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The Waxing of Apple While Windows Wanes
September 04, 2013
Just who killed the PC, anyway? For if it's not dead yet, it surely will be in a few years -- at least according to IDC, which now projects that worldwide PC shipments will fall by 9.7 percent this year, representing the largest market contraction on record. The market is expected to decline through 2014. Then, in 2015, IDC projects it will shift into single-digit modest growth.
Ramping Up Retail in the Run-Up to Release Season
August 28, 2013
Apple's retail operations can be counted among Steve Jobs' "babies"; the stores' slick design and sales techniques are legendary in the industry for their per-square-footage sales. In 2012, Apple retail store sales outpaced Tiffany's by 40 percent. Apple is in no danger of following in the footsteps of, say, J.C. Penney or Sears, but its retail operations have shown some worrisome signs of decay.
Compromise Puts Victory Within Michael Dell's Reach
August 02, 2013
Just two days after a key part of Michael Dell's last offer was roundly rejected, the attempted buyout of his company on Friday took an unexpected turn. Specifically, Dell secured a significant voting concession from the special committee set up by the board of directors in exchange for increasing the purchase price from $13.65 to $13.75 per share.
It's Do or Die for Dell as Committee Rejects Bid
July 31, 2013
Following the revised buyout offer from Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake last week, a special committee of Dell's board of directors announced on Wednesday that it has rejected a key part of it. Specifically, the committee refused to accept the part of the new offer by which only shares that are actually voted would be counted in the final decision.
Dell Decks Out 'Ophelia' for the Pint-Sized PC Parade
July 29, 2013
Not much has been seen of Dell's "Project Ophelia" thumb PC since its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but recently reports have emerged suggesting that the Android-powered device is now making its way to beta testers, with an official release anticipated in the next few months. Expected to be priced at about $100, the device is just slightly larger than a USB stick.
Dell Doubles Down on a Dime
July 24, 2013
Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake have increased their takeover bid for Dell by 10 cents to $13.75 a share, a special committee of Dell's board of directors announced on Wednesday. As a result, the already-postponed special meeting of stockholders intended for the official vote on the buyout option was rescheduled for Aug. 2 to give the committee time to evaluate the revised offer.
Microsoft Slips on Surface
July 19, 2013
Microsoft on Thursday reported that its fourth-quarter earnings and sales missed expectations as a result of a PC market slowdown and a write-down of Surface RT inventory. Fourth-quarter net earnings were $4.97 billion, or 59 cents per share, Microsoft reported, on revenue of $19.9 billion. The $900 million Surface write-down amounted to 7 cents per share.
Samsung's Ativ Lite Seeks Ultraportable Sweet Spot
July 15, 2013
After initially revealing its new Ativ Book 9 Lite ultraportable PC in June, Samsung on Monday announced that it is now accepting preorders for the device, which will be available in the U.S. on July 28 for $799.99. Weighing 3.5 lbs. and measuring less than an inch thick, the Ativ Book 9 Lite offers a 13.3-inch touchscreen LCD display with 1,366 x 768 resolution along with 4 GB DDR3 memory.
Android's Audacious Desktop Debut
July 01, 2013
Well temperatures have climbed discouragingly of late here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, with the result that there's been standing room only down at the frostily air-conditioned Broken Windows Lounge. Linux Girl's most dreaded month is upon us, so it's time to hunker down with a chilly beverage and while away the dog days of summer chewing the fat with fellow FOSS fans.
Android Sneaks Onto the Desktop in Giant HP Tablet
June 24, 2013
The line separating the mobile and desktop computing worlds has become increasingly blurred in recent months, and HP on Monday unveiled a brand-new all-in-one PC that continues that trend. Announced during its HP World Tour event in Beijing, the HP Slate 21 tablet is powered not by Windows but by Google's Android. It's also designed for use on the desktop, with a kickstand to prop it up.
Behind the WWDC Glitter
June 14, 2013
Going into WWDC I think Apple enthusiasts were so pent up for some Apple awesomeness -- myself included -- that we let the soft and low-voiced cooing of design knight Jony Ive lull us into a receptive state more akin to the wooing of a potential partner than a critical study of design principles. It's not like we had beer goggles on going into the iOS 7 portion of the WWDC keynote, but. . .
Who Will Buy Apple's Shiny New Mac Pro?
June 13, 2013
In an attempt to revive its flagging reputation for introducing innovative products, Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro at its World Wide Developers Conference, being held in San Francisco this week. "Can't innovate any more, my ass," said SVP of Product Marketing Phil Schiller as the Mac Pro made its debut. The futuristic-looking black cylindrical device stands less than 10 inches tall.
