Intel profit drops 17% on softening PC sales

Last week, IDC issued a sobering report which indicated that PC shipments for the first quarter fell by 13.9 percent, despite the release of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system in October. Now, here’s more sign of trouble in the PC market. Intel announced today that its net income fell by 17 percent during the… Read More


Chart: This is what the ‘Post-PC Era’ looks like, so far

Worldwide PC shipments declined by 8 percent in the third quarter, in advance of the Windows 8 release, according to numbers released by the IDC and Gartner research firms this week. Looked at in the most favorable light for Microsoft, the dip suggests that the industry, businesses and home computer users are waiting eagerly for… Read More


Can Microsoft finally make the stylus go mainstream?

The concept of the stylus as an input for computing has been around for a long time, with people dragging items around the screen with a pen and scribbling in digital ink. Microsoft first attempted to popularize the approach with its original Tablet PCs a decade ago. The rise of screens and the iPad pushed… Read More


CES Video: Lenovo’s Android notebook splits into a tablet

During a Consumer Electronics preview event tonight, Lenovo showed an array of new products, including several running Google’s Android operating system — even a new Android-powered TV set. One device that caught my attention was the new IdeaTab S2, the company’s latest entrant into the hybrid tablet/notebook market, running Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich)…. Read More


Self-sanitizing keyboard wins FDA nod for healthcare use

Vioguard, a company started by two Microsoft Hardware veterans and their business partners, says it has received U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval for use of its self-sanitizing computer keyboard in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The keyboard can be retracted automatically into an enclosure to be bathed in germicidal ultraviolet light from two 25-watt fluorescent lamps…. Read More


Apple, Microsoft and the divergence of the personal computer market

Apple is set to report earnings Tuesday afternoon, amid expectations of a blowout quarter. While much of the focus will be on iPads and iPhones, it’s becoming increasingly interesting to watch the company’s traditional Mac business — specifically Apple’s ability to defy the trends in the broader personal computer market by boosting Mac sales at… Read More

Can Amazon dethrone the iPad?

IDC cuts PC forecast as iPad, Kindle and friends take toll

The IDC market research firm today reduced its forecast for PC shipments for 2011 to 4.2 percent, from its previous projection of 7.1 percent. IDC cited factors including an “increasingly conservative economic outlook” but also explained that alternative devices have taken much of the momentum away from the low-priced, “mini-notebook” computers that helped to fuel the… Read More


Apple bucks trend with 28% increase in Mac unit sales

Apple is just out with its quarterly earnings, reporting record revenues of $24.67 billion and profits of nearly $6 billion. Also notable: Macs don’t seem to be falling victim to cannibalization from Apple’s own iPad in the same way that Windows PCs appears to be. Mac sales were up 28 percent for the quarter ended… Read More


Windows app store Allmyapps reaches 100,000 users

Allmyapps, an online app store for Windows PC reminiscent of Apple’s App Store for Mac, this morning announced that it has signed up 100,000 members worldwide in its three months since launching its beta version. The results show “how much Windows users are in need of an Application Store to discover and manage their applications,”… Read More


WebOS planned for every HP PC, alongside Windows

Hewlett-Packard, continuing to raise questions about Microsoft’s long-term dominance in PC operating systems, plans to ship its webOS operating system on every one of its PCs — alongside Windows — starting next year. That nugget is included in a new Bloomberg BusinessWeek story about HP.  The company, the world’s largest PC maker, had previously said… Read More