By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Toshiba today updated its computer lineup, making touchscreens optional on almost all of its laptops and adding a stylus-equipped high-end tablet.
The company also updated its all-in-one (AIO) computer line with a new industrial design so they now resemble Toshiba’s televisions, said Mark Lackey, product manager, digital products division.
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Taipei, Taiwan — Acer began its Computex Taipei product rollout by introducing an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and two upgraded Ultrabooks.
Two versions of the W3 tablet are on sale for pre-order starting today. The 64GB version is priced at $429 and the 32GB model at $379. Both will ship within a few weeks, the company said.
Round Rock, Texas — Dell’s board today recommended that the company accept the $24.4 billion buyout bid led by Dell founder, chairman and CEO Michael Dell and the investment firm Silver Lake.
Dell and Silver Lake will pay $24.4 billion, or about $13.65 per share, and take the company private.
The bid won out over several others, including one by Carl Icahn. The Blackstone Group also put in and removed a bid on the company.
San Diego – ecoATM, the company that allows consumers to recycle used mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players for cash, now allows the option for users to donate the money they receive for recycling their old devices to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund.
In addition, ecoATM will match all donations to the OK Strong Fund to benefit those most affected by the May 19 and 20 tornados in Oklahoma.
Framingham, Mass. — IDC has updated its PC shipment forecast, calling for an even greater falloff than originally predicted.
IDC now expects PC shipments to plummet 7.8 percent this year, compared with the 1.3 percent drop originally forecast. This will equate to 321.9 million computers, both mobile and desktop, shipping this year. IDC is calling for shipments to pick up in 2014 when 333 million ship. However, this is still far off the pace of 349 million shipped in 2012 and that of the peak year of 2011 when 363 million shipped.
New York — Hewlett-Packard continued its spring computer roll out today introducing new laptops, desktop towers and a 20-inch portable all-in-one PC.
The central theme among all the products is touch, with the majority of notebooks and desk-bound computers sporting touchscreens.
The portable all-in-one PC, dubbed the HP Envy Rove, is designed as a standard AIO, but with the ability to be laid down flat on a table so it can be used by several people at once, said Xavier Lauwaert, HP’s product marketing worldwide desktops manager.
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.