iNDIE iNNOVATION competition, demonstrations and special performances, full agenda of Tech Talk and host of new products create surround sound music experience for attendees
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IDG World Expo today announced a lineup of new music-related content and events that amplify the many ways Apple and related technologies are changing the way we create, produce, distribute and experience music at Macworld/iWorld 2013 (Twitter: @MacworldExpo; Event hashtag: #iFan13), the Ultimate iFan Event. The lineup includes: iNDIE iNNOVATION, a social media and performance competition to find new bands innovating with Apple technologies; Music Studio featuring demonstrations and performances from top professionals; a wide range of Tech Talks covering everything from the best new apps for musicians and iPad music production to building a media center and maximizing Airplay; and a contingent of music product manufacturers in the Expo Hall where the newest apps, hardware, software and accessories for the music marketplace will be on display. Macworld/iWorld takes place January 31-February 2, 2013, at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. Registration is now open and special pricing runs through January 1.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.– A strong competitive landscape—including surging Android tablet shipments and robust demand for Apple’s new iPad mini—has led International Data Corporation (IDC) to increase its 2012 forecast for the worldwide tablet market to 122.3 million, up from its previous forecast of 117.1 million units. In the latest forecast update of the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, IDC also raised its 2013 forecast number to 172.4 million units, up from 165.9 million units. And by 2016 worldwide shipments should reach 282.7 million units, up from a previous forecast of 261.4 million units.
“Tablets continue to captivate consumers, and as the market shifts toward smaller, more mobile screen sizes and lower prices points, we expect demand to accelerate in the fourth quarter and beyond,” said Tom Mainelli, research director, Tablets at IDC. “Android tablets are gaining traction in the market thanks to solid products from Google, Amazon, Samsung, and others. And Apple’s November iPad mini launch, along with its surprise refresh of the full-sized iPad, positions the company well for a strong holiday season.”
In addition to increasing the unit totals for 2013, IDC also updated its operating system splits for the year to reflect Android’s growing strength in the tablet market. IDC now expects Android’s worldwide tablet share to increase from 39.8% in 2011 to 42.7% for the full year of 2012. During that same time Apple’s share will slip from 56.3% in 2011 to 53.8% in 2012. Long term, IDC predicts Windows-based tablets (including Windows 8 and Windows RT) will grab share from both iOS and Android, growing from 1% of the market in 2011 to 2.9% in 2012, on its way to 10.3% in 2016.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.— International Data Corporation (IDC) today launched the IDC Tracker® Charts app, the first mobile application that provides hundreds of data charts covering market size, vendor share, and forecast data for dozens of information and communications technology (ICT) markets worldwide.
The IDC Tracker Charts app for iPhone and iPad allows users to view data charts from the most recent IDC Tracker products. New charts are added each week, based on when IDC issues IDC Tracker press releases, with dozens of new charts added each quarter. IDC Tracker Charts are interactive, taking advantage of Sencha Touch charting tools, and are organized and searchable by geography, market, time period, and chart type. Each chart links back to a press release with additional market context and a product description of the respective Tracker. Users can share these charts via Facebook and Twitter.
The popularity of cellphones is well known but the speed at which smartphones have overtaken traditional mobile phones is remarkable. That transformation is brought into focus in research by IDG Global Solutions (IGS). In a worldwide survey of more than 21,000 IT, business, and consumer users, IGS found that 77% use a smartphone for business and/or personal use. The smartphone is also replacing single use devices.
Tablet shipments and adoption are in high acceleration mode as the new iPad helped drive the platform into new sales territory in Q2. According to IDC’s Quarterly Media Tablet Tracker, 25 million units shipped in Q2 — a 33.6% increase from the previous quarter’s 18.7 million and 66.2% over the same period in 2011.
Leading the way was a record quarter for Apple and its newly released iPad with Retina Display. In fact, Tom Mainelli, research director for connected devices at IDC, said that Apple even beat its own sales for the last holiday 2011 quarter.
With Facebook currently relying on Sponsored Story posts in-feed to monetize the smartphone platform, eye-tracking researcher EyeTrackShop says the social network needs a better model if it expects to maintain decent average revenue per user on mobile platforms. According to its tests of how people view the Web, iPad and smartphone versions of Facebook, the user has much less opportunity to view a sponsor’s message on the smaller screen. A Sponsored Story on a phone that falls below the fold on a screen has only a 3% to 13% possibility of being seen by a user, the tests show.
Did Twitter just cut off its entire face to spite its nose? On Friday, the company put up eviction notices for third-party apps that mimic tools and services that Twitter provides. But some of those apps are far superior to Twitter’s offerings. In a blog post with the headline ”Delivering a consistent Twitter experience,” the company gave a stern warning to developers who build applications on the Twitter platform. ”We’re building tools for publishers and investing more and more in our own apps to ensure that you have a great experience everywhere you experience Twitter,” wrote Michael Sippey, Twitter’s director of product. ”No matter what device you’re using.”
There’s one slight problem: Twitter-built products are anything but consistent across different devices. Twitter’s mobile site, mobile apps, iPad app, desktop apps and Web site are so divergent that it looks as if they were built by several different companies. ”It seems that making money without owning the user-experience is hard and Twitter wants to be that go-to Web site and mobile app,” said Al Hilwa, an analyst at the research firm IDC. ”The problem is they have let the cat out of the bag and many have written better interfaces.”