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Tablets might not kill off the PC after all. Growth in the PC market is expected to remain sluggish (IDC even lowered its forecast by 0.1% for 2014 to 6% worldwide), but if the channel is any indication, builders and component manufacturers are feeling confident. A report by DigiTimes today suggests that suppliers in Taiwan are gearing up in anticipation of successful gaming systems and notebooks. Intel expects business PCs to show strong sales this year. Shown here is a Lenovo M58e Desktop Tower. Component manufacturers are looking to the likes of Lenovo to drive those sales. Lenovo has been enjoying... Read more...
When Microsoft developed Windows 8's controversial UI and new Start Screen, the major impetus driving the design was the need to support touchscreen devices. Microsoft hammered this home at every opportunity, describing the new Metro design as a "touch first" experience. Then Windows 8 shipped, and precious few laptops had touchscreen support. This kicked off a kerfuffle of blaming between OEMs and Redmond, with the prediction that as touchscreen prices came down, consumers would embrace W8 and the touch-driven experience. Life would be great if Intel would just cut prices on those ultrabooks.... Read more...
Lenovo talked a big game about how it was going to leapfrog ahead of Dell in the global PC market to become the world's second largest PC brand, and lo and behold, the company backed up its bravado with a strong third quarter. According to figures by market research firm IHS iSuppli, Lenovo's PC shipments in the third quarter rose to 12.5 million units, a 14.5 percent gain over the 10.9 million PCs it shipped in the second quarter. No small feat, Lenovo's remarkable Q3 growth outpaced the PC market as a whole in convincing fashion, which only grew 5.5 percent during the same period. But more importantly,... Read more...
A company on the brink?  That's what Apple was before it made its dramatic comeback.  Now, in the latest Gartner report, on Q3 PC shipments (note, these are preliminary numbers), Apple's market share in the U.S. has grown to 9.5%, up from 7.7% last year, a growth of 29.4%.  Nearly double-digits.IDC's numbers were similar to Garter's, pegging Apple's U.S. share at 9.1%, up from 7.3%, a growth of 32.0% year-over-year. But (there's always a but), both Gartner and IDC noticed that a major part of the global overall upswing (15%) in PC sales was a burgeoning netbook component.  Gartner... Read more...
Shipments of computers for personal use  jumped by 14.6 percent worldwide in the first quarter, well above prior estimates of 13.2%, according to market research firms IDC and Gartner, and reported at Digitimes. The market in the USA had a weak showing compared to other areas of the globe, but still clocked in with a respectable 3.5% year over year growth. And the term "personal computer" is really starting to mean something now. We're likely to continue to move from a computer in every house to one in every lap for the foreseeable future. As with previous quarters, much of the growth came... Read more...
It seems that the world of mobile computing just gets more popular and devices get smaller and/or more powerful.  Now it appears that in addition to Intel joining the UMPC crowd with a long-term roadmap, AMD is planning to rise up to offer challenge: "Early last year, Microsoft revealed its ultra mobile computing platform. Smaller than a laptop but larger than a PDA, Microsoft's Origami project set the playing field for others to follow. At the time, Origami was positioned as an Internet browsing device with rudimentary multimedia capabilities. Unfortunately, the Origami project never materialized... Read more...