Don't pay any attention to all that banter about Foursquare being driven out of business by Facebook Places. The location check-in service just released some numbers indicating they saw astonishing growth of 3400% in 2010. It's not just that Foursquare is that great, but that all the talk about Facebook Places drove consumers to investigate location-based service that much more. Some of them eventually landed on Foursquare.
Along with the big headline, Foursquare created a great infographic. Check it out at the link above. Some of the more interesting aggregated data include the total number of check-ins, 381,576,305. The top eating establishment, Union Square Green Market. And in case you were wondering, the top state for gym check-ins was California.
At 6 million users strong, Foursquare is forging ahead in the face of the Facebook behemoth. Do they stand a chance in the long run?
At the recent D8 conference, Steve Jobs said the PC industry would be minimized in favor of touchscreen devices. Well, if it's going to happen, it isn't happening yet. Forrester Research has just released some new projctions showing strong future growth across the PC industry; tablets included. Their report says that over the next five years, PC sales will increase by 52%. The only category of computers set to see a decline is the venerable desktop PC.
Forrester also points out the increases in sales of tablets will likely cannibalize netbook sales, bypassing them in 2012. The report claims that tablets will account for 23% of computing device sales by 2015. While the desktop may be declining in 2015, Forester claims they will still be used by more consumers than any other variety of computer. If Forrester is correct, we can all cling to our desktops for just a little longer.
PCs are starting to sell in a big way again, according to the latest data released by market research firm IDC. The worldwide PC market grew by 24.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010, representing a dramatic turnaround from one year ago when the market declined by 7 percent.
"The strong first quarter builds on the fourth quarter rebound and shows rising confidence in the PC supply chain and commercial client base along with persistent demand from consumers," said Loren Loverde, vice president, IDC Worldwide Trackers. "The commercial gains are a cornerstone of market rebound that we have been expecting and are now seeing in the data."
For the most part, the PC market has suffered through a series of quarterly declines dating back to the third quarter of 2008. IDC attributed the recent upswing to the continued recovery in emerging markets, improved business segments, and the growth of specialized products such as all-in-one PCs.
All the major PC vendors benefited from the growth, but none more than Lenovo, which saw a 58.3 percent year-over-year increase in sales. Not surprising, Acer wasn't far behind with a 42.5 percent increase.
We've heard all the gloom and doom predictions from PC naysayers, but rest assured, PCs aren't going anywhere. On the contrary, market research firm Gartner predicts PC shipments will skyrocket by 20 percent this year, in part because of mobile devices.
"The PC industry will be overwhelmingly driven by mobile PCs, thanks to strong home growth in both emerging and mature markets," said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner, in a statement.
Mobile devices such as notebooks and netbooks accounted for 55 percent of all PC shipments in 2009, and by 2010, Gartner expects that number to jump to 70 percent. Desktop PCs, on the other hand, aren't expected to see quite as much growth, although Gartner did say the market will remain robust as companies allocate more funds to upgrade their PCs.
According to a new report from research firm Research and Markets, netbook shipments will end the year with a bang, shipping twice as many units as 2008. That's pretty impressive, and with prices continuing to fall, it seems netbooks are destined to keep selling like hot cakes. Or are they?
The research firm predicts that the market will slow somewhat in 2010 as manufacturers cope with increasingly slimmer profit margins.
"In order to expand netbook PC market coverage, other than increasing product differentiation to stimulate demand in the existing mature consumer markets," states the report, "PC companies also aim to seek new market opportunities in the education, commercial, and emerging market segments, as well as new distribution channels and new offerings."
The report went on to say that competition from Nokia and Apple could heat things up in 2010, including the release of the rumored Apple Tablet sometime next year.