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It must be tough to be a market research firm these days. IDC released preliminary information of PC shipments for the first calendar quarter of 2013 today, showing the market to be dismal with an overall decline in PC shipments of almost 13 percent in the US year-over-year and Mac shipments apparently down 7.5 percent in the same period. On the other hand, Gartner’s figures — also released today — show an 9.6 percent year-over-year decline in the US PC market, and shipments of Macs actually growing 7.4 percent in the same period.
With Apple’s fiscal second quarter earnings report coming up in less than two weeks, the conflicting numbers are sure to make financial analysts reach for the bottle of Jim Beam hidden in a desk drawer. As if the numbers from IDC and Gartner weren’t perplexing enough, 9to5Mac points out that NPD Group’s numbers show sales (not shipments) of Macs jumping a whopping 14 percent.
Readdle is rolling out another version of its Documents app today. This latest version brings the popular document management app to the iPhone, expanding it beyond its iPad roots. Just like its iPad predecessor, the Documents version for the iPhone is a fast document viewer that includes both a media player and file manager.
The now universal app will let users store and view all the common file formats including PDF files, Office documents and photos. There’s an online component that’ll let you sync with common cloud services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, any WebDAV and iCloud. You can also browse and download files from the Web via built-in browser.
Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam spent some time touting his company’s investment in its LTE network and the fact that 4G LTE makes it possible to stream video. McAdam also relayed a story, recounted on Fierce Wireless, about how he was able to convince late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs to build LTE into the iPhone 5
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Miami U.S. District Judge Robert Scola is not very happy with Apple or Samsung. He recently accused both sides of having “no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute” and of using the legal proceedings “as a business strategy.”
Bloomberg notes that the litigants have been battling in Florida since 2010 and currently account for more than 180 claims.
Judge Scola denied a request from both Apple and Samsung to reduce the scope of the case, saying, “without a hint of irony, the parties now ask the court to mop up a mess that they made.” Instead of a mop job, the judge gave both parties four months to get their ducks in a row, as it were.
Zynga’s been on an interesting pivot lately. The company made a name for itself on Facebook, and most of the developer’s business is tied up in big games such as Farmville and its sequel. But that audience is at least slowing down in growth, if not declining, and that’s pushed Zynga to try some more interesting experiments, particularly on mobile platforms like iOS. Last year, Zynga published Horn, which is a very impressive action / adventure title on iOS, and this year we’ll undoubtedly see more experiments like that one, with Zynga targeting a more “midcore” audience with better graphics and more complex gameplay.
And in fact, here’s one of those experiments now. Battlestone is a newly revealed game from the House that Farmville Built, and as you can see above, it looks very impressive. It’s an action RPG in the vein of Diablo, but made for mobile platforms, and with a slightly more casual look. Battlestone will let you pull one hero from multiple choices to fight through varied 3D environments, swiping and tapping across the screen to get involved in combat.