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  • Despite surprisingly disappointing results for the first quarter, when Macintosh unit sales slipped 12 percent and revenue fell 9 percent year-over-year, Apple argues that its Mac business is still strong and people are increasingly choosing its computers over competing Windows-based PCs. Apple's view is borne out by recent research.  According to research firm IDC, Apple's PC market share in the first quarter rose to 7.4 percent worldwide, up from 6.7 percent last year. The research firm added that despite declining shipments, Apple was able to "outperform" its competitors. So, what has attracted so many PC users to Macs? It could be Apple's strong brand or the company's knack for delivering nice designs. It might also be the breadth of options it offers. Whatever the case, both the enterprise and consumer buyers see value in Apple's Macs. So this slide show will take a look at Apple's Mac line and suggest what prospective buyers should consider before they decide which Mac model to select.

  • HP on May 3 unveiled a new line of computers designed for both the enterprise and consumer markets. Chief among those announcements was the HP Pavilion x360, an affordably priced—and highly portable—two-in-one hybrid. The announcement wasn't a surprising one. HP has promised to improve and extend its computer line, and if the latest market data from research firm IDC can be relied on, two-in-one hybrids, which can be used either as a notebook or a tablet, are one of the few PC types that are selling impressively well right now. HP is simply trying to catch that wave. But by doing so, it's also offering an attractive computer featuring a thin design, outstanding battery life and enough accessory ports for users to transfer data, add external displays and be more productive. Best of all, the HP Pavilion x360 comes in three screen sizes to appeal to different sets of customers. This slide show takes a closer look at the Pavilion x360 and why HP believes it could the most popular model in its latest mobile computer product line. Read on to learn more.

  • HP's new x360 portables come in three screen sizes each, while its latest all-in-one desktop model gets a micro-edge display option.

     

  • Company officials say the 14nm graphics technology that features a FinFET design will help drive AMD further into such areas as gaming and virtual reality.

  • In yet another move to attract enterprise customers to its Chrome OS platform, Google on April 28 announced that it has partnered with HP on the Chromebook 13. The HP Chromebook 13, like many of the recent Chrome OS-based devices, is specifically designed with corporate customers in mind. The device comes with a durable, all-metal finish, high-end processing power courtesy of Intel and support for accessories that HP says will provide "pumped-up productivity." The Chromebook 13 is also affordable, and since it's designed for enterprise customers, it comes with the tools and security features IT professionals expect to get for their money. Of course, Chrome OS is no threat to Windows in the enterprise just yet, but the Chromebook 13 is an attractive device that could coax more enterprise IT professionals into taking a closer look at Google's cloud OS. This slide show examines the Chromebook 13 and discusses why companies seeking alternatives to traditional Windows-based notebooks should check out HP's latest Chrome OS notebook model.

  • In an unusual move by a candidate so far behind in the delegate count, Cruz taps Fiorina in hopes of making it to a contested GOP convention.

  • A week after the chip maker announced 12,000 job cuts, CEO Brian Krzanich cited Intel's opportunities and the continued strength of Moore's Law.

  • At an event last week, CEO Brian Krzanich said there has been pushback from some employees to Intel's program for hiring more women and minorities.

  • Apple Mac users can multitask between native Mac OS apps and Windows or Linux workstation applications through HP RGS.

  • AMD's net loss amounted to $109 million (GAAP), or 12 cents per share. Nonetheless, the stock price surged 21 percent April 21.

  • Over the past couple of years, Google has been focusing its Chrome OS sales pitch on the enterprise and education markets, arguing that its platform is a desirable option for companies that want to save some cash and keep customers working in the Google ecosystem. Seeing that Google has considerable success in attracting corporate customers, several PC hardware makers have delivered Chromebooks to win some of that enterprise market share for themselves. On April 21, Acer became another of those hardware makers with the announcement of its Chromebook 14 for Work. The lightweight notebook runs on the Chrome OS and comes with a hardened shell so it can be used outdoors by field service workers. Acer officials emphasize that Chromebook 14 for Work would be a suitable option for companies that are already using or plan to use Google's enterprise services. This slide show takes a look at the features inside the Chromebook 14 for Work to suggest why corporate notebook buyers might consider it a good choice for workplaces.

  • Microsoft announces that the company is ending production of its last-gen game console, more than a decade after it first launched.

  • Apple's MacBook, an entry-level notebook designed to appeal to people who want a cheaper computer and a high-degree of portability, received some important enhancements on April 19. The device now comes with high-grade Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster storage and improved battery life. Perhaps most importantly to those who are interested in the computer, it hasn't lost its mobility factor and it's still among the more affordable options in Apple's line of computers. Apple's decision to improve the MacBook is partly due to its desire to keep up with competitors, like Dell and HP, which have recently launched new lightweight notebooks. The company's decision can also be viewed as an acknowledgement that as Apple's iPad business is sputtering and tablets are losing some of their appeal, consumers and enterprise PC buyers are increasingly opting for lightweight notebooks. The MacBook serves that need to great effect. This slide show covers the improvements in Apple's latest MacBook upgrade.


  • Worldwide PC sales have slipped 10 percent in the last 12 months and continue to recede as companies such as Apple, Samsung and LG keep selling smartphones.

  • The layoffs, which could come later this month, would add to the turmoil that has surrounded the chip maker over the past year.

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