The top news stories for July 9, 2014.
Tablets are moving into the late adopter stage of device adoption in mature markets, where sales growth is forecast to slow this year, says market research firm Gartner.
Most of the 200 IT decision makers surveyed by Redshift Research on behalf of Parrallels believe that Macs are more reliable than Windows-based PCs, and close to half of their firms offer workers Macs.
Regardless of the slump in PC shipments, 300 million new computers each year is still a huge number. For enterprises, the figures are probably not as important as ensuring that its wireless infrastructure is up to scratch to accommodate the huge influx of BYOD devices that are currently displacing PC shipments.
The worldwide mobile biometrics market is forecast by TechNavio to surge at a 157 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, fueled by the increasing use of mobile devices for financial transactions.
The smart connected device market surged 9.7 percent in Europe last year, fueled by strong demand for tablets, particularly around the holidays, according to the latest IDC stats.
Growth in tablet sales, particularly in emerging markets, has led to the worst decline in PC market history, according to the latest stats from Gartner.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt expressed surprise that businesses have moved so quickly to adopt tablets and said the paradigm shift is hastening the demise of the traditional enterprise software sales model pioneered by companies like Oracle.
Bucking the trend in other parts of the world, Australia and New Zealand experienced a 20 percent sequential drop in tablet shipments, while the two countries saw an 8 percent sequential increase in desktop PC shipments, according to second quarter stats from IDC.
Tablet shipments are expected to increase at a robust 67.9 percent this year to 202 million units, while PC shipments are forecast to drop 10.6 percent this year to 305 million units, according to the latest stats by Gartner.