Acer's Android Smart Display Pushes Desktop Boundaries
June 13, 2013
Acer's Smart Display DA220HQL is a 21.5-inch all-in-one touchscreen released earlier this year that runs the Android operating system with a wireless keyboard and mouse and has the potential to change your desktop computing habits. The more I use it, the more adept I get at working in a touch and swipe computing environment that I am not holding in my hands.
WWDC 2013: All About Managing Expectations
June 12, 2013
There was no shortage of news coming out of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference this week, including a glimpse at the next generation of iOS. On the hardware front, meanwhile, the company revealed it will launch a new desktop computer and a refreshed MacBook Air line. Then, of course, there was its new streaming radio application.
Apple Brings Back Sexy at WWDC
June 11, 2013
While Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference focuses on developers who create applications and services around Apple's products, the company always reveals something new for everyday consumers, too. At this year's keynote address, Apple delivered a little love for everyone, including a new flat but astoundingly layered iOS 7 and the next version of Mac OS X, aka "Mavericks."
Sony Woos the Well-Heeled With Vaio Hybrid, Ultrabooks
June 05, 2013
Sony has launched a new Vaio hybrid tablet/laptop and two new Vaio Ultrabooks. All three have premium audio and visual technologies, and they use Intel's Haswell processors, which were designed for low power consumption. At $1,150 to $1,400, they're pricier than the comparable MacBook Air or other Ultrabooks. "They're clearly for premium buyers," said tech analyst Rob Enderle.
Razer Unwraps Sharp New Blade
June 01, 2013
Razer this week unveiled the Blade and Blade Pro, two thin and light notebook computers designed to handle the rigors of video gaming. The 14-inch Blade is actually a slimmed down version of the refreshed 17.3-inch Blade Pro, and it's perhaps the more interesting of the two, due to its diminutive size. It's a mere 0.66-inches thick and packs more power-per-cubic-inch than any laptop available today, says its maker.
Stay and StatsBar Worthy Additions to a Mac's Utility Belt
May 21, 2013
Designers of operating systems can't think of everything that should be in their programs. Utilities are a testament to that. Utilities are software programs that do things that should have been included in an operating system, but weren't. They can help you keep your system performing at top speed or solve irritating problems.
HP Launches Split x2 Win 8 Laptop-Tablet
May 15, 2013
HP on Wednesday announced the Split x2 Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablet, the second such device in its lineup after the Envy x2, which debuted last year. The Split x2 is a detachable PC, meaning that the screen can be removed and used separately as a tablet. HP also announced the Android-based SlateBook x2 on Wednesday.
WebStart's a Snore-Worthy Substitute for iGoogle's Snappy Style
May 14, 2013
With iGoogle scheduled to be axed in November, orphans of that offering will be looking at alternatives like uStart, Protopage, Netvibes and Myfav.es. While those alternatives will meet the needs of many iGoogle users set adrift by the search company, some souls may want to create their own homepage substitutes for the versatile portal.
Vaio Fit May Be the Laptop Windows 8 Has Been Looking For
May 07, 2013
Sony introduced its new line of entry-level laptops on Tuesday. The new Vaio Fit series starts at around $550 with the Fit E, which offers Intel's Core processors, discrete Nvidia graphics processors, and hybrid hard drives, as well as a full-sized keyboard and trackpad. The step-up Vaio Fit, at $649, offers an aluminum chassis.
HP Goes to Work With New ProBooks for SMBs
May 07, 2013
HP, facing difficulties in its desktop and laptop sales, on Monday unveiled two new series in its ProBook notebook computer line for small and medium businesses. The ProBook 400 series has five laptops with screen sizes ranging from 13.3 to 17.3 inches that are up to 36 percent thinner and 18 percent lighter than previous notebooks.
Easy, Elegant Scapple Brightens Mind Maps
May 07, 2013
Scapple isn't a spelling mistake for that Pennsylvania Dutch concoction made with pork scraps, corn meal, flour and spices. In fact, scapple is actually a word meaning to work roughly, or shape without finishing. It's also the name of a dynamite new mind mapping program from Literature and Latte, the folks who brought the Mac world Scrivner.
HP Takes Leap of Faith Into Motion Control Tech
April 17, 2013
HP will be incorporating Leap Motion's motion control technology into some of its upcoming products, both companies confirmed Tuesday. Select PCs from HP bundled with Leap Motion's technology will be available this summer, HP spokesperson Cherie Britt told TechNewsWorld. Devices with the Leap Motion Controller technology embedded in them will come later.

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