Enterprise PC-buying spree spurs first shipment climb in six years

Shipments of traditional personal computers during the second quarter of 2018 grew by nearly 3% year over year, the largest increase since 2012, research firm IDC said last week.

According to IDC, computer makers shipped approximately 62.3 million systems in the June quarter. Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple and Acer were the top five OEMs (original equipment manufacturers); their shipments represented 78% of the total.

Rival research company Gartner pegged second-quarter growth at 1.4% and pointed out that it was the first year-over-year increase in 25 quarters. Gartner said that total shipments in the June quarter reached 62.1 million, with the same top five OEMs accounting for 74% of the global number.

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How to use Apple Maps more effectively

While we wait for Apple to implement its promised deep changes to Maps, here is how to use a few of the lesser-known features in the company’s navigation software.

Take control of Maps

I’m going to skip the basic stuff about using Maps. In this short guide you’ll learn how to:

  • Scroll Maps the easy way
  • How to find and add pit stops to an existing route
  • How to export a Map as a PDF
  • How to find the car
  • What Apple Watch is trying to tell you

There are lots of other Maps features. Take a look here and here for other ideas.

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The show must go on!

It’s far away and long ago — so long ago, in fact, that there are still IT trade shows where vendors can show off their wares, says a pilot fish working at just such a show.

“I was on hand to set up a demo machine,” fish says. “The equipment arrived at a loading dock on one floor, but needed placement on a mezzanine area half a flight of stairs down.

“The person in charge of the demo was anxious to load the software and ensure everything was ready. But after moving some of the equipment down a ramp, the folks responsible for moving the 19-inch racks disappeared and were nowhere to be found…for a long time.

“A marketing guy returned from his liquid lunch, and conspired with me — I was, somewhat sadly, naive — to make the exhibitor happier by moving a rack down to the mezzanine.

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6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

Your phone is now essentially your personal assistant — and like any aide, it needs the right set of tools to do its job effectively.

The good news? As an Android user, you’ve got no shortage of efficiency-enhancing options. Unlike other mobile platforms, Android affords you the opportunity to customize and control the core user interface to make it better suited to your needs. And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don’t have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.

Behold: six innovative apps that’ll empower your favorite high-tech helper and allow it to reach its full productivity potential.

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from Computerworld News https://www.computerworld.com/article/3208108/android/android-apps-efficiency-timesaving.html#tk.rss_news

Why your smartphone needs 5 cameras

Who knew that the camera in your phone would turn out to be the most popular, useful and important technology in your life?

The human race will take 1.3 trillion photos this year, according to Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends. Smartphones will be used for 87% of them.

Most of these pictures are useless and frivolous — not only selfies, but bad selfies that will never even be posted. Don’t even get me started about videos. Smartphone cameras are responsible for the biggest waste of storage space in history.

But a huge number of these photos are valuable for business or professional uses.

Businesspeople of all kinds are increasingly using smartphone cameras as all-purpose sensors for harvesting data from the environment, augmented reality, quick data entry and far more.

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Chat happens: Your guide to 11 group-chat services

Everyone knows the secret to success — personal and business alike — is good communication. But in what form? If you’re trying to communicate with a group in real time, you’re no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren’t paying attention and somebody’s dog barks intermittently throughout the call.

But what’s the alternative? Consider an old (very old) standby: instant messaging. Except nobody calls it that anymore; now it’s group chat. These virtual meeting rooms are focused on text-based communication — and often vastly preferable to conference calls.

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