PC sales expected to fall after Windows 10 sales bump ends

Although analyst firms recently predicted that PC sales for 2019 would show the first signs of growth in nearly a decade, Gartner threw cold water on those findings on Tuesday: After the Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration ends, PC sales will decline once again.

On the other hand, global device sales—PCs, tablets, and smartphones—should continue to grow slightly by 0.9 percent in 2020, the firm said. Of note, too, is what Gartner predicts about 5G smartphone penetration: an estimated 12 percent of smartphone shipments in 2020, growing to 43 percent in 2022.

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Windows upgrades and 5G smartphones won’t prevent total device sales from slowly falling once again, Gartner predicts.

For 2020, Gartner predicts that Microsoft will finally hit its goal of 1 billion PCs sold or installed with Windows 10, a target Microsoft originally thought it would hit in 2017, or at the latest, 2018. That would be about 80 percent of all installed PCs. In September, Microsoft corporate vice president of Modern Life, Search and Devices Yusuf Mehdi tweeted that Microsoft had reached a total of 900 million installs. 

The corporate PC transition from Windows 7, whose support expired last week, to Windows 10, pushed PC sales into positive territory, Gartner said. But without that bump, the firm expects PC sales to fall once again. There are some wild cards: China, for example, is going through a process of replacing foreign-made PCs with Chinese-made devices. Small businesses that neglected to transition by the deadline may also give PC sales a bump.

“The PC market’s future is unpredictable because there will not be a Windows 11. Instead, Windows 10 will be upgraded systematically through regular updates,” said Ranjit Atwal, a research senior director at Gartner, in a statement. “As a result, peaks in PC hardware upgrade cycles driven by an entire Windows OS upgrade will end.”

About the only category of device that Gartner sees increasing in sales will be premium “ultramobile” PCs, which will make up a small but growing segment of the PC market. But more mass-market ultramobile (or thin-and-light) PCs will see sales slowly decline over the next few years, too. 

In phones, the transition to 5G will help grow the market slightly in 2020 to 1.777 billion phones, Gartner found, as consumers and businesses replace 4G devices. Even then, the firm said, device sales should slowly contract over the next three years. 

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Malicious files evading email security products

Enterprises could be even more vulnerable to email-based attacks according to a new study from BitDam which shows that malicious files regularly bypass all of today’s top email security solutions.

The firm’s study titled “The Blind Spots of Email Security” measured the ability of email security products to detect unknown threats at first encounter. 

Best compact camera 2020: 10 top premium compacts for all abilities

Looking for the best compact camera in 2020? From straightforward point-and-shoots to feature-packed powerhouses, this guide includes our selection of the finest pocket-friendly cameras you can buy right now.

Whether you want a superzoom for your next getaway, a tough shooter to take on beach weekends or a capable all-rounder to keep in your satchel, all of these compacts offer a stellar blend of portability, features and performance.

Today’s top Amazon sales: cheap Xbox One, fitness tracker, AirPods and 4K TV deals continue

If you’re looking for Xbox One, fitness tracker, or 4K TV deals, you’ve come to the right place. Amazon’s current sales offer cash off a range of electronics including fitness trackers, consoles, AirPods, and Beats headphones. There are even some laptop and iPad deals out there to get your 2020 productivity on. 

We’ve listed all our favorite Amazon sales right here for you to peruse, with our top picks sitting right at the top. 

