Laptop PCs - Infoworld en Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy <p>Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its "Scroogled" campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.</p> <p>Almost as an afterthought, Microsoft yesterday announced it was bringing its free Office Online apps -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote -- to rival Google's Chrome Web store, the primary distribution channel for Chrome OS software.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Google Google Chrome Microsoft Laptop PCs SaaS Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:06:25 +0000 admin 240503 at Thank XP: Desktop PC sales take off again in Western Europe <p>PC sales in Western Europe have risen after 13 consecutive quarters of decline, according to market research company Gartner. The market research company said government spending and the replacement of machines running Windows XP contributed to the growth.</p> <p>Across the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, PC sales grew by 0.3 percent after eight quarters of decline.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Windows XP Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:09:31 +0000 admin 240233 at One user's path to a Chromebook enterprise <p>Microsoft's dominance in business may be mammoth but it isn't absolute, as Tim Dickson, the director of technology at Auberge Resorts, has found.</p> <p>Dickson is leading a multi-year migration to Chromebooks and <a href="">Google Apps for Business</a> for the 800 internal users at the resort and hotel provider.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Google Google Apps IT Management Chrome OS Laptop PCs Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:06:26 +0000 admin 240148 at Intel plans new 'Braswell' chip for PCs, over 20 Chromebooks <p>Intel is preparing a new "Braswell" chip to succeed its power-efficient Bay Trail processor found in PCs besides working on bringing over 20 Chromebook designs to the market this year.</p> <p>"Last year, we had only four designs on Chrome. Today I can announce that we will have over 20 designs on Chrome," said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's PC Client group, on Thursday.</p> Computer Hardware Intel Laptop PCs Processors Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:15:29 +0000 admin 239763 at Reversible USB connector will be in products by year end <p>The redesigned USB connector, belonging to the USB 3.1 specification, could be in laptops and mobile devices by the end of the year.</p> <p>The appealing advances in the USB 3.1 technology include faster data transfer speeds and the user-friendly Type C connector, which connect to devices on either end. Since users won't have to worry about plug orientation, they should be less likely to have trouble fitting cables into slots, which will be an improvement over USB connectors.</p> Computer Hardware Laptop PCs Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:30:24 +0000 admin 239666 at Fire hazard forces recall of Lenovo ThinkPad batteries <p>Lenovo is recalling certain ThinkPad battery packs that could be a fire hazard due to overheating, which could ultimately also lead to computer damage.</p> <p>The recall applies to 34,500 batteries sold in the U.S. and 2,900 batteries sold in Canada, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a <a href="">statement</a>.</p> Computer Hardware Lenovo Laptop PCs Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:14:09 +0000 admin 239245 at PC sales to drop by 6 percent in 2014 <p>The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is nothing new, and Gartner today forecast a 6 percent drop in 2014 compared to last year -- and it envisions another decline of nearly 5 percent in 2015.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Tablets Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:56:57 +0000 admin 239204 at Microsoft tries to tempt XP diehards with $100 discount on new PCs <p>Microsoft yesterday began pitching another deal at pry-XP-from-my-cold-dead-hands customers, offering them $100 off a new Windows 8.1 device if they spring for one that costs more than $599.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Microsoft Microsoft Windows Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:39:56 +0000 admin 238900 at Should you get a hybrid laptop? A user report card <p>The hybrid PC is all about promise. It's a laptop and it's a tablet. It meets your business needs and it meets your media-consumption needs. It supplies a keyboard when you want it and leaves behind that added bulk when you don't. It's two, two, two devices in one.</p> <p>But what's the reality? Does this kind of configuration really hold up in everyday use? Is this jack-of-all-trades design a master of only some?</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Laptop PCs Tablets Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:50:12 +0000 admin 238763 at Double standard: Why Apple can force upgrades but Microsoft can't <p>Microsoft's 13-year-old Windows XP won't go away, as much as <a href="">Microsoft tries to cajole and threaten users to abandon XP</a>. In fact, it's the second-most-used version of Windows today (at 34 percent of users), though three versions of Windows shipped after it.