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HP and Lenovo lead the world market of personal computers

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While Apple keeps a strong image of being a widely used computer brand with their MacBooks, they are not the leading brand of personal computers around the globe. It’s actually another American manufacturer with a Chinese technology company not so far behind.

According to preliminary estimates of the International Data Corporation (IDC) for Q3 2017, HP is the world market leader of PCs with a 22.8 percent share on shipments of 15.3 million units. In second place is Lenovo with a 21.6 percent share and 14.5 million units shipped.

HP Envy 13 folded

HP Envy 13

Both companies were able to keep the PC market stable with just a 0.5 percent year-on-year decrease in shipments, which is better than IDC’s early prediction of a 1.4 percent decline.

In the third spot is Dell with their 16.1 percent share and 10.8 million shipped units. Apple got fourth place with its 7.3 percent share and 4.9 million units, while the fifth spot belongs to ASUS with a 6.2 percent share and 4.2 million shipments.

Lenovo Yoga 910

The five big names in the PC market remains the same based on the report of another research firm, Gartner, but has a more concerning global year-on-year decline of 3.6 percent.

For Gartner, HP has an estimated 21.8 percent global share with 14.6 million shipments, while Lenovo secured a 21.4 percent share with 14.3 million shipments. It’s a much closer race for the top spot.

Dell is still trying to make a dent with their 15.2 percent share and shipments of 10.1 million.

It’s interesting that ASUS ranked fourth in Gartner’s estimate with a 7.3 percent share and 4.9 million units, while Apple is behind at 6.9 percent and 4.6 million units.

As always, the emerging regions are business opportunities for companies to keep the PC market stable, despite the slow and declining growth. According to Gartner, the shortage of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) is still ongoing, which is likely to continue until next year. Final pricing of PCs is still unaffected, for now.

SEE ALSO: The most awesome PC cases mods of 2017

Source: TheStreet

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Samsung’s latest 2.5-inch SSD has record 30TB of storage

Yet another world record by Samsung

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We were already impressed by the 512GB microSD card and 2TB flash drive, so you can imagine our collective jaws dropping when we found out Samsung released a 30TB solid state drive (SSD).

Yes, this an SSD and not the slower mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) that normally reaches this storage level.

Labeled as the PM1643, it’s the most spacious 2.5-inch SSD in the world. The previous record holder happened to be Samsung as well when the company launched a 15.36TB SSD back in 2016.

The exact amount is 30.72TB coming from 32 units of 1TB NAND flash. Its 2,100MB/s sequential read and 1,700MB/s write speeds outdo most consumer SSDs thanks to 40GB of built-in RAM.

As you can obviously tell, this is meant for enterprise users and will cost a sum as crazy as the storage itself — exactly how much is not yet known.

And because it uses the newer Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, don’t expect this to connect to your desktop PC or notebook.

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Steam Lunar New Year Sale is live!

Hold on to your wallets and pray it survives

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It’s time to roll up our sleeves, hold on to our bleeding and weeping wallets, and pray for the almighty Gaben because the Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale has officially begun.

The sale will run until February 19. Some of the discounted titles include:

Cuphead

US$ $16.99 19.99

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NBA 2K18

US$ 38.99 59.99

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Pyre

US$ 9.99 19.99

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Nioh: Complete Edition

US$ 34.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Complete Edition

US$ 90.99 129.99

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Sniper Elite 4

US$ 20.39 59.99

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The Evil Within 2

US$ 29.99 59.99

BUY HERE

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition

US$ 19.99 49.99

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

US$ 29.99 59.99

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Tekken 7

US$ 24.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Steam also rolled out improvements to Steam Wishlists. The update includes more ways to filter and categorize your options, as well as customizing relevant information. Viewing Early Access and review scores have also been tweaked to notify you as soon as changes have been made. The patch was released just today here.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 Steam Holiday Sale Deals

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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