Trade Shows & Events

CTIA US Shows to Converge into One

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CTIA will no longer run two annual trade shows from 2014-- the CTIA Show and MobileCON will be converged into the CTIA Super Mobility Show, to take place 9-11 September 2014 at Las Vegas. 

CTIA"The wireless industry is evolving rapidly and there is a need to have a show that centers on the entire global mobile ecosystem in a way that hasn’t existed among the current shows," CTIA VP and show director Rob Mesirow says. "The timing of the 2014 show will deliver the perfect stage for companies to debut mobile consumer products and services for the annual holiday buying season."

The association already pushed back the dates of CTIA Wireless from March to May on 2012, probably due to the growth of Barcelona's Mobile World Congress. 

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Qualcomm Takes Vegas Spotlight at CES

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Qualcomm CESNormally stage-shy mobile processor maker Qualcomm blooms in confidence at CES 2013, where a "Born Mobile" sign towers over all other billboards-- it takes over the main keynote speech, previously the reserve of Microsoft. 

The keynote was a show highlight since it left everyone speechless... for all the best/wrong reasons. Opened by a surreal, near parodic sketch involving 3 "teens" (read soon out of work actors) yammering about "Born Mobile" lifestyles, the keynote proceeded with a speech from Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs (we need to get ready for "Generation M" he says) before boisterous Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer literally ran on to stage.  

Further appearances follow-- film director Guillermo Del Toro (who showed off the latest Snapdragon processor with a hilariously gory moment from his Blade II), actress Alice Eve, Big Bird, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and an electric Rolls Royce. 

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Where to Find High Volume Buyers and Sellers

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Are you looking for new sources of supply, or buyers for your excess inventory? The International Trade Conference (ITC) 2012 brings together some of Europe's most active brokers, traders and distributors of smartphones as well as other consumer electronics and game consoles.

ITC 2012The conference, organized by IPT, hosts key disties and traders for a huge range of mobile products, from iPhone/iPad accessories, to mobile phones and mobile devices, to tablets and more.

Delegates get to book 1-to-1 meetings with buyers and sellers, with use of private meeting rooms. After the daily conference, one gets time for networking, making it an ideal opportunity for relationship-building.

Channel Media Europe Editor-in-Chief Bob Snyder is guest speaker. A well known keynoter, Snyder has been heard at various conferences and events, including RetailVision, DISTREE, Gitex/InfoComm and IT Channel Vision.

The ITC 2012 takes place on 31 May - 2 June 2012, at the 5-star Corinthia Hotel St. Georg in Malta. You can check out more details through the link below.

Go International Trade Conference 2012

CompTIA Discusses Mobile Enterprise

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Is enterprise ready to embrace mobile? IT professional and company association CompTIA recently asked this question at the annual EMEA Member Conference, with a session discussing the growing (in both size and importance) role of mobile devices in enterprise. 

CompTIAAfter all, 90% of the 1 billion internet-enabled devices sold in Europe are mobile devices.

Starting off the session was GfK group director and market researcher Carl West, who says the traditional PC business has reached saturation point-- and mobile devices, together with the cloud, are reinvigorating the market, kicking off the replacement cycle and "giving us something to talk about."

West states "mobility and the mobile enterprise is not about hardware but is instead about implementation and best practice.”

Next to speak was Dimension Data CTO Neal Louw, who described mobile enterprise not as an evolution, but a revolution rapidly changing a landscape IT departments are struggling to keep up with. 

His biggest concern is security-- a concern that is only getting bigger, as more employees bring their devices to their workplaces. Louw asked whether IT departments have a "bring your own" policy. If not, they are "already behind the curve."

The industry needs to address the growing complexity behind mobile enterprise, Louw continued. 

RIM platform product marketing director Anthony Payne also talked about mobile enterprise, describing it as both a challenge and an opportunity for both vendors and IT departments. Payne points out we are living in a multi-platform world, and thus vendors and resellers need to tailor solutions to their customers-- the platform is not as important as "enabling" the user in question. 

Moderator Bob Snyder, Channel Media Europe editor-in-chief, summed up the session by saying today the IT business is becoming the mobile business-- and mobile is driving the cloud by enabling computing anywhere, anytime, on any device, for better or worse. 

Watch CompTIA EMEA 2011: The Mobile Enterprise

Galaxy Tab at IFA No More

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The Apple-Samsung patent battle continues with a casualty-- Samsung loses the chance to showcase the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA 2011.

Apple SamsungThe Bloomberg report follows orders from a Düsseldorf court banning sales and marketing of the newly announced tablet.

Galaxy Tab 7.7 demo models did show up for the first days of the show-- clad with stickers saying "NOT FOR SALE IN GERMANY"-- but not anymore.

Apple and Samung's legal disputes take place across 3 continents, as Apple accuses Samsung of copying iPhone and iPad designs.

Last August, the Düsseldorf Regional Court ordered a temporary sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 26 (out of 27) EU countries.

Go Samsung Puts Galaxy Tablet on Hold (Bloomberg)

Go Apple Blocks Samsung iPad Rival