1Q Smartphone Shipments Rose a Surprising 4.3 Percent to 347.4 Million

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First quarter 2017 smartphone shipments rose a surprising 4.3% globally over the same period last year, according to new research from IDC.  Global smartphone unit shipments totaled 347.4 million in 1Q. Market data from previous quarters revealed smartphone growth was slowing on a global basis....Learn More

Gartner Cuts Global IT Spending Forecast Nearly in Half

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A global IT spending forecast from Gartner calls for a 1.4 percent rise year-to-year in 2017 to total $3.5 trillion. Expecting the strong U.S. dollar to take its toll, Gartner revised its 2Q annual 2017 market forecast downwards from the 2.7 percent forecast in 1Q....Learn More

OECD: Counterfeit Mobile Phones on the Rise, Now 20% of Total

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Music and video content aren’t the only types of digital consumer products subject to piracy. Increasing numbers of counterfeit mobile phones and video games also are being found. Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally are fake,...Learn More

Report: Mobile Malware Infections Soared 400% in 2016

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Mobile device users worldwide faced a steadily growing number of malware threats throughout 2016. Smartphones were most at risk, accounting for 85 percent of total mobile malware infections globally in 2016’s second half, according to Nokia’s latest, bi-annual “Threat Intelligence Report.” The annual total of...Learn More

Report: Apple iPhone 6s and 7 Models Were Best Selling Smartphones in 2016

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Warding off challenges from other premium, as well as low-cost, competition, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 7 models were the best selling smartphones worldwide in 2016, according to IHS Markit. Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 7 was the top seller in 4Q last year, with the...Learn More

Report: Fixed Broadband on ‘Thin Ice’ as More People Embrace Broadband Cord Cutting

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Fixed broadband is “on thin ice” in the U.S. as the mobile first generation may be fueling broadband cord cutting, according to ReportLinker. Although the majority of households still access the Internet via fixed connections (cable, telco, fiber, etc.), nearly 4 in 10 said they...Learn More

Report Sees Strong Interest in Smartphone Artificial Intelligence

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Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the mobile networking and device industry is on the rise. Growing use of smartphone artificial intelligence is driving improvements, which will add momentum to growth, according to a new IHS Markit white paper. Smartphones are providing the AI interface...Learn More

CSG: Millennial Mobile Attitudes Indicate Openness to AI, Personalization over Anonymity

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CSG Systems International aims to assess how Millennial mobile attitudes change as they age in a new market research report. Surveying nearly 1,000 young adult Millennials, CSG found they have some clearly defined priorities regarding mobile service in coming years. That includes increasing focus on...Learn More

Report: 40.7 Million U.S. Mobile-Only Internet Users By Year-End

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The latest market data from eMarketer reveals that the number of Americans who access the Internet solely via desktop, laptop or other types of personal computers will shrink to 17.9 million this year, down from 20.3 million in 2016. The trend is fueling a rise...Learn More

Report: 2016 Smartphone Shipments Reach Record High 1.5 Billion, Apple Overtakes Samsung in 4Q16

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Global 2016 smartphone shipments reached a record high 1.5 billion units, a 3 percent year-over-year increase, according to the latest market data from Strategy Analytics. Growth picked up in 4Q, rising 9 percent year-over-year, as 438.7 million smartphones were shipped worldwide – the fastest growth...Learn More

Online Security Survey: Six in Ten Americans are Data Breach Victims

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A  large majority of Americans have been victims of one form of data theft or fraud or another, according to Pew Research Center’s latest online security survey. Americans not only are concerned about online threats from cybercriminals, they’re concerned about unauthorized surveillance and us by...Learn More

Smartphone Habits Survey: 75% of Americans Keep Them on All Day and Night

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Habitual smartphone use is now ingrained in societies worldwide. According to new smartphone habits survey results from ReportLinker nearly half – 46 percent – of Americans said they check their smartphones first thing in the morning while they’re still in bed. The early morning smartphone...Learn More

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