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In The News 05-27-16

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by | Filed Under: In The News

Chromebooks Outsell Macs

Chromebooks look like a laptop, but they are actually Internet appliances that run the Chrome operating system. Really more like tablets in the body of a laptop.


They usually are far less expensive than traditional laptops. And that’s leading to booming sales. The devices have actually surpassed Macs in sales for the first time. Around 2 million Chromebooks shipped last quarter compared to 1.76 million Mac shipments. Most of those Chromebook sales are to schools, which purchase them for students to use.

PC Sales Still Struggling

While rising demand for Chromebooks is a bright spot in the laptop market, overall demand for PCs continues to struggle with demand falling more than 11% compared to last year. PC shipments fell nearly 6% in the first quarter of 2015.

Dell managed to overtake HP as the most popular provider of PCs in the U.S.  The company actually managed to show a growth in sales of 4.2% compared to a 14.1% decline for HP.

PC sales have suffered as consumers increasingly turn to smartphones for their personal computing needs.

Uber Is Checking Your Battery Life

Companies can learn a lot about you from your smartphone. They can even tell if you’re willing to pay more for a taxi ride. In a recent interview with NPR, Uber’s head of Economic research admitted that the Uber app collects information about the battery level on your phone.


The company has learned through research that people with low cell-phone batteries are more likely to be willing to pay higher prices for rides. (During busy times Uber raises its fare rates to what they call “surge” pricing which can be double or more the regular rates.) Although he promises they don’t use that information to raise the price of your ride.

Of course, he wouldn’t. What company would ever do a thing like that?

~ Cynthia

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8 Responses to “In The News 05-27-16”

  1. Jerry says:

    If they are collecting it, they are using it. Like the airline industry I think how UBER operates is criminal jacking prices during peak hours and taking advantage of people. Organisations like this are pathetic like all CEO’s drawing outrageous bonuses every year or 1/4 whatever from the seat of the workers. With the rapid approach of AI soon there will be no work for people and how do we survive?

  2. Charlie says:

    Agree with Jerry–and I will now never under any circumstances use Uber. Buh-bye.

  3. skybase says:

    I would never use uber. To say they collect the information and understand people will pay more but wouldn’t implement it to raise prices is insulting a public to stupid to even care. Jerry’s right. These people will never be happy with two houses or a private island they want to drive people from their jobs, purchase the universe and watch people starve to death.

  4. Lisa R says:

    I would not trust a company such as Uber and will never call them for a ride. I’m also going to warn my family and friends of this price increase during peak hours and cell phone battery issue. What a rip off! This needs to spread around so everyone is aware of this outrageous and cheating way to run a business. I considered being a Uber driver at one time but no more! Spread the word people!

  5. Sandra T says:

    I too would and have never used Uber nor would I ever trust the Uber company. In my opinion Uber is a shady company. You never know what kind of person is going to give you a ride and they can charge and gouge you whatever they want.

  6. Dave Goodrich says:

    Sure I trust Uber – just like I trust that the Donald really wanted to debate Bernie :-) !

  7. Balindra Chopra says:

    Sure they will and keep doing. After all, they love ‘taking people for a ride’!

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