Rise in desktop and laptop sales helped HP beat Wall Street estimates
Though HP didn't reclaim its spot as the number one supplier of PCs, the second-place OEM surprised analysts with a strong third quarter. HP's net revenue in the third quarter came to $27.6 billion, up 1 percent compared to the same period a year ago, while earnings per share came to $0.89, up 3 percent year-over-year. That's slightly better than Wall Street's estimate of a drop in revenue to $27.01 billion.
The concept of a bug bounty program is nothing new, and even Facebook will line your pockets with cash if you discover a qualifying security vulnerability in the social network or select acquisitions it's made. Until now, however Oculus Rift was exempt. Facebook has now extended its bug bounty program to Oculus Rift, which joins other Facebook acquisitions such as Instagram, Parse, Onavo, and Moves.
Acer's first desktop PC running Google's Chrome OS
Does Google's Chrome OS have the legs to stretch beyond Chromebooks and into the mini PC category? Looks like we'll find out, as Acer just announced its new Chromebox CXI line for customers in North America. Acer isn't taking aim at just one category of users -- instead, the company says the CXI series is an appropriate solution for education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscious shoppers who don't need a mobile platform.
In days gone by, deciding between high end components and a space saving configuration was a delicate balancing act with compromises made along the way. Things are different today. Hardware has evolved, and it's now possible to build a potent system inside a smaller size case. Velocity Micro's custom designed MX3 chassis is one such example of a compact case that can handle full size components, and it's now available from the boutique builder as a configuration option.
Physical media in the PC gaming sector is nearly dead
Think for a moment about the last 10 PC games you purchased. If the statistics presented by analyst DFC Intelligence are correct, than at least nine of those games were digitally downloaded as opposed to physical copies. Long gone are the days when you'd walk into Software Etc. and emerge with a bag full of game boxes containing floppy disks, and later CDs. According to DFI Intelligence, 92 percent of all PC game sales around the world in 2013 were digital.
Welcome back to the tablet scene, Barnes and Noble
After failing to compete in sales with the likes of Amazon and its Kindle Fire line, Barnes and Noble is officially invested in tablets again with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is essentially a combination of the Android-based Nook platform baked into the Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware and billed as the first ever full-featured Android slate.
Ex-Microsoft chief cuts last remaining tie to go all-in with the Clippers
Admit it, you miss Steve Ballmer, even if just a little bit, right? Okay, so maybe some of you don't -- perhaps you're still holding a grudge over Windows 8, or perhaps Ballmer's slow play into mobile has you shaking your head. He hasn't always made the right decisions during his time at Microsoft, but nobody can question his passion. Now it's the Los Angeles Clippers organization and fan base that will get to see his antics on a consistent basis. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Ballmer announced he's stepping down as a board member at Microsoft, thus truly marking the end of a 34-year run with the company.
Mini desktop systems take aim at businesses and education
Acer today announced its new Veriton N4630G series of commercial mini desktops for businesses and educational institutions in the U.S. There are two models in the new series -- Veriton N4630G-i54570X and Veriton N4530G-i34150X -- both of which offer security features in a space saving, one-liter chassis. They're also fairly affordable, with the former selling for $649 and the latter going for $549.
After five straight quarters of being on top, Lenovo shows no signs of relinquishing its position as the world's largest supplier of PCs (in terms of sales and volume). The number one PC maker is also determined to outpace the industry average in desktop PC growth, hence Lenovo just announced three new additions to its ThinkCentre desktop PC line designed for business users as companies look to leave Windows XP in the dust.
The HTC One M8 is one of the most popular Android devices available, but what would happen if you stripped the phone of Android and installed Windows Phone 8.1 under the hood? Ladies and gentlemen, you're about to find out. HTC today unveiled the HTC One M8 for Windows, which in addition to bringing a premium design to the Windows Phone platform, it's also the first time an iconic flagship device has been offered on multiple OSes, HTC says.