The No. 1 PC maker is also No. 3 in smartphone sales
Life is good for Lenovo. The OEM figured out the secret formula for thriving in a technological landscape that finds itself in a midst of a transitory phase, and as such, it grew its desktop PC shipments last quarter by 1 percent when the industry averaged a 6 percent decline. Laptop sales went up 8 percent, and as for the mobile handset sector, Lenovo is now the world's third largest smartphone vendor.
Android's lead over iOS is diminishing in the U.S.
No matter where you pull your data from, it all points to Google's Android platform being the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, and usually by a wide margin. However, things get a little more interesting when you zone in on specific territories, including the United States where iOS appears to be quickly gaining ground on Android. The gap between the two is now less than 8 percent on smartphone devices, according to data derived from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA.
Small tablets gave overall sales a big boost last quarter
The tablet buying frenzy may have started with Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, but these days, consumers are more interested in slates with smaller screen sizes. According to Canalys, 68 percent of tablets shipped in the second quarter of 2013 had a screen size smaller than 9 inches, a buying a habit that may have helped Android nab a majority 53 percent share of the market compared to Apple's 43 percent.
Serving as yet another sign that mobile platforms are here to stay, Futuremark announced that it plans to port its PCMark benchmark over to Android, iOS, and Windows RT. Like its Windows counterpart, the mobile version will feature benchmark tests based on real-world use scenarios, though they'll be geared toward activities that smartphone and tablet owners perform on a daily basis. It will also examine battery life.
Remember that scene in Step Brothers when Dale Doback and Brennan Huff meet for the first time? They stare each other down and insist on being called Dragon (Dale) and Nighthawk (Brennan). It's a scene that immediately came to mind when we found out Microsoft's Office productivity suite had wandered over to iOS to meet the iPhone -- and only the iPhone -- in the form of Office Mobile.
Transfer files easily between desktop and mobile devices.
Like underwear, changing your browser every once in awhile can give you a fresh feeling. If you're at that point where you're ready to try something different, Maxthon's Cloud Browser is an option worth investigating. We bring it up because Maxthon let us know it just added a LAN transfer feature that allows users to transfer files of any size from their browser directly to any device on their network.
Worth $50, the Gold Founders Pack includes access to the turn-based MOBA’s closed beta and more
A turn-based multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game is an oxymoron, right? Guess what? Such a game does exist now in the form of Arena of Heroes (PC, Mac and iOS), which developer Sneaky Games recently managed to sneak into the market. An otherwise free-to-play title, the innovative title is currently in closed beta and open only to those who purchase one of the three available Founders Packages that cost between $20 and $120.
Thankfully, Maximum PC has twelve Gold Founder Packs and every intention of giving them away right here, right now on a first-come, first-serve basis. So, without further ado, here’s the first activation code: 43HD2ZFSAMTK3. Hit the jump for the remaining eleven codes.
So much for not throwing stones from within a glass house.
Microsoft may seem destined to launch its own brand Surface Phone, and though it's possible the company eventually will, there are no immediate plans, said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Redmond's Windows Phone Division, at AllThingD's Dive Into Mobile conference earlier this week. Fair enough, but it was Myerson' comments about competing mobile platforms that we found most interesting.
Never say never. Nearly six years after the original iPhone launched, T-Mobile is finally allowed to join the iOS party. Talk about showing up fashionably late, though to be fair, only AT&T was allowed to sell the iPhone up until the beginning of 2011. Since then, however, T-Mobile remained the odd man out, as Verizon Wireless and Sprint both jumped on the bandwagon long before today. Be that as it may, T-Mobile got it done, but will customers dig the unsubsidized price model?