By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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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.
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.