HOBI News of the Week 7/11-7/15

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 7/11-7/15 Study indicates school districts are struggling with proper classroom technology integration A study conducted by Edgenuity indicates a substantial amount of schools around the country are struggling with successful classroom technology integration. This survey interviewed teachers of various grade levels around the…

Samsung sees highest quarterly earnings in 2 years

Samsung’s reported second-quarter earnings indicate consumers are still willing to spend on innovative smartphones. This is a positive development after a forecast of slowing smartphone sales in years to come. Samsung reports an overall 17 percent profit increase since last year. Their Q2 earnings reached $7 billion, the highest quarterly amount in two years. Along…

Tech companies raising prices in response to Brexit decision

Tech companies Dell and OnePlus have enacted plans to increase prices in response to the Brexit decision. An overall 10 percent blanket increase has been reported for Dell products being sold in the U.K. Aside from Dell, OnePlus has indicated plans to sell their newest handset, the OnePlus 3, for £329, a 6.5 percent increase…

Google expected to launch first in-house designed, manufactured device this year

A report issued by The Telegraph indicates Google plans to completely manufacture their own device. In the past, Google’s Nexus devices have been created  in conjunction with other mobile manufacturers. The Nexus 6P was manufactured by Huawei and the 5X was manufactured by LG. It has not been revealed if the newest device will be…

HOBI News of the Week 6/20-6/24

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of June 20-24, 2016 Three common mistakes made by enterprise IT professionals Enterprise IT is a fast-evolving landscape. With rapid technology releases, shortening device lifecycles and quick changes in budgets, IT leadership is more challenging than ever. Survey indicates decreasing data center budgets A…

Slowing smartphone sales growth is a positive development for mobile device recycling and refurbishment industry

Gartner anticipates global smartphone sales growth will decrease from 14.4 percent growth in 2015 to 7 percent growth in 2016. If these predictions are true, only 1.5 billion smartphones will be shipped this year. The decrease in smartphone sales growth may not come as a surprise to many industry professionals. Consumers are seeing less reason…

Microsoft laying off 1,850 in effort to streamline business

Microsoft announced, last week, plans to lay off as many as 1,850 staff members in an effort to “streamline” business. This will result in a $950 million charge, including $200 million in severance payments. This news follows the announcement that the tech giant is selling its feature phone business for $350 million. Both of these…

HOBI News of the Week 3/16-3/20

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of May 16-20, 2016. LinkedIn breach compromised 117 million accounts A data breach at LinkedIn in 2012 compromised up to 117 million user account credentials. North American educational technology market anticipating substantial growth Market Research reports the North American  educational technology market is anticipated…

North American educational technology market anticipating substantial growth

Market Research reports the North American  educational technology market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 9 percent within the next five years. School districts and universities around the country are introducing more e-learning tools in classrooms each year. New device introduction also requires corresponding amounts of support and maintenance to ensure…

HOBI News of the Week 3/2-3/6

Here is a recap of ITAD industry news from the week of May 2nd to May 6th. Global data center security market anticipated to reach $12.9 billion Research and Markets anticipates the global data center security market will reach or exceed $12.91 billion by 2021 with an overall CAGR of 15.3 percent. Apple anticipates iPhones only…

Apple anticipates iPhones only remain functional for three years

An update to Apple’s environmental Q and A on their website indicates iPhones have a typical lifespan of three years. While this estimate is not the definitive cut-off, Apple retrieved this data from monitoring devices and their respective lifespans. The three-year lifespan may not come as a surprise to some, with Apple’s frequent OS updates…