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In the complicated world of intellectual property litigation, sometimes a loss is a win.
Just ask Apple, which failed to convince a UK high court judge to ban sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab.
With the iPad, Apple single-handedly created today's multi-billion dollar tablet market, and continues to be its most dominant player.
But that doesn't mean that Apple is the only company cashing in on the devices that have changed the face of computing. If you want a new iPad, you'll need to shell out $499 -- a price too steep for many consumers.
Traffic to e-commerce sites from tablets (mainly iPads) has increased by 348% year on year, and is set to rise further, with sales of tablets predicted to reach 119m in 2012.
This infographic from Monetate looks at some of they key stats, and the importance of what it calls 'couch commerce'
8% of the UK population now owns a tablet, which equates to roughly 3m users, according to stats from YouGov.
The stats show Apple's dominance of this market with the iPad, but also that other tablets are beginning to catch up. The iPad's market share has slipped from 75% to 71% between Q1 and Q2 2012.
The popularity of Google's Android may ensure that Google will play a prominent role in the smartphone market for years to come, but its future in the tablet space is anything but guaranteed.
Apple's iPad is the tablet standard, and lower-end competitors like the Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet use forked versions of Android that Google can't control or monetize. For a variety of reasons, Google hasn't thus far been able to rely on third party manufacturers to build a killer Android tablet.
And it's unlikely to get easier for the search giant any time soon.
Yesterday, Microsoft made what may be remembered as one of its most important announcements ever: it announced that it is designing, manufacturing and selling its own tablets.
The tablets, which the Redmond software giant has dubbed Surface, will sport two flavors of Windows 8: Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro.
Mobile represents one of Facebook's biggest challenges, but the company that just went public in what is sure to be remembered as one of the most infamous IPOs ever, that challenge is also a huge opportunity.
In an effort to exploit that opportunity, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was willing to pay $1bn for a revenue-less startup (Instagram) and the company's own engineers have been working on their own mobile apps (Facebook Camera).
But are mobile apps enough, or does Facebook need something more?
The future may be mobile, but capitalizing on the mobile opportunity hasn't exactly been easy for many publishers and advertisers.
Despite the fact that mobile devices are always on and always connected, they have natural limitations which restrict where and how many ads can be served.
Yahoo has made a lot of big mistakes over the years, and today it finds itself in the fight of its life to stay relevant on the modern web.
The big questions: what can Yahoo do to recapture some of its past glory, if anything at all?
One possible answer is so obvious that nobody thought of it earlier: build a browser.
According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 represents a "rebirth" of Windows and it's the "deepest, broadest and most impactful" version of the operating system his company has yet created.
Those are strong words from a man whose legacy may hinge upon Windows 8's success. But Ballmer apparently isn't afraid to use them, or to offer up bold predictions about how fast Windows 8 will find its way onto consumer devices.
The importance of fast load times in an online retail environment has been proven time and time again. Online, a shopper’s time literally equates to money.
Now, the research from our recent mobile study shows that it’s a shopper’s time on tablets that should be the focus on your website optimisation initiatives.
In the UK, 82% of mobile purchases are made on the iPad.
The number of screens we interact with depends on who you ask. While we, as marketers, would like to think tablets have already replaced couch laptops, the reality is that consumers today are more likely to be looking at their smartphones while watching TV.
Mobile devices may very well be the third or fourth screen, but that is assuming TV is the first one, and that assumption may be more wrong than right as screens converge and content follows.
In that context, it is difficult to develop proper multiscreen strategies, when ordinal numbering doesn't necessarily help us identify which specific device is being used by consumers and, most importantly, what is their current state of mind.