IT spending slowing, but growing in 2016

Worldwide IT spending is estimated to reach $3.54 trillion during 2016, totalling 0.6 percent growth. While this may seem unsubstantial, overall IT spending fell $216 billion, or 5.3 percent, during 2015. IT spending will finally surpass 2014 levels during 2019.

Gartner estimates $1.4 billion will be spent in communications services, $940 billion will be spent in […]

By |February 8th, 2016|IT Asset Management, ITAD, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Apple now offering credit for damaged iPhones

Apple is now offering upgrade credit for damaged iPhones. In the past, customers were only able to trade in older, undamaged devices. Now, Apple will offer credit for devices with damaged screens, home buttons and cameras.

Customers are able to trade in an iPhone 5S for $50, iPhone 6 for $200 and iPhone 6 Plus for […]

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to replace Safe Harbor

United States and EU officials have reached an agreement regarding new data protection standards for U.S. firms processing European citizens’ information. This new agreement, titled the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, serves as a replacement for the disbanded Safe Harbor framework.

The new agreement outlines requirements for international companies processing European citizens’ data, as well as ramifications for […]

By |February 4th, 2016|data security, Data Security, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Microsoft acquiring SwiftKey for $250 million

Microsoft has acquired London-based SwiftKey for an estimated $250 million. SwiftKey is a popular predictive-text keyboard designer.

SwiftKey’s AI-based app is installed on more than 300 million Android and IOS products around the world. This keyboard app is capable of learning users’ texting habits, including emojis, and predicting what will be used next in conversation.

While SwiftKey’s […]

By |February 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HOBI International, Inc. celebrates 24th anniversary

This week marks HOBI’s 24th anniversary! As we celebrate another year of business, I would like to take time to reflect on our growth.

In February 1992, we began as an electronics processor focused on the retrieval and resale of electronic components and environmentally sound recycling of midrange and PBX phone equipment. Through the past 24 […]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Overall tablet shipments declined 10 percent in 2015

2015 was not the year for tablets. IDC estimates overall tablet shipments reach 206.8 million, a 10.1 percent decrease from the 230.1 million tablets shipped during the year prior. Aside from the negative performance for the overall market, detachable tablet shipments reached 8.1 million, an all-time high.

Although being seen as the undisputable market leader, Apple […]

By |February 1st, 2016|Tablets, Uncategorized|0 Comments