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Mobile Devices in Brazil: Brics sell 44% of smartphones in the world

123.4 million smartphones were sold in the first quarter of 2013 in countries that make up the BRIC group (Brazil, Russia , India and China), according to a report by consultancy Canalys […]

Information Technology Trend Watching

Mobile Devices in Brazil: 4G offer grows, but price remains high

Model offering of smartphones with mobile Internet fourth generation 4G more than doubled in the last six months in Brazil, but the high price and network challenges still limit the broadening of the user base of this technology […]

Innovation Readings

Jinha Lee’s “Reach into the computer and grab a pixel” talk at TED

The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and SpaceTop, a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects […]

Design Innovation Trend Watching

Watch Kevin McCullagh’s “The designer as synthesizer” talk at Victoria and Albert Museum’s The Future Designer Series

Kevin McCullagh argues that the future designer will have to take on the role of synthesizer […]

Design Innovation Software Trend Watching

Watch David Merrill’s “Natural Interactions with Digital Content” Seminar on People, Computers, and Design at Stanford University

In this talk, David Merrill gives us an overview of his research on a number of novel platforms for accessing and manipulating digital content. These systems use expressive gesture and visual attention as inputs, explore multi-user interaction, and leverage our understanding of physical materials. I will focus on my most ambitious project and Ph.D. topic, Siftables, a tangible interaction platform that gives physical embodiment to information and digital media items. The system utilizes sensing, graphical display, embedded computation and wireless communication to free interactions with digital content from the desktop environment. Siftables points the way toward a new generation of interactive tools that bend to our needs, rather than bending us to meet their limitations.

China Consumer Behavior Economics Information Technology

Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: sales predicted to grow 17.6% for whole 2008

China, the world’s largest cell phone exporter, is expected to maintain momentum in both production and marketing of mobile phones in the remaining of this year, CCID Consulting said recently. The company predicted that China would produce 605 million cell phones for the whole of 2008, a growth of 16.9 percent over last year, and sell 205 million at home, up 17.55 percent. The foreign sales would amount to 400 million units, up 16.79 percent…

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: Market Increases on a Large Scale, Driven by Demand

CCID Consulting, China’s leading research, consulting and IT outsourcing service provider, recently released its article on mobile phone market increasing in large scale. From data by CCID Consulting, the sales volume in China’s mobile market is 150 million units in 2007, which is 24.1% more than that of 2006. If black-market mobiles from smuggling, unregistered brands and other illegal products are counted, the number exceeded 200 million in 2007. The China mobile market has started development on a large scale driven by market demand and technology renovation

China Information Technology

Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: China starts 3G commercial trials in 8 cities

The parent of China Mobile (0941.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), the country’s top wireless operator, have started commercial trials of a homegrown third-generation wireless standard, TD-SCDMA, in eight cities on April 1, state media said recently. Shares in several Hong Kong-listed equipment vendors, including China Communications Services Corp Ltd (0552.HK: Quote, Profile, Research) and China Wireless Technologies Ltd (2369.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), rose on Friday, as investors anticipate heavy spending on telecoms gear.

The commercial trials will help to improve TD-SCDMA technology, as well as provide better mobile services during the Beijing Olympics, according to Xinhua News agency […]