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Rise and fall of virtual currency Bitcoin
After rocketing by more than 6,000 percent in the course of just three weeks, virtual currency Bitcoin, crashed after reaching a peak of about $1,200 per Bitcoin. Was it a bubble? Most certainly. Will it stabilize out over time? Likely. But troubles concern many, not least after underground drug site Silk Road, which heavily relied on Bitcoin, was seized by the FBI and China all-but outlawed Bitcoin sent the currency plunging to its lowest levels in weeks.
Curved smartphones debut, shakes up mobile market
If you thought smartphone innovation was dead, think again. Not content with the "boring" flat and slate-like shape of modern smartphones, Samsung and LG were both quick to jump on the curved display revolution. Expect more from the curved smartphone space in 2014 where it's expected to emerge, particularly at the annual CES event in January.
PCs fall further, faster than expected as shipments worsen
The traditional PC is dead. Long live the PC. Well, it's not dead but it's certainly on its last legs as the tablet and smartphone market continues to burgeon. In August, research firm IDC said worldwide PC shipments could plunge by as much as 10 percent. And later in the year, IDC revised its figure further, citing poor back-to-school sales and a not-so-successful Black Friday as a result of a deeper shipments decline. What's worse is that there's no recovery end-in-sight.