Unit sales of only 2 types of devices are going to grow this year and next, according to a new report from research and advisory firm Gartner. The 2 device types are premium ultramobiles and mobile phones.
Unit sales of other device types, including desktops, notebooks and traditional ultramobiles, will drop, Gartner adds. In some cases, pretty sharply.
The PC is dead? Not among gamers and game developers.
In fact, PCs are the most popular platform for both published games and new games currently under development. That’s according to a just-released report from the Game Developers Conference.
The report is based on GDC’s sixth annual survey of game developers, this one reaching nearly 4,000 developers. The report has been prepared in advance of GDC 2018, which will be held March 19-23 in San Francisco.
Looking to go where the money is? Two new reports from leading IT market watchers show tech providers where to look. Here’s your update:
Robots & drones
Which operating system is better for K-12 PCs, Microsoft’s Windows 10 or Google's Chrome? Two of Lenovo’s latest batch of devices for education gives buyers a choice.
An estimated two-thirds of all Chromebook sales go to schools, and Lenovo is the #2 PC vendor by units shipped worldwide, so this is a big deal.
Why the additional option? Lenovo says it wants to offer a “distinct and unique value proposition” for both students and educators.
As your data-center customers can tell you, moving to the cloud isn’t a matter of public vs. private anymore. Instead, the hybrid cloud is fast becoming part of IT’s new normal.
With the hybrid cloud, your customers no longer need to choose either a public or private cloud. Instead, they can leverage multiple clouds with smart workload placement, enjoying the best of both.
It’s easy to think that customers won’t be using such advanced technologies as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and bitcoin anytime soon. But it would also be wrong.
A new report from trade association CompTIA, based on its recent survey of 700 U.S. business professionals, finds these 3 technologies are alive and well at organizations that could well include your customers.
Worldwide spending on IT goods and services will grow this year by 4.5%, according to the latest forecast from Gartner. On a dollar basis, that means total spending should rise from $3.5 trillion last year to $3.8 trillion this year, the research and advisory firm predicts.
Get ready to be underwhelmed. Worldwide unit shipments of PCs in the fourth quarter of 2017 either declined 2% from the year-earlier quarter (that’s according to new figures from Gartner) or rose by less than 1% (according to the latest from IDC).
For the full year 2017, PC unit shipments worldwide also dropped from their 2016 levels.
The scene at this year’s CES 2018 conference in Las Vegas is futuristic, with displays of AI-powered robots for the home, fleets of self-driving cars and other technologies that don’t work quite yet, but no doubt will sometime soon. But CES is also the scene for some new, good old PCs.
Here are highlights of some of the more interesting new devices from hardware suppliers Asus, Dell and Lenovo that your customers can use now.
Asus: small-form-factor PCs
Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, delivered the opening keynote address at CES 2018 last night, and he began by addressing the 5-ton elephant in the room.
Krzanich’s keynote presentation was entitled “How Data is Shaping Innovation of the Future,” and that is the presentation he delivered. But right at the start, he interrupted himself almost immediately to address the Meltdown and Spectre security threats.