Amazon Daily Deals: Today’s Top Picks

Smartwatch / fitness tracker deals

Massive Apple Watch and Fitbit sales at Amazon

Fitbit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker: $99 $59.95 at Amazon
For a limited time, you can save $40 on the Fitbit Inspire HR fitness tracker at Amazon. The ultra-slim activity tracker is made for everyday wear and offers 24/7 heart rate monitoring.
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Fitbit Charge 3 $149.95 $99.95 at Amazon
Amazon has this Fitbit Charge 3 deal on sale for $99.95. The water-resistant fitness tracker offers 24/7 heart rate tracking and provides an impressive seven-day battery life.
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Fitbit Versa Lite | $159.95 $119 at Amazon
The Fitbit Versa Lite is one of the cheapest ways to start tracking your fitness from your wrist (with a large screen). You’re getting all the basic monitoring and analysis you’d expect from a Fitbit deal but also phone notifications and sleep monitoring.
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Garmin Forerunner 35 | $169 $99.99 at Amazon
This easy to use fitness tracker is perfect if you’re just starting to monitor your exercise from your watch. You’re getting 24/7 heart rate monitoring, notifications, and exercise prompts on a high resolution display and it’s all $50 off at Amazon.
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Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS | $249.99 $116.99 at Amazon
As a fitness tracker the Garmin Vivoactive 3 excels with 15 preloaded programs targeting various sports and exercises as well as stress tracking boot. As a smartwatch, this $116 wrist piece still doesn’t let up – offering notifications, seven day battery and Garmin Pay as well.
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Garmin Instinct | $299.99 $212.51 at Amazon
If you’re after a fitness tracker deal more suited to the great outdoors, then this Garmin Instinct has military-grade resistance to thermal, shock and water pressures. You also have access to three global navigational systems and all the fitness and heart tracking you’ll desire.
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Garmin Fenix 5X | $599.99 $359.96 at Amazon
The luxurious Garmin Fenix 5X is down to just $359 at the moment at Amazon, meaning you can pick up the feature-loaded multi-sport watch for over $100 less. Stacked with outdoor navigation features, tracking and stat notifications during your workouts, and dozens of connected features, this is a fitness tracker for the serious.
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Apple Watch Series 5 44mm GPS | $399 at Amazon
The Apple Watch 5 is the first Apple Watch to feature the always-on display that will keep the time and all of your notifications and complications instantly reachable. Plus, it’s available for a fantastic sub-$400 price tag at Amazon.

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Audio and headphone deals

Beats and AirPods sales coming in hot

Apple AirPods with charging case | $159 $129 at Amazon
The standard second generation of Apple Airpods are still on sale at Amazon for just $130. We only saw these available for a little less than this price over Black Friday so if you missed out over the deals season, it’s never too late to bag a bargain.
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Apple AirPods with wireless charging case | $199 $169 at Amazon
You’re paying $40 more to pick up the wireless charging case with your Apple AirPods deal this week – well worth it if you have a qi charger laying around.
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Beats Powerbeats 3 Headphones: $199.99 $79.99 at Amazon
This Powerbeats 3 headphones deal is on sale for only $79.99 at Amazon. That’s a $100+ discount and the lowest price we’ve found for the water-resistant wireless earbuds. The Powerbeats 3 are part of the Beats Decade Collection and come in a black-red color combo.
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Beats Powerbeats Pro | $249.95 $199.95 at Amazon
Start 2020 right with these Powerbeats Pro earbuds – perfect for fitness and AirPods’ biggest competitor now reduced back down to under $200.
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Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones: $299.99 $195 at Amazon
The Beats Solo 3 headphones get a $100 price cut at Amazon. The best-selling wireless headphones provide up to 40 hours of battery life and work with Siri for hands-free control.
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Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar | $699 $399 at Amazon
Save $300 on the Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar today and take home an excellent audio booster for your TV. With Alexa integration straight out of the box, there are more ways to control your audio than ever.
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Tablet and laptop deals

New offers on iPad and Kindle sales

iPad (2019) WiFi 128GB | $429 $379.99 at Amazon
This is the latest flagship iPad to hit store shelves. You’re getting support for all the latest peripherals in this exceedingly cheap iPad deal today, plus a nice price drop at Amazon.128GB is more than enough for storing your entertainment and documents as well as a few high-performance apps to boot.
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Apple iPad Air | 10.5-inch | 64GB | $499 $459 at Amazon
The iPad Air takes all the best bits of the classic iPad experience and offers a new lightweight model to get it done with. This is the 64GB model and the cheapest configuration you’ll find in iPad deals this week.
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Apple iPad Pro | 11-inch | 256GB | WiFi | $949 $799.99 at Amazon
If you’re looking for more storage space, you might want to consider this iPad Pro deal and save $150. You’ll be able to store a good few high-performance apps as well as a fair number of HD downloads with 256GB.
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Lenovo Ideapad 330 15.6-inch laptop | $499.99 $299.99 at Amazon
Save $200 on this Lenovo Ideapad 330 laptop deal at Amazon.  You’re picking up 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD – great specs at this price, not to mention the AMD A9 processor and Radeon R5 graphics.
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Acer Aspire 5 | $529 $487 at Amazon
Equipped with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, the Acer Aspire 5 is already a budget champion. Save an extra $42 on this Amazon laptop deal today.View Deal

