Apple to Open 22,000-Square-Foot Office in Ottawa Suburb

Apple is opening an office in Kanata, Ontario.

Worldwide sales of Smartphones up 85% in recent quarter

Global sales of wireless phones and smartphones were 427.8 million units in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 19 percent from the first quarter of 2010, according to recent report from Gartner, Inc.

Smartphone sales totaled 101.8 million units in the January to March timeframe, up 85 percent from the same quarter of 2010. Smartphones accounted for 23.6 percent of overall sales.

Analyst estimates 250,000 Playbooks have been sold

In a research note sent to clients, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky is reporting that Research in Motion (RIM) has sold 250,000 Playbooks since its launch on April 19th.

The tablet computer went on-sale April 19th at more than 20,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada, just days after the launch of the Motorola android powered Xoom tablet and three weeks after the launch of the Apple iPad 2 tablet.

Gartner predicts 70 million tablets will be sold this year

The worldwide market for tablet computers is expected to climb almost fourfold in 2011 according to a recent report from Gartner.

The research firm estimates 70 million tablets will be sold this year, up from 17.6 million in 2010. The firm also predicts sales of 294 million by 2015.