In ten years, the average home with two teenagers will have 50 devices connected to the Internet, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation. We counted 13 in our home. That’s only three more than the national average. But we’ve yet to connect our washer and dryer, our plants or our posture to an Internet app. (Some people have!)
According to Leichtman Research Group, seventy-five percent of U.S. households now have high definition TV, compared with only 23 percent in 2008. More than half of households have more than one such TV. Six percent of households have 3D TV, but 59 percent of those households have never bothered to watch any three dimensional content. (What the heck, they just wanted the latest stuff.)
More than five million U.S. households don’t pay for TV, up from three million in 2007, according to a Nielsen report. They make up five percent of all American TV viewers. So what are they watching instead? Internet TV, streamed to computers, smart phones and tablets. Remember when the three major broadcasters owned the universe?
Lenovo and Hewlett Packard are neck and neck for the title of world’s largest PC maker. But if it weren’t for H-P’s substantial sales into the professional markets – finance, engineering, etc., Lenovo would easily top the rankings. By way of background: Lenovo bought IBM’s personal computer business several years ago.
A Forrester Research Report estimates that Apple will sell $39 billion dollars worth of iPads and Macs over the next two years. This year alone, they are expected to sell $11 billion dollars worth of iPads and $7 billion dollars worth of Macs. That sounds like a lot, but their market share has been dropping and that may accelerate. Apple’s share of the smart phone market has dropped from 23 percent to around 15 percent over the past year. Samsung’s market share, on the other hand, has tripled over the past two years, from nine to 31percent. Apple is hoping a cheaper iPhone with brightly colored cases can recover lost share.
Windows 8 sales haven’t been doing any better than Vista did when it was introduced back in 2007. (Vista never did live up to Microsoft’s hopes, as users responded to its introduction with a number of pointed comments, like “Huh?”) Windows 7 was created to solve the problems of Vista. Someday there will be a Windows 9 to correct the problems of Windows 8.