Lenovo, HP, and Dell are increasing their collective dominance of the PC market, with Apple as the only threat. So how are the three big OEMs coping with sweeping changes in the computing landscape?
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Hewlett Packard wants to infuse life into PCs with a new kind of machine that uses a built-in projector for surface-enabled touch and 3D scanning. Will makers and creatives get on board?
As for the outlook, Intel projected revenue of $14.7 billion, give or take $500 million with gross margins of about 64 percent. Wall Street was expecting fourth quarter revenue of $14.5 billion.
There was also a shuffle on the leaderboard with Apple moving up into the top five vendors worldwide.
In its ads, Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 is "the tablet that can replace your laptop." With the addition of a new docking station, the Surface Pro has its eye on your desktop PC, too.
The living room system will ship with Windows 8.1 installed and include an Xbox 360 controller, but will also feature Steam Big Picture mode when it's expected during the 2014 holiday season.
The latest beta release of the Chrome browser for Linux, Mac and Windows introduces support for voice commands, as well as improved support for responsive design for web developers.
Intel's third quarter results should deliver, but the outlook is where things get tricky. Selling chips into a Windows 8.1 hardware cycle is easy. Getting consumers to buy may be a different game entirely.
But analysts warned that this report should not be construed as a comeback for the global PC industry.
Dell and Telefonica, the telco behind O2, have expanded the NetReady pay-as-you-go bundled laptop and 3G service to 29 countries in Europe.
The 23-inch desktop includes a full 1080p HD display and a pair of Harman Kardon speakers. A touchscreen version starts at $100 more.
A win on the bottom line and a tiny ding on the top line. While Microsoft touted its Business unit as the division that carried the quarter, the company stayed mum on Windows sales.
The figures don't lie: Android not only has almost three-quarters of global mobile device sales, but it's outselling PCs too. So the Linux-based OS is the new Windows, not only due to its ubiquity, but because it represents a key aspect of Windows that Microsoft is throwing away: openness.
The Taiwanese firm projected an even better fourth quarter after a healthy, positive third quarter results, with notebooks and tablets powering the firm's last three months.
Sales of MP3 players are dwindling due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets, but offering tailored features and more digital content will keep such personal media players from going extinct.
Having said that Google Docs would no longer export to pre-2003 Office formats such as .doc after September, the web giant has extended support to January.
The cloud-based office suite will, from 1 October, only be able to export to newer Office Open XML formats such as .docx. This will affect anyone collaborating with users of pre-2003 Office versions, although Microsoft does have a compatibility pack to help out users of some earlier iterations.
3M has just released two super-bright portable DLP LED projectors: the battery-powered MP220 and the mains-powered MP410.
A Jefferies research analyst foresees a drop in PC sales following further trouble for the two largest PC builders, HP and Dell. All roads lead to Microsoft's Windows 8, it seems.
Microsoft latest version of its PC management and security service adds more mobile-device management and Active Directory integration.
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