Smartphone and tablet sales continue to climb, but shipments of traditional PCs is dipping. Are we moving toward a world where laptop and desktop computers are niche products for folks that can’t get by with a more mobile device?
It’s a bit too soon to tell, but there’s a reason Intel and Microsoft are striving to make next-generation ultrabooks do more of the things we’re used to doing with iPads and Android tablets.
Here’s a roundup of the day’s tech news from around the web.
- PC shipments down 14 percent, Windows 8 may be hurting rather than helping
PC shipments have been declining for a while, but a lot of industry types had been hoping the launch of Windows 8 could help turn things around. It might actually be having the opposite effect. [CNET]
- PCLinuxOS 2013.04 released
Ubuntu isn’t the only GNU/Linux operating system around. For a few years I feel like I heard about PCLinuxOS all the time. It’s a bit less fashionable these days, but the latest release is still worth a look. [PCLinuxOS]
- Google Chrome Beta for Android update brings full screen mode to phones
Google’s latest beta of the Chrome browser for Android adds full-screen support for smartphones, search improvements, and more. [Chrome Releases]
- We may be at the end of the road when it comes to rooting/modding Motorola Android phones
It’s getting tougher and tougher to find vulnerabilities to exploit in order to root Motorola phones. Now Dan Rosenberg, the security researcher responsible for more recent tools that let you root a Motorola phone says he might be calling it quits. Time to just buy a Nexus? [DroidRzr]
- 9 years of Gmail… remember when webmail only offers 5MB of storage?
When Gmail launched on April 1st, 2004, people thought it was an April Fool’s prank. After all, who needed 1GB of email storage? Now it’s hard to imagine living in a world where you have to delete email regularly to make space for new messages. [Gmail blog]