Plotting the twin futures
When Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman announced plans to split the company in half in October, she said she would stay on as CEO…
The circle of LTE
Four years after LTE first launched, Verizon is starting the slow death of its 3G networks. It’s rolling out LTE on its PCS bands, formerly used for EV-DO, in 10 markets.
With phones and tablets usurping some activities from traditional computers, Intel is changing with the times. A new “Client Computing” group will combine the chip business for PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Nokia and Ericsson are both keeping their jobs as T-Mobile expands its LTE network into new bands and remoter areas of the country.
Ericsson revealed it’s handling T-Mobile’s new LTE network expansion into new spectrum, into rural areas and into the nooks and crannies of dense urban areas.
John Akers, the former Navy pilot who went on to lead IBM as CEO and chairman for eight crucial years, passed away at 79.
It appears that it will only take five years from the iPad’s introduction for tablet sales to outpace those of traditional computers. No, tablets can’t replace PCs for everyone, but they do more than enough for many people.
Accessing a desktop computer from your iPad can be useful when you are out and about. There are some really great options that can make setup and discovery from anywhere on the internet quick and easy.
Through roaming agreements, collaboration of devices and spectrum sharing, Sprint is hoping to build a broad-reaching 4G network that could benefit both itself and rural carriers.
Due to ongoing financial struggles, Sony is to sell off its venerable Vaio PC business in order to focus on smartphones and tablets. The company will also try to realign its TV efforts with an eye on the 4K market.
Get ready to add one more item to your holiday wish list. Apple has announced that its new Mac Pro goes on sale starting Thursday, December 19.
The mobile wave continues to build with no signs of cresting. According to StatCounter’s data, mobile devices accounted for 21.6 percent of global web browsing as of last month. PCs still have their place but it’s diminishing quickly for some activities
AT&T is tapping into spectrum formerly reserved for voice and 3G data services to put more oomph into its LTE network. It won’t make its 4G service faster, but it will certainly make it better.
Maybe indie is popular after all. Gaming company Valve announced today via email that its independent-focused platform Steam experienced 30 percent user…
Tired of iPhoto opening every time you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac? Here’s a quick and easy way to disable it.
After announcing its existence at the end of September, Valve has released a video demo of the Steam Controller.
Gigabyte’s update to its miniature Brix line has a lot of power, thanks to updated Intel technology.
Creative’s Senz3D camera is up for pre-order as of Thursday. It’s the first peripheral to use Intel’s perceptual computing tech, which will be built into computers from next year.
Got touch? Google’s latest Chrome Canary build adds touch navigation features to your touchscreen PC, just like on the Chromebook Pixel. With the new features, Google continues to unify the web experience across devices, regardless of the platform they run.
While desktops built the base for our computing revolution, the real money is in mobile devices. So I’m not surprised to see Samsung close its desktop PC business. Any guesses as to who is next? It has to be a mobile-focused company.
Exclusive to GigaOM: Over the next 12 months, T-Mobile USA will bolt thousands of new LTE antennas to its cell towers, utilizing a technique called 4X2 MIMO. It’s not LTE-Advanced, but it will create a faster and more resilient network.
Connectify is going back to the drawing board — and back to Kickstarter — to develop a better version of broadband connection aggregation software.
MightyText started out as a simple service allowing you to replicate your Android smartphone SMS client on your PC. Now its turning to other synchronization capabilities, starting with photos and video.
Open Garden is now supporting multi-hop mesh networking in its app. That means your devices won’t just share connectivity with each other but with your neighbors’ devices and with their neighbors’ devices as well.
Revenue for Hewlett-Packard’s personal systems was off 8 percent year over year, but Meg Whitman reiterated that the company is devoted to this margin-stretched business.
Naysayers may continue to ignore the trend, but tablets aren’t toys and the tablet market isn’t a fad, as 2012 shipments show. This year, tablets could surpass both desktops and laptops.
We already knew that tablet shipments are now roughly 1:2 versus those of non-tablet PCs but now, for one country at least, the analyst house GfK has some starker predictions about the coming year.
For the PC, heavily impacted by the rise in popularity of tablets, it was the worst showing for a holiday quarter in more than five years. PC sales were down 6.4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011.
T-Mobile saved the biggest cities for the end of the year. T-Mobile revealed that it has completed its HSPA+ network upgrade in 14 more cities including metropolises like New York, Boston, and Dallas-Fort Worth. In those cities iPhones can now tap into T-Mo’s 3G network.
Make no mistake: T-Mobile will get the iPhone. It’s just highly unlikely that it will get it next week as Merrill Lynch is predicting. T-Mobile is still in the early stages of a network overhaul that will make it compatible with the iPhone’s 3G radios.
