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Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2013 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)                  Vendor 4Q13 Shipments 4Q13 Market Share 4Q12 Shipments 4Q12 Market Share 4Q13/4Q12 Growth 1. Lenovo 15,279 18.6% 14,013 16.1% 9.0% 2. HP 13,779 16.8% 15,059 17.3% -8.5% 3. Dell 10,030 12.2% 9,482 10.9% 5.8% 4. Acer Group 5,540 6.7% 7,046 8.1% -21.4% 5. ASUS 4,988 6.1% 5,610 6.4% -11.1% Others 32,595 39.6% 35,840 41.2% -9.1% Total 82,211 100.0% 87,049 100.0% -5.6% International Data Corporation (IDC) today released their Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units in the Q4 of 2013, representing a 5.6% decline in numbers YoY. When you consider the full year 2013, total shipments declined -10.0% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. The declining trend is no surprising given that the consumer interest is moving towards more mobile devices like smartphones, ...

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As Microsoft’s 343 Industries studio is busy preparing their next game for Xbox One console with transition of platform and technology, they have made some notable additions and changes to their team. Tim Longo from LucasArts has joined us Halo team as the creative director. Tim carries with him almost two decades of game development experience during which he has worked on titles such as Tomb Raider, Star Wars: Republic Commando and most recently the unreleased FPS, Star Wars: First Assault. Joseph Staten who worked on several earlier Halo titles when it was developed by Bungie is now returning to Microsoft. He was the lead writer and cinematics director for Halo, Halo 2 and Halo 3: ODST. Microsoft provided the following statement on him, We’re thrilled to welcome Joseph back to the Microsoft Studios family. Over the past 15 years at Bungie, Joseph has been a key creative force behind some of ...

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Gartner today released their report on worldwide PC shipments for the Q4 2013. As expected, PC market was down by 6.9% compared to Q4 2012 and this marks the 7th consecutive quarter of shipment decline. The main reason behind it was the consumer adoption towards content consumption devices like tablets which are cheaper when compared to traditional PCs. “Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs ...

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Pizza Hut released their official app for Xbox 360 app last year. This app allows you to order Pizzas from Pizza Hut through controller and Kinect. In an interview to Polygon, Doug Terfehr, director of public relations for Pizza Hut has revealed that this app has been a huge success. It fact, it generated million dollar revenue in just 4 months of its release. Doug said “It’s been a source of unbelievable growth for us.” Pizza Hut is always looking forward to improve the app and Doug feels that “When you talk about a sweet spot for the pizza category it’s definitely gamers and gaming.” He also revealed that Pizza Hut app for Xbox One will come when there is enough users. Source: Polygon ...

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Gigabyte is entering the gaming PC industry with its new brand called ‘AORUS’. They will be selling gaming laptops, keyboards, mouse and headsets under this brand. Along with this announcement, Gigabyte announced AORUS Gaming Laptop X7. It features GTX 765M GDDR5 4GB dual graphics, 4th gen. Core i7 processor, new AORUS Thermal+ design and highly customizable Macro functions. The most exciting part is that despite its high-end specs and thermal design, it is insanely thin & lightweight at 0.9 in. / 6.39 lbs (22.9 mm / 2.9 kg). Also it has got Killer LAN chip and IEEE 802.11ac support for enhanced networking. Specification: OS: Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 Pro/Windows 7 Home Premium/Windows 7 Professional CPU: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz) Display: 17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LCD backlight System Memory: 4GB/8GB DDR3L 1600, 4 slots (Max 32GB) Chipset; Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset Video Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 765M SLI GDDR5 4GB ...

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Windows XP, one of the most popular OS of all time is going to expire literally as Microsoft is ending their extended support for the OS in April this year. Microsoft has been trumpeting for the last few years to make Windows XP users upgrade to newer systems. Using Windows XP system nowadays exposes you to lots of security risks and even more when Microsoft stops delivering security updates for Windows XP. Ars Technica recently revealed that Microsoft will also stop delivering virus definitions to Windows XP users running Microsoft Security Essentials. There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn’t the only thing that’s losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s anti-malware app, will stop receiving ...

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Few weeks ago, a sales research report from NPD created lots of buzz among the tech blogging media because of one reason, Google Chromebooks. Because the research reported that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase across the various product segments. Actually, many blogs misunderstood the report and reported that Chrombooks have captured 20% of the traditional PC market. The truth is that the report covers only the devices sold through commercial channel. Commercial channel are the distributors — like CDW and Ingram Micro — that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. Importantly, the report did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, ...

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Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten spoke with Engadget at CES on Xbox One sales, updates on game streaming functionality and more. First of all, Microsoft is happy about the reception of Xbox One among consumers and working to bring it to more markets. Marc also acknowledged that consumers are finding it difficult to fully explore the social side of the gaming in Xbox One than that of Xbox 360. Microsoft is already working to fix that experience and expect an update soon. “The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things. As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s ...

