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Global Smartphone Shipments Grew 25.2 percent in 3Q 2014

New smartphones and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter. According to preliminary data from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 327.6 million units during the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), resulting in 25.2% growth when compared to the 261.7 million units shipped in 3Q13.

via IDC

Global Wearable Tech Market will Reach $70 billion in 2024

In 2014 alone, $1 billion will be invested in wearable technology. The largest companies in the world are competing for a slice of a market which IDTechEx analysts predict will be worth $70 billion in 2024. Moreover, general interest in wearable technology space has increased 10-fold since 2013.

via IDTechEx


Smartphone Users in Mexico Adopting more Messaging Apps

Mexico will boast 104.3 million mobile connections — 86.7% of the population — and a mobile phone user base of 75.8 million in 2014, nearly half of whom will be smartphone users. One of the most eagerly embraced smartphone capabilities are over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging services.

via eMarketer

M2M Home Appliance Market Helps to Drive the IoT Trend

According to research firm TechNavio, the Connected M2M Home Appliance Market in the U.S. is expected to witness significant growth and post a CAGR of 49.98 percent from 2014-2018. A lot of this growth can be chalked up to the trend towards cloud-managed smart homes and the Internet of Things.

via TechNavio

Designing New Mobile Device User Interface Innovations

Small consumer electronics, such as smart wearable devices, create new challenges for user interface UI designers that must find innovative ways to enable human interaction via emerging technologies. As a result, semiconductor component integration and software development will also evolve.

via Digital Lifescapes

Say Hello to the Helpful Robotic Assistant in Your Smartphone

There is a shift from smartphones being a communications device to a multi-function, voice-controlled computer that helps you run more and more aspects of your life. It’s already a cloud-connected digital personal assistant that knows you, but it will grow to communicate with the computer in your car, at home, in the office, at the shopping mall and elsewhere.

via World Economic Forum

Why More British Children Watch Less Broadcast TV

Tablet computers have replaced the TV in the bedroom as the must-have gadget for British children, with over one-third of those aged from five to 15 owning their own tablet in the UK, says Ofcom. The number of 5-15-year-olds using a media tablet to go online has doubled to 42% in the past year.

via The Guardian


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