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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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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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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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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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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The world’s first 4K tablet will begin shipping in the US shortly. At CES 2014, Panasonic announced the Toughpad 4K Tablet lineup called the “Toughpad 4K performance model”. This upgraded version of the Toughpad 4K Tablet will be available in Spring 2014. Panasonic had both the standard and performance models of the Toughpad 4K Tablet on display at CES this year. The Toughpad 4K Tablet performance model has a few key differences compared to the standard model: Intel Core i7 CPU (Standard has Core i5) NVIDIA Quadro K1000 GPU (Standard has NVIDIA GeForce GT745M) Increased internal battery volume An added 5 MP rear camera Upgraded ports including full-size Ethernet and mini-DisplayPort out Full specs: HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE Microsoft® Windows 8.1 Pro, Intel® Core™ i5-3437U GHz vPro™ Processor – 1.9GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M, 2GB dedicated VRAM, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, HD 720p webcam with ...

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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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PCs have long been known for their great value.  This is part of the reason Microsoft was so successful.  Affordable PCs were produced at high scale and sold at a high volume allowed Microsoft to gain a large amount of marketshare in the early days of the PC industry.  Of course in an effort to make more money on low margins, build quality on PCs suffered along with a ruined experience with the introduction of crapware.  There was practically no innovation from the OEMs after laptops became mainstream.   The higher end of the PC market typically appealed to gamers.  The two leaders in that market , Alienware and VooDoo were bought by Dell and HP, respectively. Historically Apple maintained a nice niche on the high end of the market pushing well designed hardware.   The success of the ipod and then iphone are of course well known to our readers ...

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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, Panasonic announced the new Toughpad FZ-M1. This new device is the world’s thinnest and lightest rugged 7-inch Windows tablet. It is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro and a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor. Its fully-rugged, sealed design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications for resistance to drops up to 5 feet, water, dust, and other elements. With a long-life, user-replaceable battery and sunlight-readable, high-sensitivity multi-touch screen for use with heavy gloves. HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-bit (with Windows® 7 downgrade option); 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ Processor (Fanless) MEMORY, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB SSD DURABILITY MIL-STD-810G, 5-foot drop and all-weather IP65 dust and water resistant design DISPLAY 7-inch, daylight-readable, multi touch screen with glove touch technology INTERFACE AND EXPANSION USB 3.0 port and MicroSDXC card slot for maximum connectivity, configurable with barcode, MSR, SmartCard, Serial and LAN* WIRELESS Dedicated ...

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At CES, Intel announced the RealSense technology to bring immersive, human interaction to devices. First products in the family include Intel RealSense 3D camera, the world’s first and smallest integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module, and next-generation Nuance* Dragon Assistant designed for Intel RealSense technology. Both these will be shipping in various OEM devices from second half of 2014. INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES), Las Vegas, Jan. 6, 2014 – In an effort to make interaction with technology simpler, more natural and immersive, Intel Corporation today outlined how it, in collaboration with other companies, is bringing human-like senses to Intel-based devices in a new family of hardware and software products called Intel® RealSense™ technology. The Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera is one of the first products in the new family and is the world’s first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that helps devices “see” depth much like the ...

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At CES, Sony has announced yet another convertible in the Vaio Flip series. Vaio flip series is now available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. The new Vaio Flip 11 is a 11-inch convertible which will have the same innovative hinge design that will allow your device to convert from traditional laptop to tablet. It also has N-trig digitizer allowing for pressure-sensitive pen input. It weighs 2.82 pounds. It will come with 1080p display as a standard and you can choose between CPUs starting from Intel quad-core Bay Trail (Pentium) CPU to Intel Core i7 CPU. The device will go on sale in February starting for $799. Sony also announced that existing Flip and Fit models will get 802.11ac WiFi, free Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Windows 8.1 pre-installed in the coming months. ...

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    Asus today officially launched the VivoTab 8, an 8-inch Windows tablet that comes with Wacom stylus. The 32GB model will go on sale for $299 while the 64GB model will go on sale for $349. It will also come with 1 year of free cloud storage from Asus. Other standard 8-inch Windows device specs applies here too. 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z3740 “Bay Trail” Quadcore-SoC 2GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB models, MicroSD card support up to 64GB. 5MP rear cam and 2MP front cam Windows 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student MicroSD, MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. 3950mAh, 15Wh battery 1280×800 Pixel, 10 finger multi-touch IPS panel. 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95 mm. 380 g ...

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Toshiba Kirabook, one of the premium Windows Ultrabooks  that available last year got its internals refreshed today. Toshiba Kirabook already had top of the line specs including 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD graphics and the 13.3-inch PixelPure display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The updated Kirabook comes with latest 4th gen Intel processors delivering upto 9 hours of battery life. It also features three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out and a full-size SD Card reader. Kirabook was only available in the US and Japan so far. However, Toshiba has planned to begin sales of Kirabook in the Europe starting this quarter(Q1 2014). The UK, France and Germany have this devices in retail stores. Toshiba has also decided to drop price tag by $100 from the previous gen models. It now starts at $1499. ...

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Vizio has finally updated their 15.6-inch Thin + Light machine with latest internals. The device is now powered by quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, 1080p touchscreens, 802.11ac WiFi and Intel’s Iris Pro graphics. Vizio has also refreshed its 24-inch All-in-One machine with similar internals as well. Externally, they are basically same machines. The clean metallic body, closely arranged keyboard with button less trackpads. Expect them in market soon with similar price tag as previous models. ...

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Toshiba is jumping into 4K revolution not with one but two laptops. At CES, Toshiba has revealed these two new 15.6-inch 4K display laptops. These laptops will go on sale in mid-2014. Tecra W50 is a thin and light 15”-class mobile workstation that comes with integrated NVIDIA Quadro K2100M with 2GB dedicated memory professional graphics, 4th generation Intel Core CPU and 15.6” 4K Ultra-HD display (3840 x 2160), 282 PPI, color calibrated Satellite P50t not only features 4K display, but also a touch screen. This will also be available in mid-2014. More details will be available in coming months. ...

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