The connected device market continues to see substantial growth worldwide. The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that in Q3, worldwide shipments of smart connected devices-a category that includes PCs, tablets and smartphones-increased by 27.1% year over year, to 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion.
With desktop PC shipments projected to hold relatively steady in the coming years (after declining slightly in Q3 compared to the same period in 2011), and laptop shipments projected to grow modestly, the focus is primarily on smartphones and tablets to drive continued growth....
I try to use my holiday column to look ahead, but it’s always good to peek back to put those thoughts in perspective.
Highlights of the past year included the London Summer Olympics and Rupert Murdoch’ fall from grace. We saw the passing of Neil Armstrong, Phyllis Diller, Whitney Houston and Cosmopolitan magazine’s Helen Gurley Brown. The 2012 Presidential election cycle overshadowed anything else that was happening for a good part of the year.
There were a slew of unusual weather events, including earthquakes, floods, storms around the world, drought and record heat in the West, and Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.The economy was still anemic at best and headed for the fiscal cliff. Unemployment is hovering below 8 percent. But at the same time, many businesses are struggling to find qualified people with the skills they need.