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NEW YORK — Windows 8 is simultaneously taking the blame for falling PC sales and being hailed as the savior for the desktop and laptop categories.
Worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter of the year posted the steepest decline ever recorded by research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) and its analysts directly blamed the situation on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
NEW YORK — Toshiba last week unveiled a new premium brand called Kira that is part of the company’s move to present a higher-profile image to consumers.
The first Kira product to be rolled out is a three- SKU line of 13-inch Ultrabooks dubbed Kirabooks. These will have prices starting at $1,599 and will join Toshiba’s Satellite- and Portege-branded models. The Ultrabooks are only the initial Kira products. The company plans to roll out additional models in not only the computer, but other product categories.
STAMFORD, CONN. — Mobile technology adoption rates are increasing faster, and this is beginning to have a fundamental impact on worldwide spending patterns, according to a study by Gartner.
Absorbing media content on a mobile platform, both in the home and on the road, is beginning to replace the environment centered on a home’s television or desktop/ laptop computer, Gartner said. While this is still an early-adopter trend, Nick Ingelbrecht, research director at Gartner, said this is becoming a mainstream behavior.
NEW YORK — The explosion in the popularity of the app is reshaping how manufactures are viewing these small, but often very consumer-friendly, pieces of software as they develop their products.
LAS VEGAS – Intel continued its drive into the smartphone, tablet and Ultrabook markets at International CES.
Intel unveiled its Lexington Atom processor for smartphones, the 7-watt Intel Core Z2760 processor for Ultrabook convertibles, and its fourth-generation Intel Core processors, formerly code-named Haswell. Company executives also showed off a new 22nanometer quadcore Atom system-on-a-chip processor that will be in products by the 2013 holiday season.
LAS VEGAS – Netgear founder and CEO Patrick Lo spelled out his company’s plan to create the “smart home” during his company’s International CES press event.
Netgear’s mission for the next 10 to 15 years is to have everything in a home that is powered by electricity connected to the Internet, said Lo.
“Going forward we want to extend beyond speeds and feeds to the start of the smart home,” Lo said during Netgear’s press conference at CES.
LAS VEGAS – Samsung Electronics rolled out its International CES offerings that included two new Ultrabooks.
The new devices, the Chronos and Ultra, fall under Samsung series-7 family.
The Ultra is a super-slim model featuring a 13.3-inch FullHD display. There is also an option to add a 10-point multi-touch to the Ultra. The device weighs 3.6 pounds and has a bare metal finish.
LAS VEGAS — D-Link will introduce two new routers at International CES: the Gaming Router 5500L and the SharePort Go Plus travel router.
The Gaming Router 5500L, $269, has Gigabit AC data-transfer speeds of up to 1.3GBps in 802.11ac with another 450MBps in 802.11n mode. The router features intelligent bandwidth allocation and comes with access to MyDlink Cloud services.
LAS VEGAS — ViewSonic today expanded its new Smart Display computer line, and added several new touchscreen monitors and a 4K Ultra HD display at International CES.
The 24-inch VSD240 Smart Display, which joins the previously announced 22-inch VSD220, is a 24-inch display that shares many features with a very large tablet or an allin- one PC. However, ViewSonic prefers to refer to these products as secondary monitors.
The VSD240 will carry a $499 price tag and ship in April. The 22-inch VSD220 shipped in October at $399.
LAS VEGAS — Seagate will introduce a new portable wireless storage device and a next-generation network-attached storage (NAS) unit at International CES this week.
The Seagate Wireless Plus is a 1TB portable storage drive that connects to other mobile devices via Wi-Fi or a USB cable, enabling them to stream stored video and music. The Wireless Plus, now shipping with a $199 price tag, replaces the company’s Go Flex Satellite wireless drive, which will sell through and then be discontinued.