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Dell goes private: Bought by Michael Dell and $2 billion from Microsoft (video)

Michael Dell has teamed up with investment firm Silver Lake to buy computer maker Dell, the company he founded as a 19-year-old in 1984, in a deal valued at about $24.4 billion.

Semiconductor industry to recover this year

Increased sales of electronics and new forms of computing devices will drive the worldwide semiconductor market to growth this year after a slowdown in 2012, the nonprofit organization World Semiconductor Trade Statistics said Monday.

How to get a new PC that runs Windows 7, not Windows 8

Your Windows 7 options are drying up fast, but you don't have to settle for a Windows 8 PC if you don't want one.

Mac Pro sales to stop March 1 in EU countries

Because of a new regulation that goes into effect in March, Apple's Mac Pro will no longer be compliant with EU electrical standards, so Apple is ending sales of its desktop system in those countries on March 1.

on macworld.com

Anatomy of a PC crash: 7 scenarios, and how to avoid them

Ah, the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. It persists even in Windows 8, but if you know its common causes, you can usually stop it before it borks your system.

Why all-in-one PCs suck at gaming (plus one that doesn't!)

They're slim, sleek, and family friendly. But why do most all-in-one desktops make such awful gaming machines?

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Windows 8 not saving the PC industry as shipments decline

With the holiday shopping season over, it's clearer than ever that tablets are cutting deeply into traditional PC sales, even after the launch of Windows 8.

on techhive.com

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Touchscreen proliferation could open desktop to Android

As more and more PCs have touchscreens, door opens wider for Google's mobile operating system. Perhaps Android could challenge Windows on its own turf.

The 10 best PCs of CES 2013

With fascinating interpretations of what a Windows 8 device can be, the CES gadget fest still offered high points for PC enthusiasts. Behold the 10 best machines we saw.

Gigabyte wants you to build your own all-in-one

Gigabyte and Intel try to prove that DIY is not dead in the PC world, offering components that let users build their own AIO PCs.

CES reveals the four new rules of PC simplicity

2013's crop of new PCs will be versatile, powerful, and most importantly, simple to use.

Xi3, Valve join forces on a compact gaming PC for your HDTV

This little black box could bring PC games out of the corner and into your living room.

Vizio doubles down on Windows 8 at CES (video)

Vizio comes to Vegas bearing new laptops, desktops, and a brand-new Windows 8 tablet.

on techhive.com