Nearly one billion smart devices were connected in 2011

Shipments of smart connected devices such as PCs, media tablets and mobile phones increased to nearly one billion in 2011 and figures are predicted to double by 2016. Revenues accrued from the 916 million units surpassed $489 billion (£305.9 billion) last year, according to the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC, Mobile Phone and Media Tablet trackers combined. IDC predicts that shipments of such…

RIM revenue reduced in Q4 of financial year

Research In Motion (RIM) has reported a 19 per cent decrease in revenue for Q4 in the financial year ending March 3rd. Revenue stood at $4.2 billion (£3.6 billion), which is down from $5.2 billion in the previous quarter and also represents a 25 per cent decrease from $5.6 billion in the same period last year. BlackBerry smart mobile phone shipments of 11.1 million in…

Smart mobile phone shipments will eclipse all others combined

Research has suggested that worldwide smart mobile phone shipments will eclipse all other handset units combined by 2016. Global handset shipments will increase 29 per cent from 1.7 billion in 2012 to 2.2 billion in 2016. The key driver of this growth is set to come from the smartphone segment. So much so that the smart devices will become larger than the ultra-low and low-cost…

Nearly half of motorists continue to talk on mobile phones

Shocking figures have suggested that nearly half of all motorists in the UK are still willing to talk on their mobile phone while at the wheel. Despite knowing the dangers and threat of even higher fines and penalty points, 48 per cent said they talk and drive at the same time, according to joint research undertaken by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line. As…

EU cuts mobile phone roaming charges

The EU has pushed through cuts in mobile phone roaming charges in a bid to try and close the gap between domestic and foreign call rates to almost zero by 2015. Data services on smartphones will be capped at €0.70 (58p) a megabyte, which is far less than most carriers currently charge in the EU. Prices on voice calls will also be capped to €0.29…

iPhone and iPad contribute to increase in touch screen chip market

As a result of the runaway success of Apple's iPhone and iPad, shipments of touch screen displays could cause the market for such circuits to almost triple in size over a five-year span. Forecasts have shown that the increase in sales of smart mobile phones and media tablets could see the market reach 2.4 billion units in 2015, which is up from 865 million in…

Apple state its fine to keep iPad charging

Apple has claimed that its latest iPad offering has been designed to keep charging, even after its indicator says the device has reached 100 per cent charge. Questions have been asked from critics over the accuracy of the new iPad's battery status and its recharging technology but Apple states it's part of its software to continue charging even when it states it is at 100…

Apple to offer refunds for failed 4G connectivity

Technology giant Apple has offered to refund customers who aren't able to fully experience the 4G capabilities of the new iPad. This comes after many Australian observers noted they couldn't connect to the 4G network as had been promised in Apple's specification. Australia's consumer watchdog has now taken Apple to court for false advertising as the device cannot connect in the country. Despite this spate…