Shipments of touchscreens for tablet PCs are expected to reach 60 million this year- up from around 10 million in 2010- with Apple continuing to lead the way.
Camera and copier maker Canon chimed in with support today for Intel's Thunderbolt technology, the first major consumer electronics company after Apple to back the new standard. Thunderbolt, formerly known by its codename Light Peak, that combines high-speed data transfer and high-definition video on a single cable. Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. Apple has already adopted the technology--its newest MacBook Pros come with Thunderbolt ports--and is a technical collaborator with Intel. The announcement by Canon--which references "video creation"--marks the second major company to sign on.
Best Buy has once again been ranked the top CE retailer by Dealerscope magazine. Dell, HP and Walmart remain in the second, third and fourth spots, followed by CDW, Amazon.com, Apple, Staples, GameStop and Target. The full list is published in Dealerscope's March 2011 issue.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched an ultra-slim notebook on Thursday, seeking to bolster its presence in the high-end mobile computer segment dominated by Apple Inc. Samsung, emerging as one of the strongest rivals to challenge Apple in the booming smartphone and tablet computer market, is eyeing the notebook market, in which Apple is seeking to replicate the success of the iPhone and iPad with its MacBook series. Samsung launched the lightweight 9 Series notebook on Thursday to compete with Apple's ultra-thin MacBook Air, introduced in October. Samsung said the new laptop would cost 2.5
Global TV shipments for the fourth quarter of 2010 reached 77.6 million units, a 15 percent year-over-year jump, according to numbers released by DisplaySearch on Tuesday.