For many would-be early adopters, trying to find a GTX 680 has been like trying to find a four-leaf clover; it can be done, but it takes some digging. Curious minds have wondered what the hold-up is. Manufacturing woes? Overbearing demand? We now have an idea. In a slide shown at an annual investors meeting, Nvidia claims that in the six weeks following the GTX 680's launch, it shipped and sold 60 percent more units than the GTX 580 did during its debut.
With the rapid rise of tablets, analysts have been arguing over which PC hardware company is the biggest in all the land: HP or Apple? Apple, of course, only enters the discussion if you count tablets as PCs. But regardless of how you look at technicalities, Microsoft wants to let you know that when it comes to the operating systems running on all that hardware, there's really only on sheriff in town: Windows.
Apple CEO Tim Cook can talk all he wants about the post-PC era, we're not buying it. Neither is International Data Corporation (IDC), which today said it expects worldwide PC shipments to pick up steam as the year goes on and have a strong second half of 2012. The first half of the year will only see "modest growth," but between the launch of Windows 8 and excitement generated by Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin notebooks, IDC expects second half sales to be much stronger.
If you're brazen enough to ask a power user which he would prefer, a tablet PC or a desktop system, be prepared for a backhand to the cheek. Tablets, including ones that slip neatly into multi-functional docks, pale in comparison to desktops in terms of raw horsepower and what you can do with the thing. At the same time, users who just want to look up recipes on the Web and fart around Facebook from time to time may find that a tablet is a better option, and if there are enough people who think that way, it's conceivable that the demand for tablet PCs could surpass desktops as early as next year.
Market research firms International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner typically post similar numbers when analyzing the PC market, and so when Gartner reported U.S. PC shipments dropped 6 percent in the fourth of 2011, we knew it would only be a matter of time before IDC posted equally despairing numbers. Actually, IDC's figures aren't quite as bad, indicating that stateside shipments dropped a little less than 5 percent, but don't take solace in that number.
Samsung’s hugely successful Galaxy family of devices seems to have found another star performer. The Korean electronics giant has revealed that its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid, which began shipping a couple of months ago, has crossed 1 million global shipments. Oddly enough, the company chose photo-sharing site Flickr, of all places, to announce the milestone.
After cannibalizing netbook sales for well over a year, media tablets are said to have finally leapfrogged their prey in terms of shipments. According to ABI Research, tablet shipments in 2Q11 numbered 13.6 million units compared to just 7.3 million netbooks. Hit the jump for more.
As PC users, we're so used to hearing sirens warn that the sky is falling we barely notice the noise anymore. Part of the reason for that is because even when things are bad, they're still pretty good. That's again the case today as market research firm Gartner lowers its PC shipments forecast for 2011, but a closer examination of the numbers shows there's reason to remain confident in the state of PCs.
Worldwide PC processor shipments fell flat year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2010, yet still managed double digit growth for the full year, according to the latest figures from International Data Corporation (IDC). The research firm reports that microprocessor shipments grew 17.1 percent for the full year compared to 2009, driving revenue up 26.7 percent to $36.3 billion. It did this despite a lethargic fourth quarter that barely budged compared to both 3Q10 (0.04 percent quarter-over-quarter) and to 4Q09 (-.21 percent year-over-year).
Chalk up another milestone for Seagate, which this week announced it has shipped over 1 million self-encrypting laptop and enterprise hard drives. Seagate's hunch that there's a market for HDDs with built-in encryption so far seems to be spot on, and it hasn't hurt that these drives have managed to win U.S. government certifications. And thanks in part to computer makers like Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, and others stepping on board, Seagate said its enterprise SED shipments have tripled over the two quarters, while its laptop SED shipments have doubled in the past three years.