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PC industry still struggling, but sales decline leveling off

Brandon Bailey / The Associated Press San Francisco—Despite some glimmers of recovery, the personal-computer (PC) industry is still struggling with declining sales, according to two recent market reports showing that global PC shipments fell in 2014 for the third year in a row.

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Lots of low-battery hacks, but no quick fix

Two billion mobile phones were shipped worldwide in 2014, 75 percent of which were smartphones, says Tim Bajarin, longtime technology analyst and president of Creative Strategies. Demand is growing by 10 percent to 12 percent each year. And we want to send e-mails, play games, stream music and videos, get step-by-step directions—all battery hogs.

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