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  • FNB’s new tablet app: another link in the lifestyle banking chain

    Last week, FNB launched its new banking app for Android, iOS, Windows 8 and BlackBerry tablets. With its tablet and smartphone app, as well as its new dotFNB stores, FNB is now in the enviable position of launching itself as a “lifestyle banking” experience, if it wants to. The app is fairly unique in South Africa (according to FNB anyway), as it lets non-FNB customers create a banking account in “minutes”. FNB stated that it has over 450 000 active users of its smartphone app, yet 26% of those customers were accessing the app on tablets — using the...

  • PC market in dire shape, Windows takes the blame

    The PC market is in dire shape. It’s been falling for some time now, we all know that. But the first quarter of 2013 has been particularly bad. According to tech research company IDC, PC sales fell 14% in the first few months of this year. That’s almost twice as big a decline as IDC had predicted and marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. iCharts It’s also the fourth consecutive quarter that the market’s declined. It’s not just IDC saying that things were really bad in Q1, by the way. According to...

  • Bad news for Windows as PC market set to decline 7.6% this year

    Look, we all know that the PC market isn’t in the healthiest place at the moment. And while tablets and smartphones may never completely kill off the PC, they’re not about to let it make a comeback. The latest research from tech research company Gartner suggests that they PC market will decline 7.6% this year. This is not a temporary trend induced by a more austere economic environment, it is a reflection of a long-term change in user behavior. And for now at least, that’s bad news for Microsoft. Yes the Redmond-based giant does have plays in both the...

  • Pay TV and tablet ownership: how many people really want TV anywhere?

    The question here is not whether owners of tablets are more likely to have a paid for television subscription, but rather how many of those tablet owners are ready and willing to include their tablets to their subscription service? In other words how many tablet owners really want “TV Anywhere”? Across the world there are Pay TV channels who have pushed their development might behind the tablet or smartphone with the opinion that users will want to consume their TV on the move as they do with other platforms like social media and email. But is the logic employed by...

  • Tablets set to explode in emerging markets as global PC sales keep falling

    Tablets use is set to rapidly escalate in emerging markets as their hunger for smart connected devices continues to grow. According to tech research company IDC, the smart connected device volume in emerging markets grew by 41.3% in 2012 with the tablet volume growing by 111.3% and smartphone volume by 69.7% year on year. Desktop and portable PC shipments meanwhile shrank by 3.8% and 0.8% respectively. The upward growth of tablets and smartphones in emerging markets is likely being driven by the increasing availability of affordable devices among populations with increasing amounts of disposable income. That kind of growth...

  • Yup, PCs are still dying, but tablets might actually delay their extinction

    If you’re a serious fan of the conventional PC, avert your eyes now because we’re about to lay down a harsh truth. The desktop PC is dying. Sure it’s a long, slow death and one that’s been coming for a while now, but it’s definitely happening. Story after story over the past few months has shown a steady decline in PC sales around the globe. The latest research from tech research company Gartner suggests that decline is only speeding up. The company estimates that worldwide PC shipments totalled 90.3-million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 4.9% decline...

  • Does the size of your tablet influence what you do with it?

    What you use your tablet may well depend on its size. People are much more likely to share via email on a 10 inch device than a smaller tablet for instance. According to data by tablet publishing and ad provider Onswipe, around 49% of sharing on 10-inch tablets is done via email, compared to 30% on smaller tablets. Social sharing on seven-inch tablets is also much higher on smaller tablets, particularly on Facebook and Twitter. Interestingly email sharing on smaller tablets is lower even than on iPhones. While there’s no single reason why this might be the case, it’s...

  • The PC is dead, long live the PC: 1.2bn smart devices to sell by 2013

    We seriously love our smartphones and tablets. So much so that we’ll see a larger install base of smartphones and tablets than PCs by around halfway through next year. For now tablets and smartphones aren’t likely to replace desktop computers entirely, but the fact that 821-million of them will have been sold by the end of this year is as strong an indication as any that we’re moving toward the post PC era. Or at the very least, a definition of PC not restricted to the desktop. According to tech research company Gartner, those 821-million smart devices...

  • Tablet wars: Apple still dominant but its lead is shrinking

    When it comes to tablets, the iPad has ruled the roost pretty much from the moment Steve Jobs first unveiled it back in 2010. For a lot of people, iPad equals tablet. For the most part, that’s still the case, but its competitors are starting to make inroads. The latest research from tech analysis company IDC suggests that the iPad, in its various incarnations, can now lay claim to 50.4% of the global tablet market, down from 59.7% at the same time last year. The companies emerging as the largest competitors to Apple are Samsung and Amazon, with 18.4%...

  • Muted opening day for iPad mini sales in Asia: small device, smaller queues

    While Apple fans lined up in Asia to get their hands on the iPad mini that went on sale today, the crowds queuing were considerably smaller than for the launch of the iPhone 5 and previous iPads, according to TechRadar. Outside of Apple’s premier store in Tokyo only about 300 people turned up, and even in tech mad Singapore only 20 people spent the night, compared to about 1500 when the iPhone 4S was launched. There have been many reasons given for this. Online sales seem to have been a major factor and have been very good, as was the...

  • Android tablets increase in global sales… but it’s not what it seems

    Apple iOS tablet sales are still on top in the world, but recent figures show that Android has made a considerable increase in sales. Global sales of Android tablets reached 25-million in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 43% from the previous year, according to Strategy Analytics. While Apple still rules the roost in tablet sales, its tablet shipments only increased from 11-million to 14-million, with Android showing an increase from five-million to 10-million. However, it is important to note that the 14-million tablets shipped by Apple are spread over just a few models, most notably the iPad...

  • The new Aakash: Can India’s student tablet really make an impact again?

    News recently dropped that the new version of the Aakash, India’s “student” version of a tablet computer, will launch on 11 November this year. The slate will be priced around US$42 for now, until the numbers scale up enough to pull the tag below US$35. The question is – does this second attempt come too late in the day for this little mickey? This is a first anywhere in the world, perhaps. An elected government getting into the “business” of e-learning by placing an order for a cheap, ‘Made In India’, computing device, and then handing over the same for...

  • Could the iPad really own 85% of the tablet market?

    Well now, here’s something to nibble on. New research suggests that Apple now 85% of the global tablet market — around 20% more than research company Gartner predicts it will have by the end of this year. The research, from web-monitoring company Pingdom uses data from global web usage on tablets. And it makes for some sorry reading for anyone in the anti-Apple brigade. The Cupertino-based tech giant’s tablet is completely dominant, laying claim to around 85.7% of the market. Android devices meanwhile only make up around 13% of the global tablet space with BlackBerry’s PlayBook and various...

  • Are Android tablets about to get a big business boost?

    The iPad is winning the tablet wars (with around 61.4% of the market), but Android could be on the verge of a massive surge. The catalyst for that surge, it seems, is likely to be people in business and IT who have yet to embrace the world of tablets. According to new research from IDG Connect, one-third of business people and nearly half of IT professionals who don’t already have tablets are considering...

  • Microsoft may have finally cracked the convergence code with Surface tablets

    The gloves are off as Microsoft, for the first time, commits to a range of computers that bears its own name. In a very Apple-like way Microsoft held a super-secret event in Los Angeles which got the Tech world speculating and claiming all sorts of inside info. Many were close, predicting a Microsoft tablet. The reality was far bigger than the hype suggested. Microsoft launched a well-executed and extremely innovative range of tablets appropriately called Surface. The Microsoft Surface tablet is, in some ways, just the beginning of a new resurgence from the Redmond-based giant that has actually been...