Why PCs Aren’t Selling

I finally understand some the hype around tablet devices. I gave a tablet and received one during the holidays and I’ve been attached at the hip with mine ever since. However, hour for hour, I still spend more time at and do more with my PC and use the tablet as a supplement. Between setting…

Year of the Phablets

The new is chewing up the old. A set of hybrid products analysts call “Phablets” are eating deep into the shipment of traditional PCs, and causing grief for PC vendors with no strong offerings in the segment, according to industry consultants and research firms. Phablets, which DisplaySearch's Richard Shim defines in a recent report as…

Chip Slump: Don’t Blame the Economy

If you think that the semiconductor industry’s poor performance in 2012 is solely due to depressed economic conditions, think again. A lack of innovation in the PC market could have more to do with sluggish chip revenues than any economic slowdown, and the numbers reflect this dilemma. The latest figures from IHS show that the…

Playing Offense in Innovation

As the world continues to fancy smartphones and tablets, the notebook market appears to be falling into limbo. Many people believe that smartphones and tablets are the only future for computing devices and that the notebook is a dying product, even with its new make-up (i.e., Ultrabook or ultraportable). At the beginning of 2012 there…

The Hard Disk Drive Market Has Recovered

A year after the flooding in Thailand devastated the hard disk drive (HDD) industry, production has returned to normal levels, according to IHS iSuppli. In fact, HDD shipments to the computer market are expected to reach record levels by the end of the year. This year, HDD shipments to the computer market are forecast to…

5 Takeaways From Intel’s Q2 Results

The quarterly results announced by {complink 2657|Intel Corp.} on Tuesday contained some bad news about softening PC demand in developing economies, yet the equity market strengthened today partly because investors felt the company's financial numbers and outlook were not as dire as initially assumed. In fact, even Intel's share price received a nice bump in…

Should Microsoft Buy Nokia or Make Its Own Smartphone?

Speculations have gripped the market in recent days that {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.} may begin making its own tablet PC and smartphone as it continues efforts to propagate the Windows operating system. I wouldn't bet against either this or even the possibility the company may purchase {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.}, its troubled partner in the wireless communications…

Triple Whammy in the PC Arena

They say bad news comes in threes, and it certainly has for the PC industry. First, {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.} announced last month that it was slashing its workforce by almost 30,000. (See: Counterculture: Slash & Burn May Not Save HP.) Then yesterday, Dell Inc. announced it plans to cut $2 billion in expenses over three…

HDD Prices to Remain High Through 2014

Even though Thailand's hard-disk-drive manufacturers are recovering from the devastating floods of October, HDD prices are expected to remain higher than pre-flood levels through 2014. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, average selling prices (ASPs) for HDDs increased to $66 in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from $51 in the previous quarter. Prices…