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Shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones combined will climb by 7 percent in 2014, predicts Gartner, though PCs will be on the losing end of the deal.
In its latest effort to promote its tablet-PC hybrid, Microsoft features the NFL -- the league whose game commentators have been known to refer to the Surface as "iPad-like."
Apple and Samsung will lead the charge, but may face challenges from smaller rivals, says research firm Canalys.
That's in terms of sales, not screen size. The firm says shipments of the phone-tablet hybrids will reach 318 million in 2015, more than tablet and portable PC shipments.
The consumer electronics giant upgrades its iPhones on the inside and outside with larger and higher-resolution screens and better chips.
CEO Tim Cook has promised for more than a year that Apple will bring out new products and step into new categories. At this week's event to talk up larger-screen iPhones, fans are hoping he'll finally deliver the next big thing -- a wearable device.
The new device, with a sapphire-crystal display and pulse-tracking sensors, starts at $349 and will be available early next year.
The 8-inch Shield Tablet boasts Nvidia's latest powerful Tegra K1 processor and graphics, and plugs into a TV to become a mini-console and stream PC games. Think of it as a tablet with benefits.
Notifications will only ring in on your active device thanks to a new feature.