Two recent tech events highlighted a fascinating sea change in the global consumer electronics (CE) market. Only two categories in the market are experiencing growth: smartphones and tablets. They combine for 40 per cent of CE sales, worth one trillion dollars annually, but every other category is contracting. This trend was evident at both the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2013. Here are the key insights:
The TV has been left behind. It’s a dumb device in an era when notebooks, tablets and smartphones can do so much more, and younger people have responded, surfing the Web, watching YouTube and engaging in social media more than they watch television. All this means TV has been losing its relevance in the digital era.
It’s easy to blame craigslist, but the real culprit is economic short-sightedness
For newspapers it has been death by a thousand cuts: American readership has been falling by more than 700,000 a year since 2000, according to the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), and revenue was already down when the recession came along and shot another body blow to advertising income.
Some executives believe the myth that going green is expensive—and I don’t blame them. When Conservative MP John Baird was Environment Minister, he told a 2007 Canadian Senate hearing that meeting our Kyoto goals would manufacture a recession. I ran into John in Toronto shortly thereafter and asked if he’d seen the just-released McKinsey & Company study showing that 40 per cent of the CO2 we have to cut in North America to meet our Kyoto goals would be highly profitable, and if society invested those profits in the next lowest-cost solutions, we’d get all the way to achieving the Kyoto targets at no cost to society.
He hadn’t seen the study and wasn’t interested when I offered to send it to him.
My latest column for Backbone Magazine (Apr 24) is now out, it focuses on the monopoly on e-readers that Amazon has, as well as the head-spinning speed in which the e-reader market is changing the landscape in how we buy books.
Read the column at http://bit.ly/IqPZzT
Tablet PCs and smartphone sales are growing exponentially year over year and, as they incorporate more and better functionality into their core operations, other consumer electronic categories are in decline. The Apple iPad exploded on the scene in 2010, selling 15 million units. Sales grew 222 per cent in 2011, to 56.5 million units (estimate). iPad sales are expected to grow 59 per cent in 2012 and will likely break 100 million units, according to Steve Bambridge of GfK, a boutique research firm working with the Consumer Electronics Association.
Read the rest of my column at: http://www.backbonemag.com/Magazine/2012-02/smartphones-tablets-killing-other-devices.aspx
Here is a great graphic from Think Progress Green from an article by Brad Johnson “AMS Certified Meteorologist Mark Johnson Claims ‘Earth Hasn’t Warmed In 15 Years’ “. It shows how the skeptics make deliberate misinterpretations of temperature data. The graphic can be seen originally at Skeptical Science: Going Down the Up Escalator, Part 1.
North American corporations dispose of millions of PCs a year – with sensitive corporate and customer data on them. The introduction to this white paper looks at the risks that businesses incur by not properly disposing of end of life electronics
Laptop sales surpassed desktop shipments in the U.S. in 2005, according to Current Analysis, and worldwide in 2008, according to iSuppli. This makes computing more ubiquitous than ever before, but with enhanced portability comes increased risk of losing your data. Notebooks are more easily and frequently lost, stolen, dropped, exposed to water and experience hard disk failure.
Read my latest Backbone column at http://bit.ly/cddpce