IT spending to rise: Gartner
Gartner Inc said information technology (IT) spending worldwide would total US$3.72 trillion this year, up 2 percent from last year, but down from the 4.1 percent gain it forecast in January. Gartner managing vice president Richard Gordon attributed the downward revision primarily to the impact of recent fluctuations in US dollar exchange rates. Spending on IT devices is expected to remain weak throughout the year, with PC sales unlikely to stage a significant recovery from their continuous decline, he said.
Taiwan first to get HTC fix
HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday said that the Taiwanese market has become the first to receive a software update for the Butterfly smartphone that adds several built-in features first seen on the company’s latest HTC One. The update will install the Android 4.2.2 operating system, the HTC Sense 5.0 user interface, the BlinkFeed live-streaming home screen and the Video Highlights slide show function for the camera, the company said.
Far EasTone unveils phone
Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳) on Monday unveiled a low-cost smartphone that is based on near-field communication technology. The Vodafone Smart III device was made in cooperation with Vodafone Group PLC and will carry a price tag of NT$4,990 (US$166) when it hits local stores later this month.