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IDC: Russian tablets market falls 8.5% in Q1 2016

IDC Russia said tablet shipments in the country fell by 8.5 per cent year-on-year to 919,000 units in the first quarter of 2016, while in terms of value in U.S. dollars the market shrank by 12.9 per cent.

Berg Insight reveals European smart home penetration lags North America

Berg Insight said Europe's smart home market lagged North America by two to three years in terms of penetration and market maturity at the end of 2015, with an installed base of 5.3 million smart homes compared to 12.7 million in North America.

Report: Orange considers buying more Millicom assets in Africa

Orange is mulling the acquisition of further operations owned by Millicom International Cellular in Africa and has started informal talks with the company, Bloomberg reported.

Jolla Sailfish OS community expansion program sells out within a day

Jolla, the Finnish mobile company that created the Sailfish OS, said demand for a new initiative designed to boost the operating system's community of fans and developers was so high it sold out within a day of being announced.

Gartner: Spending on in-app transactions exceeds upfront app payments by 24%

Mobile app users are spending $7.40 (€6.65) on paid-for apps every three months and $9.20 on in-app transactions.


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