It appears that PCs are just not the hot gift idea they once were. According to Gartner, U.S. PC shipments were down almost 6% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple, however, continues to grow its market share with sales up nearly 21% in the same time. This pushes Apple to the number 3 spot in the U.S. computer market.
Add Samsung to the multitude of vendors announcing new Ultrabook models at CES this year. The company is entering the category with the Series 5 Ultra family, consisting of both a 13.3- and 14-inch model. The design of these thin, stylish portables is clearly influenced by the Series 9 laptop, which itself has undergone an update.
We look at the effect of memory bandwidth and clockspeed on gaming performance.
The mystique of adding RAM to a system to “increase performance” is often misunderstood by the average person. Most think that if their seven-year-old Windows XP build is getting slow, doubling the RAM from 2GB to 4GB will speed it up. Any PC tech worth his Pringles knows that won’t do much for Windows XP performance. Generally, it’s very easy to hit the point of diminishing returns with system RAM. But there’s one bad pattern we’ve been seeing in many of the notebooks with integrated graphics lately: configuring RAM for the minimum system bandwidth.
If you’re a browser jockey, that’s not a huge issue but if you play any games that rely on the graphics card, that configuration can hobble your performance if you’re trying to play games. To see what the situation is, we decided to take a typical modern notebook and see the impact of system bandwidth on gaming. Read on.
Unless you've been intentionally cutting yourself off from mainstream movies and TV (and we wouldn't blame you if you had), you've probably become aware of the practice known as product placement--when companies pay money to have their product or brand featured in a movie or TV show.
Used judiciously, product placement can be a way for filmmakers to get a little extra cash and flesh out the realism of their world. It makes more sense to see characters at a bar drinking real brands of beer, after all. Unfortunately, Hollywood isn’t known for its subtlety, and product placement can all too often be jarring and obvious.
And, of course, tech brands are no stranger to this kind of advertising. We’ve put together a gallery of 15 of the most shameless, hamfisted instances of tech product placement in movies and TV shows. Check them out, then hit the comments and let us know what we missed.
Ubuntu’s declining popularity was a hot topic on the Internet recently, with a number of sites using Distrowatch's annual web rankings to ring alarm bells for the popular Linux distro. But there were those who looked askance at these reports -- and quite rightly so, accusing them of grossly exaggerating the extent of Ubuntu’s alleged decline. Whatever be the true extent of its decline, the fact is Ubuntu is still a very popular Linux distro and Canonical will have another chance of redeeming itself with Precise Pangolin in a few months’ time.
Intel hopes to stop the tablet wave dead in its tracks with its ultrabooks, a new breed of ultra-thin and -light notebooks starting at around $1,000. While most PC vendors are finding it difficult to meet the current price requirement for ultrabooks, Intel wants them to move to an even more competitive pricing model in the future.
Over the weekend, Sony refreshed its VAIO S Series family with the addition of the full HD 15.5-inch Sony VAIO and the 13.3-inch VAIO SA. The two models, which have arrived well in time for the holidays, were announced at the end of August. Both models start at $999 and feature almost identical specs. Read more about them after the jump.
MSI today unveiled a pair of new G Series gaming laptops outfitted with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570M discrete graphics. Available in 15.6-inch (GT683DXR) and 17.3-inch (GT780DXR) form factors, MSI is pitching both at the "serious gamer seeking unmatched power with an unprecedented immersive experience." Let's see how MSI backs up that claim.
For those times when portability is absolutely, positively, not a concern, there will soon be a new choice in “mobile” computing. The GScreen Spacebook is a chunky little laptop that packs dual slide-out 17-inch LCD panels. After quite a lot of build up, the computer finally has a ship date this November.
LG is not really a name associated with laptops, but that isn’t stopping the Korean company from taking its new LG A530 15-inch gaming laptop on a worldwide tour. Why take it on tour? This device has a high-resolution HD 3D screen, and that just doesn’t come across in pictures. So what can you expect?