Most people today wouldn’t think of replacing their PC with a smartphone, but that future may not be far off. Amazing advances in hardware and software show this becoming a real possibility as shown in this fantastic video demonstration with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Tablet sales are rising says IDC, as 27.7 million slates were sold in the last quarter. Apple still holds a majority market share as Samsung, Amazon and others are catching up to the iPad. But there’s a bigger story here when it comes to PCs.
With more devices at our disposal, users are finding ways to spread out their tasks between screens, moving from smartphones to PCs and tablets. That’s one of the findings of a new multi-screen study by Google.
When enterprise employees finish up their work at home they’re increasingly turning to tablets rather than powering up their laptops or desktop PCs, according to new survey from Alfresco. The tablet isn’t replacing the PC of smartphone, but it’s definitely carving itself a business niche.
MightyText has taken the beta wraps off of its over-the-top messaging service, which extends an Android phone’s SMS capabilities to PCs and tablets. Using the same phone number, a MightyText user can send and receive text messages from a PC or tablet browser.
T-Mobile USA is shutting down 75 percent of its GSM capacity in order to clear its airwaves for mobile broadband. You would think that such a large-scale retirement of 2G would wreck havoc on its M2M communications business. But the opposite appears to be case.
Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: Apple’s disruption of the TV business, how Tim Cook and Microsoft differ on the definition of PCs and tablets, what Facebook integration in iOS looks like, and iOS security.
Phones are increasingly replacing desktops and laptops as the primary computing device in our digital lifestyle. John SanGiovanni of Zumobi looks at the phone’s rise to power.
Apple’s iPad still dominates the tablet market, but that alone shouldn’t be scaring PC and tablet manufacturers. Instead, the statistic that for one in four people buying iPads, it’s their very first Apple product is more concerning; it could lead to other Apple hardware sales.
Considering the barely contained disaster that the consumer side of HP’s hardware business has been over the last year, today represents some welcome news: its PCs sales actually grew at a faster rate during the first quarter of 2012 than Apple’s Macs in the U.S.
T-Mobile is inviting AT&T customers to take their old unlocked iPhones to its network where they can feast upon its ultra-cheap plans. They won’t get 3G access just yet, but T-Mo says it’s only a matter of time before its networks are fully iPhone ready.
Go ahead, add Wi-Fi to your toaster. Or Bluetooth to your shoes, because the FCC has relaxed some rules that make using unlicensed airwaves in the PCS band a little easier. And that makes it cheaper to add that frequency band to our wireless gear.
It’s official: one of HP’s longest-serving executives will retire in a corporate shakeup that will merge two historically important divisions that have fallen on hard times amid a shift to mobile technology. HP hopes the move will help it save money as it tries to rebound.
At their current and expected growth rates, tablet computers are on pace to start outselling traditional form-factor PCs by the third quarter of 2013, says Horace Dediu. It sounds crazy until you start looking at the numbers and the seismic shift towards highly mobile computing.
T-Mobile USA may have had a horrible fourth quarter while its merger with AT&T suffered its death throes, but the operator is definitely taking advantage of the aftermath. T-Mobile is using the breakup fee and spectrum won from AT&T to build an LTE network in 2013.
Apple sold a little over 2 million Macs between October and the end of December, according to IDC. That’s 18 percent more than the same quarter a year ago. It’s really good news for Apple, as that growth has put its market share at 10.92 percent of the U.S. PC market, its highest share in a very long time.
Apple’s iPad is a mobile device, but “mobile” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s being used while on the go. New research from McKinsey found most iPads never leave the home, and are used most in the living room, for things like watching video or browsing the web.
More evidence, if it were needed, that Europe is increasingly becoming a mobile-centric culture, with figures showing that France’s smartphone market has grown 34 percent in the last year.
PC shipments were down in Western Europe, dropping over 11 percent during the third quarter of 2011 vs. the same period a year ago, according to Gartner. But Apple bucked the trend and saw a nearly 20 percent increase in shipments year over year.
Sorry Dell, Lenovo and Acer: HP’s not abandoning the PC business after all. The world’s largest maker of PCs announced moments ago that after thinking long and hard about it, they’re going to keep on making computers after all.
I last looked at Windows gaming options on OS X in 2010; the choices haven’t gotten any better. However, Parallels 7 was recently released and boasts improved Windows performance in a virtualized environment, so it’s time to take another look.
According to a survey to be released Tuesday, Apple is again the leader in computer owner satisfaction by a wide margin. Its lead in happy customers corresponds with an expansion of its overall business as well as the skyrocketing of its stock price. Coincidence? Not likely.
