News Scan: Yahoo to buy Tomfoolery for $16M; Mobile key to record UK e-commerce sales; more
>> Yahoo to buy enterprise app developer Tomfoolery for $16M
Yahoo is in talks to purchases enterprise app developer Tomfoolery for $16 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. Tomfoolery was founded in 2012 by Kakul Srivastava, a seven-year veteran of Yahoo, and Sol Lipman, a former vice president at AOL, to develop apps to help workers socialize and collaborate, the WSJ explains. Anchor, its flagship app, enables colleagues to share files and communicate about projects using iPhone and Android apps. Read more on Yahoo's deal.
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>> Mobile key to record e-commerce sales in UK
Mobility was the key to e-commerce sales reaching record levels last year in the U.K., according to IMRG stats cited by eMarketer. Overall e-commerce sales totaled £91 billion ($151 billion) last year, up from £78 billion ($129 billion) in the U.K. Mobile sales increased 138 percent year-over-year in 2013, with smartphones sales jumping 186 percent and tablet sales increasing 131 percent. This year, IMRG forecasts e-commerce sales to reach £107 billion ($178 billion) in the U.K. Read more on IMRG's stats
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>> Intel will need to fend off Chinese in entry-level tablet chip market
Intel, which has long dominated the PC chip market, will need to fend off Chinese vendors in its effort to make gains in the entry-level tablet chip market, observes IHS Technology. This segment is crowded with Chinese vendors, such as Rockchip, Allwinner and Amlogic, which are able to produce lower-end, affordable tablet chips. Shipments of tablet process chips will surge 23 percent this year and 18 percent in 2015, topping 400 million by 2016, predicts IHS. Read more on IHS' views of the tablet chip market.
>> Smartphone shipments top 1B last year
Shipments of smartphones topped 1 billion units last year, up 38.4 percent from 2012, according to the latest IDC stats. Samsung shipped close to one-third of the total number, while Apple shipped 15.3 percent of the total, Huawei, 4.9 percent, LG, 4.8 percent and Lenovo, 4.5 percent. Smartphones made up 55.1 percent of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from 41.7 percent in 2012. "Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost," says Ryan Reith, program manager with IDC's worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker. Read more on IDC's smartphone stats.
>> Apple's iOS in the Car demoed on YouTube video
Apple's iOS in the Car system is demonstrated in a YouTube video posted on Tuesday, AppleInsider reports. The video shows an iOS simulator apparently running on an OS X Mavericks operating system with a virtual 800 pixel by 480 pixel display. "iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith captured the video and traverses the maps app's basic functionality, searching for San Francisco's Moscone Center on the iPhone and then beaming directions to the would-be in-dash display," the report explains. Read more on the iOS in the Car video