The long-term trend is slugging growth, if any. But Q2 is never a good barometer. According to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments were 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012 showing flat growth for the seventh consecutive quarter. For the first time IDC agreed with Gartner on the shipments and said worldwide PC shipments decreased just 0.1% from last year. IDC also … [Read more...] about PC shipments were down in the second quarter
Competitive pressure and fear of a litigious Apple has Intel and Ultrabook manufacturers looking for ways to differentiate. Autostereoscopic display is high on the list. By Jon Peddie There has been some whining from OEMs that the price of an Ultrabook is too high. Those folks just don’t get it. An Ultrabook is not a tablet killer or a netbook replacement; it is a … [Read more...] about 3D screens coming soon to Ultrabooks
The new Surface tablet has some unique characteristics. But iPad is a monstrous success because of supply chain genius as well as clever design. Can Microsoft match? Microsoft surprised just about everybody yesterday when it introduced a new hardware product, the Surface tablet. The immediate comparison is to iPad, of course, but a closer look reveals this might be a … [Read more...] about Can Microsoft Surface win a me-too tablet war?
The Whitman era finds HP on a roll with new mojo, new products, and falling in love with China. By Jon Peddie You knew things were going to be different and better when Meg Whitman took over Hewlett-Packard. She’s a no-nonsense, tech-savvy businesswoman who almost took over the State of California. Some people have described HP as “being back.” Well c’mon, they never left. … [Read more...] about Hewlett-Packard is back on track
The MacBook Air is doing too well, and netbooks doing too poorly. Intel thinks it is time for powerful and ultra-light notebooks for Windows. The big manufacturers aren't so sure. By Kathleen Maher Intel is seeing opportunities in powerful thin and light notebooks. Intel calls the segment the Ultrabook and the idea was promoted by Intel at Computex this year as part of Sean … [Read more...] about Intel entices Taiwan computer makers to build Ultrabooks