A new report (PDF) by market firm DisplaySearch suggests that even though 3D is making a strong push to penetrate the notebook market, consumers are a little reluctant to buy into the hype.
"Is the market ready to accept 3D in a notebook PC? If the sales this year are any indication, then it seems that consumers are, so far, hesitant to embrace 3D notebook PCs," DisplaySearch said in its report. "Since the beginning of the year, less than 100,000 3D-equipped notebook PCs have been sold in a market of more than 100 million notebooks. That is less than one-tenth of one percent of the total notebook PC market."
In another recent study -- this one conducted by Nielsen -- consumers who viewed 3D content became less interested in purchasing a 3D TV. Factor in higher costs and concerns over having to wear 3D glasses, it could be awhile before 3D truly enters the mainstream.
Do you think 3D is here to stay, or just a passing fad?
Right now you should be thinking either one of two things (or both): 'What the frak is a "superphone?"' and 'Is 100 million units by 2015 a lot?'
Let's start with the first. According to Alex Spektor, an analyst at Strategy Analytics, which came up with the number, "We define a superphone as a high-end smartphone with a supersized display above 4 inches and a super-fast processor greater than 1GHz."
By strict definition then, all those 1GHz Snapdragon and Hummingbird powered smartphones with enormous screens don't qualify, though we're not so sure Spektor meant dismiss those. In any event, to answer the second question, 100 million is a lot, at least in terms of growth rate.
"We forecast global superphone shipments to grow 550 percent from 15 million units in 2010 to 100 million by 2015," Spektor added. "Major brands, such as Samsung, HTC, Android, Nvidia, an Texas Instruments are driving the high-growth superphone category in developed markets."
The research assumes that consumers want bigger phones to begin with, and according to Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, "Superphones are at the forefront of computerizing the handset market. Superphone models, such as the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Evo 4G, are driving more PC-like features into the hands of mobile consumers."
Looks like those 1GHz models to qualify. With that being the case, do you own or plan to purchase a superphone? If so, which model?
Steve Jobs is always trying to stay a cut above his competitors with magical and revolutionary moves they can not possibly previse being their run-of-the-mill selves. These magical and revolutionary tools of Steve Jobs' one-upmanship are, often, not only too arcane for his rivals but also for security officials at Japanese airports, who reportedly confiscated the Apple CEO's shurikens (also known as Ninja Stars) when he was about to board his private plane at Kansai International Airport on his way back home from a family vacation in Japan in July, 2010.
According to the latest issue of Japan's SPA! magazine, Jobs was found carrying Ninja throwing stars in his carry-on luggage by security officials at the airport. The story goes that he was barred from boarding his own plane with the shurikens, even though he tried to impress upon the officials that he was unlikely to gain anything from hijacking his own plane. According to the report, he finally left Japan without the magical and revolutionary shurikens, vowing never to return.
But an Apple spokesperson, while confirming the visit, described the incidents mentioned in the report as “pure fiction.” He further added, “Steve had a great time and hopes to visit Japan again soon.”
This, in fact, is a revised version of the report. As per the original, Google was the company with the highest percentage of unpatched flaws in H1 2010. However, Google was quick to dispute IBM's claim that it had left 33 percent of critical and high-risk bugs in its software unpatched: “We learned after investigating that the 33% figure referred to a single unpatched vulnerability out of a total of three — and importantly, the one item that was considered unpatched was only mistakenly considered a security vulnerability due to a terminology mix-up. As a result, the true unpatched rate for these high-risk bugs is 0 out of 2, or 0%.”
But this wasn't the lone mistake in the original, which also erroneously rated Oracle-owned Sun as the vendor with the highest percentage of unpatched vulnerabilities in the first half of 2010. But that honor now belongs to Microsoft.
“After we released our trend report this week, we received feedback from two software vendors regarding the severity and remedy information for some of the vulnerabilities behind this chart,” IBM said in a blog post.“As a consequence of this feedback, we have manually reassessed the CVSS scoring, remedy information, and vendor information for every vulnerability that impacted the percentages that appear in this chart.”
New tablets are being announced thick and fast. Although almost everyone, from unknown startups to noted tech companies (and the Indian government), seems to be eyeing the tablet market, Apple has a vice-like grip on the fledgling market. But the report suggests that US consumers interested in tablets are closely monitoring the tablet market for upcoming tablets from Apple competitors.
Don't feel bad if your broadband provider is giving you the cold shoulder, you're not alone. According to Broadbandchoices, some 46 percent of complaints never get resolved, and that's actually better than last year's numbers.
"The number of respondents that told us that their complaint was not resolved successfully improved since our survey last year when over half (54 percent) of complaints were going unresolved, but broadband providers still have work to do if they are to win back customer confidence," said Michael Phillips, product director at Broadbandchoices.co.uk.
Confidence in their broadband provider isn't something consumers seem to have. Of those who chose not to complain about one issue or another, 39 percent said they felt it would be too much of a hassle, while more than a third -- 34 percent -- said they didn't think their broadband provider would do anything about it.
According to the Security Labs Report released by M86 Security Labs, advanced cyber attacks are both on the rise and becoming ever more sophisticated in nature.
"We're seeing that as one way the attackers are specifically trying to get around some of the security technologies in the marketplace," said Bradley Anstis, vice president of technology strategy at M86.
Also in the report was a list of the top 10 countries hosting malicious code, with the U.S. topping the list at 43.3 percent. In a distant second was China with 14.1 percent, followed by Russia and Germany with 4.1 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively.
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.
Dr. Aric Sigman, a psychologist and author living in the UK, argued his case at a conference of childcare specialists that children under the age of nine should not be allowed to use a computer. It's not that they'll muck things up, but the other way around - computers are wreaking havoc on their brains, Dr. Sigman says.
"There is evidence to show that introducing information and communication technology (ICT) in the early years actually subverts the very skills that government ministers said they want children to develop, such as the ability to pay attention for sustained periods," Dr Sigman said.
"The big problems we are seeing now with children who do not read, or who find it difficult to pay attention to the teacher, or to communicate, are down to attention damage that we are finding in all age groups."
We think he might have said more, but quite frankly, we had a tough time paying attention. Must have been all that Oregon Trail from back in grade school.
The folks at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) quite clearly possess two passions, and two passions alone: ensuring broadband access for every American and sporadically astonishing everyone with the most incredible facts about broadband usage in the country. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had claimed in a report that actual broadband speeds in the US trailed promised speeds by at least 50%. Now, a survey commissioned by the FCC has revealed that nearly 80% of broadband users are unaware of their connection's speed.
The survey conducted by the Abt/SRBI and Princeton Survey Research Associates International polled 3,005 adults. Men fared a little better than women, with a “whopping” 29% of male respondents aware of their broadband connection's speed as compared to only 10% of the women that were surveyed. When categorized based on their age, respondents aged 65 years or more were found to be the most ignorant of the lot.
“Today, most people just know that their home broadband speed is supposed to be ‘blazing fast.’ They need more meaningful information to know exactly what speed they need for the applications they want to run, and what provider and plan is their best choice,” said Joel Gurin, chief of the consumer and governmental affairs bureau of the FCC.
The FCC is enlisting the help of UK's SamKnows Limited to more accurately measure actual broadband speeds. In fact, SamKnows is currently on the lookout for up to 10,000 volunteers for this ambitious project. Each volunteer will have their broadband connection monitored using a special set-top box installed by the UK-based company. All those interested in volunteering can apply here.