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Tablet sales rise sharply in Mexico

Tablet sales in Mexico hit 1.1 million units in the first quarter of 2014, up 36% year-on-year, according to research firm IDC. The tablet size of choice was 7” and 8” models, which accounted for 69% of products sold in the first quarter. IDC attributed the popularity of these sizes to their affordability. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 July 2014

SND improves e-commerce offering

Brazilian distributor SND has revamped its website as part of a concerted effort to increase e-commerce sales to its channel partners. The enhanced website features improved navigation, a complete product mix, a wide variety of services and direct billing. SND’s serves a channel customer base of more than 11,000 dealers spread throughout Brazil. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 July 2014

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

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