Amazon and Samsung in a tight race for second place behind Apple in the tablet market

In advance of Apple’s event this week, Parks Associates announced new research today showing Amazon and Samsung are locked in a tight race for second place behind Apple in the tablet market, which overall shows signs of cooling even as adoption remains high. Parks Associates’ 360 View: Mobility and the App Economy, which highlights and analyzes results from a 1Q 2014 survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, finds 16% have an Amazon tablet and 14% have a Samsung tablet, while Apple’s share has dropped from 46% in 1Q 2012 to 37%, which includes a combination of the iPad and the iPad Mini.

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Cambridge Communication Systems Named Finalist for the 2014 IET Innovation Awards

Cambridge, UK, 14th October 2014 – CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), creator of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, today announces that it has been named as a finalist for the highly regarded IET Innovation Awards. CCS’ innovation has been recognised in the Communications category as one of five shortlisted companies.

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Cortus announces first of a new v2 instruction set based family of products

Montpellier, France, 7th October 2014 – Cortus, a technology leader in low-power, silicon-efficient, 32-bit processor IP, announced the first of a new family of products based on its v2 instruction set today. The APS23 core was built to deliver a new level of efficiency, ease of integration and cost of ownership for low-power, connected intelligent devices. The core reduces embedded system power by optimizing the size of the instruction memory.
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Facebook and Skype Most Popular Smartphone Messaging Apps in U.S. Claims Park Associates Report

Facebook Messenger and Skype are the most popular messaging apps in the U.S., according to Parks Associates’ new industry report The Post-SMS War for Mobile Communications: Text Messaging.

“Among messaging app users, 53% use Facebook Messenger, and 45% use Skype,” said Tejas Mehta, research analyst, Parks Associates. “These two apps are dominant in this high-growth area. At the beginning of 2014, 34% of U.S. smartphone owners used a messaging app on a monthly basis. The difficulty, especially for new entrants, is turning user growth into revenues.”

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Leading Companies, Universities and Laboratories Sponsor Pooled ULR Contract on IEEE 802.11n

IPXI® Announces Multi-Party Offering for Wireless Communications Standard Essential Patents

CHICAGO, Oct. 1, 2014 – Intellectual Property Exchange International, Inc. (IPXI), the world’s first financial exchange for licensing and trading intellectual property (IP) rights, today announced a multi-party offering for standard essential patents (SEPs) involving the world’s most widely adopted standard protocol for wireless technology.  The offering of Unit License Right™ (ULR™) contracts is based on patent rights from eight organizations – including leading consumer electronics and telecommunications companies, universities and research laboratories – whose rights are considered essential to the IEEE 802.11n standard for higher throughput in wireless local area network (WLAN) communications.

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28% of U.S. Broadband Households Use a Connected Game Console as Primary Connected CE Device

Parks Associates today announced new Consumer Analytics research, Connected Game Consoles, that shows 46% of U.S. broadband households have a game console connected to the Internet and over one-quarter (28%) use the connected gaming console as their primary connected CE device. Among these primary console users, roughly three-quarters use the gaming console to access non-gaming content online at least weekly, and nearly 40% access such content for more than 10 hours per week.

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Cisco Intent On Building World’s Largest Intercloud By Acquiring Metacloud

Metacloud’s OpenStack-based cloud platform will accelerate Cisco’s strategy to build the world’s largest global Intercloud.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – September 17, 2014 – Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Metacloud deploys and operates private clouds for global organizations with a unique OpenStack-as-a-Service model that delivers and remotely operates production-ready private clouds in a customer’s data center.

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