Technology manufacturer Dell has moved from being a publicly-traded company to a privately-owned business this week.
Michael Dell, who founded the company and is its current CEO, has worked with investment firm Silver Lake Partners to complete a deal valued at approximately $24.9 billion.
Google has announced a new Nexus smartphone that’s been developed in partnership with LG.
The Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch HD display, offers 4G connectivity and combines a 8 megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation. It runs Android on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz processor.
While smartphone shipments for the past quarter are reported to have risen by over 38% year-on-year, the growth of tablet sales hasn’t been any less dramatic.
Figures from the International Data Corporation show tablet shipments up 36.7% year-on-year (and 7% from the previous quarter) to 47.6 million units.
Figures from the International Data Corporation show that worldwide smartphone shipments in the third quarter of 2013 reached a new record for the second consecutive month.
Total smartphone shipments were up 38.8% year-on-year and up 9% from the previous quarter to 258.4 million devices.
Launching the BlackBerry BBM messaging and social networking application for Android and Apple iOS devices has resulted in more than 20 million new users joining the service, pushing the total number of monthly active BBM users to over 80 million people.
In fact, the Android and iPhone apps had more than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours of their official release.