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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Mainstream support for Microsoft’s most popular operating system, Windows 7, has already run out and the end of security updates is just three years away.

     

  • Litigation claims that Qualcomm used its market dominance in supplying processors used in smartphones to extract elevated royalties for patents.

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  • For some sectors of the IT industry 2016 was a difficult year particularly hardware, which struggling with lower sales for years, particularly in the PC market. However, 2017 is looking up for the worldwide IT industry, according to Gartner’s 2017 Worldwide IT Spending Forecast. The research firm’s data indicates that these troubled divisions last year will at least see their sales performance stabilize this year while stronger sectors experience significant growth. However, Gartner said that IT industry as a whole can expect to see spending rise in the next couple of years, thanks in part to investments in innovation from major companies like Microsoft and Google. Still, there are lingering signs of business uncertainty in the industry, according to Gartner, since is a chance that hardware sales could again take a hit in 2018. This slide show cover the highlights of Gartner’s IT market findings and explain why the worldwide IT industry should expect to have an up year in 2017 after a rather disappointing 2016. Gartner also looks farther ahead to see what the business prospects are for 2018.

  • The lower end of the PC market--mainly Asus, which dropped a startling 48.3 percent in shipments--is where the sales slippage has hit the hardest.

  • Buyers can choose Intel’s high end Core i5 or i7 processor in a mobile Windows 10 workstation that weighs only 4.18 pounds.

  • In a break from a trend that has seen technology companies invest heavily in low-cost two-in-one hybrids over the past couple of years, Samsung in early January announced a new high-end laptop called the Notebook Odyssey. The Notebook Odyssey is designed for gamers and other PC buyers who crave processing power from the latest Intel Core processors with plenty of other features and options.  The Notebook Odyssey comes with an optional 17.3-inchscreen and the option of upgrading with more memory and data storage capacity. The device, which runs on Microsoft’s Windows 10, also delivers an interesting take on mobile keyboards by offering key caps with different shapes. Samsung plans to announce more Notebook Odyssey details in the spring, including pricing as well as CPU and GPU options. However, what it showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 was impressive. Read on for more about Samsung’s latest high-powered computer, the Notebook Odyssey.

  • LAS VEGAS—Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas becomes less about consumers and more about business technology. Today there are many more products on display in the show’s exhibit halls for business and professional users, and more technological advances in general. This year, another of those press-only events, this one called “Showstoppers,” gave media a chance to see some of those advances that otherwise might have been lost in the general chaos of CES and its 160,000 attendees. Examples of those changes include new professional products from HP and Wacom, totally new products aimed at business and government users from Cotral Lab and offerings for small-business users from Qnap. While there is still plenty of consumer technology at CES, the show has moved far beyond consumers. This trend was obvious at the Showstoppers press event. Here are some examples of what we saw.

  • HP Inc is rolling out a super-thin notebook, curved PC monitor and previewed the new the Sprout Pro workstation as part of its 2017 PC model lineup.

  • Chromebooks currently rate as some of the most popular personal computers on Amazon’s list of technology bestsellers. As a result, more hardware makers are introducing laptops and notebooks that run Chrome OS. Samsung is the most recent company, introducing a Chrome OS model with a notebook called the Chromebook Plus. Like other Chromebooks, it features a portable design and relies on Google’s OS and cloud software and service, but this one sports some extra features such as support for the Samsung stylus. Its 12.3-inch LED display offers 2,400-by-1,600 resolution. The Chromebook Plus is a hybrid, so it can be used as either a notebook or a tablet. And, like so many other Chromebooks on the market today, Samsung’s Chromebook Plus is easy on the wallet. Samsung’s model is the first Chromebook announced in 2017, and it’s an attractive alternative to what’s already available. This slide show will focus on the features that make the Samsung Chromebook Plus worth a closer look by consumers and business users.

  • Spread out among the latest home theater gear and smart home gadgets at this past week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas were several new Windows 10 machines from Microsoft's biggest hardware partners. For 2017, the quest for ever-slimmer PCs has yielded razor-thin designs such as LG's new Gram laptop. New devices from Lenovo and Dell provide business users PC models that combine the familiar Windows interface with a dash of style. Despite their trim dimensions, this generation of ultraportable PCs doesn't skimp on battery life—15 hours between charges is the newest benchmark to hit with some systems squeezing out more than 16 hours from a single full charge. On the other end of the spectrum are powerful and pricy gaming laptops such as the Acer Predator 21 X, a $9,000 machine that features a 21-inch screen. Of course, virtual reality (VR) was a prominent feature in the latest systems from MSI. Meanwhile, Dell brought a surprise competitor of sorts to Microsoft's flashy new Surface Studio. Check out these and other Windows PC highlights from CES 2017.

  • The huge variety of technology on display at Consumer Electronic Show 2017 made the event an exciting affair. Every year brings innovative improvements in popular products, such as monitors, wireless routers, security cameras and much more. It also included some surprises, like a new robot named Kuri that can keep a watchful eye on both the home and office. Another small company, named AirBar, has developed a technology that turns a standard MacBook Air into a touch screen-enabled notebook. Even Razer, a boutique PC vendor, got attention with a new take on notebook design by creating a model with three monitors with the goal of improving productivity. Meanwhile, big computer companies such as Lenovo and HP showcased powerful new designs that keep pace with the latest advances in processor technology and connectivity. This slide show will discuss in more detail some of the more interested products that showed up the exhibit halls of CES 2017. From products for the smart home to the latest computers for home and office, the following products stood out for their designers approach to improving user experiences or boosting productivity. Read on to learn more.

  • HP made a splash at this year’s Computer Electronic Show 2017 with help from a bevy of new computers. The vendor unveiled desktops, notebooks and hybrids that should hold appeal for both consumers and corporate users. But the EliteBook x360 hybrid laptop and the Sprout Pro all-in-one computer look to be the most interesting of HP’s announcements. Both devices come with novel designs that offer corporate customers in particular new ways to work productively. The Sprout Pro also has features that will be valuable in corporate offices—for example, HP designed the Sprout with a projector and two screens to help users with creative work, business presentations and application development work. The EliteBook x360 also offers strong performance and outstanding battery life—a particularly important feature for business road warriors. This slide show will cover the finer points of the EliteBook x360 and Sprout Pro and how they could appeal to corporate users. Take a look at the following slides to learn more about these two corporate-focused computer models.

  • Dell is making news at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas, thanks to multiple announcements about new PC models and peripherals. The company has introduced new laptops, hybrids and even a monitor, and says there are more product announcements to come at the show. But arguably one of its biggest announcements at CES is the debut of the XPS 13 2-in-1 hybrid laptop. The computer, which is available now with a starting price of $1,000, features an edge-to-edge display and thin design. The XPS 13 ships with an Intel Core i5 CPU and Windows 10 Home, which is fine for consumers, but an optional seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 10 Pro and impressive battery life makes the XPS 13 suitable for enterprise users as well. Plus, it supports Dell’s stylus, putting it in direct competition with other prominent computers such as Microsoft's Surface Book. By nearly all measures, the Dell XPS 13 is a strong competitor to many notebooks and hybrids on the market today. This slide show will discuss the XPS 13's features and why it is one of the more interesting new PCs reaching the market early in the new year.

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