Don’t look now, but the PC might not be dead.According to Gartner, collector of marketshare and industry metrics, worldwide shipments of personal computers just experienced the first year-over-year growth since 2012.Shipments totaled 62.1 million units, which is a 1.4 percent increase from the same time period in 2017.The report states “experienced some growth compared with a year ago” but goes on to caution declaring the PC industry as in recovery just yet.The top five PC vendors all experienced growth with Lenovo seeing the largest gains of 10.5% — though that could be from Lenovo completing a joint venture with Fujitsu.HP grew 6.1%, Dell 9.5%, Apple 3% and Acer 3.1%.
By Lisa Heay Senior Marketing Consultant at Heinz MarketingI don’t know everything about Marketo – that’s for certain – but even being a twice-Marketo Certified Expert with close to 10 years of experience under my belt, I still find myself with tons of questions when setting up new instances.You already have integrations and workflows in place, and you’re not going to turn off one system for two months while you set up the next.There is a surprising lack of information provided on this scenario, and a TON of conflicting recommendations on the Marketo Community.?” but I’m willing to fall on the sword and admit I needed help in hopes that I can help even one company or consultant like me struggling to figure out something that should be simple—it’s worth it!We recently completed a project for a client who was moving from Pardot to Marketo.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi kicked off its initial public offering (IPO) today.The company debuted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the symbol "1810-HK," and with the Hong Kong market closed after a day of trading, the stock settled in at 16.80HKD ($2.14).This was down from Xiaomi's initial price of 17HKD, but it still values the company at around $50 billion, making Xiaomi the biggest tech IPO in around four years.The $50 billion valuation means Xiaomi is now the third most-valuable publicly traded smartphone maker, behind Apple and Samsung, but it's still a far cry from the $100 billion target the company had earlier this year.Xiaomi is a favorite for making value-focused phones that are cheap but good.Flagships from Xiaomi are often several hundred dollars cheaper than the competition, despite the similar specs.
The South Korean tech giant said Monday that it's opening the world's largest phone factory in Noida, near the outskirts of New Delhi.The company is hoping to tap into the lower manufacturing costs there as it pushes its presence in the fastest-growing mobile phone market, according to Reuters.The facility is expected to help Samsung build more cheap phones to make gains in India, a market dominated by the likes of Xiaomi and Lenovo's Motorola unit.South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were in attendance for the opening ceremony of the facility.Samsung didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Follow the Money: This is how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work.
Smart audio company Sonos has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to go public.In doing so, the company warned investors of potential risk factors, such as Sonos' dependence on competitors like Amazon, and US President Donald Trump's trade tariffs, which might increase costs for companies like Sonos that depend on imports from China.However, Sonos made some impressive claims about user satisfaction and loyalty, and it positioned itself as an attractive alternative to the walled gardens that competitors have built.Sonos has not been profitable in the past, but the filing points out that it has closed the gap more with each passing year.The filing lays out the numbers:We generated revenue of $655.7 million in the six months ended March 31, 2018, an 18 percent increase from $555.4 million in the six months ended April 1, 2017.
It was confirmed today that the first cross-border, commercial transactions have been conducted on the we.trade blockchain platform – an initiative established by a group of financial giants, including Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and Rabobank.These aren’t your average bank-funded, cross-border remittances transactions powered by the blockchain, though.This particular test was a sustained cross-country, multi-bank, interoperability remittance fest.Over a whole business week, 10 companies conducted trades on the we.trade platform, making use of four different banks across five countries.The list of participants boasts high profile brands like Santander, Societe Generale and KBC.Participation spans across 11 European countries, including France, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, Spain, and Germany.
In Sweden, the public sector lagged behind the private in the digitalisation.”They have not had to adapt to the old rubbish when they build new things,” says Jan Gulliksen, professor at KTH and member of the government's digitaliseringsråd.The digital music service Spotify has over 100 million users globally.Swish is used by over 5 million swedes.this was The question that DI's panel tried to answer in Almedalsarenan on Tuesday.Jan Gulliksen, professor in human-computer interaction at KTH and member of the government's digitaliseringsråd, noted that Sweden usually end up at number two in the rankings, after Denmark, when it comes to the degree of digitalization in the EU.
Bugs are just part of the development process, and today, Facebook has the distinct displeasure of detailing one that could have affected as many as 800,000 users.As it turns out, Facebook has discovered a bug that potentially unblocked some of the people you’ve decided you never want to hear from again.Considering how many people are on Facebook these days, the block option pretty much becomes a necessity, so having a bug that negates it is definitely not a good thing.In a post to the Facebook Newsroom today, the company offered apologies to users who may have been affected by the bug.It explains that the bug was active between May 29 and June 5, which is when it was discovered and patched.The company also detailed just what the bug did and what content previously blocked people may have been able to see.
