May 4, 2017

Global tablet market extends its shrinking streak


Worldwide shipments of tablets in the first quarter of 2017 totaled an estimated 36.2 million units, a 8.5% year-over-year decline, according to IDC. This is the tenth straight quarter the market has shrunk.

Apple's decline: The iPad maker is still the top tablet company, but it saw its numbers decline for the13th consecutive quarter. Samsung remains in second place, with Huawei, Amazon, and Lenovo following.

Bigger picture: While enthusiasm for tablets took off the first few years after Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, it's since faded. IDC attributes this to both an increasing dependence on smartphones—whose screens have gotten larger in the last couple of years—and a lack of interest from consumers to buy newer devices. And within the tablet category, IDC is seeing an increased preference for detachable tablets (keyboard can be taken off) over slate tablets (without any keyboards).

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Police officer in George Floyd killing arrested

A protester with a sign with George Floyd's last words. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was taken into custody Friday by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to the Star Tribune's Briana Bierschbach.

The state of play: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that there was no additional charging information yet, as that decision is in the jurisdiction of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Trump forces fateful choices on Twitter and Facebook

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President Trump's war with Twitter is confronting social media platforms with a hard dilemma: whether to take fuller responsibility for what people say on their services, or to step back and assume a more quasi-governmental role.

The big picture: Facebook is trying to be more like a government committing to impartiality and protecting free speech and building mechanisms for arbitration. Twitter, pushed by Trump's inflammatory messages, is opting to more aggressively enforce conduct rules on its private property, like a mall owner enforcing rules inside the gates.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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