If this is indeed the post-PC era as some are claiming, it isn’t having the kind of detrimental effects that one would expect it to have on Microsoft’s fiscal health. The Redmond-based software leviathan on Thursday announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and the numbers are better than Wall Street’s expectations. Hit the jump for more.
Yesterday, Boxee made good on a promise it made the day after Christmas; it yanked all traces of the Boxee PC, Mac and Ubuntu clients from its website. Back then, the company announced it was abandoning the desktop in favor of the set top Boxee Box and mobile applications. Plenty of long-time PC users cried foul, but it did no good: Boxee for the desktop is officially gone.
Palo Alto-based OnLive is expanding its presence in the cloud beyond its eponymous streaming game service. The company, which debuted the OnLive app for mobile (Android for now) as recently as last month, is now gearing up to stream “a seamless Windows desktop experience” to a variety of devices, beginning with the Apple iPad later this week.
It's a new year and Lenovo is wasting no time making the most of it. Like so many others, Lenovo's using CES as a springboard to launch several new and refreshed products, and on tap for 2012 are new laptops in the IdeaPad U Series, Y Series, S Series, and Z Series, plus new K Series desktops and space-saving B Series all-in-one (AIO) PCs.
AMD didn't want to let the year slip by without making one final hardware announcement, and so the chip designer today announced the addition of new A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) based on Llano. There are more than a dozen new chips in all, split between the desktop and notebook, and all of them sporting mostly minor updates, but updates nonetheless.
At the moment, leaks seem to be our primary source of information regarding Intel’s Ivy Bridge platform, with basic specs and release schedule of the upcoming chips becoming known to us in this fashion recently. The latest in this steady stream of leaks pertains to something that is central to any purchase decision — the price.
Having trouble deciding between a notebook, tablet, or desktop PC? You're not alone, and Gigabyte hopes everyone who's on the fence about which type of PC to purchase will consider the company's new Booktop T1132, the first and only 3-in-1 notebook on the market, according to Gigabyte. The trick is in the rotatable docking station, which transforms the T1132 into all three types of PCs.
You won't find any swirling LEDs or one-touch overclocking buttons on Lenovo's new ThinkCentre M77 desktop. Instead, this machine is all business, "crafted for professionals" looking for a "powerful, secure, energy efficient yet easy to use computer to tackle everyday office tasks," Lenovo says. Sounds like a snoozer until you realize it's (optionally) powered by an AMD FX Series processor and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory.
You may not realize it, but in addition to motherboards, notebooks, netbooks, all-in-one PCs, and everything else, Asus also builds and sells desktop towers, some of which are well equipped. Sometime soon, Asus will add its first Republic of Gamers (ROG) build to its desktop line in the form of the ROG CG8565 Tytan, a monster-looking machine Asus says was "inspired by ballistic missile submarines."
A few months ago, a company called BlueStacks announced it would be developing software that allows user to run Android apps on a PC. To everyone’s surprise, BlueStacks has followed through, and the alpha version of the App Player for Windows is available as a free download. This hefty 116MB installer comes with 10 pre-loaded apps and the ability to install more.