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PC sales to drop by 6% in 2014

The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is expected to continue in 2014 -- and Gartner envisions another decline of nearly 5% in 2015

Confused over what tablet to buy? Join the crowd

Tablet sales are slowing, forcing sellers and potential buyers alike to confront confusion over which device to buy.

Dell replacing displays on XPS 12 hybrids with 'burn-in' issues

Dell has admitted that some of its XPS 12 convertible laptops have "burn-in" issues with the display and is offering to replace affected screens for free, even on systems that are out of warranty.

Google pushes Chrome app store with more money-making options for devs

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.

New AMD Sempron chip targets desktops

Advanced Micro Devices' Sempron processor brand has polarized chip fans since its 2004 introduction in laptops, but a fresh batch of the processors is being targeted at its desktop fan base.

Lenovo builds global brand as it preps U.S. smartphone entry

China-based Lenovo is on a roll, with the goal of becoming a globally recognized brand in nearly all shapes and sizes of computing hardware, including laptops, servers and smartphones.

Chromebooks to get VMware virtual desktop service

VMware will offer virtual desktop services for Google's Chromebooks, allowing them to run Windows applications on the pared-down laptops based on the Chrome OS.

Time is right for Sony to offload struggling Vaio business

Struggling electronics giant Sony painted a rosy picture of its future at CES last month, but it will likely have to shed divisions that are battling intense headwinds.

Apple patents solar-powered MacBook

Apple has been awarded the patent for a MacBook shell that would combine smart glass and solar cells to generate power.

Justices let stand appeals court decision on border searches of laptops

In a boost for civil rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that requires U.S. border agents to have at least some cause for searching electronic devices belonging to travelers at the nation's borders.

Android device sales could surpass 1 billion this year

This year vendors will ship 1.1 billion devices based on Android, while Windows stages a small comeback and the number of Apple machines, percentage-wise, increases the most, according to estimates from market research company Gartner.

Analysts blast crappy Chromebooks reporting, defend platform's potential

Media reports two weeks ago that Chromebooks had had a successful 2013 drew criticism from analysts, including one whose data sparked the coverage.

Consumers buy touch notebooks for design, not for Windows 8

Touch-ready notebook PCs will account for about 11% of all laptops shipped this year, an improvement over 2012 when customers had few choices if they wanted to smudge screens, a market research analyst said today.

AMD's Kaveri chips to reach laptops, desktops in January

Advanced Micro Devices aims to bring console-style graphics to PCs with its chips code-named Kaveri, which, after delays, will become available in desktops and laptops starting early next year.

It's do-or-die time for Acer

Best known for its low-cost laptops, Acer doesn't really inspire thoughts of premium products. But building high-end hardware could be the Taiwanese vendor's best shot as it looks for a way to rescue its struggling business.

Acer CEO resigns amid plans for restructuring and layoffs

Acer CEO J.T. Wang is resigning from his post at the Taiwanese PC maker and will be replaced by president Jim Wong as part of a corporate restructuring that will try to revitalize the company's sagging fortunes.

Taiwan protests Apple maps that show island as province of China

Taiwan is demanding that Apple revise its mapping software and remove a label that describes the island as a province of China, rather than as a sovereign state.

Lenovo delays touchscreen option for ThinkPad X240 laptop

Buyers looking to purchase Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X240 laptop with a touchscreen will have to wait until December.

Apple cuts MacBook Pro prices up to 13%

Apple earlier this week cut the prices of its Retina MacBook Pro laptops by as much as 13%, a move one retail analyst said was driven in part by increased competition from higher-end Windows systems.

Apple warns of SSD failures in MacBook Air, offers free replacements

Apple is warning customers that solid-state drives in some MacBook Airs are failing and is offering free replacements.

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