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Lilbits: Playdate dissected, PC shipments continue to rise, and Chromebooks lose support for MS Office Android apps

Chromebooks are basically just laptops that ship with Google’s Chrome OS rather than another operating system. But since Chrome OS was designed to put the web browser front and center, some folks have insisted that it’s not a real operating system – after all, it loses much of its functionality if you lose your internet connection. […]

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PC shipments continue their pandemic-fueled growth streak (but supply chain issues mean slower growth)

After years of declining shipments, PC makers saw big growth over the past year, largely fueled by the work-from-home trend during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Now research firms Gartner, IDC, and Canalys report that PC shipments are continuing to trend upward… but growth has slowed somewhat in the latest quarter. The most likely reason for […]

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Lilbits: Ubuntu on Windows, rising smartphone shipments, and first-time Mac and iPad buyers

When Apple introduced the M1 processor late last year, the company made bold claims about its performance and efficiency. And when reviews of the new Macs powered by the chip started to come in, it turned out that those claims were largely true – Apple’s new processors are among the fastest desktop and laptop chips […]

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Lilbits: Apple leaks, NVIDIA’s ARM CPUs, and PC shipments are (way) up

Every quarter a handful of analysts release reports letting us know if shipments of devices like PCs, smartphones, tablets, and smart home devices are rising, falling, or flat. Sometimes this data gives us a good idea of current and future trends. This year, I’m not really so sure what it tells us. With that in […]

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Canalys: Tablet and Chromebook shipments hit all-time highs in Q4, 2020

According to the latest global PC market report from research firm Canalys, PC makers shipped 458.2 million computers in 2020, up 17 percent from shipments in 2019. Much of that growth came in the fourth quarter of the year, with a total of 143.7 million units shipped, up 35-percent from the same period a year […]

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Lilbits: More new Intel chips, PC shipments are up, and Qualcomm’s new in-screen fingerprint reader is bigger

In addition to launching new 35-watt Tiger Lake processors for gaming laptops and new 6-10 watt chips for low-cost, low-power notebooks for the education market, Intel had some other big announcements today. The company launched a new line of 11th-gen Tiger Lake chips with vPro technology for business-class security, management, and performance features. Intel also […]

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Lilbits: Chromebook explosion, Huawei’s respite, and PinePhone KDE Community Edition

The global pandemic has been hard on everyone… except maybe for PC makers. With more people working and schooling from home, a lot of people have been looking for laptops, tablets, and other devices capable of handling your daily Zoom quota. That’s been enough to reverse a trend in recent years that’s seen PC shipments […]

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Reports: Tablet shipments were up in Q3, smartphone shipments were down

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the way people around the world live and work, two new reports suggest there’s been an impact on the types of mobile devices people are buying. According to IDC, global tablet shipments were up nearly 25-percent in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the same […]

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Global PC shipments are up due to COVID-19, but not everyone can get one

It’s been a rough decade for personal computer makers as sales have slumped due to a combination of factors including the rise of smartphones and other mobile devices and decisions by PC users to upgrade or replace older hardware less frequently. But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, leading millions of people around the world to […]

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Global tablet shipments are up as people shop for Work From Home tools

Global PC shipments were down during the first quarter of 2020 due to supply chain issues, but they more than bounced back in the second quarter, as customers snatched up computers for working and learning from home. But it looks like tablets might have had an even better Q2. Canalys reports that overall tablet shipments […]

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Huawei shipped more smartphones in Q2 than any other company

Global smartphone shipments have been tanking this year as the world reacts to the global COVID-19 pandemic. And you’d think that Chinese phone maker Huawei would be in a particularly tough position, since the US government has blocked Google and other key hardware and software companies from working with Huawei. But that hasn’t stopped Huawei […]