Analysis

The Game For Deep Learning Has Just Begun

The Game For Deep Learning Has Just Begun

17 Feb 2017 comment

It’s been 20 years since IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Gary Kasparov, in a historical first victory for artificial intelligence. What was once a futuristic concept in 1997, has slowly become part of everyday reality.

Digital Games Becoming $100 Billion Industry by End of 2017

Digital Games Becoming $100 Billion Industry by End of 2017

16 Feb 2017 comment

A new study from Juniper Research has found that revenues from the global digital games market are set to reach the $100 billion milestone by the end of this year. Juniper's annual report, Future Games Market: Emerging Opportunities & Pivotal Publisher Analysis 2017-2021, found that, contrary to previous concerns, the PC market has seen reinvigoration via F2P (Free to Play) games.

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 7% in the Q4 2016

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 7% in the Q4 2016

16 Feb 2017 comment

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the No. 1 global smartphone vendor position.

Almost 3 Million Personal and Commercial Drones Will Be Shipped in 2017

Almost 3 Million Personal and Commercial Drones Will Be Shipped in 2017

15 Feb 2017 comment

Production of drones for personal and commercial use is growing rapidly, with global market revenue expected to increase 34 percent to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020, according to a new forecast from Gartner. Almost three million drones will be produced in 2017, 39 percent more than in 2016.

Asia Pacific Utilities Must Transform to Realize the Value of their Data

Asia Pacific Utilities Must Transform to Realize the Value of their Data

15 Feb 2017 comment

According to latest report IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Digital Transformation in Utilities in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan), distinguishing factor between utility companies that thrives and those simply who survive in the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan (APeJ) lie on their data management strategy.

IT Departments Find It Hard to Keep the Cloud Safe

IT Departments Find It Hard to Keep the Cloud Safe

14 Feb 2017 comment

Intel Security announced its second annual cloud security report, “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky.” The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications, and the evolving impact of Shadow IT of the more than 2,000 IT professionals surveyed

8.4 Billion Connected Things Will Be in Use in 2017

8.4 Billion Connected Things Will Be in Use in 2017

14 Feb 2017 comment

Gartner forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.

IT Spending Will Sustain Growth of More Than 3% Through 2020

IT Spending Will Sustain Growth of More Than 3% Through 2020

14 Feb 2017 comment

Worldwide revenues for information technology (IT) products and services are forecast to reach nearly $2.4 trillion in 2017, an increase of 3.5% over 2016. In a newly published update to the Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Industry and Company Size, IDC estimates that global IT spending will grow to nearly $2.65 trillion in 2020.

Smartphone market up 6.6 percent year-on-year in 2016

Smartphone market up 6.6 percent year-on-year in 2016

13 Feb 2017 comment

GfK reports that the global smartphone demand totaled 391 million units in 4Q16, up six percent year-on-year. North America returned to growth in the final quarter of the year, spurred on by flagship device launches and aggressive operator promotions.

EU GDPR: A bogeyman for scaring top management?

EU GDPR: A bogeyman for scaring top management?

10 Feb 2017 comment

Upcoming EU data protection regulation aims to finally put in order massive misuse of personal data. What it brings is putting people in control over their personal data. This is exercising one of the fundamental human rights – a right to privacy. Great and noble goal.

European Industries Leading 3D Printing for Finished Part Manufacturing

European Industries Leading 3D Printing for Finished Part Manufacturing

10 Feb 2017 comment

A recent end-user survey carried out by IDC among companies using additive manufacturing technology in the aerospace and healthcare industry has revealed key insights into how 3D printers are being used in these vertical markets. Based on conversations with companies in France, Germany, Italy, and the U.K., the survey reveals a strong penetration of 3D printing in finished products manufacturing.

EU consumer climate at its highest level in nine years

EU consumer climate at its highest level in nine years

9 Feb 2017 comment

Overall, consumer confidence in Europe experienced very positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2016. The GfK consumer climate for the 28 EU countries rose by 5.6 points to 17.9 points in December, its highest value since January 2008.

Semiconductor Capital Spending Forecast to Grow 2.9 Percent in 2017

Semiconductor Capital Spending Forecast to Grow 2.9 Percent in 2017

9 Feb 2017 comment

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 2.9 percent in 2017, to $69.9 billion, according to Gartner. This is down from 5.1 percent growth in 2016.

IDC Predicts Turkey’s Total ICT Spend Will Cross $22 Billion in 2017

IDC Predicts Turkey’s Total ICT Spend Will Cross $22 Billion in 2017

9 Feb 2017 comment

ICT spending in Turkey is forecast to total $22.3 billion in 2017, according to the latest insights presented recently by IDC. Hosting its annual 'IDC Predictions' event at Microsoft Türkiye's headquarters in Istanbul, the global technology research and consulting services firm gathered the country's leading CIOs and ICT vendors together to talk about their investment plans for the year ahead.

Gartner Forecasts Flat Worldwide Device Shipments Until 2018

Gartner Forecasts Flat Worldwide Device Shipments Until 2018

8 Feb 2017 comment

Worldwide combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones are projected to remain flat in 2017, according to Gartner. Worldwide shipments for these devices are projected to total 2.3 billion in 2017, the same as 2016 estimates.

Top 3 Chinese Smartphone Vendors Grab Nearly Half of Local Market

Top 3 Chinese Smartphone Vendors Grab Nearly Half of Local Market

6 Feb 2017 comment

According to the latest IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the smartphone market in China saw a 19% YoY growth and 17% QoQ growth in 2016Q4. For the full year of 2016, the market grew by 9% with top Chinese smartphone vendors taking up a larger share of the market.

