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IDC: 222.1 million tablet shipments in 2016

IDC: 222.1 million tablet shipments in 2016

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 18, 2012 at 16:00

In a headline that’s sure to make Jan’s head spin, IDC is predicting that 222.1 million tablets will ship in 2016. I think it’s fair to say they’ll be reassessing that figure on a regular basis until then.

There are a few other semi-interesting predictions, however, including the suggestion that the iPad will grab a slightly larger slice of the tablet pie in 2012 than it did last year.

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US State Department: iPad is a security risk

US State Department: iPad is a security risk

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 13, 2012 at 16:00

The US State Department has been scouting around for a device to use in overseas language-education programs, and the iPad has failed to meet its lofty criteria.

In fact, the iPad lost out on the $16.5 million contract to none other than the humble Amazon Kindle Touch.

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iOS 6: fragmentation’s new best friend?

Somewhat ironically, the iOS 6 keynote included a lovely pair of pie charts showing the “Installed Base” of iOS and Android users, clearly indicating a nice, neat, mostly-iOS 5 pie for iDevices, and a slightly messier, mostly-Gingerbread pie for Androidians.

But, much like the arrival of Siri last October, Monday’s iO6 keynote – for various reasons – left some users crying: “What about us?!” It’s all a bit of a cross-sectional nightmare.

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A tad more on iOS 6’s Apple Maps

A tad more on iOS 6’s Apple Maps

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 12, 2012 at 11:00

Despite being subject to strict non-disclosure agreements, developers immediately began flooding the cyberweb with screenshots of iOS 6 following last night’s WWDC keynote.

A couple of leaked iOS 6 screenshots in particular confirm that TomTom provides data for Apple’s new Google-less Maps app.

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App Store update mania

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 1, 2012 at 13:00

App Store update mania

One of the great things about smartphone games is free updates. While you can expect to pay hundreds of Microbucks for downloadable content (DLC) on the trusty Xbox 360, smartphone games regularly receive meaty updates - entirely free of charge.

It’s all too easy to ignore that little red circle on the App Store icon that cries out “update me!”, but over the past couple of weeks there have been some sweet releases.

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Feed Me Oil iOS review

Lewis Curdie  May. 24, 2012 at 17:00

Feed Me Oil iOS review

Another combined app review slash deal this evening (check out MotoHeroz, if you haven’t already), this time in the form of Feed Me Oil.

The Chillingo puzzler is currently riding high in the App Store’s Top Free Apps section, and with good cause. See, Feed Me Oil is a) usually 69p and £1.49 for the iPhone and iPad versions respectively, and b) really good.

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3G FaceTime coming soon to iOS?

Lewis Curdie  May. 22, 2012 at 10:30

3G FaceTime coming soon to iOS?

The rumour mill is positively churning with suggestions as to what we might see from the next version of iOS.

However, rather than a shadowy anonymous source, it’s the current version of iOS that’s hinting about a possible future feature, namely FaceTime video calls over 3G.

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Draw Something revisited

Lewis Curdie  May. 18, 2012 at 13:00

Draw Something revisited

Almost two months ago, I reviewed the smartphone sensation Draw Something (in a nutshell: Pictionary for your phone), ultimately praising the app but suggesting that – like former sensation Words With Friends – it was a mere social fad.

In the Cons section, I speculated: “No one will be playing it in a few months' time”. What a cynical bar steward. Was I bang on the proverbial money or way outta freakin’ line?

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Angry Birds Space HD iPad review

Lewis Curdie  May. 17, 2012 at 17:00

Angry Birds Space HD iPad review

Has anyone not played Angry Birds? What started in late 2009 as a word-of-mouth success quickly snowballed into a global sensation, with all manner of merchandise – from plush toys to flip-flops – galore.

But two-and-a-bit years later, is Angry Birds worth the hype? Angry Birds Space HD marks the fourth full entry in the series, and it’s, well, very much an Angry Birds game.

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Is Amazon's Kindle Fire already starting to die out?

Is Amazon's Kindle Fire already starting to die out?

Martin James  May. 10, 2012 at 10:00

The Apple iPad almost singlehandedly established the tablet market as we know it today, but arguably more impressive has been Apple's success in building on its head start, easily coming out on top of every rival that's come along fancying a share of the tablet spotlight.

Amazon's Kindle Fire is the latest pretender to the throne, and has probably been the most credible threat to Apple's tablet dominance yet. But is Amazon's tablet fire already starting to burn low?

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