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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.
Amazon debuts drones, promises to change the delivery game
And last but not least: from the Very Weird and Not-So-Expected Department, Amazon announced it would — though not immediately — begin local delivery by drone. Yes, drone. The move was criticized by some as being a publicity stunt, because the retail turned everything-else giant isn't legally allowed at least until the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration authorizes such use. That could be as early as 2018. It's a long way off, but others are experimenting with drone technology — even if it won't be on your doorstep any time soon.
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