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Intel's quarterly net beats Street, CEO talks up tablets

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp's first-quarter net profit exceeded Wall Street's estimates as the chipmaker wrestles with slow demand for personal computers and its chief executive officer said an ambitious goal to stake out market share in tablets was on track.

Intel buys fitness-tracking band maker Basis

Intel on Tuesday announced it has bought fitness-tracking band maker Basis Science as part of a move into the hot wearable computing market. The California-based chip maker did not disclose how much it paid for Basis, which makes a strap-on wrist band that captures data such as heart rate, activity, and sleep to help people live healthier. Information is synched wirelessly with applications on smartphones.

Canadian makers of 'world's lowest cost tablet' aim for a $20 device

TORONTO - The Canadian makers of the "world's lowest cost tablet," the UbiSlate 7Ci, think $37.99 still isn't cheap enough. They figure there's still room to knock about 50 per cent off its price and make tablet ownership possible for anyone and everyone. "This idea is to bridge the digital divide, it's really that simple, the idea is to overcome the affordability barrier," says Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli during an interview at his Toronto-area office, one of five the company has in Canada, England, Germany and India.

Personal computer shipments fell 7 per cent to punctuate unprecedented drop in annual sales

SAN FRANCISCO - A new report says personal computer sales slipped even further during the holiday shopping season, capping the worst annual decline in the PC industry's history. The research firm Gartner Inc. estimates worldwide PC shipments for the three months ending in December dropped 7 per cent from the same time in 2012. It marks the seventh consecutive quarter of decreasing PC sales.

Gartner says worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to hit 2.5 billion units in 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Research firm Gartner expects worldwide shipments of computers and mobile devices to reach 2.5 billion units this year, up nearly 8 per cent from 2013. The growth comes amid a steady decline in PC shipments, which is more than made up for by an increase in tablet and mobile phone shipments. Shipments of "ultramobile" devices such as laptop-tablet hybrids are also rising.

S. Korea's smart device market to shrink for first time this year: data

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- The growth of South Korea's smart connected device market is expected to turn negative this year for the first time from growing market saturation, data showed on Tuesday.

S. Korea's smart device market to shrink for first time this year: data

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- The growth of South Korea's smart connected device market is expected to turn negative this year for the first time from growing market saturation, data showed on Tuesday.

Oversized smartphones expected to be big sellers in 2014: Deloitte

MONTREAL - A hybrid device that's part tablet and part smartphone called a "phablet" is expected to outsell tablets and gaming consoles next year. As part of its 2014 tech predictions, Deloitte Canada says 300 million phablets will be sold globally in 2014, totalling $125 billion and representing one quarter of smartphones sold. In Canada, phablets are expected to make up 10 to 15 per cent of smartphone sales next year. Phablets are considered smartphones because they make phone calls.

Los Angeles school board looks at laptops after troubled iPad rollout

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles school board, in the middle of a troubled $1 billion plan to equip each student with an iPad, has voted to try laptops at some high schools before deciding whether to give all its 650,000 pupils a tablet. The Los Angeles Unified School District technology rollout is the largest of its kind for any U.S. public education system. It comes as education officials in other parts of the country experiment with ways to give students mobile computers.

Jawbone introduces new activity-tracking UP wristbands

Jawbone introduced new UP24 wristbands Wednesday as the wearable computers evolve into smart accessories tailored to augment Internet lifestyles. The second-generation UP band tracks how active wearers are or how well they are sleeping or eating, then communicates wirelessly with Apple mobile devices to make recommendations "in the moment" about pursuing healthier lifestyles.
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