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4G to cover half the world by 2017

Though Air­tel is cur­rently the only tele­com provider in In­dia to of­fer 4G mo­bile net­work in Kolkata and Ben­galuru, 4G net­work will cover half the world by 2017—ac­cord­ing to Eric­s­son’s an­nual re­port. This would mean that high-speed In­ter­net ac­cess would be a com­mon phe­nom­e­non, mak­ing it easy to down­load videos and play games on the go.

“This rev­o­lu­tion is driven by smart­phones, video, cloud- based ser­vices, the In­ter­net and end-to-end con­nec­tiv­ity,” said Jo­han Wiberg, head of Eric­s­son’s net­works unit af­ter the re­lease of the re­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, data traf­fic, par­tic­u­larly video, is expected to grow 15-fold by 2017. While 3G will re­main the main tech­nol­ogy for years to come, the de­mand for high- speed In­ter­net ac­cess means op­er­a­tors will have to build new 4G net­works to cope.

LG, Sam­sung dom­i­nate tablet dis­play panel mar­ket

Dis­play mak­ers LG Dis­play and Sam­sung Dis­play in 2011 re­mained the top sup­pli­ers of pan­els to the mar­ket for tablet de­vices, ac­count­ing for more than 80 per cent of all ship­ments.

Of the 81.3 mil­lion pan­els shipped to the tablet space in 2011, LG Dis­play con­trolled the largest por­tion of the mar­ket at 46 per cent, fol­lowed by Sam­sung at 35 per cent, ac­cord­ing to an IHS iSup­pli re­port.

Be­tween them, the two South Korean elec­tron­ics gar­nered a whop­ping 81 per cent of the en­tire tablet panel mar­ket in 2011. While this was down from the 98 per cent com­bined share they com­manded in 2010, the com­pa­nies main­tained a dom­i­nant por­tion of the mar­ket in 2011.

The re­main­der of the mar­ket was split among six sup­pli­ers: Chimei In­nolux, Chunghwa Pic­ture Tubes and E-Ink Hold­ings, all from Tai­wan; Tianma Mi­cro­elec­tron­ics Co. and Bei­jing Ori­ent Elec­tron­ics Group from China; and Hi­tachi Dis­plays from Ja­pan.

Mi­crosoft set to be­come the sec­ond largest tablet maker

Mi­crosoft as the sec­ond largest tablet man­u­fac­turer is in the mak­ing, pos­ing se­ri­ous threat to the An­droid mar­ket. Com­pu­tex 2012 trade show held re­cently in Tai­wan wit­nessed the Win­dows 8 fever and now it seems that the much talked about Win­dows 8 tablets are go­ing to pre­lude the era of tablets cum Ul­tra­books with their key­board dock and touch func­tion­al­ity. See­ing the pro­duc­tiv­ity su­pe­ri­or­ity of Win­dows, there is no doubt that An­droid and the near fu­ture.

An­a­lyst Karthryn Hu­berty of Mor­gan Stan­ley has pre­dicted that Mi­crosoft will soon take the No. 2 spot af­ter Ap­ple iPad in the tablet mar­ket, out­do­ing An­droid. Their sur­vey sug­gests 25 per cent of users ex­pect to is a key fea­ture, es­pe­cially for pur­chase. The soft­ware gi­ant should be able to at­tract tablet builders by bundling its two strong­est per­sonal com­puter brands— Of­fice and Win­dows.

Win­dows 8 run­ning tablets in­clud­ing ASUS Taichi, Acer W510, MSI Slider S20, Acer Ico­nia W700 and the ASUS Transformer Book are expected to hit the mar­ket later this year.

Just 4.5 per cent of In­dia’s e-waste gets re­cy­cled

elec­tronic waste (e-waste) gets re­cy­cled due to ab­sence of proper in­fra­struc­ture, leg­is­la­tion and frame­work for dis­pos­ing of elec­tronic gad­gets and prod­ucts

Acer Ico­nia W700 tablet run­ning Win­dows 8

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