC Station keyboard dock and can be used as a multi-touch Android tablet, powered by its own Intel Atom dual-core processor with up to 64 GB of solid-state storage.

With the display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 with the dedicated Trio key on the keyboard, and the data can be shared between the two operating systems through the tablet’s internal storage. With an external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can then be used as a self-contained desktop PC with Windows 8, which means Transformer Book Trio can be used by two people, in two different places, at the same time.

ASUS Transformer Book Trio’s 11.6″ IPS display offers Full HD resolution with wide 178-degree viewing angles. The transformer Book Trio has a claimed Asus a32-f5 battery life of up to 13 hours in the Android mode and five hours in Windows 8 mode.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-C2 updated with longer notebook battery life

Panasonic has announced that it has updated one of its rugged convertible notebook computers. The machine is the Panasonic Toughbook CF-C2 semi-rugged convertible tablet PC. The machine has an attached keyboard and a screen that swivels to be used as a tablet.

Panasonic updated the PANASONIC EY9021 Battery giving the notebook about 14 hours of run time per charge. That is three more hours of run time than the original version of the CF-C2 that launched last year could muster. The notebook also gets updated to the latest version of Windows, Windows 8.1.

Toughbook-CF-C2-Clamshell-mode-503x500The machine can also be downgraded to Windows 7 Pro. The notebook gets a new Intel Core i5-4300U vPro processor running at up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost technology. Graphics for the updated notebook are handled via Intel HD 4400.

One of the most important updates is the multi-carrier LTE modem allowing for wireless broadband access on the go. The convertible tablet also gets a new 1.2MP webcam with integrated microphone and an optional 5MP rear camera. Storage options include 128GB and 256GB SSDs. The updated notebook is available now starting at $1999.

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Tablet PCs will rule 2014

Tablets will out ship almost all other PC form factors combined next year, forming nearly 50 percent of the total market, according to a report from analysts at Canalys.

The worldwide client PC market grew 18 percent in the third quarter of this year, despite desktop and notebook shipments continuing to decline.

However, tablet shipment accounted for 40 percent of PC shipments, less than half a million units behind global notebook shipments.

Canalys predicts this trend to continue and has forecast 285 million units to ship in 2014, growing to 396 million units in 2017.

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Apple, Samsung fight for lead

Apple and Samsung are expected to keep ahead of their competitors in the near term. But both vendors could face challenges as the market heats up.

Apple has maintained its top vendor position throughout 2013, while Canalys predicts the launch of the iPad Air and new iPad mini to strengthen that position in in the final quarter of this year.

Its desktop and notebook business has remained stable while other vendors have seen their shipments deteriorate. Apple’s prioritization of protecting gross margins will see its PC market share continue to decline.

Canalys analyst Tim Coulling said Apple’s decline in PC market share was unavoidable when considering its business model.

Microsoft’s a player, analyst says

Canalys forecasts that Microsoft will take 5 percent of the tablet PC market in 2014, up from just 2 percent in 2012.
ttoshiba-pa3285u-1bas-long-life-laptop-batteryCanlys analyst Pin Chen Tang said 2014 will bring another major shift for the company as the Nokia acquisition brings it a step closer to being a fully-fledged smart mobile device vendor.

“As a vendor Microsoft needs to prove to channel partners and consumers that it is in this market for the long haul,” he said. “Balancing the competition with its vendor partners and embracing a ‘challenger’ rather than an incumbent mentality is essential. To improve its position it must drive app development and better utilize other relevant parts of its business to round out its mobile device ecosystem.”

Android-derived operating systems will be responsible for driving growth in the market and are forecast to take a 65 percent share in 2014 with 185 million units.

Samsung continues to lead with strong year-on-year growth coming from its broad tablet portfolio, and in the third quarter of 2013 it had a 27 percent share of Android tablet shipments.

But with hundreds of small-to-micro brand vendors in established and high-growth markets and international players such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP, analysts say this market share statistic will also start to decline.

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