Asus VivoBook 15-inch gaming laptop | $549.99 $479.99 at Amazon
You’re getting a quad-core AMD R5 processor with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD inside this sleek, thin shell. You’ll also be running Radeon Vega 8 graphics so there’s plenty of reason to get some gaming in there as well.

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Lenovo Ideapad 330S 15.6-inch laptop | $559 $475 at Amazon
This 330S Lenovo Ideapad model only has 4GB of RAM listed, but you’re also getting 16GB of Intel Optane memory to balance the books on that spec. If you’re after big storage, this 1TB hard drive will do the trick, and while there’s no SSD to speak of, you’re getting efficient power thanks to that Optane memory. There’s also a nice quad-core 8th generation i5 processor to keep everything ticking over.
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Gaming deals

Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One deals still live

Nintendo Switch | 128GB memory card | $324.49 at Amazon
This Nintendo Switch deal would be a lot better if the 128GB memory card wasn’t already on sale at the same time for $25 by itself. While this is on sale separately, you’re not saving any cash by picking up the Nintendo Switch console and the memory card at the same time. That said, we don’t know when this Micro SD card will go back up in price and you’re saving $10 either way.
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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller | $69.99 $59 at Amazon
You can save $10 on the Nintendo Switch Pro controller at Amazon today and get some serious gaming done with your Switch. It’s the best way to get an improved controller feel without sacrificing your rumble or motion controls.
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PS4 Slim 1TB | God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition | $249 at Amazon
Pick up a massive 1TB PS4 Slim deal for $50 less than the usual console price and take home some of the best exclusive games in one fell swoop. That’s a win in our deal-hunting books.
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PlayStation VR | 5x games | PS4 camera | $299 at Amazon
The seasonal sales have so far all but wiped out stock of this popular Mega Pack PlayStation VR bundle. You can still grab the deal for $289 at Amazon and take home the headset, camera, PlayStation Worlds, Skyrim, Astro Bot, Resident Evil 7, and Everybody’s Golf VR.
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PS4 Slim 1TB Console | Days of Play Bundle | $319 $279 at Amazon
Get the limited edition Days Of Play Bundle on sale at Amazon for $282.01. The PlayStation 4 console comes in steel black and includes a 1TB hard drive and matching DualShock 4 wireless controller.
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Xbox One S | Gears 5 bundle | $299.99 $229 at Amazon
Grab all five Gears games and an Xbox One S console for just a bit over $200 this week at Amazon. That’s a fantastic price considering we’ve been seeing these deals rise in cost over the last week or so.
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Xbox One X | Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | $499.99 $398 at Amazon
This is a popular bundle offering one of the most revered games of the last few months with Xbox’s most powerful console yet. Plus, you’re saving a good $100 overall and getting the game for free!
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Limited Edition Gears 5 Xbox One X | $499.99 $397 at Amazon
This is a limited edition console design with a $100+ price drop – enough to grab any deal hunter’s attention. In addition to a download code for the brand new Gears 5, you also get codes for Gears of War 1-4 and month of free access to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold.
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Smart home and Amazon Echo deals

