The PC market just had its first year of growth since 2011

From The Verge: The worldwide PC market just grew consistently for the first time in eight years, according to market research firms IDC and Gartner. IDC reckons worldwide PC shipments grew by 2.7 percent to 266.7 million devices globally, while Gartner has it pegged at 0.6 percent to 261.2 million devices. 2018 contained the market’s first quarter of growth in six years, but in 2019 this finally lead to a full year of growth, the market’s first since 2011.

OnePlus 8 Will Have 'the Best Smartphone Display in 2020'

From PC Mag: Chinese smartphone company OnePlus has confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will step up its refresh rate from 90Hz (found on the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T) to 120Hz, rivalling phones like the Asus ROG Phone 2 and potentially the Samsung Galaxy S11.

In a post on social media site Weibo, OnePlus's CEO Pete Lau said the company had "completed research and development" on 120Hz screens, and claimed to The Verge that the upcoming phone would have "the best smartphone display in 2020."

Leaked photos appear to confirm Galaxy S20 name for new Samsung phone

From CNET: We're less than a month from the next Samsung reveal, and it appears that at least one of the new handsets will be called the Galaxy S20, apparently leaping a full 10 numbers from the current flagship phone, the Galaxy S10.

XDA Developers published images on Sunday of a handset labeled Galaxy S20 Plus, suggesting we might see a trio handsets under that brand. The handset's startup screen also appears to confirm that name. The Galaxy S20 name had surfaced before, but this is the first time it's been seemingly confirmed by photos.

Microsoft says Xbox Series X won’t have exclusive first-party games at launch

From The Verge: Microsoft’s upcoming next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, will break with tradition by not launching with exclusive games only playable on the new hardware. Instead, Microsoft is leaning into its Xbox Play Anywhere strategy and fully supporting backwards compatibility moving forward.

Cherry goes downmarket with its new Viola mechanical keyboard switches

From TechCrunch: Cherry has long been the de facto standard for mechanical keyboard switches. Since mechanical keyboards are, almost by default, significantly more expensive than membrane or dome-switch keyboards, that has kept the company out of a large part of the market. Now, on the last day of CES 2020, the company is launching its new Viola switch, the company’s first fully mechanical switch for the value market, meant for keyboards that will cost somewhere between $50 and $100.

Amazon suspiciously says browser extension Honey is a security risk, now that PayPal owns it

From The Verge: Just weeks after PayPal acquired popular coupon-finding browser extension Honey in November 2019 for $4 billion, Amazon shoppers were served a notification that the extension was a security risk. The security warning was first spotted by Politico editor Ryan Hutchins, and the timing of the message, as a Wired report points out, is suspect. Honey has been compatible with Amazon for years, so why was the retailer suddenly labeling it as malware at the height of holiday shopping season?

Report: Microsoft Shared Cortana, Skype Recordings in China With Few Protections

From Tom's Hardware: Last year it was revealed that contractors around the world listened to recordings from Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri and Cortana to help train the voice assistants' speech recognition capabilities. Microsoft was sharing recordings from Skype, too, and now The Guardian has reported that the company sent those recordings to contractors in China with very few safeguards in place to keep them secure.

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