PC Sales Continue Surging — And That’s Good News for Intel, AMD and Others

PC sales remain on the upswing thanks to purchases made to support remote workers and learners. And it looks as if there’s still a lot of pent-up demand going into the holiday season.

Research firm IDC estimates PC shipments rose 14.6% annually in Q3 to 81.3 million. That compares with 11.2% shipment growth in Q2, and just 2.7% growth in 2019.

Officially, Gartner estimates PC shipments rose just 3.6% to 71.4 million. However, when including Chromebook sales (counted in IDC’s official estimate), Gartner’s estimate for shipment growth rises to 9%.

Along with Chromebooks, Q3 was a strong quarter for gaming PCs and (in certain cases) notebooks with cellular modems, according to IDC. On the flip side, desktop demand was said to be weak in the U.S. and EMEA. Desktop PC sales depend heavily on purchases made to support corporate offices, many of which are of course empty right now.

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ItelliFest 2020 – a good example of the virtual tech event experience

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Last week, itelligence UK ran three days of virtual sessions in its effort to turn the annual in-person event into something useful for customers and potential customers. Dubbed itelliFest, it worked out pretty well although, for me, the experience was exhausting.  

Unlike my colleague Jon Reed, I’ve tended to eschew virtual events following the catastrophic cluster that was SAPPHIRENow 2020. At best, my attention span runs 90 minutes these days, hardly conducive to a vendor demanding my attention over a full day. But then ever it was so.

Even with in-person events, I stopped physically attending keynotes years ago as more firms live streamed. Why bother getting crushed or worse still shepherded to specific ‘reserved’ seating when I could get an aerial view from the flying cameras coupled to on the ground backchannel Tweet commentary while still enjoying a cuppa in my hotel room jammies? Attending a near non-stop

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Playing a Good Part In Transforming the Future by Building Decentralized Platforms


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In the last decade, decentralized platforms have taken the data world by storm. Top programmers aspire to create more efficient and effective platforms than ever, making the market for these products one of the most competitive in the world. Meet the five APAC entrepreneurs disrupting their industry, transforming the future of decentralized platforms and navigating their way towards digital transformation.

                                    

                                             Simon Kim, Founder and CEO of Hashed

The mind behind Hashed, Simon Kim is a serial South Korean entrepreneur, blockchain thought leader, and evangelist. Previously, he served as the CPO of Knowre, an adaptive mathematics learning platform. Today, Kim balances his distinguished roles of venture partner at Softbank Ventures Asia, member of the 4th Revolution Committee of South Korea’s Parliament, and Director of the Korea Blockchain Association. He also participates in the Busan Blockchain Free Zone

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Why texting is GOOD for your teen: Smartphone addiction may boost children’s mental health

Why texting is GOOD for your teen: Smartphone addiction may boost children’s mental health, research suggests

  • University of California research reveals texting is not as bad as was thought
  • Youngsters cope better with feelings if they express them with friends via text
  • The study shows sharing emotions over text boosts moods among teenagers 

For many parents, it’s a constant struggle to get teenagers off their phones.

But research suggests their smartphone addictions may not be as harmful as previously thought.

Scientists believe texting could actually be good for children’s mental health.

Youngsters cope better with ups and downs if they can express their feelings to friends via messaging services such as WhatsApp, the study found. 

Sharing emotions over text after a demanding event boosted teenagers’ mood, lowered their stress levels

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Is Major Cineplex Group A Good Stock To Buy?

Major Cineplex Group PCL (OTC:MCGRF) is a leading cinema operator in Thailand with 815 screens in Thailand and neighboring countries. It has a considerable contribution to the growth of Thai box office. The company has a strong growth and upside potential, according to a thesis by AsianCenturyStocks.

Assuming a full recovery in cinema attendance by 2022, the stock will trade at a 2023e PE ratio of 10.3x, offering upside of +85% if the stock were to trade at its historical average PE ratio of 19x. This multiple is well justified given the long runway of growth, limited debt, excellent management team and high return on capital, according to the thesis.

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At a point where European and North American box offices are struggling with their revenue statistics,

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Tesla Model 3 Price Too High? Dirt-Cheap Used Electric Cars Can Be Good Deals

The used EV has arrived.

It was only nine years ago that the first won’t-break-the-bank electric cars arrived.

Those non-Tesla EVs — like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt — weren’t priced at $80,000 like the Model S and the first- and second- generations of those cars have been hitting the used car market over the last several years.

And with a Long Range 2020 Tesla Model 3 starting at about $47,000, “dirt cheap” for an EV is anything under $20,000.

A couple of the better sites for used EVs are MYEV and CarGurus.

Most of the used EVs cited below are first- and second-generation electrics that were sold roughly between 2011 and 2017.

Note: all prices are based on a used vehicle

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It’s Not Good News, Insider Claims

Apple AirTags, the highly anticipated location trackers that have been on the horizon for ages, it seems, are not about to be announced alongside the iPhone 12 at Apple’s big event next week.

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That’s according to the highly reliable tipster Jon Prosser, who has tweeted: “This one hurts my heart: I’m being told that Apple has pushed back the announcement and launch of AirTags to March of 2021.”

Well, that’s a shame. AirTags not only sound fantastic but images of them exactly match the central image on next week’s Apple Event invitation, that is, the Apple logo on a circular device.

Assuming that visual similarity isn’t a coincidence – and this is Apple, so there ain’t no such thing as an accident here – it suggests that until very recently, that is,

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Will Bitcoin Make A Good Investment? Institutional Adoption (Cryptocurrency:BTC-USD)

Bitcoin buyers fall into two camps (primarily). Those who trade the cryptocurrency and those who “stack Satoshis,” a term for stockpiling on Bitcoin as a means of building long-term wealth. Stacking Satoshis may be the most successful tactic due to a few key iterations that Bitcoin will go through to ultimately strengthen its price and reputation as a solid investment choice. Many Bitcoin experts expect Bitcoin to be at the height of its development in 2025.

There are key reasons as to why Bitcoin will make a solid long-term asset over the next five years and may reach its peak as a new technology with mass adoption in seven to ten years. This series explores why strategically entering the bitcoin market at a good entry price will make a solid investment for the future.

Bitcoin Investment Cycle: Institutions

Bitcoin’s investment cycle is important to understand as the cryptocurrency has the

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Is It a Good Idea?

  • The Pentagon and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are teaming up to examine using rockets to send cargo around the world.
  • Rockets would allow the U.S. military to send equipment and supplies to virtually any place on Earth in minutes.
  • Although it’s an attractive proposition, there are lots of downsides—starting with the astronomical cost.

    The Pentagon’s Transportation Command and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are teaming up to examine using rockets to ship cargo through space. The plan raises the prospect of sending urgently needed supplies to U.S. troops anywhere on Earth, within minutes. While the idea is technically feasible, there are several factors, including cost and preparation time, that could make it unworkable.

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    A rocket ship blasting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California could theoretically enter low-Earth orbit and reenter the atmosphere pretty

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    IBM Spinning Off Infrastructure Managed Services Group To Focus On Cloud Is A Good Move

    IBM has been making a flurry of improvements to position the company to better take advantage of the cloud opportunity.  In the past year, IBM acquired Red Hat, deeply integrated many of its products, and installed new CEO Arvind Krishna and President Jim Whitehurst. The company isn’t done. Yesterday, IBM announced that it will spin out its Managed Infrastructure Services unit of its Global Technology Services division into a new public

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