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The Legacy PC Has Peaked And Is Not Lifted By The Tide Of Small Cheap Computers

IDC’s latest predictions and summary of the personal computing market suggests“As the Smart Connected Device market matures, and emerging markets drive more of the growth, the percentage of the market made up of phablets plus regular smartphones is expected to … Continue reading

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Tablets Are Doing Well

Oh, the poor desktop PC. First, the notebook overtook them in units sold. Then the smartphone did the same. Now it’s the tablet’s turn…“The worldwide tablet grew 11.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) with shipments … Continue reading

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Gartner On Personal IT – 2013 to 2015

According to Gartner, the legacy PC shows little or no growth compared to tablets and smartphones. That makes sense: the legacy PC is too expensive, noisy and it’s hard to maintain, those small cheap computers allow most folks to do … Continue reading

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John C. Dvorak, Educational Luddite

The Luddites were folks who tried to destroy new technology threatening their old ways of doing things.“When tech enters the classroom, the usual result is money squandered. This was obviously the case with PLATO and it is quite apparent today … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, Smartphones Are Real PCs

One line the trolls use to try to restrain or to demean the idea of the smartphone and other small cheap computers being the “new PC” is that to do real work one needs a hair-drying big expensive piece of … Continue reading

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Government of China Bursts M$’s Patent-bubble

M$ has been taxing Android/Linux distributors by threatening legal suits over software patents. “A list of hundreds of patents that Microsoft believes entitle it to royalties over Android phones, and perhaps smartphones in general, has been published on a Chinese … Continue reading

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Photovoltaic Panels Reach New Low Price

In emerging markets like Africa, IT is sometimes available before electrical utilities. In such cases, silicon solar panels serve to run battery-chargers to keep the small cheap computers, lamps and networking devices running. Only a year ago, prices were ~$1 … Continue reading

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The War Between M$ And OEMs Heats Up

I wrote earlier about M$’s tablet. It’s bigger than I thought. Not only is M$ losing money on its tablet and being ignored by consumers.“the Surface Pro 3 delivers no killer punch to either Cupertino or Mountain View.Worse, it’s a … Continue reading

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Tablet PC Market Has Matured

The tablet PC was a technology waiting to happen a few years ago. It took off in the market and for a while suppliers and retailers could barely keep up with the demand.“tablet PC display shipments are expected to reach … Continue reading

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For $163 OEMs Can Have An 8-core ARMed CPU

According to Digitimes, that’s the going price of 8 cores of ARM.“The 8-core CPUs have been in volume production for over six months, with prices of 8-core smartphone now falling under CNY1,000 (US$163), and therefore the adoption of 8-core chips … Continue reading

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White-box Tablet Shipments Approach 100 Million Per Annum

Those small cheap computers are keeping the big guys honest.“There were 20.4 million white-box tablets shipped globally in the first quarter of 2014, decreasing by 27.4% on quarter and by 2.4% on year, according to Digitimes Research. … Of the … Continue reading

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Intel Desperately Struggles To Maintain Relevance Against ARM

Intel, despite Moore’s Law advantages, and serious price-cutting, still has difficulty competing against ARM.“Intel is currently offering its dual-core Atom Z2520 for 7-inch models and Atom 3735G for 8-inch ones, while MediaTek is mainly pushing solutions such as 8382 for … Continue reading

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