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What to expect at Computex this week

One of the world's largest tech shows takes place in Taiwan this week at an unusual time for the industry. The PC is under pressure, but this is prompting lots of experimentation with new designs, lower prices, and different software platforms. And Computex is the place to see these fresh ideas.

June 1, 2014

The vanishing PC: Race to the bottom accelerates

The demand for more performance and features has traditionally kept the PC from falling too far, too fast. Those days may now be ending, hastened by cheap tablets. The industry is responding with new platforms for low-cost laptops and tablets running Windows 8 and Android.

April 30, 2013

C172 Performance

C172 Performance computes all the useful performance numbers for flight planning for Cessna 172 aircraft. It includes calculations...

November 17, 2014 By Steven Kleiman

Same game + Different platform = Same problems!

The argument that I hear regularly from devoted games console fans is that the experience of playing the game on a console far outweighs that of playing on a PC. The graphics might be better on the PC, but gaming on the PC is a bug-ridden experience. But what about when you have the exact same bugs on multiple platforms?

April 4, 2011

TBM Performance

TBM Performance computes all the useful performance numbers for flight planning for Cessna 172 aircraft. It includes calculations for...

November 17, 2014 By Steven Kleiman

Can a desktop OS ever truly be "touch ready"?

PC operating systems, or for that matter any desktop OS, don't make good platforms for touchscreen devices. The whole keyboard/mouse paradigm doesn't translate well to being used by fingers and powered by gestures. Cursors are fine motor tools that can work with pixel precision. Our fingers are big lumps of meat that cover pixels by the acre. Can these two things be ever me melded together?

August 24, 2010 by

Asus's Eee tablet plans revealed

Release details for the upcoming ASUS tablet range have been disclosed by the chief executive of the company following a recent investors' conference call in Taipei.Speaking to assembled reporters following a quarterly financial meeting in Taipei on Friday, the company's head, Jerry Shen, confirmed that Asus is planning to release several tablet devices in the coming months on both the Microsoft and Google platforms, according to PC World reports.

August 16, 2010 by

Speed kills and the race is on to cook up the most stable and fastest browser around. That situation means innovation abounds. Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox are No. 1 and No. 2 in market share, but Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome are also pushing the field. Toss in smaller players like Opera, which does better on mobile platforms than the PC, and these are interesting times.

April 15, 2010 by

Mobile software Monday: Evernote comes to the BlackBerry platform

One of my favorite mobile apps/services is Evernote because it works across multiple mobile devices with native clients (iPhone and Windows Mobile) and via email while also working on PC and Mac computers. The folks at Evernote have stated they are working on clients for more mobile platforms and the next version is now ready for RIM BlackBerry owners. I've spent a few days using the latest BlackBerry client and you can check out some screenshots of it in action in my image gallery.

May 11, 2009 by

AMD 690G versus Intel G965 PC shootout

The integrated graphics market is one of the least glamorous platforms in desktop computing, but it is probably one of the most important since 90% of the PC market is dominated by integrated graphics.  Not only is the chipset itself a valuable prize to AMD and Intel, but the chipset also determines which CPU gets put in to the system.

July 23, 2007 by

Google to acquire in game advertising company

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google could announce the acquisition of in game advertising company, Adscape Media, as early as next week.Adscape Media, based in San Francisco, has created an advertising platform that enables advertisers to place static or dynamic ads in PC, console and cellular platforms.

January 21, 2007 by

Thinking of buying a Shuttle PC? Think again...

Whatever happened to my project to compare the leading PC-based digital media platforms? Shuttle happened, that's what. Shuttle Computer is justly famous among Media Center enthusiasts for its sleek small-form-factor designs, but its support is inexcusably bad. Here's why I'll never buy another Shuttle PC.

December 26, 2006 by

Open source trickle-down

It is possible to build a credible office PC out of Linux, Open Office and Firefox, but only if you're a sophisticated user. You lose access to content on proprietary platforms, you may have (or fear you may have) trouble communicating with business partners. It's a big risk.

October 5, 2006 by

Microsoft's Mix: Some new products

CNET's Martin LaMonica looks at some new apps for themobile PC at the Mix '06 Web developer confab. Frank Gocinski,Microsoft's business development manager in mobile platforms, shows amusic writing program and tells how to use your PC to program thatold-fashioned TV.

March 22, 2006 by

33% of PVR users would buy a DVD with recorded shows anyway

While PCs are the expected, and most obvious platform for DVD burning, it is clear that non-PC platforms are rising in popularity for this activity, and DVD recording habits are evolving, reports In-Stat. Consumers are more likely to record TV series shows with their PVR/DVR with built-in DVD recorder than any other type of programming.

October 24, 2005 by

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