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At CES this year, Razer unveiled a modular desktop concept PC called Project Christine. With its modular design, you can upgrade or customize this PC by removing and attaching modules in just seconds. Features: Fully modular design for perpetual, cable-less customization PCI-Express architecture Open operating system platform Factory overclocked components Self-contained modules with active liquid cooling and noise cancelation Quad SLI capable SSD + RAID 5 HDD Array LED touchscreen control display Read the full press release below. LAS VEGAS (CES 2014) – Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced a concept of what promises to be the world’s most modular gaming system, Project Christine. The PC has traditionally been one of the most open platforms in all of technology. However, given the technical complexities of PC hardware, only the most hardcore enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of this openness to build, customize and ...

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Discovery news has released their official Discovery news app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Discovery News features stories and videos from experienced journalists with the focus being on explaining the world through a lens of curiosity. Description: Are you curious about the world? Do you want to be smarter? From the people who bring you the Discovery Channel, Discovery News is the collective effort of a team of experienced journalists dedicated to satisfying the curiosity of our readers by bringing them stories and perspectives they won’t find anywhere else. With the Discovery News app for Windows, you’ll be constantly updated with news articles, videos, photos and more – with a primary focus on explaining the world through a lens of curiosity. Features: •New stories and videos added daily. •Awesome Categories: Earth, Space, Tech, Animals, History, Human and Adventure. •Video: Watch countless episodes of DNews and get the lowdown ...

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Most of the consumer electronics companies are busy showing off their products at CES happening in the US this week. Microsoft last year decided to move away from CES since its timing didn’t align with Microsoft’s product cycle. If you were really missing some news from Microsoft for CES, consider this as your savior. @MSFTnerd today tweeted about some of Microsoft’s future plans. Microsoft is bringing InstantGo support for BayTrail+, Mullins and other SoCs with Windows 8.1 Update 1. Microsoft is planning to bring Surface 3 powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with Denver CPU (64-bit ARMv8) in end of 2014. You can expect Surface Mini and LTE versions of Surface 2 before the end of 2014. Microsoft is planning to use AMDs upcoming Mullins CPU instead of their custom designed chip for its upcoming Xbox TV. Microsoft’s previous plans to release Surface notebook is on hold for now. via: ...

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At CES, AMD provided us a glimpse of how PCs will get evolved in the next few years. In an effort to showcase its upcoming chip codenamed Mullins, AMD’s next-gen ultra-low voltage APU, AMD has built a prototype PC powered by this chip. The PC is thinner, lighter than a Surface and also significantly less in size. What about the specs? It packs 256GB SSD, a camera, Bluetooth, WiFI and a DockPort connector. In the demo they were showing to people, it ran FIFA 14 at 1080p without any hiccups. AMD says that this is extremely low power, extremely high perfomance, to meet your desktop expectations in mobile form factors. Also the great news is that it perform over 250 percent faster than the Intel “Bay Trail-T” chip allowing you to have a no compromise experience from a mobile PC. Source: Engadget, PCWorld ...

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Microsoft has released an update for its Xbox Music app on iOS devices. This new update v2.0.31213 bring the offline capabilities to the app. You can download your playlists for offline playback which you can use when you don’t have access to proper internet. Other than that, Xbox Music iOS app allows all the standard features you expect from a music streaming app. Download the update from the link below. Source: iTunes ...

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In blog post on Skype blog, Microsoft discussed about how they worked to build a cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. In the process of building it, they even invented many tech components to enable such experiences. In addition to delivering HD videos calls across the devices, Skype is also focusing on features like face tracking, improving low light conditions, new group experiences and more. From Skype blog, In the last two years, Microsoft has created cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. We had to invent many of the essential tech components and, in the process, came to understand video in a way that makes our engineering team one of the most experienced realtime communication groups in the ...

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Following Micromax, another Indian OEM Xolo has announced their first Windows tablet Xolo Win. This new mid-range tablet will run Windows 8 powered by AMD processor. It will have 10.1-inch HD display, 2GB RAM and 32Gb of internal memory as well. Read all about it below. LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Jan 7, 2014) – XOLO Win tablet was today unveiled at the Consumer Electrical Show (CES) 2014. XOLO Win leverages AMD leadership in graphics innovation and application acceleration, and is designed to deliver an outstanding visual experience within a powerful compute framework. The XOLO Win tablet is targeted at youth and working professionals, offering a superior high-definition image rendering with great multitasking and impressive power saving technology. The tablet is powered by an AMD A4 Elite Mobility processor (“Temash” generation at 1.0 GHz) with Radeon HD 8180 graphics. It has a 10.1″ display with a resolution of 768 x 1366 and ...

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At CES, Samsung announced four new Android tablets. The significant difference other than specs between these announced devices and the older models is the new UX Samsung has built on top of Android. This is the new version of TouchWiz that will become the default way Samsung tablet users will experience the device when they buy them. So, What’s new in the UX? It basically a tweaked version of Windows 8 Start experience. Yes, you got large Live Tiles for different apps which you can arrange on your home screen similar to what Windows 8.1 provides to users now. Here is the description of this new UX from Samsung, A personalized Magazine UX, specifically optimized for a large screen, allows users to further tailor their Galaxy tablet experience for their own needs. The UX enables them to organize their favorite content in an easy-to-use dashboard with automatic feed or news updates ...

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