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Where to find the next wave of PC sales growth

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Sales growth? Yes, the PC business is going to be strong — but only if you know where to look.

Don’t look to generic desktops, notebooks or tablets. Unit shipments of these PC categories are expected to decline over the next 4 years. But within those broad categories, several sub-categories are expected to grow. That’s where tech providers looking for growth should thrive.

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3 cyber lessons from the massive Marriott hack

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The hack of hotel company Marriott International could be the best thing for your cybersecurity strategy.

For Marriott, of course, it’s something of a PR and cybersecurity disaster. On Friday the company said the database of its Starwood properties had been hacked since 2014 and only discovered this past September.

Marriott admits the hackers stole personal information from as many as 500 million of the hotel company’s customers. Stolen data is said to include information on customers’ passports, credit cards and travel plans.

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How’s the PC business? From HP’s perspective, great

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HP yesterday released both fourth quarter and full-year financial results for its fiscal 2018. Overall, the numbers were strong. Results for the company’s Personal Systems division were even stronger.

For the fourth quarter, HP reported overall revenue of $15.36 billion, marking a year-on-year increase of 10%. But its Personal Systems division — which includes notebooks, desktops and workstations — grew revenue by an even higher 11%, hitting $10.1 billion.

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Get ready for the AI-driven workplace

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Imagine an office where humans and AI-powered bots work side-by-side. Where machine learning, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things are everyday tools. And where spending on innovative technologies grows twice as fast as the overall economy.

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Into cryptocurrency? Be careful. New report warns of security risks

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Could the U.S. soon have a GDPR-like privacy law?

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Yes, if several leading IT industry executives get their way.

GDPR, as you may know, is short for Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation. This new law went into effect only in May. But already, several organizations — including Google — have been accused of violations.

GDPR’s sweep is wide. Basically, it applies to any organization holding personal data on any EU citizen. And its penalties are high: up to either €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual revenue, whichever is higher.

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Cyber Monday: refresh your customers’ hardware for less

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3 signs that 5G is getting closer

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5G promises to change everything with faster data speeds, smoother streaming, low latency, superior performance for IoT and autonomous vehicles, and more.

But when? How much longer do we have to wait?

While no one knows for sure, 3 recent developments indicate that the arrival of 5G is getting very close indeed.

1) Intel speeds 5G modem availability

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Research roundup: IoT security, smart speakers, IT services

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Why your SMBs seriously need to consider new servers now

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Your small and midsize business customers need to start updating their servers. Support for both SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 is ending soon. Running outdated and unsupported systems can be risky.

Also, some of your SMB customers may still be running older desktop systems as primitive file servers.

Sound familiar? If so, then your clients — and you — are in luck.

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