Tablets to carve out nearly half of PC market next year

Tablets will come close to outshipping notebooks and desktops in 2014. At least, that's the latest forecast from research firm Canalys.

In a report released Tuesday, Canalys predicted that tablets will account for almost 50 percent of the total worldwide PC market (which includes desktops, notebooks, and tablets) in 2014. Tablet shipments were less than half a million units behind those of notebooks during the third quarter, and they are expected to reach 285 million next year.

Apple, which has long been the tablet leader, will gain further growth from the new iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini. However, … Read more

Lenovo, smartphone dark horse? Its shipments surge 78%

Lenovo's earnings jumped by 36 percent last quarter thanks to rising sales of its mobile phones and tablets.

Earnings for the quarter ended September 30 came in at $220 million, while revenue rose by 13 percent to $98.8 billion. Smartphone shipments grew by 78 percent from the prior year, while tablet shipments hit a record high of 2.3 million.

PC sales for Lenovo also were healthy despite an overall sluggish market. Laptops accounted for 51 percent of Lenovo's total revenue. Desktop PC shipments inched up only 1 percent, but that beat the industry's decline of … Read more

Notebook market inches up, but still suffers long-term drop

The walking dead notebook market showed some signs of life last quarter.

Shipments of mobile PC worldwide reached 47.9 million in the third quarter, a rise of 6 percent from the second quarter, research firm IHS said on Wednesday. That percentage represented the largest sequential gain for the moribund notebook market since a 7 percent rise in the third quarter of 2011.

That's the good news. The bad? Notebook shipments continued to plummet on a year-by-year basis.

The third quarter results were down 9 percent from the same quarter last year, the fifth consecutive quarterly drop. The decline … Read more

Small, cheap tablets are hot, PCs not, says Gartner

The PC industry is likely to experience another rough year, according to analysts at Gartner.

Global shipments of desktops and notebooks are expected to nestle in at 303 million this year, an 11.2 percent drop from 2012. Stirring in ultramobile PCs (which include hybrid laptops/tablets), shipments are forecast to decline by 8.4 percent this year, Gartner said on Monday.

Tablets will continue to heat up the market, with shipments surging by 42.7 percent in 2013 to reach 184 million. And smaller and cheaper tablets are giving their larger and more expensive counterparts a run for their … Read more

Review: Knowledge Notebook for Mac can create and organize notes by subject

Knowledge Notebook for Mac allows you to compose and organize notes by subject using its basic yet intuitive interface. You can add searchable tags to your notes and work offline, making this app an adequate option for research and learning. Don't expect it to be a flawless app in terms of features, though.

With Knowledge Notebook for Mac you can create notes for any subject, but the limited text formatting and display options hinder their effectiveness. You cannot change the default font and only have bold, italic, underline, and strikethrough options. Saved notes appear under Notes by subject and … Read more

The Asus Zenbook packs the latest Intel processors and wraps it in a gorgeous, glass-topped body (hands-on)

BERLIN -- You're a smart young professional, flitting between your fancy office and your home in Milan. You have a first-class flight booked and you've got some work to do. What laptop could possibly look as good as you do in the first-class lounge but still packs enough power to let you work?

Asus thinks it has the answer in the form of the Zenbook UX301. Continuing the evolution of its ultrabook range, the 301 packs in the latest Intel processors and an ultra-high-definition display, topping it off with a gorgeous glass lid.

Asus hasn't confirmed pricing … Read more

Lenovo tops HP amid weak PC market

Lenovo is now the top dog in an overall struggling PC market.

Among the world's top five PC vendors, Lenovo fared the best this past quarter, showing only a 1.4 percent drop in PC shipments. That loss was low enough to give it a market share of 16.7 percent, according to IDC's Quarterly PC Tracker. Dropping to second place, Hewlett-Packard saw its shipments drop by 7.7 percent, earning a global share of 16.4 percent.

"Even in the toughest PC market ever, Lenovo has not only gained share, but we have steadily improved profitability … Read more

Laptops pummeled by tablet demand

Consumer demand for tablets has taken an even bigger bite out of laptop shipments.

Worldwide shipments of mobile PCs fell by 6.9 percent in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the first quarter, according to a report out Wednesday from research firm IHS. This is the first time the industry has seen a sequential drop since the second quarter of 2002 when shipments fell by 3.7 percent.

Mobile PCs include traditional notebooks as well as thinner and lighter ultrabooks. Shipments of these devices are typically sluggish at the beginning of the year, but they normally rebound in … Read more

Lenovo Yoga 11S convertible laptop now available

Consumers eyeing Lenovo's Yoga 11S hybrid laptop/tablet now no longer have to wait to get one.

Lenovo kicked off preorders for the new Yoga on May 16, promising that the convertible would be available for shipping and on store shelves starting June 23. Buyers can now pick one up directly at Lenovo's online store, which estimates a June 27 ship date based on an order date of June 24.

The 11S is also available through Best Buy, both online and at the company's retail outlets.

At this point, the new convertible is available in the U.… Read more

How to upgrade your laptop's Wi-Fi card

Memory and storage are probably the two most commonly upgraded components on laptop computers. They're easy to upgrade and have an immediate impact on system performance. Wi-Fi cards are upgraded less frequently, but upgrading them can have a dramatic impact on performance as well, with greater range and faster throughput.

In this tutorial, we're going to upgrade the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 inside a Toshiba U925t Ultrabook, with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235. The Intel 2230 card is a good midrange card, but it lacks dual-band support, so we're going to replace it with the Intel 6235, … Read more