The first accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops from AMD became available in late June. The first installment of desktop APUs comprises two quad-core chips, the A6-3650 and A8-3850, both of which have garnered mixed reviews. PC manufacturers, too, haven’t quite warmed up to the new chips so far. Nonetheless, boutique system builder AVADirect has announced a couple of Llano-equipped PCs.
NEC’s MultiSync EX family of ultra-slim displays now has a new 23-inch member. Actually, the EX231Wp is more like an identical twin of the EX231W. A twin that somehow evaded eviction from mother NEC’s womb for almost eight months after its brother came out. Just because they look alike does not mean that there are no differences.
While your tablet touting friends are running down the street screaming, "The desktop is dead!," OEMs keep giving birth to new desktop models. Acer, for example, just announced not one, but two new desktop PC series, including the sleek and compact X Series designed for those looking to conserve space, and the more power M Series with a new chassis design Acer says is a whole lot of gravy.
Beleaguered Japanese electronic giant Sony has contributed vociferously to all the buzz surrounding 3D technologies over the past few years. But if you thought Sony’s interest in 3D would decline with time, think again. The company has once again - second time this week - reaffirmed its faith in stereoscopy by launching a Vaio L-Series all-in-one PC that features a 24-inch 3D multitouch display. As always, details await you after the jump.
In the previous how-to, we discussed multiple monitors as a great tool for increased efficiency. However, sometimes multiple displays just don’t work in a certain environment. Fortunately, there’s still a way to get some of the efficiency benefits of having multiple desktops without needing two displays: virtual desktops.
Utah-based Xi3 Corporation has announced a Chrome OS-running version of its flagship Modular Computer. The company made the announcement in a recent press release. Touting its upcoming ChromiumPC modular desktop as “the world’s first desktop computer running Google’s Chrome operating system,” the company revealed in the press release that it has been working on the machine since 2009. More details about Xi3’s latest modular computer, which measures less than 4-inches per side, after the break.
I am going to bet that you know what the application “Outlook on the Desktop” does without me even having to describe a single byte of it. Congratulations; You win. Good day sir, ma’am.
You might be able to guess the app’s overall purpose, but I think you’ll be even more interested once you actually get the nitty-gritty of what it does. Let’s hit the big question first, though. Why would you even want to slap a widget-like implementation of Microsoft Outlook on your desktop to begin with?
Here’s my answer. I love Outlook on the Desktop for two main reasons: I like staring at my desktop as much as possible (especially during that half-hour in the morning when coffee is beginning to work its magical effects on my tired brain), and I like being able to quickly glance at my calendar while I’m in the process of doing other things.
Yo, dawg! We heard that you like operating systems and internet browsers, so Jolicloud’s letting you have an operating system and a browser with another operating system inside of that browser! It’s a cloud computing solution so slick that we’ve made it our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Business and institution customers have a line of new small form factor commercial desktop PCs to choose from. The new compact PCs come courtesy of Acer, which just announced its Veriton L4610G ultra small form factor (USFF) and Veriton X2110 SFF desktops packed with up to an Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce 6150 graphics.
The sky isn't falling, the world isn't about to end, and PCs aren't dying. Why, then, is market research firm Gartner bugging out? Call it an overreaction or a temporary blip as tablets settle into the marketplace (or a little of both), but according to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2011, a 1.1 percent slip from the same period one year ago. Doesn't sound like much, but Gartner says the shipment results are indicative of a potential sluggishness, not just a normal seasonal dip.