So, that personal computer business that HP doesn’t want anymore? The one with the largest market share in the world? Samsung isn’t interested either. The company attempted to put an end to rumors it was considering taking over HP’s laptop and desktop unit on its blog.
It was shocking enough to learn last week that HP wants out of the PC business. But it was somewhat surprising HP told investors before finding a buyer. The likely reason? There’s really no one in a position to take it off their hands.
For nearly 30 years, personal computers as we’ve known them have been the drivers of the technology engine, from Intel to Microsoft to Dell to HP. But the rise of mobile computing is upending the technology business and redefining the PC and how we use it.
[W]hile PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing. They’re going the way of…
A UBS research note today upgrades its expectation of tablet sales this year while simultaneously knocking down its expectation of the PC industry’s growth. The opposite trajectories of PC and tablets show that, yes, in some cases people are buying a tablet instead of a laptop.
A common misperception is that the bulk of the energy consumption associated with the Internet and connected-computing comes from massive data centers. In reality, the billions of end devices — computers, set-top-boxes — are currently the bigger and more wasteful culprits.
It’s updates all around for Apple’s full-sized routers, as the AirPort Extreme joins the Time Capsule with a new model number today. The AirPort Extreme and the Time Capsule both haven’t been updated since early 2009, so refreshed hardware isn’t really a surprise. But what’s changed?
Tablets are cutting into PC usage and are also stealing time from ereaders and gaming machines, according to a Nielsen survey. Tablets have started to shift the computing load away from more traditional machines and now present a significant challenge to hardware makers.
Hunch.com offers a great visual snapshot of Mac users and their PC counterparts over on the site’s blog today. As you can see for yourself below, at least a good portion of the results are pretty much in keeping with prevailing stereotypes.
Do Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer and Toshiba grasp that the future of the world is mobile? If they don’t, PC sales numbers ought to clue them in: 93.4 million computers were sold in 2010, which may not be as high as the growing number of smartphones.
Gartner ?cut its estimates on PC shipment?s saying tablets are increasingly serving as substitutes for PCs. Gartner said worldwide shipments were on pace for 352.4 million units this year, up 14.3 percent over last year but down from projected growth of 17.9 percent two months ago.
French startup AVOB, which launches in the U.S. on Monday, says it can ramp down processor speed and voltage while a computer is working and is testing it with the likes of Intel (s INTC), Microsoft (s MSFT) and Cisco (s CSCO).
Now that you’ve switched from PC to Mac, what do you do with the PC? Surprisingly, that old PC might be a great accessory for your Mac. Pull that old PC out of the trash and make it submit to the power of your Mac.
If you have ever shouted at your PC, slammed your mouse down on a table or swore out loud at a piece of technology, you are not the only one. An online study found that more than half of U.S. adults surveyed admitted to doing so.
Forgive my schoolgirl crush on faster mobile broadband, but after Alcatel-Lucent said today that in conjunction with LG Electronics it had completed the first uninterrupted data handoff between a CDMA network and an LTE network, I got really excited as that means LTE is in sight!
Apple (s aapl) unveiled its Mighty Mouse replacement, the Magic Mouse, last month alongside new versions of the iMac, Mac mini and…
Microsoft (s msft) may have only just launched Windows 7, but Apple (s aapl) isn’t sitting back and letting Redmond enjoy its…
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Mac users may be getting soft on Windows machines as time moves on, according to a recent report by consumer research firm…
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I was watching the NFL season opener yesterday between Pittsburgh and Tennessee when I got a nice surprise. A new “Get a…
Over on Apple’s (s aapl) web site are the latest ads in its “Get a Mac” campaign. The new commercials, titled “Top…
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I love technology, but not when it comes to switching PCs — moving all the data and applications from one Windows (s…
Another Laptop Hunter ad is upon us, and with five of these babies under our belt it’s time to step back and…
Yesterday TAB writer Tom Reestman took a shot at Microsoft (s msft) over their latest attack ad on Mac pricing, and today…
I’m skittish when it comes to desktop indexing and search apps. Aside from the workstation computer at my last office-based job, I…
There isn’t a huge market for organic light-emitting diode displays right now, with the new technology only available in some small displays…
Inspired by Simon Mackie spring-cleaning his laptop, I’ve decided to devote this weekend to cleaning both my desktop and my laptop. I’m…
Like many of us, I spend quite a lot of time on the web and come across a staggering number of interesting…
A tie-up between Japanese electronics powerhouses Panasonic (s PC) and Sanyo has been in the works for a while, but today it…
One of the obvious needs for a Web Worker on the go is the ability to keep data synchronized across your multiple…
AMD isn’t going after the mobile Internet device market that Intel and other chip vendors are eying. AMD’s senior VP and chief…
Before I switched to a Mac, I had a home network set up so that I could print and share files without…