After years of steady but low growth, the commercial building automation systems (BAS) market is experiencing a rapid period of change and investment.
According to ABI Research, over the next five years the building automation services market will grow to $43 billion – that’s up from $35 billion this year.
The mobile gaming market continues to be a high-growth opportunity.
IDC research shows that the number of paying smartphone and tablet gamers will surpass the number of paying Game Optimized Handheld gamers worldwide in 2013 and rise at a rapid rate through 2017.
IDC believes that digital distribution has reached an inflection point in mobile and portable gaming.
Weather apps are most popular, when it comes to what smartphone users in Canada need to run their day. Nearly three-quarters of smartphone app users in the country reported using weather apps regularly.
Followed closely by Facebook and gaming apps, tied at 64% of respondents each.
Informa said almost 19 billion messages were sent per day on mobile chat apps in 2012, compared with 17.6 billion SMS text messages.
According to Ovum, more than $23 billion (£15bn) of SMS revenue was lost in 2012, due to popularity of chat apps.
Informa said that it expected the messaging on chat apps to grow even further in the coming years.
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Smart Watches have been around for the last decade. But this wearable computing device has failed to take off for one reason or another.
However, new smart watches have emerged that could change consumer perceptions about the value of these devices.
According to the latest market study by ABI Research, more than 1.2 million smart watches will be shipped in 2013.
By 2017, smart mobile device shipments will reach about 2 billion — while computing and digital media devices combined will barely reach 900 million.
In fact, 2013 will be the first year in which smart mobile device shipments surpass the total shipments of computing and digital media devices combined.
They have become the basis for establishing a whole new series of media applications, according to MRG.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 1Q13, that’s down by -13.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to IDC.
To put this decline in perspective, this market performance was the worst since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994.
“It seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market,” said Bob O’Donnell, Vice President at IDC.
Big Data is top of mind for marketers across industries, but putting it to work is a huge undertaking that few have mastered.
As such, most marketers still see data as both an obstacle and opportunity.
A 2013 survey from CMO Council found that six out of 10 marketers worldwide viewed Big Data in this light.
As more people use their smartphones and tablets to download software apps, they potentially become a security risk for their employers.
According to ABI Research, mobile device malware has advanced to a new level of sophistication — as more smart devices are adopted.
The number of unique mobile threats grew by 261 percent in just two quarters.