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PC Sales Slip as Shoppers Wait

With Windows 8 expected in a matter of months and new tablets arriving, even ultrabooks aren't enticing enough to loosen pocketbooks.

Wall Street Beat: Hardware Hits Headwinds, Software Picture Clears up

While hardware and components makers face economic hurdles, the picture for software is getting brighter, according to earnings reports from major vendors and...

Mac Sales Slump, IDC Says

Apple sold fewer Macs in the U.S. during the second quarter than during the same period last year, its first decline in three years.

Apple Admits Mistake, Says It's Back in EPEAT

UPDATE: In a rare admission of error, Apple said Friday that it's back in good environmental standing.

Tablets, Smartphones Still Hammering PC Market

Tablets and smartphones -- and users' infatuation with them -- continue to pummel the PC market.


How Mobile Apps Are Changing Desktop Software

First, they revolutionized smartphones. Now, app stores for Macs and Windows PCs are changing the way we work on laptops and desktops--for better and for worse.

Tablets, Smartphones Dent PC Shipments in Second Quarter

Tablets and smartphones continued to eat away at worldwide PC shipments, which remained flat during the second quarter, according to research released by Gartner...

Apple's EPEAT Withdrawal Raises Recycling, Disassembly Concerns

Apple's decision to withdraw products from the EPEAT standard it helped implement has raised concerns among industry observers and environmentalists.

Microsoft Patches Critical Drive-by IE9 Bug, Windows Zero-day

Microsoft today patched 16 vulnerabilities, including one in Windows that's been exploited for weeks and two in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).

The IBM PS/2: 25 Years of PC History

Here's a fond look back at the Personal System/2 series of PCs, which embarrassed IBM in the late 1980s but shaped the modern PC you know today.

DNSChanger Doomsday Threat Fizzled--Just as It Should Have

You might see the whole DNSChanger ordeal as overblown. On the other hand, the information campaign worked.

Windows 8 Upgrade Offer: $40, Even if Upgrading From Win XP

The promotion runs through January 31, 2013, and applies to purchases made through


Kinect Brings the Magic to Windows PCs

Earlier this year, Microsoft released Kinect for Windows -- a version of the motion-control Xbox peripheral that works out-of-the-box with a PC running Windows 7...

HP Improves Thin Client Performance With New Tool

Hewlett-Packard's new Velocity software helps IT staff optimize network performance for users who work on its thin or zero clients, the company said on...

Casemod Turns Your Desk Into a PC, Looks Stellar

This clever casemod looks like it costs thousands of dollars to make. It actually only required some plywood and a few extras.