Global PC sales fall in final quarter of 2011

After six months of increases, global sales of personal computers totalled 92.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 1.4 decline increase from the same period last year according to a recent report from Gartner.

The research firm says weakening demand for computers among consumers, caused by economic uncertainty, was the primary reason for the decline.

Global Smartphone sales increase 42% in third quarter

Worldwide sales of Smartphones totalled 115 million units in the third quarter of 2011, up 42 percent from the same quarter of 2010 and up 7% form the second quarter of 2011 according to a recent report from Gartner.

The research firm says smartphone sales accounted for 26 percent of all mobile phone sales, growing only marginally from 25 percent in the previous quarter.

Online Music revenues expected to reach $6.3 billion this year

Consumer spending for online music worldwide is estimated to reach U.S. $6.3 billion in 2011, up from $5.9 billion in 2010, according to a recent report from Gartner.

That number is forecast to reach $6.8 billion in 2012, and grow to $7.7 billion in 2015. While the numbers are positive, Gartner says the growth in online spending for music will not offset the declines in consumer spending on physical music (CDs and LPs).

Global PC sales up 3.2% in third quarter

Global sales of personal computers reached 91.8 million units in the third quarter of 2011, a 3.2 percent increase from the same period last year according to a recent report from Gartner.

While the numbers were up over 2010, they were below Gartner’s earlier projection for 5.1 percent growth. Gartner sales figures include desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.

Gartner lowers 2011 sales forecast for tablet computers

Worldwide sales of tablet computers are on pace to reach 63.6 million units according to a recent report from Gartner. If correct, tablet sales would be up over 250 percent from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units.

While the increase is still amazing, the numbers are down significantly from the almost 70 million in predicted sales in Gartner’s April report. The firm has significantly lowered its sales forecasts for Android, WebOS and QNX tablets.

Global PC sales continue to slow

Worldwide Sales of personal computers are expected reach 364 million units in 2011, up 3.8 percent from 2010 according to an updated forecast from the Gartner research firm. While the numbers are expected to be positive for the year, the estimates are much weaker than originally predicted.

Report: One in four consumers getting tired of “Social Media”

According to recent report from Gartner, some online users are displaying what the researchers are calling “social media fatigue.”

In a survey taken last December and January of over 6,000 users in 11 countries, almost one in four (24%) said they use their favorite social media site less than when they first signed up.

Global Smartphone sales up 74% in second quarter

Over 107 million smartphones were sold in the second quarter of 2011, up 74% from 62 million in the same quarter a year earlier, according to a recent report by Gartner.

During the second quarter, smartphone sales accounted for 25% of the 429 million mobile device sold worldwide. That number was up substantially from the same quarter of 2010 when smartphones accounted for 17% of the 368 million mobile phone devices sold.

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