NEW IPAD, HYBRID CHROMEBOOK/TABLET LEAD TECH NEWS

By Wares March 28, 2018 Industry news

It's all about tech in the news today with announcements from Apple, Acer, Foxconn and Belkin.

NZ online spending nears 8% - The Marketview BNZ Online Retail Sales report for February 2018 shows another solid month for growth in NZ online shopping, with total spending +11% on February last year. Spending at international merchants was +12% year-on-year and spending at domestic retailers +10%. Annual online spending is now estimated at 7.6% of total retail sales reported in Statistics NZ’s Retail Trade Series. Find out more here

Back to school with iPad and Pencil - Targeting the education sector in particular, Apple has introduced a new higher performance 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support (photo above). There's also a new gold finish. Starts at NZ$539, deliveries due to start this week. Find out more here

Chromebooks go keyboard-less - In some respects targeting the same educational markets as the new iPad above, Acer has been showing off a Chrome OS powered tablet, the Chromebook Tab 10, in effect the first Chromebook with touchscreen and stylus control but without a keyboard. Find out more here

Foxconn buys Belkin - Belkin International and Foxconn, the Taiwanese company known best for manufacturing iPhones, have revealed that Foxconn is buying Belkin, along with its Linksys and Wemo brands. The deal is worth a cool US$866 million in cash. Belkin International will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Foxconn under the leadership of CEO and founder Chet Pipkin and his executive team. Find out more here

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