Reuters recently reported that Sony is planning to sell its Vaio personal computer division in an effort to streamline its business. Vaio PC division is losing money already and Sony is looking to stop it by selling it to possible parties. Sony is already in dicussion with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners to sell its Vaio unit. A new company would be set up by Japan Industrial Partners to take over the Vaio brand’s operations in Japan, according to the plan under consideration, the source said. Financial details and stakeholdings in the new entity were still being discussed. Apart from Japan, Sony is also planning to stop its operations from overseas PC markets. PC market in general is in bad shape with declining growth and also Sony holds very low single digit market share in that market. A Japanese newspaper The Nikkei business daily reported that the Vaio PC unit ...

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At CES this week, ORIGIN PC announced their two new MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases. It includes some innovative features such as Variable Mounting, full tower expansion kit, the ability to control Fan, LED lighting system and more. Here is a summary the unique and notable features included in the MILLENIUM and GENESIS cases: Variable Mounting system enables motherboard to be oriented four different ways so that you can optimize the placement and visibility of your PC’s internal components 4-Way NVIDIA SLI support in any orientation (using Variable Mounting) Dual-Hinge front door enables left-to-right or right-to-left opening directions 5 hot-swappable hard drive bays with optional locking mechanism Full-tower expansion kit enables MILLENIUM case to be converted to GENESIS case Smart Fan Controller allows you to easily toggle between full manual control of fans and motherboard fan control Remote controlled LED lighting system Full Press Release below. Designed and built from the ...

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Most consumers are familiar with “2-in-1″ PCs, which can either be a tablet or laptop.  But Toshiba has stepped it up a notch and unveiled a 5-in-1 PC concept.  Toshiba calls it a “shape-shifting” PC and it has three parts, a screen, keyboard and kickstand.  The kickstand contains the motherboard and the three parts can be arranged for different usage scenarios. As expected the PC take the form of a traditional laptop.  It can also take the form of a tablet, one with the keyboard detached and one with it folded back.  Two other modes include a “Presentation/TV” mode that involves using the kickstand, and a “Canvas” mode that lets the user flip the attached keyboard 270 degrees, making the device better for drafting with a stylus. As this is just a concept, there is no word on pricing or availability.  Other PC makers also are promoting convertible devices. At CES, ...

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Gartner released its report on PC shipments for the third quarter of 2013.  For the sixth consecutive quarter PC fell, a whopping -8.6% decline with 80.3 million units shipped.  The report had a more negative outlook than IDC’s report.  This is the worst back-to-school PC season since 2008. Similar to IDC’s report, Gartner saw Lenovo, HP, and Dell grow while Acer & ASUS declined.  Gartner believes the holiday season will be a “key indicator” for the future of the two companies. Acer declined 22.6% compared to a year ago while Asus saw a 22.5% decline.  Asus’ tablet shipments were nearly equal to its mobile PC shipments.  It appears the decline of the netbook market is hurting both Acer and Asus. In the US 16.1 million units shipped in the third quarter, a 3.5% increase compared to last year.  Apple actually lost market share this quarter.  According to Gartner new form ...

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A report by IDC showed a year-over-year decline in the PC market of -7.6 for the third quarter of 2013 with worldwide PC shipments of 81.6 million units.  This beats IDCs original expectation of a -9.5% decline in the PC market and is slightly more positive than Gartner’s report.     Lenovo, Dell, and HP had an uptick in business while Acer and ASUS continue to struggle.  “The third quarter was pretty close to forecast, which unfortunately doesn’t reflect much improvement in the PC market, or potential for near-term growth,” said Loren Loverde, Vice President Worldwide PC Trackers. “Whether constrained by a weak economy or being selective in their tech investments, buyers continue to evaluate options and delay PC replacements. Despite being a little ahead of forecast, and the work that’s being done on new designs and integration of features like touch, the third quarter results suggest that there’s still ...

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Microsoft announced Project Spark back at E3 with a trailer. Project Spark is an open-world digital canvas that enables anyone to build, play, and share whatever they can imagine. Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories, and games. Share all of your creations to a dynamic community, and play what the community makes. They announced that Project Spark will have following capabilities, Facial Expression Capture – Users can record their face and have it applied to an in-game character Animation Recording – Do a new attack, full body motions, gestures, etc. Record audio and modulate – Speak a line, singing, etc. Modulate the sounds in a variety of ways Today at Gamescon, Microsoft demoed even more capabilities of Project Spark which you can watch in the video above. Microsoft also announced that the beta is coming in October for Windows 8 ...

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Microsoft has revealed that the upcoming new Xbox One Controller will be made compatible with PC next year. Speaking to Penny Arcade Report, Microsoft spokesperson gave the following statement. “There is also some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller, will work with the Xbox One controller. While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user. We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too – we expect to have the functionality available in 2014.” Since the new Xbox One controller shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft has some work to do make it fully compatible with PC games. Read more from the link below. Source: Penny Arcade Report       ...

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) to MSDN subscribers late yesterday, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco. The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview. The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214. Back in Windows Vista Microsoft renamed “My Computer” to “Computer.”  Now Microsoft is renaming “Computer” to “This PC.”  Libraries are now hidden by default and more integrated into the UI. If you want them displayed as before, right-click in the blank space Source: Microsoft-News Image Credit: Robert McLaws ...

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In an interview with The Verge, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tang talked about the so called “post-PC era.”  “It’s been a long time since anyone’s been passionate about a PC. HP’s doing a horrible job with it. Dell’s doing a horrible job with it. They just don’t want to do anything with the PC anymore. Look, HP tried to get rid of their PC division and Dell said ‘we’re not a PC company anymore, we’re now an enterprise company.'”; He also talked about why Razer has been successful “It makes absolutely no business sense. It’s a thin margin business. But for us, we’re building products that we want ourselves. And the fact that when we launch a product, for a company as small as ours, and we get so much attention as we did for the Blade two years ago — and we’re still getting attention — it’s not a matter ...

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A survey conducted by  StollzNow Research showed that PCs were still the number 1 way people accessed the internet. “It is a rapidly evolving space and people are still exploring the whole notion of mobile computing,” Neil Stollznow, director of the company said, but noted “what you have to bear in mind is this is taking place right now, and not in the future.” The survey found PCs were used more frequently than smartphones or tablets, with 94 per cent of online users using their PC daily. “If you have a tablet and a smartphone, you’re still using it very regularly,” Stollznow said. In contrast 69% of people used their smartphone daily to access the internet, and 58% used their tablet daily. “Smartphones and tablets used a little bit less frequently, but not that much.” Overall  almost everyone in Australia (98 per cent) uses a PC to access the Internet ...

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