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October-November 2013

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Trendlines Gadgets Take Spotlight in 2013 The year's most signifcant tech developments: >> Smartphones. HTC's One, Sony's Experia Z and the forthcoming Honami will battle Apple's iPhone for dominance. Google will introduce the Moto X. According to techsters, the recently released iPhone 5c could make or break the fortunes of the world's most valuable brand. >> Software. iOS 7, Windows 8.1 and Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie) are either new or on the radar. >> Tablets. Rumors of an iPad 5 with a much thinner bezel is fueling anticipation. Google's Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface Pro are also entrants. >> Computers. Ever-thinner 'ultrabooks' exemplifed by Samsung's Ativ 9 are in the spotlight. And Apple will make a new cylindrical Power Mac available by the end of 2013. >> Gadgets. Small and inexpensive gadgets like Chromecast and Leap Motion both have the potential to take consumer experience to the next level. Google Glass, however, was the most controversial because of the novel ways in which wearable computing devices can transform daily life. —Download the infographic: http:// fnancesonline.com/ new-gadgets-2013 Smartphone Market Consolidating As growth in Android ownership has slowed and BlackBerry has continued to drop in popularity, Apple has been reaping the benefts, based on eMarketer's latest forecast of smartphone OS users. From the survey: >> There will be 140 million smartphone users in the U.S. by the end of this year, up from 121.4 million last year and set to reach 159.9 million by 2014. >> Nearly 46% of this year's users will run Android on their phones, while 38.3% will run iOS. >> BlackBerry and other systems besides Windows Mobile have all lost ground. >> In 2013 and 2014, growth rates for both Android and iOS will be almost identical, varying by less than a percentage point. —Source: www.eMarketer.com Mobile to Surpass Desktop, Laptop Talent Development Lagging Global executives are suffering from a crisis of confdence. According to a survey by Harvard Business Publishing, only 32% of the 800+ respondents believe that their organizations have the right leadership talent and skills to achieve their organizations' strategic goals. Just 31% are confdent their leaders have the right leadership skills. Other statistics: >> 43% of talent development professionals say that the most signifcant goal for leadership development is to drive business transformation. >> 40% see getting participants to commit time away from their job to participate as the most diffcult challenge to initiating a new leadership development initiative. >> There is now a strong focus (80%) on middle managers needing to develop change management capabilities. Respondents also see leadership mindset (77%), communication skills (76%), talent management (76%), and broad general management capability (64%) as development priorities for middle managers. —More info: www.harvardbusiness.org 12 October / November 2013 Elearning! For the frst time this year, time spent on non-voice mobile activities will surpass time spent online on desktop and laptop computers, eMarketer estimates. For the frst time this year, time spent on non-voice mobile activities will surpass time spent online on desktop and laptop computers, eMarketer estimates. U.S. adults will spend 43.6% of their overall media time with digital this year, including 19.4% on mobile — compared to 19.2% on laptops and PCs. Time spent with mobile phones and tablets, excluding voice calls, has risen from 13.4% of all media time last year, and has nearly tripled since 2011. The shift from desktop to mobile is happening across a variety of activities, including social networking and digital video viewing. As social networking and video reach plateaus in terms of share of total desktop time (around 29% and 18%, respectively), these activities are growing more quickly on smartphones and especially tablets. The share of all tablet time spent with video, for example, will nearly double this year, from 10% to 19%. —Source: www.eMarketer.com

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