Samsung upcoming flagship phablet – the Galaxy Note 9 has now received 3C certification in China, a few weeks after it cleared the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CMIIT) hurdle.This is one of the few certifications the device is expected to secure before it could sell in the Chinese market.The version that just got 3C certification is the Note 9 with the model number SM-N9608, and while no specific details were highlighted, the listing document reveals the Galaxy Note 9’s battery supports a power input of 9V DC/1.67A or 5V DC/2A through fast wireless charging as well as support for TD-LTE bands for cellular connectivity.If you aren’t already aware, the Galaxy Note 9 is tipped to launch at the scheduled Galaxy unpacked event slated for August 9 in the New York City.Speculations are rife that the device will be heading straight to the Chinese market shortly after its launch, hence the need for the 3C approval.Previous leaks indicates Note 9 won’t come with any radical change in terms of design, and if words from Eldar Murtazin are to be taken for it, the Note 9 is tipped to come with a 4000mAh battery which should offer up to one to two days of normal usage and 23 to 25 hours of video playback at maximum brightness, a huge leap over that of the Note8
When it debuted in 1996, the original Microsoft IntelliMouse was nothing short of revolutionary.Gamers in particular loved it because of its ergonomic design, responsive buttons, and the introduction of the scroll wheel.Although today’s gaming mice tend to feature industrial designs, garish colors, and multiple programmable buttons, the latest IntelliMouse promises a new generation of the same features that made it so popular when it debuted.The last iteration of this classic peripheral was the IntelliMouse 3.0 back in 2003.“We’ve reached a point where tracking and switch technology and price has matured immensely,” said Simon Dearsley, a design director at Microsoft, in a Q blog post announcing the new mouse.“We saw this as an opportunity to improve on an icon by updating it with modern technology.”
The european space agency (ESA) will soon be sending up the robot CIMON to the space where it should connect to the crew on the international space station (ISS).CIMON stands for "Crew Interactive Mobile Companion" and it is a ball-shaped robot that will slide around in weightlessness on the ISS.the Idea behind the CIMON is to provide the astronauts on the ISS oral instructions when they carry out certain experiments.In the present so read the astronauts these instructions from a laptop but it is hoped that CIMON should be able to facilitate for the astronauts and make their work a little more efficiently.ESA has taken the help of Airbus and IBM to develop CIMON, who, if all goes as planned, the lift to the ISS on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets later today.
A 1-year-old Abilene, Texas boy was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after he was bitten by a baby rattlesnake that was hiding in toys outside his home.The toddler, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the hospital after the rattlesnake bit his hand, causing it to swell, KTAB-TV reported.The boy’s condition is currently unclear.However, KTAB-TV reported that it could possibly be severe because he was taken to the hospital in “top priority.”In light of the incident, local animal control officials are searching the property for more snakes.Despite popular belief, snakes are unable to survive extreme heat for more than 20 minutes at a time, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Xperia XZ2 Premium was announced back in April by Sony, however, the smartphone isn’t available for consumers yet, and also, those who are eagerly waiting for the 4K smartphone don’t even know the amount of money they’ll need to earn in order to buy the newest Japanese flagship.This is about to change on July 5 as Sony Mobile Taiwan has scheduled an event, where it is expected to reveal the price tag for the first Xperia dual-camera smartphone.According to earlier reports, the company will start to accept pre-orders in China on July 2, the price, however, hasn’t been announced, but the rumor mill pointed to a 6,000 Yuan ($965) amount.The Sony Mobile Taiwan website, however, estimates the release of the highly-anticipated smartphone for sometime in August.Those who are interested in grabbing the smartphone under an NTT DoCoMo contract will be able to get the flagship for $615.Both prices are exclusive to Sony’s Homeland and China, of course, if you’re living in Europe the price can’t be different, and until the moment, we have no idea of when the company will definitely open the sales for its latest product.
Audi wants a taste of the luxury SUV market that stablemates Porsche, Bentley, and Lamborghini have been enjoying, and the 2019 Q8 is how it plans to get it.Audi isn’t short on luxury cars – the 2019 A8 is an excellent example of its particular recipe of comfortable cabins paired with all the high-tech trimmings – and its Q7 SUV isn’t exactly shabby inside.That’s right: we’re talking about the controversial “four-door coupe.”Bolder styling, shorter overhangs, and a wider, slightly lower stance single the Q8 out as Audi’s more aggressive, purposeful take on the SUV.It borrows the same dual-touchscreen infotainment system as in the A8, putting a larger display at the top for navigation and multimedia, while a second, smaller display underneath handles HVAC, comfort features, and text entry.It’s a comprehensive upgrade from what rivals are offering, certainly.
