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Nokia has just six months to claw its way from collapse

Nokia has just six months to claw its way from collapse

Nokia has six months to redeem itself with Windows Phone, analysts warn, before it needs to find a "Plan B" other than Microsoft's platform. After dire financial warnings earlier this week, in which Nokia not only confirmed that Symbian device sales were ditching, but that Lumia Windows Phone sales were only a fifth of those Symbian volumes, the outlook for the company is grim. However, while many suggest Nokia isn't, in fact, to blame for the most significant shortcomings in its device strategy, that won't save it from failure if it doesn't turn things around.

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iPad will continue to lead in 2016, says Gartner

iPad will continue to lead in 2016, says Gartner

Market research firm Gartner has released its latest forecasts for worldwide media tablet sales to end-users, revealing that the iPad will continue to take the lead through at least 2016. Its forecast estimates tablet sales for 2012 to be 118.9 million units, which is up 98 percent from the 60 million units sold in 2011.

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Analyst Rob Enderle’s HP Apple CEO article deconstructed

Analyst Rob Enderle’s HP Apple CEO article deconstructed

While it's not our job to fight stupid on the internet, in this case, SlashGear felt the need to step in. Rob Enderle is presently a columnist for TechNewsWorld and owns Enderle Group, a tech consultancy for personal gadgets and trends. This week he wrote an article entitled "Meg Whitman vs. Tim Cook by the Numbers" which we'll be dissecting here piece by piece.

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Apple on track for 12m new iPad sales in March alone says analyst

Apple on track for 12m new iPad sales in March alone says analyst

Apple could be on course to sell 12 million new iPads by the end of the quarter, analysts have predicted, with the strong early sales in the opening weekend leading to ambitious estimates for the coming weeks. "Apple has sold ~750,000 new iPads per day since launch on Friday" UBS analyst Maynard Um wrote in an investor note today, AllThingsD reports, going on to suggest that at such a rate 12m sales aren't out of the question. However, Um also warns that there could still be a fly in Apple's ointment.

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Apple top for smartphones in 2011 but Android extends OS lead

Apple top for smartphones in 2011 but Android extends OS lead

Apple took top place in the worldwide smartphone charts in Q4 2011, new stats have suggested today, clinching the overall number one position for the year with 19-percent of the market. iPhone sales made up almost a quarter of smartphone purchases worldwide in the three months leading up to the end of 2011, Gartner claims, with Samsung taking the number two spot. In cellphones overall, Nokia remains on top of the charts but with a sliding market share, 23.8-percent of the worldwide market in 2011 but down over five points from 2010.

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iPhone 4S A5 processor packs custom Siri “ears” chip

iPhone 4S A5 processor packs custom Siri “ears” chip

Apple's refusal to put its Siri voice control system on the iPhone 4 is not a shameless play to persuade users to upgrade to the 4S, it's suggested, but a limitation of the Apple A5 chip found inside the newest iOS smartphone. The A5, Linley Group analyst Linley Gwennap says, was always too large simply to accommodate two Cortex A9 CPUs and a GPU, CNET reports; the extra bulk is to house an on-chip noise-reduction system sourced from specialists Audience, which revealed its deal with Apple last month.

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RIM to abandon multi-platform BBM and BB10 licensing says analyst

RIM to abandon multi-platform BBM and BB10 licensing says analyst

RIM is likely to abandon any ambitions of licensing BlackBerry 10 to rivals and ditch the possibility of a BlackBerry Messenger client for iOS and Android, it's suggested, as the company attempts to leverage its "integrated solution" instead. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek says his company's checks found RIM "will delay and possibly abandon its OS licensing plans," Forbes reports, and that despite having met - and liked - new CEO Thorsten Heins, he believes his near-term strategy is significantly flawed.

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Apple in Smart TV component negotiations tips analyst

Apple in Smart TV component negotiations tips analyst

Apple television obsessed analyst Gene Munster claims the Cupertino company has entered negotiations with a "major TV component supplier" over the possibility of using its parts for the much-rumored smart TV. The supplier itself is unnamed, but the Piper Jaffray analyst claims to have been informed by employees that Apple had been in contact "regarding various capabilities of their television display components."

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