Computer shipments dropped 9.8 percent in 2014, IDC says
The PC market has been in a slump for several quarters now, and in all of 2013, worldwide computer shipments dropped 9.8 percent, according to newly released data by International Data Corporation (IDC). On the plus side, the decline was slightly better than IDC's 10.1 percent projection, and fourth quarter results were better than expected, though overall it still ranks as the "most severe contraction on record," IDC says.
AV-Comparatives releases its antivirus survey for 2014
Not only do the vast majority of PC users run some type of antivirus software, but most of them pay for security, according to a new survey by AV-Comparatives, an independent testing lab. There's not a wide gap between those who pay for security software and those who opt for freebie programs -- 51 percent to 47 percent, respectively -- but it is interesting when you consider that Internet security suites have a stigma of being bloated and slow.
A new ad by Microsoft suggests Macs are bad for planning weddings
Microsoft has come under fire for a new advertisement promoting Windows systems over those inferior Macs that lack touchscreens. Short and to the point, the ad says Macs suck for planning weddings because you can't tap the display. Well, you can tap the display, but nothing will happen, and somehow that will hinder a woman's ability to plan out her wedding. Oh yes, did we mention? Microsoft's ad for a touch-friendly all-in-one PC running Windows 8 is targeted at women, and the way it goes about it, some are crying foul.
Store closures are part of RadioShack's turnaround plan
If you're the nostalgic type, you may want to visit your neighborhood RadioShack store and savor the moment, it may be the last. That's because RadioShack is planning to close down 1,100 retail locations in the U.S. that are "underperforming," which will leave the electronics chain with 4,000 remaining stores stateside (including over 900 dealer franchise locations). Though that's a lot of store closures, RadioShack is confident it can turn things around.
If it weren't for pesky budgets and a little thing called fiscal responsibility, most businesses would opt for super fast and capacious solid state drives, but in the interest of balance sheets, hard drives are still vogue. There's also room for continued improvement and innovation in the HDD space, which Toshiba tackled with its new enterprise-grade AL13SXB and AL13SXQ HDDs.
A Chromebook line for Ron Burgandy types who own many leather bound books
The rumor mill was buzzing this week with word of a new Chromebook line from Samsung, and though some of the details were a bit off -- there's no Intel processor inside -- Samsung did release a couple of Chromebook 2 models today, including an 11.6-inch SKU and a 13.3-inch build. Both laptops sport a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, though they run at different clockspeeds.
New cards from Sapphire keep their cool by using multiple fans
Nobody knows how to chill better than Jeff Bridges and John Goodman from The Big Lewbowski, though Sapphire's willing to give it the old college try, only in a different way. Sapphire today announced a pair of custom cooled Radeon R9 Series graphics cards, the Dual-X R9 280 with two aerofoil fans and graduated heatpipes, and Vapor-X R9 280X featuring the company's new Tri-X triple fan design.
It's on like Donkey Kong between AMD and Intel in the low-cost computing space. In the blue corner is Intel with its Bay Trail platform, and in the green corner is AMD, which just introduced its AM1 platform featuring a socketed quad-core or dual-core Kabini SoC. Put another way, take a Kabini APU and combine it with a socketed FS1b motherboard with a pin-grid-array (PGA) and you have the AM1 platform.
Titanfall will require 48GB of storage space on the PC according to Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella. Responding to a question on Twitter about how much space the FPS game would need he replied, “About 21GB of download and 48GB installed.” This means that the PC port is more than double the size of the Xbox One version which requires only 20GB.
This summer could see the launch of a smartphone running both Windows and Android
Can't decide between Windows Phone or Android? Perhaps soon you won't have to. Mobile phone maker Karbonn Mobiles is said to be fairly close to finishing a dual-OS handset that will run both Android and Windows Phone platforms. Assuming everything goes to plan -- Karbonn Mobiles said it already signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft -- the dual-booting smartphone will launch by June of this year.