We love this time of the year, as it affords us an excuse to stuff mounds of moist turkey and other delicious fixings down our gullets (while only feeling semi-guilty about it), houses and neighborhoods are dressed up with decorative lights and lawn ornaments, kids are suddenly on their best behavior in hopes of earning heaps of toys, and the sales -- oh, the sales!
Note: We focused mostly on PC hardware deals. For more gadget-oriented deals, visit our sister site TechRadar for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Some things in life you just have to suck up and accept. You know, like having to deal with in-laws during the holidays, Fido chewing up your high tech programmable universal remote, and one day leaving this world without having played every game in your Steam library. Life is a lot less stressful if you don't fight these types of things. So with that in mind, here's a heads up that Steam's Exploration sale is going on now.
Intel's Q3 revenue jumped by $1.1 billion year-over-year
Go back a couple of years and you could criticize Intel for being slow to respond to the mobile shift in the market place. However, don't fret about any long-term repercussions -- for the first time ever, Intel shipped more than 100 million microprocessors in a single quarter. Those shipments led to Intel posting a record $14.6 billion in revenue for the third quarter, along with operating income of $4.5 billion and net income of $3.3 billion.
How to save lots of money without sacrificing quality, performance, or features
Our Cheapskate’s Guide has become an annual installment in the magazine, because for most of us working stiffs, the ability to stretch a dollar and get more for less is always relevant. For some of us, it means that our love of technology and all its amazing uses won’t get in the way of us paying the rent or putting new Crocs on our kids’ feet. For others, saving money is more a matter of personal pride—the result of knowing the ins and outs of getting a good deal. Only suckers pay the sticker price! Whatever motivates your cheapskate tendencies, we say embrace them, and this year we offer our support in the form of tips for savvy shopping, guidance on making wise hardware purchases, pointers to killer deals in digital entertainment, and a whole lot more. Just don’t spend your savings foolishly!
Note: This review was originally featured in the March 2014 issue of the magazine.
Earnings report sends Intel's stock soaring to a 52-week high
Talk is cheap at the end of the day, so despite doomsayers predicting the demise of the PC, Intel's sales and revenue proved those notions wrong. Intel, the largest semiconductor company in the world, beat out analyst expectations by reporting first quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion, and earnings per share of 38 cents.
Black Friday is now in the rear view mirror, which means we can look forward to a line up Cyber Monday deals. One word of note before we switch gears -- even though Black Friday is over with, many of the deals listed will last through the weekend. We'll do our best to cross out the ones we know have already expired, but if you see something that catches your eye, it doesn't hurt to click.
Microsoft Surface RT sales “significantly lower” than shipments
Microsoft has been mum on Surface RT sales ever since the Windows RT device first hit the market on October 26, 2012, even maintaining its deathly silence on the subject during its recent fiscal second quarter earnings call. There can be only one explanation for this: Surface RT sales have been low. So low, in fact, that the company is embarrassed even to talk about it.
Gartner and IDC blame poor Windows 8 uptake, bad economy and competing devices
While Microsoft’s recent claim that Windows 8 is following a similar sales trajectory as its predecessor may or may not be fully accurate, the latest PC shipment numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC have made one thing very clear: that Windows 8 sales between October 26 and December 31 weren’t enough to help the PC industry avoid a rare fourth-quarter sales slump.
Windows 8 hasn’t been the complete train wreck some were predicting, but it also seems clear it wasn’t a run away success either. Microsoft dropped word that it moved over 40 million copies of Windows 8 within the first month, however there has been a great deal of debate on whether or not this actually constitutes a success. It’s approximately the same number of licenses Windows 7 sold during the same launch period, but as you’ve no doubt read us discussing ad nauseum, times have changed. Evidence has surfaced that Microsoft blames OEM’s for sales falling below internal projections, and OEM as you can imagine see things differently.