IT Industry On Pace For Considerable Growth This Year

Sean Patterson   April 14th, 2014

As the computer industry deals with the transition to a mobile majority,IT spending is still on-pace to grow significantly in 2014. Market research firm Gartner this week issued a new report predicting that IT revenue will grow 3.2% in 2014, hitting a massive $3.8 trillion worldwide.

This growth is coming despite the recent slowdown seen in traditional PC markets. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are making up the difference, but mature mobile markets such as the U.S. are already showing signs of saturation as growth prospects for the segment turn toward emerging markets such as China.

Overall the market for tech devices is set to hit $689 billion this year, up 4.4% from device revenue in 2013. However, the shift in the market toward low-end devices and emerging markets is driving down average sales prices for mobile devices.

“Globally, businesses are shaking off their malaise and returning to spending on IT to support the growth of their business,” said Richard Gordon, managing VP at Gartner. “Consumers will be purchasing many new devices in 2014; however, there is a greater substitution toward lower cost and more basic devices than we have seen in prior years.”

Much of the IT growth predicted for 2014 will come from the enterprise software and services segment. Traditional PC manufacturers have already been seen reorganizing their businesses to take advantage of this spending shift.

Gartner predicts that enterprise software revenue is set to grow nearly 7% to $320 billion while IT services spending will rise 4.6% to $964 billion. The markets for these products are expected to see continued growth in the coming years as businesses invest more heavily in online infrastructure.

“The ‘Nexus of Forces’ (the convergence of social, mobile, cloud and information) continues to drive growth across key major software markets, such as CRM, database management systems (DBMSs), data integration tools and data quality tools,” said Gordon. “In fact, organizational adoption of data management technologies to support the Nexus will cause spending on DBMSs to surpass operating systems, making the former the largest enterprise software market in 2014.”

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12 New Top Level Domains Offered By WordPress

Chris Crum   March 27th, 2014

WordPress.com is now offering users twelve new top-level domains. You can now register domains with the following TLDs for new or existing sites:

.com.br
.net.br
.info
.biz
.mobi
.mx
.es
.nl
.be
.fm
.tv
.in

WordPress.com now offers a total of seventeen TLD options for those buying domain names. The others are .com, .net, .org, .me, and .co.

You can register for any of these regardless of where you live (though you might want to look into how search engines view them with regards to location, as it could have an effect on your search visibility).

Here’s a video Google put out on the subject last year:

If you already run a site on WordPress.com, and wish to grab a domain with one of the new options, just go to Store, and then “My Domains”.

In other domain news, ICANN announced this morning that he number of new gTLDs that have been delegated has surpassed 175. They expect the number to be over 1,300 within the next few years.

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How to Know if You Should Renew Your Domain Name?

Bill Hartzer   March 6th, 2014

If you own domain names, then you are inevitably going to have answer the question: should I renew this domain name? Well, as someone who owns a considerable amount of domain names, I frequently have to make that decision on a regular basis–and have come up with my own internal checklist that helps me decide whether or not I should renew a domain name. Here are fourteen questions to ask yourself to help you decide on whether your should renew your domain name or not.

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The Ultra HD Monitor Market is Set To Increase in 2014

Sean Patterson   February 13th, 2014

Ultra HD TV sets were the main attraction at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. TV manufacturers are hoping that higher resolutions can entice consumers who were so apathetic about 3D over the past two years and prices for ultra HD TV sets are set to fall quickly.

As a side effect of this 4K TV and content craze, desktop PC users will also be seeing more ultra HD monitors for more affordable prices. Market research firm NPD DisplaySearch today released a new report showing that ultra HD monitor shipments are set to increase over in the coming years.

According to the report, ultra HD monitor shipments are forecasted to reach two million this year. This is despite the fact that the overall desktop monitor market is predicted to decline to just 133 million units shipped in 2014. Both of these trends are set to continue into the future, with ultra HD monitors predicted to reach 8% market penetration by the year 2017. Over the same period average sale prices for ultra HD monitors are set to drop, from an estimated $1,347 this year to just $927 in 2017.

“Increased 4K-class monitor shipment volume will depend on how far and how fast ASPs decline,” said Hidetoshi Himuro, director of PC and IT research at DisplaySearch. “Although manufacturers hope to raise prices for 4K-enabled monitors, price competition has already begun.”

Internet Explorer Leading The Charge For The Modern Web?

Zach Walton   January 23rd, 2014

Internet Explorer has come a long way since it became the butt of every Internet browser joke back in the mid-2000s. While it’s still looked down upon by those who use any other browser, Microsoft has transformed what was once an objectively bad browser into a pretty good one. Heck, it has even has its own official magical girl mascot – no other browser can claim that.

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Why IT Should Embrace BYOD Rather Than Get Run Over

Bill Ives   January 2nd, 2014

Happy New Year. Here is a tech post to start 2014. Prohibition does not work. People will do work around if there is a desire for a service or product. This applies to many things. Prohibition in the US proved this for alcohol as it simply led to the movement of organized crime into the market. I have heard the same thing happen when the UK tried to add a tax to cover the health costs of tobacco use. Organized crime found that smuggling cigarettes was more lucrative than drugs.

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The Next Windows Release Codenamed ‘Threshold’

Zach Walton   December 5th, 2013

In October 2012, Microsoft dragged Windows into what it saw as the next era of computing with Windows 8. Not only did the new OS embrace the touch screens that have become so common these days, but it also united the Windows operating system across desktop, tablets and phones. With its next release, it looks like Microsoft is taking that idea a step further.

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Majority Of New Smartphones Now Use Android

Sean Patterson   November 13th, 2013

Though Apple’s iPhone continues to be the most sought-after mobile device in developed markets, Google’s Android platform now firmly dominates smartphone market share. Market research firm IDC today revealed its estimates that 81% of smartphones shipped during the third quarter of 2013 were running Android.

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Fast way to get to application list in Windows 8?

Dave Taylor   September 12th, 2013

Okay, I accept that without a third party add-on I’m never going to see my beloved Start Menu again. I can adjust. But is there at least a simple way to get to my full app or application list from the Start Screen in Win8?

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Beware of Domain Name Parking Scams and Schemes

Bill Hartzer   August 22nd, 2013

If you own a domain name, and you don’t currently have a live website on that domain, then one option is to park that domain name and potentially earn revenue from it. Keep in mind, though, that if you park a domain name, and plan on eventually using it as a live website with real content on it, you may want to think twice before you park the domain.

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