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u-blox acquires Thingstream in a bid to stave off commoditization in the cellular IoT module industryApril 08, 2020u-blox, a key cellular IoT module vendor, announced on 1 April 2020 that it had acquired Thingstream, an IoT mobile virtual network operator. With the acquisition, u-blox joins other mainstream module vendors in becoming more vertically integrated in order to reduce the threat of commoditization increasingly posed by Chinese module vendors. This article examines Thingstream’s offering and differentiation in the market, and the rationale for Thingstream’s acquisition by u-blox.Subscribers Only
New Trends in Workforce Solutions Drive Increasing Use of Cloud-Based Software Services and Other Innovative ApproachesJuly 30, 2014Cloud-based software solutions, biometric terminals and mobile apps are among the key trends in the years to come for managing the workforce in business settings, according to new analysis from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
PC Market Still Struggling; Numbers are Down in Q2October 16, 2013The PC market continued to muddle through as shipments declined once more in the second quarter, with computers as a whole proving no match against the unrelenting popularity of smartphones and tablets...
China Becomes World’s Leading PC Market in 2012April 29, 2013China rose to the top of the PC market for the first time ever on an annual basis last year, relegating the United States to second place with a lead of more than 3 million units...
China: No. 1 PC Market Exhibits Unique CharacteristicsDesktops are equally as popular as notebooks, counter to trends elsewhere in the worldApril 25, 2013
China rose to the top of the PC market for the first time last year, dispatching the United States to second place by a lead of more than 3 million units. PC shipments in 2012 to China amounted to 69 million units, exceeding the 66 million total reached by the United States. Only a year earlier in 2011, the United States was the leading global destination for PCs of all stripes, including desktops and notebooks. China’s PC market also displays distinct characteristics that set it apart from the PC trade elsewhere, possessing a vast untapped rural market and unique consumer-purchasing patterns.