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About the Tools You Use and the Toys That Make Life Interesting

Tools Toys and Technology - About the Tools You Use and the Toys That Make Life Interesting

The Road Less Traveled

By and large, personal computing devices are now considered a mature market. Desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphone sales are level, which usually indicates that products are being replaced as they fail or become obsolete, but are attracting few new customers. One of the more notable exceptions to that generality has been the growth of Chromebooks, especially so in the last few years.

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If You Can’t Beat ’em, Join ’em

Netscape introduced most of major features that define a modern web browser as we know it in 1994. That same year Bill Gates announced “I see little commercial potential for the Internet for at least ten years.” Just one year later, his viewpoint had changed – as documented in a company memo: “The Internet is a tidal wave. It changes the rules. It is an incredible opportunity as well as incredible challenge.”

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Get Smart!

The latest electronic wonders selling like hotcakes are … smart speakers!

Taking advantage by seizing a long head start, Amazon leads in the United States with 70 percent of the domestic market, compared to Google Home with 24 percent and Apple HomePod at 6 percent. Facebook reportedly is developing its own version. Fifty million US homes had smart speakers at the end of 2017; this is expected to double by the end of this year. Smart speaker adoption in China is growing even faster, but uses different products. The worldwide smart speaker market grew 187 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

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