</p> Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Mac OS X Microsoft Windows Desktop Macs Desktop PCs Laptop PCs MacBooks Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 238204 at Microsoft and Google don't like Android-Windows hybrids <p>Microsoft may be comfortable with <a href="" target="_blank">Windows Phone and Android splitting time on a single phone</a>, but when it comes to PCs, fuhgeddaboutit. Google also isn't too thrilled with the idea of Frankenstein Android-Windows computers, and at least one PC maker may have to dump the hybrid devices from their lineup as a result.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Android Microsoft Windows Laptop PCs Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:12:08 +0000 admin 238427 at Google pushes Chrome app store with more money-making options for devs <p>Google yesterday said it would let developers of Chrome packaged apps issue free trials and offer in-app purchases, and allow creators of browser extensions to charge for their wares for the first time.</p> <p>The moves were described by Google as additional ways for developers to monetize their work building apps and add-ons for Chrome (the browser) and Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers cheap Chromebook notebooks.</p> Applications Application Development Laptop PCs Applications Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:03:56 +0000 admin 238243 at Get real, IDC -- PC sales will plummet in 2014 <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Get real, IDC -- PC sales will plummet in 2014" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The numbers are in, and IDC now says that <a href="" target="_blank">PC shipments will fall by 6 percent in 2014</a>, from 315 million in 2013 to 296 million in 2014. Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Desktop Macs Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Computer Hardware Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237782 at IDC: PC sales won't stop dropping until 2018 <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="IDC: PC sales won't stop dropping until 2018" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If you've been waiting for the PC sales freefall to stop, don't hold your breath. Odds are you could be holding it for at least another four years.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Desktop Macs Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Technology Business Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:50:10 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237740 at Shhh! Don't tell IT how we send documents around here <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Shhh! Don't tell IT how we send documents around here" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Here's a good rule to go by: Don't ever <a href="">underestimate users' tech experience</a>. your IT tales Database Administration IT Jobs IT Management IT Training Laptop PCs Network Management Network Storage Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 237651 at Windows 8: Learn to love it <p>Face the facts: Windows 7 PCs aren't about to magically appear out of the woodwork, and Windows 9 is at least a year away from fruition. Windows 8 isn't going anywhere, and it's time to settle in with Microsoft's current OS.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Mobile Apps Tablets IDG Insider Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 uphan 236594 at AMD optimizes Android for Windows PCs and tablets <p>Advanced Micro Devices has optimized a version of Android for tablets and PCs containing its chips, and will sell it on new PCs through retail stores in Europe.</p> <p>AMD doesn't intend that Android will replace Windows on those devices, nor will it offer a dual-boot option. Rather, it will sell a version of the Google-backed OS packaged as a Windows executable by BlueStacks, a software company in which AMD Ventures owns a stake.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Android Laptop PCs Processors Tablets Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:30:34 +0000 admin 237091 at Sony sheds Vaio PC business <p>Sony will sell its struggling PC business to a Japanese investment firm, the company said Thursday, meaning the slick "Vaio" brand could all but disappear from markets outside Japan.</p> <p>Tokyo-based investment fund Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) will operate the Vaio PC brand under a newly established firm and initially sell PCs in Japan only.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Consumer Electronics Laptop PCs Mobile Technology Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:39:02 +0000 admin 235853 at Power to the portable: 3 high-performance mobile workstations <p>Sales of PCs have fallen by 11 percent since 2012, according to <a href="" target="_blank">statistics compiled by Gartner analysts</a>. However, there is one niche market that is still doing well: mobile workstations. This category has seen an upsurge with increasing sales.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Hewlett-Packard (HP) Laptop PCs Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:12:06 +0000 admin 235131 at Windows 7 is back! 12 PCs on sale with the Windows you want <!--paging_filter-->Here are a dozen good laptops and desktops that will run Windows 7 for a very long time<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here are a dozen good laptops and desktops that will run Windows 7 for a very long time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </div> </div> </div> Microsoft Windows Laptop PCs Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 admin 234807 at