Cheap Echo speakers and displays

Amazon Echo Flex | $24.99 $19.99 at Amazon
$5 off an already cheap Alexa solution makes this sub-$20 accessory the most cost effective way to smarten up your home. The Echo Flex is essentially a plug-in Echo speaker with full Alexa functionality, allowing you to add smart features to every room in your house.
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Amazon Echo Dot | $49.99 $34.99 at Amazon
The Echo Dot is the easiest way to kick start your smart home. A smart speaker in its own right, though not sitting in the highest tier, the Echo Dot ties together your smart home devices and services in one handy hub.
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Amazon Echo Show 5 | $89.99 $69.99 at Amazon
Grab this smart display to open your home to a new world of Alexa commands and responses. Follow recipes, catch up on some Prime Video, video call, and personalise with your own photos on the 5.5-inch touchscreen display.
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Amazon Echo | $99.99 $89.99 at Amazon
The all-new Amazon Echo is available for $10 off at Amazon at the moment. It’s not the cheapest we’ve seen the fully fledged smart speaker go on Amazon recently, but if you’re after the Dolby-powered speaker now you can save some cash with this Echo deal.
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iRobot Roomba 675 | $299.99 $199.99 at Amazon
The iRobot Roomba is here to take care of all your vacuuming needs automatically. This particular model is fine on carpets and can even withstand pet hair. Self-charging and controllable through Alexa and the Roomba app, you’re saving $100 with Amazon this week.
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TV deals

4K and smart TVs on sale

TCL 40S325 40-inch smart TV | $299.99 $179.99 at Amazon
Looking for the cheapest way to bag a new TV at Amazon? Grab a TCL TV deal and you can save over $100 on a cheap and cheerful 40-inch LED smart TV running Roku.
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Toshiba LF711U20 50-inch 4K UHD smart TV | $380 $269.99 at Amazon
This Toshiba 4K TV deal is saving you over $100 at Amazon today. Plus, you’re even getting Dolby Vision in the display – a fantastic feature at this price point.
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Samsung UN50RU7100 50-inch UHD HDR 4K TV | $499.99 $347.99 at Amazon
This 2019 Samsung 4K TV is down by $150 right now at Amazon, meaning you can enjoy its powerful ultra-hd processor and PurColor detail for even less right now. This is a fantastic TV with crisp definition and Amazon Alexa built right in for good measure.
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Samsung QN49 49-inch QLED UHD 4K TV | $999 $597.99 at Amazon
If you’re after a higher than average quality display but aren’t too enthused by the going rate of an LG OLED, these Samsung QLED TV deals are perfect. They offer a fantastic display with all the upscaling processing, HDR and smart features you’d expect from a high-end TV without the price tag to go with it.
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Samsung QN55 QLED 55-inch 4K HDR TV | $1,197.99 $697 at Amazon
This is a great sub-$700 price on a usually well over $1,000 55-inch QLED TV from Samsung. That’s also an extra $300 off the usual sales price for this particular unit. You’re getting a fantastic quantum processor upscaling everything you see as well as all the Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility you could ask for.
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LG SM8600PUA Nano 8 65-inch 4K UHD smart TV | $1,049 $796.99 at Amazon
This NanoCell TV is seeing a great price drop at Amazon today – saving you over $250 on a premium 4K TV deal. The 2019 model has Alexa built-in as well as LG ThinQ technology.
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We may have just got a peek AMD Zen 3 in this Linux kernel update

References to Zen 3, the architecture of AMD’s next-gen Ryzen desktop processors, have turned up in the Linux kernel, hinting that these chips might just arrive sooner than we think.

New versions of the Linux kernel are often combed through as they emerge, looking for clues like references to unreleased hardware, and this time around it’s Komachi_Ensaka (a prolific leaker) who spotted details of AMD’s ‘Family 19h’ processors, and shared them on Twitter.

Nvidia could be striking back at AMD with rumored RTX 2080 Super-equipped laptops

At CES 2020, AMD came out swinging with a group of GPUs, like the Radeon RX 5700M, for laptops that should see it compete in the market for the first time in years. However, Nvidia’s not going to take that lying down.

We’ve seen a leaked Geekbench result, spotted by renowned leaker Tum Apisak, that suggests that we’ll be getting a Max-Q Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super in the near future – however there are some details that are suspect. 

Microsoft and Alphabet chiefs disagree over facial recognition ban

Following the news that the European Commission is considering a temporary ban on facial recognition technology, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has voiced his support for the new measure while Microsoft President Brad Smith believes that banning it outright may not be the best move.

At a recent conference in Brussels organized by the think tank Bruegel, Pichai explained that facial recognition regulation should happen sooner rather than later, saying: