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PC shipments decline for the fifth year in a row

PC shipments fell again last year… just like the year before, and the year before that. In fact, Gartner reports worldwide PC shipments have dropped every year since 2012. Computer makers still shipped a lot of hardware: according to Gartner the total for 2016 was about 270 million units. But that’s down from more than […]

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Gartner: Samsung smartphone sales saw “worst performance ever” following Note 7 recall

Samsung sold more smartphones in the third quarter of 2016 than any other company, according to a new report from Gartner. But that doesn’t mean it was a good quarter for Samsung: sales to consumers were down more than 14 percent from the same period in 2015. Gartner says that’s the worst year-over-year decline in Samsung’s […]

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Gartner: PC shipments have been falling non-stop for 2 years

Personal Computers aren’t selling like they used to… at least not traditional PCs. A new report from Gartner says that PC sales have declined for the 8th quarter in a row, representing the longest ongoing decline in shipments ever. Shipments during the third quarter of 2016 are said to be down about 5.7 percent from […]

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PC shipments still falling.. but not as fast as expected

We may be living in the age of the smartphone, but there are still plenty of notebook and desktop computers out there. The analysts at IDC say 62.4 million personal computers were shipped worldwide in the second quarter of 2016, while rival Gartner puts the number at 64.3 million. Both companies agree that’s fewer PCs […]

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IDC and Gartner report that PC shipments are down… again

A little over a year ago research firms IDC and Gartner saw signs that the PC market was headed for some sort of recovery. That didn’t happen, and this week both companies put out reports claiming that PC shipments were down in the most recent quarter. IDC says worldwide PC shipments fell to 60.6 million units, […]

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Is anybody buying Windows phones? Yes… but not many people

Microsoft recently unveiled a new smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile software, and so has Japanese device maker VAIO. Rumor has it that HP has a new model on the way as well. But is there anybody still buying Windows phones? According to Gartner, the answer may be yes… but not as many people as there used to be. The research […]

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PC shipments dropped last quarter, but there were winners and losers

Researchers at Gartner and IDC have released separate reports that reach the same basic conclusion: PC sales in the first quarter of 2015 were lower than during the same period a year earlier. But the reports aren’t all bad news for computer makers: A few companies also shipped more computers this year, and the launch […]

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Lilbits (3-27-2014): Amazon TV box launching April 2nd?

Amazon’s almost certainly working on a set-top box that will let you stream videos, play games, and possibly run other apps on your TV.  Details about the device have been leaking for months… and now it looks like Amazon might be getting ready to put the rumors to rest and officially unveil its TV box. The […]

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Gartner: Nearly 200 million tablets sold in 2013, mostly Android

Research firm Gartner reports that more than 195 million tablets were sold in 2013, and for the first time since the introduction of Apple’s first iPad, most of the tablets sold were running Google Android software. According to Gartner, Android grabbed about 62 percent of the market for a total of nearly 121 million tablets. […]

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Reports: PC sales decline by 10% but Chromebooks climb 112%

There’s good news and bad news for PC makers in the latest reports from research firms IDC, Gartner, and NPD. The bad news is that most reports suggest PC sales in 2013 were down about 10 percent from the previous year, with 4th quarter/holiday shipments down about 6 percent from 2013. The good news is that’s […]