PC Sales Continue Surging — And That’s Good News for Intel, AMD and Others

PC sales remain on the upswing thanks to purchases made to support remote workers and learners. And it looks as if there’s still a lot of pent-up demand going into the holiday season.

Research firm IDC estimates PC shipments rose 14.6% annually in Q3 to 81.3 million. That compares with 11.2% shipment growth in Q2, and just 2.7% growth in 2019.

Officially, Gartner estimates PC shipments rose just 3.6% to 71.4 million. However, when including Chromebook sales (counted in IDC’s official estimate), Gartner’s estimate for shipment growth rises to 9%.

Along with Chromebooks, Q3 was a strong quarter for gaming PCs and (in certain cases) notebooks with cellular modems, according to IDC. On the flip side, desktop demand was said to be weak in the U.S. and EMEA. Desktop PC sales depend heavily on purchases made to support corporate offices, many of which are of course empty right now.

Demand

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Facebook bans all QAnon groups as dangerous amid surging misinformation

A person wearing a t-shirt supportive of QAnon participates in a “Back the Blue” rally in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S. August 9, 2020.

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Facebook on Tuesday classified the QAnon conspiracy theory movement as dangerous and began removing Facebook groups and pages as well as Instagram accounts that hold themselves out as representatives.

The step escalates an August policy that banned a third of QAnon groups here for promoting violence while allowing most to stay, albeit with content appearing less often in news feeds. Instead of relying on user reports, Facebook staff now will treat QAnon like other militarized bodies, seeking out and deleting groups and pages, the company said in a blog post here.

Since the August restrictions, some QAnon groups have added members, and others used coded language to evade detection, for example referring to “cue” instead of Q.

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Thinkific Raises $22M to Meet Surging Demand in Online Courses

  • Revenue generated by Thinkific course creators surpassed half a billion dollars and is expected to top 1.5 billion dollars in 2021

  • 50,000 course creators use Thinkific to educate over 25 million people

  • Thinkific is experiencing close to 150% year-over-year revenue growth

Thinkific, the leading platform for creating and selling online courses, today announced it has closed $22M in growth financing. The round was led by Vancouver-based Rhino Ventures, who were early investors in the company, and brings the total raised to date to $25M.

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Thinkific, the leading platform for creating and selling online courses (Photo: Business Wire)

Thinkific has been profitable since 2018 yet chose to raise additional funding to accelerate product innovation and continue shaping the future of online courses. “Thinkific is changing the face of digital commerce by empowering every entrepreneur and business to earn revenue and

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Four Surging U.S. Exports, Up $1 Billion, Foretell Tomorrow’s World

U.S. exports have fallen $156.25 billion this year, with 26 specific export categories having plunged more than $1 billion.

But four exports have bucked the trend and surged more than $1 billion.

The story they tell is the story of tomorrow’s world.

Those four exports are computer chips, machinery to make computer chips, platinum and scrap precious metal (quite possibly platinum).

They are among 284 export categories to have grown in value when comparing data through July, the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data available, to the first seven months of 2019.

By way of comparison, 943 export categories have fallen in value through July, more than three times as many.

The value of U.S. computer

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How countries across Europe are handling surging coronavirus cases

People are silhouetted against the late summer sun in Liverpool, England on September 18, after the British government imposed fresh restrictions on the city following a rise in coronavirus cases.
People are silhouetted against the late summer sun in Liverpool, England on September 18, after the British government imposed fresh restrictions on the city following a rise in coronavirus cases. Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Globally, there have been more than 31 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, and more than 961,000 people have died, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

After successfully tamping down the first surge of infections and deaths from the virus, Europe is now in the middle of a second Covid-19 wave.

Austria: Several new restrictions aimed at events and socializing have come into force in Austria, as Covid-19 cases there rise, the country’s health ministry announced.

As of Monday, a 1 a.m. curfew will be in place for all events and eating establishments. Indoor events without assigned seating are to be limited to 10 people, and outdoor events to 100.

Mask wearing is to be made mandatory

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