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IDC lowers 2013 tablet sales estimate

IDC has lowered its tablet shipment forecast for 2013 and beyond, and said that competing technologies, including larger-sized smartphones, and futuristic wearable computing devices will steal some dollars that would have gone to tablets, TechHive has reported. The global market research firm trimmed its 2013 tablet shipment expectations by 1% from 229.3 million units to 227.4 million. The change also affected forecasts IDC has made for the period between 2014 and 2017. Global tablet shipments in 2017 will almost reach 407 million, nearly 1% less than a May estimate of 410 million, said IDC.