There's a reason your wallet is cowering in the corner in the fetal position, it knows it's about to be gutted. That's the inevitable fate that befalls the funds of gamers each and every time Valve decide to hold a major sale on Steam, and today marks the beginning of Steam's autumn sale. Big discounts ensure you'll lighten your load of cash while you beef up your games collection with titles you may have missed out on.
Investors react positively to HP's revenue results
Hewlett-Packard's fourth quarter net revenue slipped 3 percent year-over-year (or 1 percent when adjusted for the effects of currency) to $29.1 billion, though analysts were expecting a bigger decline. Part of the reason why HP exceeded expectations is because it was propped up by growth in its Enterprise Group (servers, software, storage, and networking products), which was up 2 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.
Looking for a small PC? It doesn't get too much smaller that Zotac's Zbox Nano line of mini PCs, which you can tuck neatly out of sight behind your monitor for a home brewed all-in-one experience. These aren't typically powerhouse systems, though for the first time, you can get quad-core processing from a Zbox Nano machine. The new Zbox Nano AQ01 features an AMD A4-5000 APU clocked at 1.5GHz with Radeon HD 8330 graphics.
Update: Now with more pics of iBuyPower's Steam machine!
Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 both raced to 1 million unit sales in the first 24 hours of availability, but come 2014, gamers may be talking about a console of a different kind. Boutique system builder iBuyPower is jumping aboard Valve's Steam Machine bandwagon with a prototype system it plans to launch sometime in 2014. In the meantime, iBuyPower has offered up a sneak peak of its prototype Steam Machine, which it also plans to show off at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
Decline in average selling prices encouraging sales, IDC says
The IDCsays that smartphone shipments should be more than 39 percent higher than those in 2012 by the close of this year with totals exceeding 1 billion units. By 2017, the number is expected to approach 1.7 billion units worldwide. The major culprit is a steady decline in average selling prices (ASPs).
Finally, an affordable Chromebook with touch support
Google owes Acer a pat on the back for making its Chromebook platform a more attractive option. How so? Acer just introduced the C720P Chromebook, the newest addition to its C720 line and the first to feature an 11.6-inch touchscreen panel. What's equally impressive is that Acer managed to bolt on a touchscreen panel without tacking on an obscene premium -- this sucker retails for $300 MSRP.
An advertising war between Microsoft and Google is brewing
Microsoft doesn’t want anyone to get Scroogled and is continuing its anti-Google campaign by recruiting the Pawn Stars to take a few swipes at Google’s Chromebook. The ad masquerading as a scene from the reality TV show boils down to a few cheap insults and the claim that the Chromebook isn’t a real laptop.
Motorola has a holiday surprise for the mobile crowd. The company announced that its unlocked and affordable Moto G smartphone is now available to purchase in GSM form from Motorola's website with no contract, no SIM lock, and an unlocked bootloader for $179 with 8GB of storage or $199 with 16GB of storage. Those are full retail prices - you own the device outright for less than the subsidized cost of most high-end smartphones.
Tablets will make up half of the overall PC market next year
Desktops aren't going anywhere, but neither are tablets, the latter of which are forecast to out-ship all other PC form factors combined to account for nearly half of the client PC market, according to Canalys. Tablet PC shipments grew 40 percent in the third quarter of 2013, which helped the overall PC market grow 18 percent even though traditional desktop and notebook shipments declined. Amid all this growth is a window of opportunity to monetize the frenzy, just like Intel did when netbooks were all the craze.
Powercolor today announced that it's given its first R9 Series graphics card the PCS+ treatment, which consists of using in-house materials and a custom cooling design for added performance and stability. The lucky candidate is the Powercolor PCS+ R9 270X. It has 2GB of GDDR5 memory just like the reference design, though Powercolor goosed the GPU to 1060MHz base and up to 1100MHz boost.