June 29, 2017

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Brazilian IT distribution to grow 7% in 2014

Brazilian distributor association Abradisti projects that the Brazilian IT distribution channel will grow 7% year-on-year in 2014 to hit an annual value of US$14.2 billion. This resurgent growth comes on the back of a 2% increase in 2013 when the total IT distribution market value reached US$13.3 billion. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 2 July 2014

Misfit Wearables founder explains ‘turnaround test’

Sonny Vu, founder of Misfit Wearables, reckons authentication could be the area of functionality that transforms wearable technologies from optional accessories to essential devices that individuals never leave the house without. “I always like to apply the ‘turnaround test’ to wearable products,” explained Vu. “By that I mean would I turnaround and return home to get it if I was halfway to work and realised I had forgotten it?” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 2 April 2014

Intel positions itself for wearables boom

Components vendor Intel wants to position itself at the heart of the wearables revolution. Speaking in London earlier this month, Steve Brown, chief futurist at Intel, declared: “Wearable technology is the next big megatrend – the physical world and digital world are coming together and changing the way we live.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 31 March 2014

Ingram Micro goes global with cloud offering

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has announced the expansion of its cloud services business worldwide. Building on its success in North America, the Ingram Micro’s cloud services aggregator will expand to cover 170 countries worldwide. Ingram Micro will attempt to combine local touch with global scale to accelerate the adoption of cloud services. Led by Nimesh Dave, executive VP of global cloud computing, Ingram Micro Cloud will represent the distributor’s cloud services business. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 31 March 2014

Google targets wearables with Android Wear

Google has officially announced Android Wear, a project that extends the popular Android operating system to wearables. Google also confirmed that it was already working with hardware vendors including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; plus fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring consumers smart watches powered by Android Wear later this year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 21 March 2014

Energy Sistem to launch smartphones

Spanish technology and consumer electronics brand Energy Sistem has confirmed that it plans to enter the smartphone market with a range of devices starting at €99 (US$135). The announcement comes immediately after Energy Sistem’s successful participation in DISTREE EMEA as a Silver Sponsor of the regional channel event. The new range will launch in the next few months. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 18 February 2014

Toshiba targets OCZ assets

Toshiba is ready to splash out US$35m for the client and enterprise solid state drive (SSD) business of bankrupt NASDAQ-quoted vendor OCZ. Under the terms of the deal, OCZ will continue to serve customers during this process. Toshiba will stump up DIP (debtor-in-possession) financing to ensure that there is adequate capital and flash supply to support the business during the contemplated sale period. The consummation of the asset purchase agreement is subject to an auction and approval by the bankruptcy court in OCZ’s bankruptcy case. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 December 2013

BlackBerry signs Ingram Micro Mobility for Latin America

Smartphone vendor BlackBerry has extended its channel reach in Latin America, signing Ingram Micro Mobility as a regional distribution partner. The two companies claim that the deal will widen the distribution of BlackBerry products and services in the region by leveraging Ingram Micro’s supply chain expertise, extensive infrastructure and channel reach to VARs, system integrators, wireless carriers, retailers and other services providers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Sunday 10 November 2013

Smart wearable devices market to hit US$19 billion in 2018

The numbercrunchers at Juniper Research reckon that the global market for mobile smart wearable devices will be worth US$19 billion per annum by 2018. Rapid growth in retail sales will be driven by high price points and strong demand for multifunctional smartwatches and smartglasses, according to the research house. Juniper estimates that the market for these devices in 2013 will be worth US$1.4 billion. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 16 October 2013

Ingram Micro goes mobile in Latin America

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has started offering a full suite of wireless device lifecycle services in Latin America through its Ingram Micro Mobility business. The expansion of mobility lifecycle services availability will reach more than 40 countries offering a full suite of end-to-end supply chain and customisation solutions to manufacturers, retailers, network operators, resellers and existing Ingram Micro customers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 October 2013

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