Widespread Privacy Concerns Among U.S. Consumers

Widespread Privacy Concerns Among U.S. Consumers

6 Feb 2017 comment

A recent survey conducted by IDC finds that a whopping 84% of U.S. consumers expressed concern regarding the security of their personally identifiable information (PII) and 70% told IDC that their concern is greater today than just a few years ago. The newly published special study, which measures consumer privacy sentiment across four vertical industries: Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, and Government.

Tablet Market Continues Its Decline

Tablet Market Continues Its Decline

3 Feb 2017 comment

Consumer spending during the holiday quarter of 2016 was clearly not aimed at consuming tablets as the market continued its spiraling decline. The fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16) marked the ninth consecutive quarter that tablet shipments have declined.

Public Cloud Services in Asia/Pacific to Reach $10 Billion in 2017

Public Cloud Services in Asia/Pacific to Reach $10 Billion in 2017

2 Feb 2017 comment

The public cloud services market in the mature Asia/Pacific (AP) region is forecast to grow 17.7 percent in 2017 to total $10 billion, up from $8.5 billion in 2016, according to Gartner. By 2019, Gartner predicts that total public cloud services spending in the mature AP region will rise to $13.6 billion.

Apple Tops Samsung in the Fourth Quarter

Apple Tops Samsung in the Fourth Quarter

2 Feb 2017 comment

The holiday quarter of 2016 capped off another positive year of smartphone growth despite concerns about the overall market slowing. According to preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 428.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), resulting in 6.9% growth when compared to the 400.7 million units shipped in the final quarter of 2015.

COMMENTARY: Very good results for Vipnet

COMMENTARY: Very good results for Vipnet

1 Feb 2017 comment

Business results of Vipnet, the second-largest domestic telecom operator, published as part of the results of its owner Telekom Austria, are very good if one considers that the economic situation has not drastically improved, that the roaming prices are still decreasing, which has a large seasonal effect in the second and especially in the third quarter.

Global Tech IPOs in 2016 Fell to Their Lowest Level This Decade

Global Tech IPOs in 2016 Fell to Their Lowest Level This Decade

1 Feb 2017 comment

While 2016 marked this decade’s low point for global tech IPOs, a stream of high-profile companies in the pipeline will likely create a resurgence in 2017, according to PwC’s Global Technology IPO Review. Only 53 tech companies completed IPOs in 2016, with total proceeds of US$8.7 billion.

Global Mobile AR Market to Grow at a CAGR of 77% Through 2021

Global Mobile AR Market to Grow at a CAGR of 77% Through 2021

31 Jan 2017 comment

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global mobile augmented reality (AR) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 77% during the forecast period. The large-scale adoption of smartphones and increased penetration of the internet has given rise to a multitude of mobile applications to make life simpler and more streamlined. Additionally, the number of mobile AR users is expected to grow almost ten-fold by 2021, which will be driven by the introduction of new AR mobile apps, such as PokémonGO.

Top 3 Technologies Revolutionizing E-Commerce

Top 3 Technologies Revolutionizing E-Commerce

31 Jan 2017 comment

Staying up to date with rapidly evolving technologies in the e-commerce and marketing industries can be a daunting task. With a slew of new technologies out there, it’s also not easy to pinpoint which ones are worth the venture. RTB House analyzed the top 3 most successful technologies impacting the e-commerce industry today.

Intel Projects Sales Growth on Data Centers and PC Demand

Intel Projects Sales Growth on Data Centers and PC Demand

28 Jan 2017 comment

Intel predicted first-quarter sales that will meet analysts’ estimates on improvements in the personal computer market and continued growth in orders from data center owners, according to Bloomberg. Revenue will be $14.8 billion, plus or minus $500 million, the company said in a statement.

Alphabet Earnings Marred by Taxman, While Revenue Jumps

Alphabet Earnings Marred by Taxman, While Revenue Jumps

28 Jan 2017 comment

Alphabet reported better-than-expected revenue thanks to a fast-growing cloud-computing business and booming YouTube video advertising, but the taxman spoiled the party, according to Bloomberg. Fourth-quarter revenue, after payments for online traffic from distribution partners, was $21.2 billion, up 23 percent from a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Microsoft Exceeds Sales and Profit Estimates on Cloud Gains

Microsoft Exceeds Sales and Profit Estimates on Cloud Gains

28 Jan 2017 comment

Microsoft’s second-quarter sales and profit exceeded analysts’ projections, bolstered by rising customer sign-ups for cloud-based services and a stabilizing personal-computer market, according to Bloomberg. Profit excluding certain items, such as a few weeks of results from newly acquired LinkedIn, was 84 cents a share on adjusted sales of $25.8 billion.

Consumer Mood in Germany Remains Positive

Consumer Mood in Germany Remains Positive

27 Jan 2017 comment

Consumer confidence is starting 2017 on an extremely positive note, GfK Consumer Climate Study for Germany shows. Both economic and income expectations as well as propensity to buy have improved. The overall consumer climate indicator is forecasting 10.2 points for February 2017, following 9.9 points in January.

Most Smartphone Users Spend Nothing on Apps

Most Smartphone Users Spend Nothing on Apps

27 Jan 2017 comment

Over half of smartphone users spend no money on smartphone apps (paid-for downloads and in-app transactions), according to a new survey by Gartner. However, end-user spending on in-app transactions continues to rise.

AR and VR Headsets to Grow at a 5 Year CAGR of 108.3%

AR and VR Headsets to Grow at a 5 Year CAGR of 108.3%

26 Jan 2017 comment

IDC recently launched its newest Tracker research program focusing on the emerging Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headset market. The first data published by the Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker focuses on OEM market sizing in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16) and covers a wide range of products, technologies, form factors, and geographies.