John Paczkowski

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Maybe Steve’s Right…Maybe Netbooks Aren’t Better at Anything

“Netbooks aren’t better at anything.” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that of the ultraportable machines earlier this year, and now it seems the market may finally be nodding in agreement.

In a report out today, research firm IDC reveals that netbook sales are slowing–significantly. Shipments to retailers in the first three months of this year are expected, when the final numbers are in, to have grown 33.6 percent to 4.8 million units. Which is substantial.

Problem is, that’s not even close to the growth netbooks enjoyed during the same period last year, when sales spiked 872 percent to 3.6 million units.

Now obviously, an 872 percent growth rate isn’t sustainable. That said, the year-over-year drop IDC observes is precipitous enough to raise questions about the continued viability of the category, particularly given recent reports that manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Dell (DELL) are losing interest in 10-inch netbooks because of disappointing sales and the surge of interest in Apple’s (AAPL) iPad.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus