Red Bull pulled off one of the most impressive feats ever with the jump of Felix Baumgartner from the edge of space in late 2012. This was more than a daredevil stunt and the data from the jump was scrutinized for ways to help improve high altitude escapes for pilots and astronauts. The jump also broke the record for the longest-distance freefall.
Apple and Android have dominated the tablet market for years now. Apple sells a huge number of iPad tablets and the many Android tablets on the market mean there are a huge number of units to choose from. Analysts are predicting that 2014 will be the year that Windows-powered tablets start to catch up.
BlackBerry Interim CEO John Chen today posted a stern and spirited open letter to all BlackBerry enterprise customers with one unifying message: BlackBerry is here to stay. The letter emphasizes the company's mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) services through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10). In other words, it is geared up and continuing to gear up for managing enterprise mobile devices no matter the platform, be it iOS, Android or (gulp) BlackBerry OS. Just to drive home the point, the logos for all three systems appear in the letterhead.
Microsoft Office for iPad is in the pipeline, CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed, though the software's release may not take place until 2014 when the company has a "touch first" interface for tablets. Revealing the long-anticipated app plans at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo today, Ballmer said that "iPad will be picked up when there's a touch-first user interface" available, likely to hit Windows 8 tablets first. However, leaked roadmaps earlier in the year suggest we could still be waiting some time.
Google's Eric Schmidt was involved in a Q&A at the Gartner Symposium, a time during which he didn't mince words when asked about Android's security. Said Schmidt in response to the question, "Not secure? It's more secure than the iPhone," not surprisingly kicking off a series of both agreements and hasty dissension. Not deterred, Schmidt went on to explain his reasoning.
With HERE Auto, Nokia has made it clear that they're not going to be left behind in the smart automobile business. They've introduced a full end-to-end solution in a variety of apps that takes the work they've done with navigations systems and applies it to a collection of services, both in-dash on next-generation cars and from your smartphone - Nokia Lumia smartphone, that is* - right from your pocket. *Of course part of this system isn't just limited to Lumias - HERE Auto Companion also works on Android.
Samsung has denied stepping away from desktop computers, despite reports claiming executives from the company had confirmed it would instead focus on tablets, all-in-ones, and notebooks. "Samsung will continue to offer diverse PC products according to consumer and market needs" a spokesperson told The Next Web Asia, describing the claims as "groundless".
Samsung will ditch its desktop PC business, the company has reportedly confirmed, shuttering the division in favor of tablets, notebooks, and all-in-ones which still grab consumer attention. "Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down" an unnamed Samsung Electronics exec told The Korea Times; instead, the company will "allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices" the exec said, complete with a gush of new tablets in 2014. Updated after the cut.
The post-PC era continues to see tablets and smartphones drive overall growth, researchers claim, with traditional PC shipments predicted to decline more than 10-percent this year. 2013 sales of computing hardware - including tablets, smartphones, and PCs - are expected to grow 5.9-percent year on year in 2013, Gartner calculates, but that will be predominantly down to slates, it's argued. In fact, compared to 2012, tablet sales are expected to jump almost 68-percent.
Microsoft has recently announced that its Office 365 software is starting to be adapted at a higher rate. When it was reporting its 3rd quarter financial results, it stated that Office 365 net seat additions increased 5 times compared to the same quarter last year, and that 25% of its enterprise customers have switched over to the product. Analysts, however, have several questions regarding Microsoft's data.
The computer market has been taking an absolute beating as more and more consumers opt for mobile devices rather than traditional laptop and desktop computers. Research firm IDC issued a report on the computer industry for Q1 of 2013 this week that illustrates a market in significant decline. The report showed that worldwide shipments of laptops and desktop computers declined 14% in Q1 2013.