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  • HPE's earnings improved, but revenue was lower; HPQ's revenue was up slightly, but profit was down substantially in Q4 2016.

  • Holiday shoppers can score big discounts on Microsoft Surface devices, except for the company's new and in-demand Surface Studio all-in-one PC.

  • Processor maker is going all in for developing and sharing GPU-related hardware and software for high-end computing use cases.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: When it's time to buy news laptops for your business does it make sense to pay for a touch screen or do you need a docking station? And are ultrabooks worth it?

  • For the fourth time in recent years, Panasonic has beefed up its long-running Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet for business workers, this time adding a faster processor, Windows 10 and longer battery life to the workhorse machines. The latest Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet features a 10.1-inch touch screen display, Intel HD graphics capabilities, improved WiFi connectivity and a choice of 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage, starting at a list price of $2,899. The new FZ-G1, which is built for mobile professionals in government, public sector, food services, enterprise and field service environments and other industries, now promises up to 14 hours of continuous use with a single battery, according to Panasonic, which is up from 10 hours of battery life in the previous version. Also included in the latest model is a new waterproof digitizer pen, which gives users an additional option to input data into the device. The first Toughpad was introduced to Panasonic's 20-year-old Toughbook line of rugged computers in 2012. Peruse this eWEEK slideshow for more details about the Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet.

  • Microsoft's upgraded 2-in-1 laptop and input device for creatives, the new Surface Dial, ship today.

  • Compared with other device markets, the tablet market will be relatively quiet in 2017, reports Taiwan-based researcher TrendForce.

  • Project Hobart, the company's $99 streaming device, met an unceremonious end as its hardware plans shifted.

  • The Radeon Pro WX Series of professional GPUs is based on AMD's Polaris 14nm architecture and delivers high performance and power efficiency.

  • The FreeBSD Unix operating system is one of the earliest open-source operating system projects, and it continues to be actively developed. The most recent update is the FreeBSD 11 release, which debuted Oct. 10. While FreeBSD is a robust operating system, it is not a desktop focused platform, which is where the PC-BSD operating system, based on FreeBSD used to fit in. On Sept. 1, PC-BSD was re-branded as TrueOS, providing FreeBSD users with an easy-to-use desktop as well as a new release cadence. In the past, PC-BSD releases followed FreeBSD milestones, providing users with code that had already been included in a generally available release. With TrueOS, the release model is now moving to what is known as a rolling release, with packages constantly being updated as they become available. As such, TrueOS is not based on the recently released FreeBSD 11; instead, it is based on the FreeBSD "current" branch that is the leading edge of the operating system development. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the new TrueOS operating system and what it offers desktop users.

  • In October, Microsoft and Apple showed off their latest notebook PCs with some nice improvements. First up was Microsoft, which showcased the Surface Book with Performance Base, a new version of its popular two-in-one hybrid computer. Just a day later, Apple announced its long-awaited MacBook Pro update that includes a new Touch Bar feature. Both the Microsoft and Apple computers have nice designs, the latest software and enough processing power to appeal to power users. Both are also compact but come with powerful features that could make them attractive options for home and business users alike. Altogether their specifications are good enough that they likely will be among the most sought-after notebooks during the holiday season. This slide show takes a closer look at the Surface Book with Performance Base and the new MacBook Pro to see if either of these computers has an advantage. Check out the following slides to learn more about the similarities and differences between these two notebook PCs.

  • Apple is scheduled to release the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar mid-November. The computer, which Apple introduced at a media briefing in October, offers several improvements over the previous model, including support for Apple's Touch ID to enhance security and a new Touch Bar placed above the keyboard to provide contextual control over what's happening on-screen. Apple has called the MacBook Pro one of its biggest computing innovations, and many of its customers—home users and business users alike—are expressing interest in the machine. But a closer look suggests that the latest MacBook Pro might not be as appealing and competitive as the company might want customers to believe. For one, the computer uses lower-powered components than competing models. Also, its price is high, and it will require early adopters to pay for several optional accessories. The MacBook Pro might look nice on paper, but the computer might prove disappointing after users get a close look at them and put them through their paces.

  • Although the Surface Studio all-in-one desktop got most of the attention at Microsoft's Oct. 26 media briefing, the company also announced an important update to its Surface Book hybrid. The updated version, known as the Surface Book with Performance Base, comes with the same design as its predecessor, allowing it to be used both as a notebook and tablet. However, Microsoft has boosted the power in the new Performance Base model, giving consumers and business users a far better Windows 10 experience. Like its predecessor and other Surface models, the new Surface Book comes with support for the Microsoft Surface Pen, appealing to creative professionals and enabling users to draw or digitally write on the screen. In a market where hybrid PCs are increasingly attractive to buyers, the Surface Book with Performance Base is a standout. Although it's pricier than other hybrids, Microsoft believes it'll justify its price tag when the company releases the Surface Book in mid-November. Take a look at this slide show to learn more about Microsoft's latest hybrid PC.

  • The last full week of October was supposed to be the time when both Microsoft and Apple would showcase their latest all-in-one computers. However, only Microsoft made good on that promise, unveiling its first desktop, the Surface Studio, Oct 26. The computer comes with a 28-inch touch screen that also can support Microsoft's Surface Pen stylus and a Zero Gravity hinge that allows the display to lay flat so users can digitally write on the screen as if it were a large tablet. Just a day later, Apple held its own media briefing to unveil its new MacBook Pro notebook. Conspicuously missing, however, was an update to its iMac. Apple's decision to ignore the iMac means it has only an older and somewhat outdated desktop computer to take on Microsoft's Surface Studio. As a result, creative professionals, corporate computer buyers and consumers might be more likely to choose the Surface Studio over the iMac for their end-of-the-year purchases. This slide show compares the Surface Studio with the current iMac model to see whether Microsoft's desktop measures up to Apple's, which has long been a market favorite.

  • New and upgraded systems from Microsoft, Apple and Lenovo illustrate myriad new capabilities and technologies OEMs are driving into notebooks and desktops.

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