Global PC shipments resume slide in fourth quarter -CNET

The global PC market returned to its familiar downward slope in the fourth quarter, according to preliminary numbers from market analysts.

PC makers shipped 68.6 million personal computers in the final quarter of 2018, a decline of 4.3 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, market researcher Gartner reported Thursday. IDC reported similar results, tallying 68.1 million PC shipments for the quarter, a 3.7 percent decline. More …

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Taking care of your phone’s battery

WE’VE often been told the perils of charging our phones overnight.

Does it destroy the device? Will it cause the socket to burst into flames? 

Fortunately, with new technology devices in the marketplace, phone charging is one less thing we have to worry about.

However, we must remember to consider a few things. The type of phone battery matters. The most common battery type being used now is lithium-ion and it provides faster charging capabilities as well as a better lifespan.

In contrast, nickel-based batteries, while no longer commonly used, have a cyclic memory and remember the last charged capacity as the maximum charge. So the best strategy to make the product last longer and better is to drain the battery completely, and charge it full. As much as possible, charging while half-used is discouraged, as this shortens battery life. more …

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Bill Gates reveals his 5 favorite books of 2018 – CNET

-Paul Scharre’s Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.

-Educated, by Tara Westover

-Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou

–  Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

-The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness, by Andy Puddicomb

From a meditation guide to a memoir about life in a survivalist family, the Microsoft co-founder offers his reading recommendations.


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