2013 review: Technology business round-up

We bring you the year’s triumphs and missteps from across the globe

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  • E-Mail 2013 review: Technology business round-up It has been a turbulent year across many technology sub-sectors.
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 3, 2013

Times are changing. It appears that desktops and laptops will soon be just places you put your tablet. Market leaders are increasingly to be found in the East as two US champions have now lost their shipment-volume leadership positions to Asian firms: first Apple to Samsung, last year in smartphones, and now, in the second quarter of this year, HP to Lenovo in PCs.

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Asia's heavy hitters continue to wage war in a number of sectors. Huawei and ZTE are taking the fight to Europe in telecom infrastructure; Samsung continues to lead in smartphones and is hot on Apple's heels in tablets; and Lenovo, as well as ruling what is left of the PC market, swiped third place in tablets and fourth in smartphones.

It has been a year in which former pioneers have been relegated to minnows. BlackBerry came close to being swallowed by a bigger fish and Dell ducked behind the curtain, as its founder ground out a win in an ugly corporate skirmish, to take the world's number-three PC-maker private.

Even Microsoft is starting to show the scrapes and bruises of transition. Its CEO announced his retirement following the protracted pain of That OS. You know the one we mean.

Read on as we catalogue the triumphs of the East and the woes and trials of those who, as the old curse says, "Live in Interesting Times". Appropriately enough in some cases, the curse is attributed to the Chinese.

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