Technology is quickly changing the face of the globe.  When we reach 2011, the year 2006 will be but a distant foggy memory – one of those past years of primitive technology.

  • Worldwide PC shipments are on pace to total 233.7 mln units in 2006, a 10.5% increase from 2005. However worldwide PC revenue is expected to reach $198.3 bln, a 2.5% decline, according to Gartner.
     
  • Over 40 mln Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers were shipped in 2005, but in 2011 the market will have grown to nearly 300 mln shipments, according to ABI Research.That growth will not occur evenly across the board. In 2005, in-vehicle navigation systems accounted for just 26% of the total shipments, but 34% of worldwide GNSS hardware revenues. In 2011, in contrast, in-vehicle navigation shipments will represent just 16% of the total market, but will still deliver 29% of the hardware revenue. In 2005, communications accounted for 43% of the total market in terms of shipments. In 2011 that will have grown to 69%, but the revenue derived from it will have doubled, from just 9% in 2005.
     
  • Worldwide deployments of municipal wireless networks for public Internet access will continue at a rapid pace over the next few years, with the US leading the way. The total worldwide market will reach 248 deployments by the end of 2006, and will grow to over 1,500 by the end of 2010, according to In-Stat.
     
  • In 2011, shipments of dual-mode (cellular/voice over Wi-Fi) wireless handsets will be well in excess of 300 mln worldwide, according to ABI Research.
     
  • Revenue from sales of cellular base stations will remain strong through 2008, reports In-Stat. New cellular base station revenue will reach $53.2 mln in 2006, and is forecast to drop sharply in the years that follow. Deployment of WiMAX, Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies will increasingly put pressure on cellular technology.
     
  • The market for business intelligence platforms increased 15.5% to close to $4.0 bln in 2005. The market was driven by larger parts of IT budgets being freed up for data management initiatives, Gartner says.
     
  • Despite achieving unit shipment growth of only 2.7% in Q2 2006, the large-sized TFT-LCD panel market is in shape for an excellent second half of 2006, as tight supply and price increases bolster the market. iSuppli has updated its TFT-LCD unit forecast for 2006 to 49.5 mln panels shipped for television, 135.1 mln units shipped for monitors and 75.9 mln units shipped to the notebook PC market.

     

  • Dual-card graphic cards made up just $28.4 mln in sales during Q2 2006, or just 0.48% of the $5.883 bln of desktop graphics sales in Q2 2006, according to Jon Peddie Research. In 2005, dual-card setups generated $86.2 mln in sales, an average of $21.6 mln per quarter. 52.29 mln desktop graphics devices shipped in Q2 2006.
     
  • In 2005, there were approximately 198,500,000 wireless subscribers in the United States. 24%, or 47,640,000, of those subscribers were business wireless subscribers, Research and Markets says.
  • Overall shipments of chip cards grew by 14% in 2005, to 2.76 bln units, of which 25% came from Gemplus. The total for smart (microprocessor-based) cards grew to 2.06 bln. Memory card shipments fell to 703 mln, Gartner reports.
     
  • The cellular modem market has taken many years to develop, but by the end of 2006 it will reach a notable milestone, with annual shipments to exceed 5 mln units, reports In-Stat. This market got a boost from embedded cellular modems in laptop computers, a class of modem only introduced toward the end of 2005. Embedded cellular modems should account for more than 10% of total modem shipments in 2006. The cellular modem market will grow more than 500% over the next 5 years. For the first time, in 2006, the number of cellular modems sold in Europe exceeds the number sold in North America. In 2005, Asia’s share of the cellular modem market almost doubled over the previous year.
     
  • Adobe claims Acrobat Reader has been installed on 500 mln PCs.
     
  • Katie Couric’s debut as the first female solo evening news anchor on CBS News drove an 83% jump in online traffic to 1.3 mln visitors, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
     
  • The New York Times posted this analysys on the Chinese search engine market. As far as search engine market share, in 2004 Baidu led the market with 45%, followed by Google with 30% and Yahoo! with 9%. In 2005 Baidu led with 57% share, followed by Google with 33% and Yahoo! with 5%. As far as pay-per-click search engine revenues, in 2004 Baidu owned 37% of all revenues, followed by Google with 23% and Yahoo! with 21%. In 2005 Baidu surged ahead with 50% of the revenues, followed by Google and Yahoo! with 16% both.
     
  • The first public photos of Suri Cruise accounted for more than half of the 111% jump in traffic to CondeNet, the site for Conde Nast magazines, Nielsen/NetRatings said. The number of visitors soared to 3.5 mln from 1.6 mln.
     
  • Total US manufacturing IT spending will increase from $144.4 bln in 2005 to $166.6 bln in 2010. A comparison of the sensitivity of subsector IT spending to economic fluctuations provides a framework for evaluating IT opportunities for technology and service providers, Gartner says.