Get ready to see 12.5-inch 2-in-1 PCs in the near future
If you own a low-cost 2-in-1 hybrid device (or convertible laptop, if you prefer to call it that), chances are you're rocking a 10-inch display, or thereabouts. Going forward, don't be surprised to see vendors start churning out bigger size models. That's because Intel has reportedly expanded its 2-in-1 reference blueprint to now include 12.5-inch display products, paving the way for larger 2-in-1 models.
For IBM, there is no debating whether or not the mainframe is dead. If IBM felt it was, the company wouldn't have gambled $1 billion, five years of development, over 500 new patents, and collaborative efforts with more than 60 clients in the z13, IBM's newest mainframe and, according to Big Blue, one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built -- high self praise.
Market research firm notes quiet and steady growth in PC sector
Ever since the first iPad came out, we had to hear analysts and market research firms predict a future in which we'd all ditch our traditional PCs for slates. Once again, however, time is the ultimate judge, and now that tablets are seemingly everywhere, consumers are turning their attention back to PCs, Gartner says. As such, Gartner notes a 1 percent increase in worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014, which translates into 83.7 million units.
Low cost device represents a significant mobile play
Entry level handsets launched in emerging markets don't typically elicit too much attention, though in this case, there's a reason why some people are making a big deal out of Samsung's latest smartphone. The Samsung Z1, launched today in New Delhi, runs the company's own Tizen operating system, which is indicative of Samsung wanting to groom new users and markets on something other than Android.
Back in October, AMD revealed that it would be implementing a restructuring plan and laying off about 7 percent of the company’s workforce. What appears to be part of its restructuring process, AMD announced that AMD General Manager of its Computing and Graphics segment John Byrne, Chief Marketing Officer Colette LaForce, and Chief Strategy Officer Raj Naik would be leaving.
At last count (September 2014), Facebook was sitting pretty with 864 million daily active users, and 1.35 billion monthly active users (as of September 30, 2014). With so many eyeballs zeroing in on the world's largest social playground each and every day, Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hope the site can help find missing children through targeted AMBER Alerts.
Millions subscribed to Spotify after Taylor Swift pulled a disappearing act
Can a streaming music service survive without the likes of Taylor Swift and her latest 1989 album? The answer is a resounding 'Yes!' as evidenced by Spotify's latest head count. In a blog post this week, Spotify announced that it's up to 60 million active users, 15 million of which are paid subscribers. The last time Spotify revealed user numbers was in November of last year after Swift decided to yank her music off the service.
HP is one strong quarter away from regaining the PC supply crown
The fourth quarter of 2014 saw 80.8 million PC shipments, representing a year-on-year decline of 2.4 percent, according to the number crunchers at International Data Corporation (IDC). That was enough to beat out expectations of a 4.8 percent decline, which was helped by a strong finish to the year -- the holiday quarter was the only one in which shipments topped 80 million units in 2014. It was especially good for HP, which virtually closed the gap in market share with Lenovo.
We don't want to come off as curmudgeons halfway through the first month of a new year, so let's start by focusing on the good news surrounding Grand Theft Auto V for PC. For one, Rockstar Games today shared the first screenshots of GTA V for PC, which were taken at 4K. And secondly, the developer has given gamers a heads up about the minimum and recommended specifications.
In the old days, PC gamers would sit in front of a large CRT monitor in a dedicated room littered with spare parts, game boxes (yes, there was actually a time when PC games came in big retail boxes!), empty potato chip bags, and other things scattered all around. Not anymore. Vendors are starting to recognize that PC gamers are mobile creatures, and so we're seeing more streaming options. While at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, NZXT showed us a PC streaming device of its own called DOKO.