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  • Trillion-dollar forecast for gadget sales

    Global gadget sales may top one trillion dollars this year for the first time ever. Organisers at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in Las Vegas says that worldwide annual spending on mobile phones, computers, television sets and other items is expected to rise 10 percent in 2011 to 964 billion dollars. "We may very well hit the trillion mark," said Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis for CEA, organiser of the annual Consumer Electronics...

  • ‘LePad’: The combined laptop and tablet

    Chinese computer colossus Lenovo has unveiled an IdeaPad computer that serves as a laptop for work tasks then converts to a touch-screen tablet for play time. The IdeaPad U1 hybrid, with a "LePad" slate that serves as a laptop screen but unplugs to become a tablet computer, made its debut on the cusp of the Thursday opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "It is one device to balance life and work,"...

  • Microsoft sold 8m Kinects in first two months

    Microsoft sold more than eight million gesture-sensing Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 game consoles in just two months, says the company's chief executive Steve Ballmer. Ballmer used much of his time on stage for a keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to tout the booming popularity of Xbox 360 devices and the Live online community linked to the consoles. More than 50 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold...

  • 1.5-million Windows 7 Phones sold in first six weeks

    Microsoft has released its first sales figures for new Windows Phone 7 smartphones, saying more than 1.5 million of the handsets were sold by manufacturers in the first six weeks. Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, said sales were "in line with our expectations -- especially when compared to other new platform introductions." "We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence," Berg said in a statement. Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its mobile phone operating system in October as it...

  • Apple to launch ‘Mac App Store’ on January 6

    Apple is planning a January 6 opening for an online shop stocked with software applications that add entertaining or functional features to the firm's Macintosh computers. The Mac App Store will launch in 90 countries and offer free and paid mini-programs in categories including games, lifestyle, education, and productivity, the iconic California company announced on Thursday. "The App Store revolutionised mobile apps," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, referring to the shop specialising in...

  • Gadget fetish of 2010: It’s all about the tablet

    When it came to gadget fetishes of 2010, it was all about tablet computing. Yearning for a device that was bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a laptop made the tablet a defining trend for the year. Of all the tablets, iPad lead the charge, although Apple's rivals were quick to respond with their own high-profile launches. Research company, Gartner, forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users will reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in...

  • Can India produce the world’s cheapest tablet?

    The Indian government won headlines around the world when it unveiled a prototype $US35 tablet computer in July, but questions are now growing over whether the project will become a reality or not. At the computer's launch, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal vowed "the solutions for tomorrow will emerge from India" as he revealed the breathtaking price tag -- a fraction of the 500-dollar cost for an Apple iPad. Officials said the touchscreen device, aimed at the country's millions of students, could even be hammered down to just 10 dollars once production rates increase. The tablet computer, which has yet to...

  • Google unveils Nexus S

    Google has unveiled its second branded smartphone, the "Nexus S", made by South Korea's Samsung. Google said the Nexus S, which comes nearly a year after the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Gingerbread. Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform, used by handset makers around the world. It will be available in the United States from December 16 from Best Buy stores...

  • Tablet computers take a bite out of PC sales

    Worldwide personal computer sales are on track to set a new record this year but tablets like Apple's iPad are taking a bite out of the sector, says technology research firm Gartner. Worldwide PC sales are forecast to total 352.4 million units in 2010, up 14.3 percent over last year, Gartner said, but down from the firm's previous 2010 PC sales forecast in September of 17.9 percent growth. In 2011, worldwide PC sales are...

  • Cubans unimpressed by ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ storyline

    Cuba's state-run media and bloggers are not amused at "Call of Duty: Black Ops," a new videogame in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. "What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now it attempts to accomplish by virtual means," said comments Wednesday on the website Cubadebate, where Castro regularly publishes opinion pieces. The site was referring to...