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Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester has revised its tablet sales estimates for 2011, claiming to have been "too conservative" with their forecast last year, and now predicting that 24.1m units will be sold in 2011. That's more than double the 10.3m estimate Forrester has put on 2010, and the research company expects Apple's iPad to hold the lion's share of sales through 2012. In fact, by 2015 Forrester expects 82 million US consumers - one-third of US online consumers - will be using a tablet.

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LCD TV Shipments Expected to Slow in 2011, Rise Only 13 Percent

LCD TV Shipments Expected to Slow in 2011, Rise Only 13 Percent

In a new report from market research firm DisplaySearch, general shipments of LCD TVs are going to rise in 2011, but when compared to last year, it won't be anything to get excited about. The firm says that the growth will be noticeable, but that the growth simply won't be as high as it has been in the past. However, despite the fact shipments will rise, it's the price erosion for the LCD market that will leave the market seeing its "first ever revenue decline."

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Facebook Visited More Than Google in 2010, Traffic Analyst Firm Says

Facebook Visited More Than Google in 2010, Traffic Analyst Firm Says

To be "bigger than Google" in the tech world is a pretty big feat. But for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, it's something that he can officially mark off of his "to-do" list, if he's got one. According to Hitwise, a traffic analyst firm, the social networking site has officially surpassed the search giant as the most visited website in 2010, and by a pretty significant margin, no less. These numbers, though, reflect traffic based in the United States only, though.

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Apple should buy Netflix says analyst as iTunes rentals surge

Apple should buy Netflix says analyst as iTunes rentals surge

iTunes' rental business has already grown to 10-percent that of Netflix's, according to one analyst, and is likely to shift from being a hook for selling more Apple TV hardware and instead become a source of significant revenue in its own right. Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall suggested that cash-rich Apple's most sensible option would be to acquire Netflix, pointing out that "Netflix has approximately 150,000 titles, while Apple has just 15,000. Apple has a tremendous opportunity."

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Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Smart TV could overwhelm the internet warns analyst

Analysts have warned that smart TV could well overwhelm broadband infrastructure as the popularity of internet-connected HDTVs and other home entertainment equipment grows. DisplaySearch estimates that 21-percent of TV shipments worldwide in 2010 were of internet-connected models, with numbers expected to climb to over 122 million in 2014. "The looming risk now," DisplaySearch director Paul Gray suggests, "is what happens if every connected TV gets used."

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Apple’s iTunes Rental Service is Roughly One Tenth the Size of Netflix, Analyst Says

Apple’s iTunes Rental Service is Roughly One Tenth the Size of Netflix, Analyst Says

Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Company, has come forward and put his two cents in as to how he believes Apple's iTunes rental services compare to that of Netflix. Or, perhaps how they don't compare. He published his note on Wednesday, pointing out sheer numbers in his comparison between the two services. Considering how popular Netflix is, and the fact that the company is now eyeing the possibility of an international roll-out of its services, perhaps the results aren't too shocking.

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McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Could be Delayed Due to Battery Issues

BlackBerry PlayBook Could be Delayed Due to Battery Issues

Despite not having a firm release date quite yet, it looks like Research In Motion's first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook, might be looking at a few delays. According to analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros., a significant issue with the battery may be causing RIM to look at delaying the tablet. Wu has heard this from sources close to the matter. As of right now, in its current state, it looks like the PlayBook can only manage a "few hours," and against the major competition which can manage between 6 and 10 hours of battery life, that's simply not good enough.

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HP webOS tablet due March 2011 tips analyst

HP webOS tablet due March 2011 tips analyst

HP's first webOS-based tablet has found itself a launch window, though the timings are guesstimates from analyst digging rather than any official word from the company itself. Having met with Asian tech sources recently, BMO Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman believes the webOS tablet will arrive in March 2011; so far, HP has only confirmed that the slate is on track for release sometime in 2011.

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