Image credit: PeopleImages | Getty ImagesOpinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.What you never want to do is let brand-building get in the way of the most powerful and profitable advertising and marketing opportunities available to grow your business.There are many types of direct-response lead generation ads, designed to motivate qualified prospects for a particular product or service to step forward, identify themselves, and ask for information, which work much better “blind,” absent any company name or logo or branding, than they do with identity disclosed.One version is the now classic “Warning” ad:Warning to Mutual Fund Investors
In the fall of 1962, The Jetsons debuted in primetime on ABC-TV as the network’s first show to be broadcasted in color.It was the height of the Space Race, and Americans eagerly tuned in for a tantalizing view of the future.They commuted in flying cars, benefitted from abundant technology, and Rosie the robot did much of their housekeeping.Most of their video phone equipment is a lot bulkier than the compact, hand-held devices we use today.Many have heard of robovacs like the Roomba, perhaps because of its high-profile cameos on the TV shows Breaking Bad and Parks and Recreation.In one episode, we see Jane push three or four buttons on a large square machine that shoots out cereal, milk, eggs, and toast for her son Elroy.
New gallery next door to Bletchley Park showcases the machine that helped cracked Hitler’s Enigma machineThe replica Bombe machine that helped speed up the decoding of messages scrambled by the Nazi’s Enigma machine during World War 2 is to move.The move however will be a very short out, as the Bombe machine will move from its current location at Bletchley Park, the famous codebreaking centre in Buckinghamshire, to next door at the UK’s National Museum of Computing (TNMOC).The machine will be placed alongside other famous machines used by code-breakers at Bletchley Park, which includes the reconstruction of the Colossus – the forerunner of the modern computer and which accelerated the breaking of Lorenz-encrypted messages of German High Command.A crowd-funding campaign had raised £50,000 in four weeks to move the machine and create its new home.The codebreaking Turing-Welchman Bombe machine was hugely important in the second world war, as it automated the deciphering of Enigma-encrypted messages during the Second World War.
It has been just over two years now since Microsoft's Phil Spencer promised that mouse-and-keyboard support for the Xbox One was "not years away, it’s more like months away."Though that's a promise Microsoft has echoed a few times in the years since, thus far Minecraft is the only game on the platform with official support for the PC player's controller of choice.Over the weekend, though, Windows Central got its hands on a purported internal Microsoft presentation from earlier in the year detailing plans for the impending rollout of robust mouse-and-keyboard support for the Xbox One.The developer-focused presentation, which also integrates lessons from Razer's living room-focused lapboard peripheral, suggested an April API rollout to developers ahead of a planned fall announcement of support for players.It's unclear, though, if those plans have changed since the presentation was given (Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment Update: A Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica, "We are always exploring new ways to improve the Xbox experience, but have nothing further to share at this time").As reported, though, the presentation suggests that any Windows-compatible, non-Bluetooth USB mouse and keyboard (including ones that use USB wireless dongles) will soon be fully compatible with the Xbox One.
Fresh on the heels of the launch of betaworks Studios, the startup factory is opening its doors once again as applications have opened for LiveCamp.LiveCamp is the fourth installment of betaworks’ accelerator program, following the progress of BotCamp, VoiceCamp and VisionCamp.LiveCamp is a bit less straightforward with its thesis.Inspired by Twitch streamers and platforms like HQ Trivia, LiveCamp is looking for companies that are interested in digital live experiences, where the line between performer and audience is blurred.“You can think of eSports with commenting as the 1.0,” said Camps General Manager Danika Laszuk.“HQ really brought the idea of live to a more mainstream audience.
The beta version of Valve’s Steam Link app for Android hit the Play Store about a month ago, allowing gamers to stream their favorite PC games to their smartphone or Android TV.I’m very well acquainted with Valve’s TV hardware version of the technology, so let’s dust off a Bluetooth controller and see how it works on a phone.Just install the app while Stream is running on your PC, connect up a Bluetooth controller, and you’re good to go.The Steam Link app will test your network capability upon first connection, giving you an indication of whether your system will provide a stable frame rate.The default is set to Balanced quality at 15Mbps, but you can improve or downgrade this quality depending on the app’s test result (more on that in a bit).I experienced occasional connection issues launching the app.