Archive for 'desktop-pc'

Wall Street Beat: Mixed news for tech puts dent in sector confidence

Mixed news for hardware and some disappointing software vendor financial reports this week appeared to put a dent in confidence in the IT sector. Gartner forecast yet more bad news for traditional PCs and laptops. It’s been known for some time that smartphones, tablets and hybrid devices such as so-called “phablets” are putting a damper […]

Lenovo widens lead as PC market decline slows

Analysts at both Gartner and IDC reported the seventh straight quarter of declining PC shipments, although both firms saw a light at the end of the tunnel. Of the top PC vendors, Lenovo widened its lead over HP and Dell on a worldwide basis during the fourth quarter of 2013, as the Chinese PC maker […]

Start the year off right with a clean PC

Unsavory detritus lurks in the vents and crevices of your computer hardware: Hair, dust, cigarette smoke, and pet dander can accumulate in your PC and also in your peripherals, even down between the keys of your keyboard. Some of it’s just gross. However, buildup on fans and other key components can increase the heat stress […]

Acer needs to focus on brand building, tablets under new leaders

Acer will have to choose new leaders with expertise in tablets and brand-building to shed its reputation as a low-end seller of notebooks, analysts said. Last month, the company abruptly canceled plans to name Jim Wong as its new CEO, and instead did away with the position. Company co-founder Stan Shih has taken over as […]

Apple sued for patent infringement by DSS

Apple has been sued by patent company DSS Technology Management for infringing two patents relating to the use of wireless peripheral devices, parent company Document Security Systems said Wednesday. DSS has accused Apple’s products including its iMac, Mac mini, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano and the forthcoming Mac Pro of infringing one or more […]

The PC is one step away from extinction

In 1977, Ken Olsen, founder of long gone computing giant Digital Equipment Corporation, made one of the all time worst tech predictions when he said, “There’s no reason anyone would want a personal computer in their home.” Strangely enough, his prediction may actually come true. While it took a couple of decades for that prediction […]

Acer’s next CEO abruptly resigns as founder Shih takes helm

Acer’s upcoming CEO has abruptly resigned from the troubled PC maker, in a surprise move that will result in founder Stan Shih temporarily taking over leadership. Two weeks after Acer named Jim Wong to be its next CEO, the PC maker on Thursday announced he was stepping down “in light of the company’s recent performance.” […]

Acer CEO resigns as company plans restructuring and layoffs

Acer CEO J.T. Wang is resigning from his post at the Taiwanese PC maker and will be replaced by president Jim Wong as part of a corporate restructuring that will try to revitalize the company’s sagging fortunes. Citing the company’s recent run of poor financial results, Wang said in a statement on Tuesday: “It is […]

Taiwan protests Apple maps that show island as province of China

Taiwan is demanding Apple revise its mapping software and remove a label that describes the island as a province of China, rather than as a sovereign state. Taiwan’s foreign ministry made the complaint to Apple, said an official on Wednesday. “The maps don’t acknowledge Taiwan as its own nation. We voiced our disapproval, and hope […]

Cloud won’t replace traditional IT any time soon – HP

Close on the heels of HP CEO Meg Whitman’s financial update earlier this month, Steve Dietch, VP, worldwide cloud, enterprise group at HP, who was on a whirlwind trip of the ANZ region, and Keith Watson, MD of HP NZ, spoke to Computerworld NZ on the company’s role in the delivery of the ‘new style […]

Apple cuts prices on Macs, takes a jab at PCs

Apple on Tuesday introduced new versions of the MacBook Pro laptops and cut prices, but not before taking a jab at PC makers. The company’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display and 13-inch screen starts at US$1,299, which is $200 cheaper than the previous model. The 15-inch model will start at $1,999, while the previous-generation laptop […]

HP updates notebook and PC portfolio

In addition to expanding its ZBook range with a 14-inch workstation Ultrabook, HP has unveiled the latest additions to its notebook, PC and printer line-ups. As well as expanding its consumer product portfolio, HP is introducing devices aimed at the enterprise with increased robustness and removable batteries. Mobility a godsend and a nightmare The devices […]

Intel delays Broadwell chips for PCs and hybrids

Intel has delayed production of its “Broadwell” processors due to a manufacturing glitch, something analysts say could postpone the launch of PCs and tablets based on the new chip. Intel ran into some problems with the 14-nanometer process used to manufacture the chips and will have to fix them before it can resume production, CEO […]

Apple hires CEO of Burberry to run retail operations

Apple is hiring Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to lead its retail business, choosing someone from a fashion brand rather than from a consumer electronics retail chain. Ahrendts will be joining Apple in a newly created position as senior vice president of retail and online stores. She will be a member of the executive team, reporting […]

China’s Tongfang contributes to global PC growth

The PC market has faced tough times in recent years but Chinese vendor Tongfang is contributing to PC growth. Ranked 12th in global PC shipments in 2013, Tongfang leads the top vendors in PC growth in 2013 through August, according to IDC’s Monthly PC Tracker. Shipments for this vendor increased 10 percent from a year […]

Is your PC, smartphone or tablet making you ill?

Few things in life are without their risks and using high-tech equipment is no different. In particular, there’s potential for our PCs, tablets and smartphones to cause illness or injury. To worry about these risks, though, or even to cut back on using our computing equipment and thereby miss out on the benefits they offer, […]

Tablet shipments to surpass PCs in Q4 2013

Tablet shipments will surpass total PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 (Q4 2013), forecasts IDC.        

SK Hynix shifting more production to DRAM after price jump

SK Hynix will increase DRAM production at its headquarters, the company said Friday, following a price spike in memory chips after a fire at a company factory in China.        

China preparing stimulus program to possibly spark PC, handset sales

China will soon roll out a plan to stimulate sales of IT products, which could help revive PC shipments in the nation, and further stimulate purchases of smartphones.        

Acer reports net loss in Q2 on research costs, DRAM prices

Taiwanese PC maker Acer reported a net loss in the second quarter, attributing it to the company’s growing investment in product design and the recent rise in DRAM prices.        

Apple’s profit drops 22 percent as iPad sales slow

Apple reported a drop in profits on roughly flat revenue for the April to June quarter, though the results were ahead of analysts’ expectations, providing something of a silver lining for the company.        

China PC market declines

China PC market declined in the second quarter of 2013 (Q2 2013) and this dip has impacted the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market.        

PC Advisor Awards 2013: this year’s PC Advisor Awards winners revealed

We present our roll call of honour for the best of the past year’s technology, and our guide to the brands you can trust. Here are the winners of the PC Advisor Awards 2013.        

AMD hopes to bridge gap between Xbox, PlayStation and PCs

Advanced Micro Devices has announced a new strategy that could lead to games that run in the future across PCs and games consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation.        

Lenovo and Apple grew as bottom fell out of PC market in Western Europe

PC shipments in Western Europe declined by 20.5 percent during the first quarter: The only vendors to see shipments grow were Lenovo and Apple, which returned to the top five.