Users migrating from Windows XP helped offset weak consumer spending in the PC sector
Market research firms agree that worldwide PC shipments declined in the first quarter of 2014, which is the eighth quarter in a row of negative movement. However, there are signs that the market is starting to stabilize. It's a bit of a fuzzy picture at the moment because users migrating from Windows XP could be mucking with the trend line, but the picture should become much clearer by the end of the year.
At the recently concluded Chinese leg of its semiannual Intel Developer Forum, Intel announced the codename of the 22-nm “Bay Trail” Atom chip’s successor. The 14-nm chip, dubbed “Braswell”, will be aimed at low-cost desktops and entry-level notebooks.
Gartner predicts a 6.6 percent decline in traditional PC shipments next year
There's no denying there's been a shift in the mainstream PC market. People who are primarily interested in surfing the web and sending emails no longer need a desktop to get the job done -- tablets and even smartphones are sufficient tools for basic connectivity. Knowing that, it's hardly surprising for Gartner to forecast a 6.6 percent decline in traditional PC shipments in 2014, but before diehard desktop and laptop fans throw their hands up in defeat, let's look at the bigger picture.
Torrent site YTS takes over development of the controversial app
Started as a small experiment by “a bunch of geeks from Buenos Aires”, Popcorn Time emerged out of nowhere on the tech media’s radar earlier this month, earning itself such flattering appellations as the “Netflix for pirates” and attracting scores of collaborators from all over the globe on Github. Despite initially displaying remarkable equanimity in face of questions over the cross-platform, BitTorrent-based movie streaming app’s legality, Popcorn Time’s creators did something very unexpected on Friday by abruptly shutting it down.
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"PC is where I'm going to wind up. That's where the community is."
Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has expressed the possibility of developing games again. In an interview with Gamasutra, Bleszinski revealed that he was thinking of starting a new studio with its focus being on the PC platform.
Is there anything better than cranking up the settings and sitting down to play an amazing PC game? 2013 was a great year for PC gamers, but 2014 looks to be even better. Games like Watch Dogs, The Division, and The Witcher 3 are looking amazing so far. With that said, we've compiled a list of 20 games you should get excited about.
Rumor has it Lenovo is interested in Sony's Vaio PC business
Reports emerged over the weekend claiming Lenovo, the world's No. 1 PC maker in terms of shipments, has been in talks with Sony about a possible joint venture involving the sale of Sony's Vaio PC business. Considering that Sony's Vaio PC division is operating at a loss, not to mention Lenovo having just announced plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $2.91 billion, investors are spooked.
We appreciate it when a case manufacturer dares to go above and beyond the standard construction techniques we see time and time again. Enter Phanteks’s Enthoo Primo chassis—a case that sounds more like a sneeze than a container for your expensive hardware, but one that comes with a few tricks hidden within its jet-black frame. However, a few peculiar quirks make us hesitant to give this $250 chassis a full-on recommendation.
Note: This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of the magazine