Black Friday 2020 deals: The best Dell sales

Dell launched its holiday shopping plans for Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Oct. 15, two weeks before Halloween and just after the dust settled on Amazon’s annual Prime Day extravaganza. 

While its first round of early deals ended on Nov. 1, the next wave starts on Nov. 2 with access to all non-doorbuster Black Friday sales running through Nov. 28. Next, daily doorbuster offers begin on Nov. 15 and the complete doorbuster experience launches Thanksgiving morning at 10am and runs through midnight, then restarts at 8am on Black Friday morning and goes until 10pm that night. Finally, Sunday, Nov. 29 sets off a new round of deals in anticipation of Cyber Monday, when hourly doorbusters are on offer from 8am to 10pm, before ending on Dec. 7.

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Before you settle in for your Thanksgiving meal, this budget laptop will become available at its special price

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Lenovo Q2 2020: Revenue tops $14.5 billion as PC demand climbs

Lenovo has recorded strong Q2 2020 financial results, bolstered by strong PC demand prompted by the work from home movement due to COVID-19. 

On Tuesday, the Hong Kong-based PC maker published its second-quarter earnings, including revenue of $14.5 billion — up 7% year-on-year — and basic earnings per share (EPS) of $2.59 (20.08 HK cents). 

Lenovo’s board of directors declared an interim dividend of 6.6 HK cents. 

Pre-tax income of $470 million was reported, up 52% in comparison to Q2 2019, which Lenovo says is a “record” result. Net income in Q2 2020 was reported as $310 million, an increase of 53% year-on-year. 

Analysts estimated net income of $224 million during the quarter.

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Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group (IDG), including PCs and smart devices, reported strong revenue over the quarter. The PC and Smart Devices

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Industrial IoT connections to reach 37 billion by 2025

A study from Juniper Research has identified smart manufacturing as a key growth sector of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) market over the next five years, accounting for 22 billion connections by 2025.

If the growth predicted in the Industrial IoT: Future market outlook, technology analysis & key players 2020-2025 report is realised, it would mean an increase in the global number of IIoT connections from 17.7 billion in 2020 to 36.8 billion in 2025, representing an overall growth rate of 107%.

The study was carried out just as other studies were showing that despite the disruptive impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, with 35% of organisations reducing their investments in the internet of things, a larger number are now planning to invest more in IoT implementations to reduce costs, among other benefits.

In the industrial sector, and in what could be a portent for an upsurge

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Monzo and Revolut, which have struggled during the pandemic, have faced a barrage of complaints in recent months from customers who've had their accounts frozen (Jemima Kelly/Financial Times)

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Monzo and Revolut, which have struggled during the pandemic, have faced a barrage of complaints in recent months from customers who’ve had their accounts frozen  —  There comes a time in your life that you realise that some of the friends you used to consider good friends aren’t actually your true friends.… Read More