Business tech bytes for July 8, 2014

Business tech bytes for July 8, 2014
Oklahoman Published: July 7, 2014
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AT&T to increase cell coverage

— AT&T is boosting network coverage in and around Oak Tree National to accommodate its customers attending the U.S. Senior Open this week. The company Monday deployed a Cell on Wheels to accommodate expected increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users. The augmentations will help provide reliability as golfers take to the greens. “This championship will no doubt generate memorable experiences that our customers will want to share with friends and family through text messages, photos, status updates on social networks and calls from their mobile devices,” said Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma. “Thanks to this technology, the cell service should be there to provide great connectivity, solid coverage and fast speeds.”

Tablets to surpass laptops

Don’t be surprised if you start to see more people with tablets than laptops: A report Monday said tablet shipments will exceed PCs by 2015. Research company Gartner said worldwide tablet shipments — meaning units sold from manufacturers to retailers — will climb from 256 million in 2014 to nearly 321 million next year. Shipments of desktops and laptops will fall from 276 million this year to less than 262 million in 2015, Gartner said. The shift would be the first time tablet shipments surpass PCs, a monumental change in the tech landscape. The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs predicted the shift in 2010, calling it the “post-PC” era, comparing desktops and laptops to trucks.

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