San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
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.
Palo Alto, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard has inked a deal with software maker Piriform to make the professional version of CCleaner Professional an option for HP desktop computers.
The software helps optimize hard drives, and clean out malware and other unneeded files.
CCleaner carries a $25 add-on charge when chosen as an option on HP’s configure-to-order site.
New York — Gartner is forecasting double-digit worldwide growth for mobile phones, tablets and ultrathin laptops for the next four years.
The only category expected to decline during this period is desktop PCs and laptops.
The research firm reported that 2.4 billion connected devices will ship this year, up from 2.2 billion in 2012. This figure will climb to 2.6 billion by 2014 and hit 2.96 billion by 2017.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio today launched its spring PC line, which includes four ultra thin laptops and three all-in-one PCs.
All seven models feature 10-point touch screen displays which Vizio said will help consumers take full advantage of the touch functionality built into Windows 8.
The four Touch Thin + Light laptops are the CT14T-B0, CT14T-B1, CT15T-B1 and the CT15T-B1. All are available for pre-order on www.vizio.com.
New York —PC gaming is alive, performing well and growing, according to a report from the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA).
The PCGA commissioned the report, which was compiled by Jon Peddie Research (JPR) and DFC Intelligence, called the PCGA Pinnacle Report that contained data on hardware, software, player spending habits and system preferences.
Framingham, Mass. — More than 1 billion smart connected devices shipped worldwide in 2012, a 29.1 percent increase, according to IDC’s “Smart Connected Device Tracker” report.
The category, which encompasses desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, will continue its hockey-stick-growth curve with shipments hitting 2.2 billion by 2017. This is expected to generate about $814 billion in revenue, up from $576.9 billion in 2012.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Small and medium businesses (SMB) intend to boost their IT spending over the next 12 months, with retailers expected to grab a portion of sales, according to The NPD Group.
The research firm’s latest study on companies with 50 to 999 workers forecasts an average spending increase through the end of year. This is the first time since January 2012 that SMB’s have signaled their intention to boost IT expenditures.
Waban, Mass. – Apple and Hewlett-Packard earned the top slots in a recent poll for producing the most functional, accessible and emotional computer products among U.S. consumers.
The study by Temkin Group Research, a customer experience and research firm, looked at 10 PC brands: Acer, Apple, Compaq, Dell, eMachines, HP, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba.
Port Washington, N.Y. – There are now more than 500 million connected devices in the United States, reached primarily on the back of smartphone and tablet sales, according to The NPD Group.
The research firm’s “Connected Intelligence Connected Home” report saw a marked jump in the number of connected devices just during the last quarter.
El Segundo, Calif. — The time when more computer memory was considered a necessity for improved PC performance may be coming to an end.
A recent study by IHS iSuppli indicated that design changes — including the adoption of ultra-slim laptops and the fact that Windows 8 did not require additional DRAM to function properly — has OEMs scaling back how much memory is now being placed in devices.