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Are 5 PC vendors too many?

Critics for years derided Apple's strategy of vertical integration. But with Microsoft and Google taking a similar tack, do we still need independent PC manufacturers?

April 1, 2013 by

Logitech focuses on businesses with BH320 earbuds

PC peripheral and accesory maker Logitech has launched its first enterprise-focused product as it looks to capitalise on the growth of the unified comms market.Alan Smith, group business manager of emerging markets at Logitech, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that the company is combating sluggish growth in the webcam and keyboard peripherals market by launching a new range of products aimed at enterprises, as well as small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).

March 6, 2012 by

How to stay in the desktop on Windows 8

Once you try out the improved mouse and keyboard controls in the Consumer Preview you may find you don't dislike the Metro interface at all. Take a look at the average consumer PC and the desktop is covered side to side, top to bottom with shortcuts to applications and documents; Metro tidies that up, makes it as wide a screen as you want and adds live tiles for glanceable information like weather reports and calendar information - just what desktop gadgets always promised.

March 2, 2012 by

BlackBerry Bold 9900

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers an upgraded OS, solid specifications and good integration of a small touchscreen with an optical navigation pad and keyboard. But battery life is disappointing and, despite the novelty of Near Field Communication support, this is primarily a catchup device.

August 25, 2011 by

Happy 30th birthday, IBM PC (and clicky keyboard)

It's 30 years since IBM launched the IBM Personal Computer, setting a standard for business computing that is still recognisable today. Indeed, the PC has become a platform for the vast majority of home computing, for education, and for all kinds of industrial and commercial purposes from the factory floor to digital signage systems -- the ones that are meant to say Flight 647 is about to depart from Terminal 5 but we all love to see displaying an odd Windows command or a Blue Screen of Death.

August 12, 2011 by

Why doesn't Microsoft push Windows to Mac users?

Something odd struck me the other day. I was thinking about putting Windows on one of the Mac mini systems to run in Boot Camp. Why? Because my youngest daughter is learning to play the keyboard, and while she spends most of her time in GarageBand, she does have some software she wants to use that is Windows only. Installing Windows on the Mac sounds like the best solution. This got me thinking ... Microsoft does a lot of those PC vs. Mac comparison type ads ... but why do we never see Microsoft trying to sell Windows licenses direct to Mac users?

May 26, 2011

Which OS for life critical applications?

Recently I was a guest at a local hospital for a few days, staying with a relative. All over, they had portable PC stations using HP mini desktops mounted to portable stands on wheels, with LCD displays and pullout keyboard trays.

January 13, 2011 by

Acer unveils Iconia dual-screen PC and three Android tablets

Acer held a press conference in New York today to show its dual-screen Iconia laptop PC and three Android tablets.Iconia is unusual in having two touch screens: one acts as a display and the other provides a keyboard or other type of controller, though it can also be used as a display screen.

November 23, 2010 by

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

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