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Thursday, October 10, 2013
A REPORT came out on CNET about a man who was on a train in Florida. As the train was leaving, he found out that he has left his cellphone on a bench in the station platform.
According to reports, he broke the glass window, pulled the emergency cord to stop the train, pried open the door and tried to leap out of the moving train. He was reportedly struck by another train moving in the other direction. This is not the first time that it happened. Last year, a man was struck by a train when he tried to retrieve a cellphone that fell on the tracks.
Nearer home, there have been many instances of people who have been killed or injured when resisting robbers running off with their cellphones. This is something we need to be aware of--that people are attached to their mobile device and when they lose it, they risk everything to get it back.
Reports about how the tech industry did in the third quarter of the year are coming out. Here are some statistics that might tell us how things went.
Apple reported that the sale of iPhones increased to 31 million units compared to the 26 million units during the same quarter last year. This is due to the good acceptance of the latest model. However, the sale of iPad tablets declined to 14.6 million compared to 17 million from last year. What is confounding is that the sale of Apple Macs declined to 3.8 million from four million last year.
Generally, the PC industry reported shipments that still showed declines of about seven percent compared to last year, though research companies think that the decline is slowing. In worldwide shipments, Lenovo maintained the lead with 17.3 percent market share, while HP was a close second at 17.1 percent, both of which grew.
Dell was third, and also reportedly grew. However, while the top three brands saw a rise in shipments, albeit a little, Acer and Asus (which were in the fourth and fifth place) reportedly declined by over 30 percent each.
In the United States, it was a slightly different picture. According to Gartner, the PC market grew at 0.2 percent, and HP was leading in the United States with 26.9 percent market share, followed by Dell at 21 percent. In third place was Apple, which got 13.4 percent, and as mentioned, Apple was actually the only vendor that declined in sales (it was 14.2 percent a year before). The fourth and fifth place went to Lenovo and Toshiba.
Another market researcher, IDC, reported that the US PC market shrank by 0.2 percent.
However, it had similar results with Gartner in the sense that all top five PC vendors actually grew their market share, except Apple. IDC was even more unforgiving, as it reported that Apple’s Mac actually went down by over 11 percent.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2013.