PC Shipment figures for Q3 2018

No surprise that PC shipments are flat, but interesting to see Microsoft progress in the US – all down to Surface sales. If you haven’t considered the Surface, you should. It’s the best tablet/notebook hybrid around for Windows users.

https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2018-10-10-gartner-says-worldwide-pc-shipments-experienced-flat-growth-in-the-third-quarter-of-2018

Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Experienced Flat …
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 67.2 million units in the third quarter of 2018, a 0.1 percent increase from the third quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The global market has shown modest stability for two consecutive quarters.
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Robots – maybe they aren’t coming as fast as we thought!

Amazon says robots aren’t going to replace people anytime soon – and they should know…

https://www.logisticsmanager.com/more-robots-mean-more-jobs-says-amazon/

Logistics Manager Magazine
The rise in robotic technology does not threaten human jobs, Amazon’s regional director Jonatan Gal told logisticians at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition in Milton Keynes this morning. In a presentation that focused on automating picking and packing processes in retail, Gal looked at the collaboration between humans and robots.
www.logisticsmanager.com

Big data can be a real force for good – it’s just how we decide to use it…

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-big-data-solution-helps-fight-malaria-in-africa-300728966.html

New Big Data Solution Helps Fight Malaria in Africa
The collection and analysis of mountains of medical information, or the use of big data technologies provides increasingly effective tools to fight infectious disease. A great example is Zambia …
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Amazon – a rethink on machine learning recruiting and a new retail concept…

Amazon may have scrapped their ‘biased’ recruiting tool for now, but there is no doubt that machine learning and AI will still play a big part in the hiring process in future.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-jobs-automation-insight/amazon-scraps-secret-ai-recruiting-tool-that-showed-bias-against-women-idUSKCN1MK08G

Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women
Amazon.com Inc’s machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: thei…
www.reuters.com

Difficult to keep up with Amazon these days – their latest venture is the 4-Star store opened in New York. Filled with best-selling items with at least 4-Star reviews from customers, Amazon Prime members get to pay the amazon.com ticket price while non-prime members pay the full ticket price. Of course, you can sign up for a free trial of Prime in store and pay the discounted price, so should drive Prime memberships as well!

https://blog.aboutamazon.com/shopping/amazon-4-star

Introducing Amazon 4-star
Tomorrow, we’re opening Amazon 4-star, a new physical store where everything for sale is rated 4 stars and above, is a top seller, or is new and trending on Amazon.com.The store is located in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods—SoHo—on Spring Street between Crosby and Lafayette Streets.
blog.aboutamazon.com

Deals – Need a new printer? HP Cashback on selected OfficeJet Models

HP is running some Cashback deals on a range of OfficeJet Pro printers on purchases up to the end of October. You can see details of qualifying printers on the HP Cashback site. If you don’t have a regular supplier for HP kit like this, try eBuyer – they are a qualifying reseller for all HP promotions in the UK. Stand out deal for office use is the PageWide Pro 477dw all-in-one print/scan/copy/fax. This uses HP’s pagewide technology for fast, economical printing. The Pro 477 spits out the first page in around 6.5 seconds, then runs at up to 55ppm. With built-in duplex (prints on both sides) and reasonable running costs, these are good all-rounders for any busy office.

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