The two leaders tower over Lenovo, HP and Sony, but stand in the shadow of "Others"
FORTUNE -- IDC has issued a Q4 report on shipments of what they call "smart connected devices," a category that includes desktop PCs, notebook PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Total shipments last quarter came to 367.7 million units, IDC estimates, with most of the growth in tablets (up 78.4% over 2011) and smartphones (up 46.1%), while desktop and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 22, 2013 11:06 AM ET
China is the world's largest mobile market. Now its manufacturers want a piece of America's consumers.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- It's no secret that China is a hotbed for mobile growth, particularly when it comes to smartphones. In fact, China is currently the top smartphone market in the world, accounting for 26.5% of all smartphone shipments last year, according to IDC. Not surprisingly, the country is home to a MOREFeb 13, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Also: Why Silicon Valley is so darned narcissistic; Lenovo reveals record quarterly earnings.
Product questions and threats of higher tax hit Apple shares [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Owners of Apple shares would have good reason to fear higher taxes on capital gains. Apple shares have appreciated mightily since 2005 when they were about $35 apiece; they began this year at $411 and peaked at more than $700 in late September. The drop MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 8, 2012 4:11 PM ET
If you're the world's largest company - with nearly $600 billion in market value - getting bigger is a tough challenge. But if Apple can learn how to charm the world's largest population, the possibilities are limitless.
By Bill Powell, editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Tim Cook, Apple's reserved and soft-spoken CEO, has a tendency to wax euphoric about the China market and his company's place in it.
When asked last year by an MOREFortune Editors - Oct 11, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Lenovo's planned purchase of local PC maker CCE underscores the company's global ambitions.Stephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Sep 5, 2012 12:00 PM ET
Apple's ongoing quest to conquer TV; a new survey reveals our increasing dependency on phones.
Apple's new front in battle for TV [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Apple is in talks with some of the biggest U.S. cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple device as a set-top box for live television and other content, according to people familiar with the matter. The talks represent Apple's most ambitious crack at infiltrating the living room MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 16, 2012 1:24 PM ET
Chinese consumers rate Macs as most desirable, although only 7% can afford one
In August, according to IDC, China overtook the U.S. as the world's largest consumer of personal computers.
On Wednesday, Morgan Stanley issued the results of a survey suggesting that Apple (AAPL) is the best positioned of all PC manufacturers to capitalize on the boom.
Summarizing the results of a proprietary Alphawise survey of 1,553 consumers in 16 Chinese cities, Morgan MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 10, 2011 6:39 AM ET
Intel is prodding PC manufacturers to make better ultra-thin and light laptops like Apple's MacBook Air. But the concept faces strong headwinds -- and tough competition.
FORTUNE -- When Apple launched the MacBook Air, it got flack: not fast enough, not enough ports, too pricey, the optional external optical disc drive had as much portable appeal as a brick. Fast-forward three years, and the current version of the Air has become MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 12, 2011 12:13 PM ET
"A year from now," it predicts, "'Amazon' will be synonymous with 'Android' on tablets."
The last time I looked closely at a research report from Forrester's Sarah Rotman Epps I took her to task for predicting in June 2010 that total U.S. tablet sales from all manufacturers that year would be a modest 3.5 million -- despite the fact that Apple (AAPL) had already sold 2 million iPads worldwide in the previous MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 29, 2011 3:36 PM ET
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Dell CEO Michael Dell sat down with The Wall Street Journal to reflect upon the path his company has taken since he co-founded it in his dorm room some 26 years ago. Among the areas discussed: how the tablet's meteoric success surprised him, why Android tablets will pass MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 25, 2011 6:30 AM ET
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