San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
New York — McAfee has revamped its security software by offering introductory pricing and giving users an unlimited number of licenses for their desktop and mobile devices.
McAfee’s LiveSafe, which becomes available in July, is intended to make it as simple as possible for consumers to protect their entire digital life, said Gary Davis, McAfee’s global consumer marketing VP.
Boston — Microsoft will officially roll out Windows Blue, the first major update to Windows 8, with a preview on June 26.
Dubbed Windows 8.1, the actual update will be free to Windows 8 and RT owners and will be available via the Microsoft Store sometime later this year.
The news was released by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the Windows division, at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference being held here.
Reller did not offer any details on what the update will contain.
El Segundo, Calif. — Computer distributors are keeping very few PC in inventory in response to slowing sales in the category, said IHS iSuppli .
IHS said the slim inventory levels, which were in the 30-day range during the fourth quarter, are in direct response to increased consumer demand for smartphones and tablets at the expense of the computer market.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Led by tablets, touch-enabled device shipments will more than double over the next four years, according to PD DisplaySearch.
The research firm’s latest report has 762.7 million mobile PC devices shipping worldwide by 2017, up from the 367.6 million that shipped in 2012.
The spike will be fueled by an increase in demand for tablets, primarily inexpensive, white-box models in China, said Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch.
New York — Acer today launched several new touch-enabled mobile computers and tablets at a press event here.
Acer chairman and CEO J.T. Wang and company president Jim Wong unveiled the Aspire R7 laptop, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Iconia A1 tablet, Aspire V5 mainstream laptop and the new V7 Ultrabook.
El Segundo, Calif. — For the first time in 2012 China outpaced the United States and became No. 1 in the PC market, according to IHS iSuppli.
IHS reported that 69 million PCs were shipped into the Chinese market last year, compared with 66 million into the U.S.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics today reorganized its computer business unifying all its Windows-based products under the Ativ brand.
The company also rolled out two new laptops and a new USB-based interface for connecting smartphones and computers.
Ativ, previously the company’s brand for convertible PC devices, will now be used for all laptops, tablets and all-in-on PCs. Samsung said the new naming configuration will give consumers a consistent experience across the company’s computer product lines.
Round Rock, Texas — Citing plunging PC sales, the Blackstone Group today withdrew from the bidding war to acquire Dell.
Blackstone executives broke the news to Dell’s board of directors in a letter today. The equity group had offered $14.25 per share and planned to take the company private.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft reported higher revenue, net income and operating income in its fiscal third quarter, ended March 31.
Revenue was up $3 billion to $20.5 billion. Net income was up about $1 billion to $6.05 billion, and operating income was up $1.3 billion to $7.6 billion.
New York — Worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter of the year posted the steepest decline ever recorded by the research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).
IDC analysts directly blamed the situation on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
"At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market," said Bob O'Donnell, IDC program VP, clients and displays.