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Even though the iPhone 5C, the cheaper one of the two new iPhone models, is still expensive for many Chinese consumers, research firm IDC expects Apple’s smartphone market share in China to double from this year to next year. Read Original Content
Smartphone ownership is growing rapidly in Japan, fuelled by younger consumers' desire to access online social networks, new analysis has established. Smartphone market penetration has risen from 27.7 percent in 2012 to 41.7 percent in 2013, according to estimates from eMarketer, which also predicts ownership will rise to 60.2 percent in 2014. Read Original Content
Bulky “phablets” are defining the contours of the Indian smartphone market, just as dual-sim handsets did to the basic phone segment about half a decade back. Numbers released by IDC show that sales of phablets - devices with a screen size of 5-7 inches that combine the functionalities of a smartphone and a tablet - grew 17-fold in the second quarter of calendar 2013. Read Original Content
While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect. To learn more about SMAC and Cognizant please visit http://www.cognizant.com/futureofwork/smac. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.
According to comscore and UPS, Asia Pacific consumers are using tablets to search for deals and make price comparisons. In a typical three-month period, more than 70 percent of the Asian shoppers surveyed used a smartphone to make a purchase while nearly 80 percent of the same group made purchases through a tablet. Read Original Content
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation should boost the development payoff of e-commerce technologies by taking steps to build consumer trust, address payment fraud, and overcome difficulties in assessing the quality of products offered online, said a new UNCTAD report. The report also urges that attention be paid to harmonization concerns related to online privacy, identity theft, and the currently limited access to complaint systems. Read Original Content
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According to a new report from the United Nations Broadband Commission, Singapore and Japan were in the lead in per capita mobile broadband use, with 123 and 113 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2012– meaning some people have more than one Internet connected mobile device. Read Original Content
Developing markets in Africa and Asia are the fastest growing areas for mobile phone-based payments and e-payments, such as online shopping, according to a report co-authored with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Capgemini. Read Original Content
BlackBerry Limited's market share in India could dwindle further from the current level of two percent with uncertainty surrounding the company’s future plans as it turns into a privately held entity following the buyout by Fairfax Financial Holdings. BlackBerry Limited has been on a decline even in India, ever since the Apple smartphones and Android operating system started dominating the market. Read Original Content
The world’s biggest smartphone market China will likely ship in more than 450 million devices in 2014, at least a quarter more than this year, research firm IDC said. Read Original Content
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