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PC shipments decline sharply, again – Boing Boing

“The death of the PC,” writes Davey Alba, “has not been greatly exaggerated.”

Research outfit Gartner tracked a 9.5 percent decline in shipments in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time a year ago, posting a tally of 68.4 million units. Meanwhile, researchers at IDC, which doesn’t count tablets in its report, calculated an 11.8 percent drop year-over-year to 66.1 million PCs shipped. To put that number into context, Apple said in its most recent earnings report that it had sold 61 million iPhones during the same quarter—and that’s just one smartphone from one (massively popular) company.

Can you guess which PC maker saw growth?


Apple Watch 2 Details Emerge As Huge Sales Are Reported For Original

The Apple Watch has only been on sale for a couple of months but that hasn’t stopped the web rumour mongers from speculating about what’s in store for the next-generation of Cupertino’s smartwatch.

The latest reports, courtesy of 9to5Mac, suggest that Apple has a few major tweaks up its sleeve for the Apple Watch 2 – most notably a FaceTime camera and tether-less functionality.


Why Apple's Late Push Into Streaming Music Won't Be That Easy - Bloomberg Business

Apple is expected to show off its new streaming-music service later today at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The stitched-together Spotify rival will combine disparate parts of Apple's music operation: the mega-successful iTunes download store; the less-successful Pandora-style Internet radio service launched in 2013; and the streaming subscription service built by Beats Electronics, the headphone maker bought for $3 billion last year. 

Apple is late to the subscription-music game, and building a successful streaming service is essential if the company that gave the world the iPod wants to remain relevant in digital music. These four charts show why Apple needs to make a splash in streaming—and why it won't be easy.


10 Best American Motorcycles - All Motor News

American patriotism is truly unique. We are very core, strictly American. Most of us believe that ours is the greatest country in the world. We are proud of what this country stands for and there is nothing more patently American than a motorcycle.
American made bikes can outperform the best Asian and European bikes. Here we present a list of 10 best American made bikes that offer the most value for money.


Facebook rolls out 'Lite' version

Facebook rolled out a new version of the social network that will work well across all network conditions -- including those with poor connectivity.

Facebook Lite is available for Android and less than 1MB, Facebook said.

This new version of the app uses less data than the regular Facebook app, and is quick to install and load. It is boiled down to its core features -- status updates, photos, and notifications -- so it can efficiently function with less data.


US Listing of Cars Affected by Takata Airbag Recall Not Updated Yet - ABC News

One day after Takata Corp. announced a recall affecting a total of 33.8 million inflators -- one in seven registered vehicles in the U.S. -- due to defective airbags, consumers set a record, flooding the U.S. government's recall website to see whether their car was involved.

The problem: None of the 17 million newly recalled cars have been listed yet on





The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said today it expected to have most of the vehicle identification numbers uploaded on its by early next week. A vehicle's VIN can be found on the driver's side where the dashboard meets the windshield or on the driver's side door post.


Take My Money: Samsung Teases Iron Man-Edition Galaxy S6 Edge

Throw away that Marvel smartphone cover and crack open your piggy bank: Samsung is designing an Iron Man edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone.

The electronics giant incited fanboy frenzy today when it tweeted a photo of the upcoming handset's box.

Yes, the six pieces of cardboard carrying an unseen gadget is enough to make superhero enthusiasts drool.

Little else is known about the product, which is presumably so amazing that it casts a glowing light from the edge of its container.


Google: What It Learned From 1.7 Million Miles on the Road - ABC News

Google's fleet of self-driving cars have traveled more than 1.7 million miles, collecting data about performance and sharing the road with manual drivers.

Along the way, they've also racked up a few dings -- but by no fault of their own, according to the company.







With more than 20 cars in its fleet constantly being tested with safety drivers in the front seat, Google said the cars have been involved in 11 minor accidents resulting in light damage and no injuries.

"Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident," Chris Urmson, lead of Google's driverless car project, wrote in a Medium post today.

The self-driving cars are driven a total of 10,000 miles per week, mostly on city streets.


Apple’s $10K Watch Too Pricey? Get One Gold Plated « CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Jewelers are undercutting Apple’s pricey $10,000 gold model watch by gold-plating cheaper models.

For as little as $399 (on top of the cost of the Apple Watch), WatchPlate will “gold plate your watch and ship it back to you within 3 days of receipt.”  24 karat gold is used for the plating, and a 35 micron-thick layer is created.  However, the watch is submerged in about three-inches of solution for 20-minutes, and in the FAQ section it’s revealed that the plating process could void the watch’s warranty.  WatchPlate says the plating can’t be done to the Sport model, due to a “non-conductive layer that can’t be removed.”