On eBay at least, we are already living in the “post-PC era”.
Figures from its UK site show that tablet devices such as Apple’s iPad – which prompted Steve Jobs to coin the “post-PC” phrase – are now outselling traditional desktop computers. Read more
Laptops are becoming interesting for Arm again, admits its president Tudor Brown, despite the bevy of increasingly powerful Arm-based tablet models shown at this year’s Computex. Read more
An explosion ripped through a large manufacturing facility owned by key Apple supplier Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, killing two and injuring 16, Chinese state media reported. Read more
Apple insists 2011 will be the year of its iPad 2, but plenty of rivals are launching their own tablets in the hope of stealing the technology company’s thunder. About 60m tablets will be sold in 2011, according to IMS Research, the industry analysts, and Apple is likely to be responsible for three out of four of these. Is such dominance justified? After testing the iPad 2, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom, as well as seeing several other tablets demonstrated close-up, I believe the iPad faces strong competition in several areas. Read more
Worldwide shipments of personal computers declined in the first quarter of 2011, contrary to expectations of modest growth, due to competition from tablets, disruptions in Japan, and increased fuel and commodity prices. Read more
We have one new fact to report and one new prediction to make about Hewlett-Packard’s webOS-based tablet computing gadget or gadgets, which will not be on display in Las Vegas. Read more
Not content with sending Apple past Microsoft in market value last year, investors on Monday gave it a new bragging right on the first trading day of 2011: a market cap exceeding $300bn. Competition for the iPad may be just around the corner, but for now, the stock market is betting that Apple will continue to lead the field by a large margin. Read more
And we’re off… as the clock struck midnight in Las Vegas for the beginning of CES week, Toshiba unveiled the first of many tablet devices expected to be shown at the Consumer Electronics show.
The Toshiba Tablet is the first aimed at the US market by Toshiba and looks an advance on the Folio tablet it introduced in Europe towards the end of last year, which I saw unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin. Read more