Increasing PC Prices Will Lead to Flat Growth in 2018 Global Device Shipments: Gartner

Worldwide shipments of devices -- PCs, tablets and mobile phones -- are on pace to record 0.9 percent growth to reach 2.28 billion units in 2018, according to Gartner, Inc. The PC and tablet market is estimated to decline 1.2 percent in 2018, while the mobile phone market is on pace to record an increase of 1.4 percent.

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AR and VR Over 5G Networks Gains Momentum in Industrial Sector: ABI Research

Nearly 10 percent of industrial smart glasses and standalone virtual reality (VR) devices will have a 5G connection by 2026, according to a new forecast from ABI Research. Additionally, augmented reality (AR) is growing in presence in industrial applications such as smart manufacturing and remote operation of industrial machinery.

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Zero Density’s Aydemir Sahin Explores New Frontiers and Innovation in Virtual Studio Production

According to recent Parks Associates TV-viewing research, video consumption from on-demand sources continues to gain a larger segment of viewership, while live TV viewership is on the decline. As the landscape continues to transform through both consumer viewing habits and the growing variety of content sources such as live TV, over-the-top (OTT) and online, broadcasters are looking for ways to present unique, relevant offerings that can adapt to this dynamic market while also being cost-effective.

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Despite Rising Crises, Deloitte Survey Finds Organizations' Confidence Exceeds Crisis Preparedness

Sixty percent of crisis management leaders believe that organizations face more crises today than they did 10 years ago, according to a new survey from Deloitte. Organizations’ confidence in their crisis management capabilities often does not align with their actual level of preparedness, however.

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Smart Devices Are a Critical Entry Point to the IoT Ecosystem, IHS Markit Says

As smart functionality makes its way into homes and businesses, two devices are gaining a foothold into broader ecosystems to maximize growth and revenue opportunities: smart speakers and smart meters. According to IHS Markit, by the end of 2021, there will be an installed base of 328 million smart speakers and more than 1.13 billion smart electricity, water and gas meters.

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Akamai’s Peter Chave Discusses the Future of OTT Services, Online Video Fidelity and Security in the Content Delivery Network Market

Consumer demand for OTT content and online video continues to increase, and content delivery network providers such as Akamai have developed solutions that ensure the highest quality and security for clients and their end user, according to Peter Chave, principal architect for Akamai, in a podcast interview with BizTechReports in which he discussed advances in online video fidelity and the horizon beyond quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM).

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Screen Size and Picture Quality Drive TV Sales, NPD Group Says

As U.S. consumers look to update their televisions, increasing the size and picture quality are the top driving force, according to a new report from NPD Group. Of the consumers who purchased a 4K/UHD replacement TV, 45 percent reported buying their new TV because they wanted a larger screen, 39 percent for better picture quality, and 24 percent purchased because pricing became more affordable.

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The Battle for Smart Home Devices and Appliances Heats Up, Futuresource Notes

As Google and Amazon jostle to position themselves as providers of the leading smart home voice control device, Futuresource Consulting noted in a recent report.  "Smart speakers led the field in terms of popularity and adoption, closely followed by climate control, which has become the most common first installation - slightly ahead of security, lighting and smart monitoring devices, such as smoke detectors," says Oliveira, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting.

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Smart Speakers Are Popular, But Not For Controlling Connected Home Devices, IHS Market Consumer Survey Finds

The predominant uses of smart speakers revolve around asking questions, checking the weather, listening to news and playing music – not for controlling connected home devices, according to a new survey of consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Brazil, conducted by IHS Markit.

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