Just because the PC market’s contracting doesn’t mean that competition doesn’t get colder. At least in Japan, it’s actually getting warm enough to the point of a possible three-way merger between the personal computing parts of Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO — the latter a spin-off from Sony and resurgent in the high-end market.
The three Japanese companies will hash out details and may have a preliminary agreement within the month. Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO’s controlling investor will have approximately equal, if not equal shares in the operation. [...]
It’s not like Continuum where you plug in your phone and get a quasi-desktop experience. And then there’s the lack of practicality of an stationary Android-based console. But there’s more than a je ne sais quoi to the Remix Mini that had a whole crowd fund it to over 30 times the original goal pot of $50,000.
Jide, a Chinese company that already has an “ultra-tablet” out, has put up a $70 personal computer on Amazon that runs Android. It’s more low-end proof of concept than anything else, though: there’s a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz [...]
Google is web search around here. Below all the smartphones and IoT devices and Fiber and that kind of goodness, Alphabet makes money having Google put up advertisements to those who look for things on this here internet. But where that traffic comes from matters and with the introduction of full-scale ad-blocking on iOS 9 (which Google Play has previously shunned), we have some issues to chew over.
The big news comes from Amit Singhal, Google SVP of search, at re/code’s Code/Mobile conference:
This summer for the first time we are getting more searches on mobile [...]
I don’t know what you do for a living and I don’t know where you do it. But while you might be using your phones and tablets to help you do a part of your work, you likely still have something to do with a computer. A box with a screen attached to it, plus a keyboard and mouse. You know, one of those things.
Indeed, white collar work has and will increasingly rely on people not in an office. Okay, sure, that’s high-minded and all that, but what I really want to know is whether or not you’re going to use your phone for every single thing in your damn life. [...]