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  • HP Inc., Dell and Lenovo are familiar names in the PC market. But during the past several years, Samsung, which is much better-known for its mobile devices, has been working hard to take a more prominent position in the PC space. That was again made clear on June 23 when Samsung announced the Notebook 7 Spin, a Windows 10-based hybrid designed for those who want a higher-end computing experience and don't mind paying a few extra bucks to get it. Samsung is offering three models with screen sizes ranging from 13.3 inches to 15.6 inches. These hybrids are equipped with sixth-generation Intel Core processors, high-end graphics chips from Nvidia and enough memory to handle resource-intensive tasks. To its credit, Samsung has gone a long way toward providing strong value for the money with the Notebook 7 Spin by equipping it with high-end components for a competitive price. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a closer look at the Notebook 7 Spin and discusses why Samsung's latest computer will be worth trying out when it goes on sale at Best Buy stores on June 26.

  • Intel lawyers told the European Union's Court of Justice that antitrust regulators erred in their decision and that the fine is unfair.

  • Some 90% of consumers who have a problem setting up a new technology product will return it within 7 days if it is too tough to install.

  • The deal, reportedly worth about $2 billion, is the latest move by Dell to reduce the debt it will take on after it buys EMC for $67 billion.

  • This fall Apple will release the latest version of its hugely popular desktop operating system that has been known as OS X since it was first released in March 2001. Apple regularly updated OS X to run on its increasingly powerful desktop, laptop and notebook computers. The latest version of the operating system, now named macOS Sierra to bring the branding into line with Apple's other OS platforms, was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 13. While the operating system's design hasn't changed all that much, Apple has bundled several new features in the platform, including support for the Siri virtual assistant, a multitude of enhancements to Messages and a revamped Apple Music that will make it much easier to access content. Sierra even includes support for Apple Pay and a handy tab feature for productivity enhancements. All in all, the free operating system is a nice upgrade over OS X El Capitan and stands as a fine alternative to its chief PC competitor, Windows 10. This slide show provides more details about macOS Sierra's features and why it will be an easy decision to download it when Apple releases it later this year.

  • The new graphics cards, based on the vendor's 14nm Polaris architecture, are designed to make high-end VR and gaming experiences more affordable.

  • At E3, Microsoft announces that smaller Xbox One with 4K video support is arriving this summer ahead of the more powerful "Project Scorpio" console due in late 2017.

  • Just about every research firm focusing on the technology industry has warned that the PC market will face significant headwinds in the coming years. That was made abundantly clear again on June 9 by research firm IDC, which dug a bit deeper into the market's troubles and talked about its "stability" over the next four years. Not surprisingly, given recent reports, IDC had a gloomy view on what the future holds for PCs, suggesting that by 2020, the entire market could suffer shipment declines. The issues are myriad and range from weak currencies to political problems, in addition to the standard issues technology companies face in getting computers to market. But in the end, they paint a very clear picture: Desktops are in trouble, portable PCs are weakening and the companies making them should be worried. Read through the following slides to learn more about the PC market's relative instability and why IDC believes things will get worse in the coming years as the market tries to regain stability.

  • Initially developed for internal use, the chip maker's collaboration solution is now being used by such vendors as HP Inc. and Lenovo.

  • The Inception Program is designed to give entrepreneurs in the artificial intelligence field access to Nvidia's products and expertise.

  • The analysts say that even the declining shipments of smartphones and tablets are doing little to boost the PC market.

  • At the Computex show, AMD officials unveiled the latest generation of its APUs for PCs, which they say offers better performance than Intel chips.

  • Acer's Switch two-in-one notebook computer lineup has two new models, the Switch V 10 and the Switch One 10, recently announced, along with new 14-inch and 15.6-inch Acer TravelMate P2 series business laptops. Both Switch machines feature 10.1-inch multi-touch In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays, Intel Atom quad-core processors and run on Windows 10. Both can be disconnected from their keyboard docks and used as tablets. The Switch V 10 comes with 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage, and is available with either a slim keyboard for easy portability or a heftier keyboard that includes a built-in 500GB hard drive plus two USB Type A ports. The Switch V 10 will be available in North America in the third quarter starting at $249, while the Switch One 10 will be available in July starting at $199. The newest Acer TravelMate P2 business laptops feature sixth-generation Intel Core processors, DDR4 memory and Windows 10 in a choice of 14-inch or 15.6-inch Full HD display sizes. Peruse this eWEEK slide show for more details about the new machines.

  • At the Computex 2016 show this week in Taipei, Intel executives demonstrated the chip maker's intentions to move aggressively into emerging markets, such as the Internet of things (IoT), 5G, robotics and connected transportation platforms, while reminding attendees that the PC is still an integral part of the company's future. Intel offered up new processors for both the data center and high-end clients, with Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's Client Computing Group (CCG), saying from the event stage and in an accompanying blog post that PCs are foundational to what the company is doing, despite the years-long contraction of the global market. "Today's PCs are better than ever," Shenoy wrote in the blog post. "If you haven't held a new two-in-one, played on a new gaming system or tried a new desktop all-in-one, you are missing out." But Intel officials have said that the PC's role is changing, that it's becoming one of the growing numbers of devices and systems that are connecting to the Internet, cloud and each other. And those devices and the connectivity were key parts of Intel's keynote address at Computex. (Photos courtesy of Intel)

  • Two Dell executives say the OK from Chinese regulators is one of the last hurdles to completing the huge $67 billion acquisition.

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