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IDC’s Latest Report on Slate Tablets Shows a Decline While Detachable Tablets Climb to New Highs

IDC’s Latest Report on Slate Tablets Shows a Decline While Detachable Tablets Climb to New Highs

Despite the Christmas holiday sales, the worldwide tablet market declined yet again in the fourth quarter of 2015 with 65.9 million units shipped, down -13.7% year over year, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

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Apple Wants Your Damaged iPhones to trade in for a new iPhone 6s.

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Report suggests Apple is planning on expanding its Reuse and Recycle trade-in program to include damaged handsets. Following the fall in profits by Apple it is now rumoured that they want a piece of that aftercare action, the move is intended to encourage iPhone users to buy a new handset from Apple, rather than spending on third party repairs.

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The EMEA server market in Q2 2015 continued to show strength

The latest EMEA Server Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that in the second quarter of 2015 the EMEA server market saw an end to the continued growth of the last four quarters, with vendor revenue at $3.1 billion US Dolllar and 525,059 units shipped — a year-on-year decline of 2.5% and 4.5% respectively.

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Toshiba Launches Portégé Z20t for SMB market with Buy and Try

Toshiba Europe have announced a new European initiative to coincide with the launch of its Portégé Z20t 2-in-1 laptop and tablet. Targeted primarily at the channel and small, medium businesses (SMBs).

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Toshiba’s new Buy and Try Satisfaction Guarantee, enables customers to test the offerings from Toshiba, with a money back gaurentee.

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The Toshiba Buy and Try Satisfaction Guarantee  offers businesses the opportunity to purchase the Portégé Z20t with a money-back guarantee if the product is not to their complete satisfaction or does not meet their requirements. To qualify, customers must purchase a Portégé Z20t between 1st June 2015 and 31st August 2015 and register for a standard warranty within 14 days. If the customer changes their mind during the first 30 days, they then have the option to return the product – along with complete packaging and all supplied accessories – to receive a full refund.

European Reseller feels this is a fantastic offer and will watch avidly. The Portégé Z20t sounds like a very useful tool for the SMB market. The campaign will run across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

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PC Prices to Rise by Up to 10 % iin 2015

Through 2016, 30 Per Cent of PC Consumers will buy  a less expensive PC

Gartner Says Device vendors will have to raise the prices of PCs to offset the effects of currency devaluation, The price of PCs in the Eurozone and Japan, in particular, will increase by up to 10 per cent during 2015.

According to Ranjit Atwal, a research director at Gartner , we are seeing the strength of the dollar against most other currencies and this will reflected in companies' earnings. PC vendors involved with the US Dollar, who are selling to Europe and Japan, where local currencies have fallen up to 20 per cent against the USD, since the start of 2015, have little choice than to raise prices to preserve profits.

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Worldwide Tablet Growth slows in the Years Ahead

After the first year-over-year decline in worldwide tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 (Q4 2014), the International Data Corporation (IDC) has scaled back its five year forecast for the product category. Worldwide shipments are expected to reach 234.5 million units in 2015, a modest year-over-year increase of 2.1% from 2014. Although the outlook has been tempered, IDC still expects low but positive growth for the market in the years to come as demand in the commercial sector increases, and as Microsoft slowly gains a foothold.

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IT and enterprise themes will dominate at MWC

Mobile World Congress  Analyst Mark Newman gives his Opinion

For the first 30 years of its life, mobile communications felt like a standalone industry with its own technology, services, vendors, and service providers. A select group of telecoms vendors created the technology road-map and vision; a relatively small number of investors and operators captured the most lucrative licenses to build and operate mobile networks; and a few European, US, and Asian vendors controlled the mobile phone sector.

The Mobile World Congress, which takes place in Barcelona next week, will highlight just how quickly the technology and services landscape is starting to change. It will mark a further shift in the evolution of mobile communications from a sector in its own right to a service and a capability which other companies in other sectors – banking, enterprise technology and software, and digital media to name just a few – can use to deliver improved services to their own customers.

The hot topics at MWC will come mostly from the world of IT. Cloud, data analytics, and SDN will all feature prominently on the exhibition floor. Enterprise services and applications become a dominant theme. And most of the “future-gazing” on display will be around the Internet of Things.   

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Casino Website offering Bitcoin Exchange

Bitstarz is a Casino Website offering more innovation to introduce Bitcoins for all their active players. But why?

They have announced a new integration of the Cubits Merchant API. This system accepts Bitcoins and allows players to immediately transfer them to real currency in a quick, simple and very secure way. This is where holders of bitcoins are going to benefit, they can now deposit bitcoins through cubits and convert the currency to Euro allowing them the option to play on 400 extra games by the giant provider Quickfire, which offers games like Immortal Romance, Jurrasic Park, Thunderstrike II, Avalon II and many others. The first question is why you hold Bitcoins, they are a tainted currency. If you need a crypto currency, why not use dollars except store them in the plethora of electronic wallets currently around.

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Panasonic and NetMotion Wireless have partnered

Panasonic and NetMotion Wireless have partnered to improve productivity for enterprise mobile workers by offering better connectivity and security for Toughbook and Toughpad users through NetMotion’s Mobility and Locality software. NetMotion’s software will be available as an option on all Panasonic’s Toughbook and Toughpad tablet devices across Europe under the ProServices solution offerings.

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IronKey Workspace with Windows To Go is a PC on a Stick

A review of the W700 Windows 8.1 .    PC on a stick     from a resellers point of view  by Robert Bradley

The Bring Your Own Device fashion has created problems and solutions, with both employees and bosses bringing in the latest tech into the office environment, creating head-aches for the IT department. This fashion is also reshaping the way employers equip their workforce.

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MicroSD Cards Pushing Flash Market Forward

The worldwide flash memory market is estimated to have grown 2% in 2014, totalling nearly 1.2 billion units shipped to the aftermarket, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting

The study, which excludes SSD, reveals that the volume increases are being generated by continued price drops, with trade value closing the year at $9.8 billion, 2% lower than 2013, with the additional push from the continued growth of traditional uses in telephones and the phablets, most purchases are through resellers and dealers will be at the time of purchase of telephones.

"The MicroSD card segment is the driving force of the worldwide flash aftermarket, growing 11% in 2014 and with continued growth forecast for 2015," says Mats Larsson, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. "Conversely, flash USB pen drives and standard sized cards are in decline."

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