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Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

The PC market just can't seem to catch a break. After 2015 was practically declared the worst year for PC sales, it seems that 2016 might be even worse. At least if figures for the first quarter are omens of things to come. While differing slightly on specific numbers, both Gartner and IDC agree on one depressing thing: PC shipments have substantially declined last quarter compared to 2015's opening quarter. While both do see some hope near the end of the year, that salvation might come a bit too late for the ailing market.

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Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell Precision Tower Workstations refreshed to be VR-Ready

Dell has taken the wraps off some new upgrades for its Dell Precision Tower Workstations, which will enable them to meet the needs of VR content creators. As such it, has refreshed the Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910 Workstations, as well as the Rack 7910. Joining these model upgrades are newly introduced recommended minimum hardware configurations for those who need a computer capable of running the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets.

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Dell releases new Linux-powered laptops, including XPS 13

Dell releases new Linux-powered laptops, including XPS 13

Linux users who've been looking for some new, quality hardware to run their preferred operating system on are in luck, as Dell has just released a handful of new laptop options, starting with the Intel Skylake-featuring XPS 13. The latest developer edition of the laptop keeps the super-thin screen bezels and impressive display, but simply replaces Windows with Ubuntu Linux 14.04 as the standard shipping software.

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Dell’s new Latitude laptops tout security and beauty in one

Dell’s new Latitude laptops tout security and beauty in one

Some say life is just a series of compromises. That might not always be true, but when it comes to devices and computers, it probably is. Power, security, or beauty. Most of the time you can only choose two. Dell is saying you don't have to, and its putting out three new Latitude devices to prove it. With the Latitude 13 7000 laptop, the Latitude 12 7000 and Latitude 11 5000 2-in-1 tablets, Dell offers buyers portable computers that carry the power of an Intel Skylake processor, the security features of Dell, and the elegance of a sleek XPS laptop.

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First Oculus Ready PCs revealed: bundle packs aplenty

First Oculus Ready PCs revealed: bundle packs aplenty

The first wave of Oculus Rift headsets are slated to start shipping next month. And if you've got one on pre-order, then it's probably about time you start thinking about your PC. If you've got an older machine, it likely won't be able to keep up with the demands of VR. And that's why Oculus has partnered with a few different companies to ship “Oculus Ready PCs.”

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Dell bumps up the Venue 8 Pro with new specs, new price

Dell bumps up the Venue 8 Pro with new specs, new price

Dell has just quietly upgraded one of its more "unique" Windows devices. One of the first 8-inch Windows tablets in the market, Venue 8 Pro now has a younger but more powerful sibling with a name that takes a page from Apple's branding guide. Simply called the "New Dell 8 Venue Pro", the slab still sports an 8-inch screen, but this time boasts of a Full HD resolution, an upgraded Atom processor, and, in one instance, double the RAM of its predecessor. Sadly, it also boats of a higher price tag as well.

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Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Making a Surface-style 2-in-1 is all the rage, and Dell isn't to be left out, bringing two detachables to CES 2016 this week. The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 and its Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 sibling each pack Intel's latest 6th-gen Core processors and Windows 10, and as the names suggest feature a removable keyboard.

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Dell aims high-end with carbon fiber ultraportable

Dell aims high-end with carbon fiber ultraportable

Apple's MacBook may be the coveted ultraportable on the block, but PC notebook makers like Dell aren't going to leave it that way. The new Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series squeezes a 13.3-inch display into a form-factor more akin to a 12-inch, just 2.48 pounds but with niceties like optional WWAN.

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Dell throws OLED and wireless charging at UltraSharp displays

Dell throws OLED and wireless charging at UltraSharp displays

Just when you think monitors can't excite you any more, along comes something huge, pretty to the eyes, or just plain clever to show you otherwise. Dell has ticked a few of those boxes with its CES 2016 line-up, with the UltraSharp 24 Wireless Monitor and UltraSharp 30 Ultra HD OLED monitor sharing top billing in the range.

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Dell outs USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks (and Macs can play too)

Dell outs USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks (and Macs can play too)

USB-C and Thunderbolt would distill our every cable need into a single cord, or so we were told, but it's taken Dell to finally deliver on the promise. The company has revealed a pair of docking stations here at CES 2016, one using a USB 3.0 USB-C connector and the other a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, targeted not only at Dell's own laptops and tablets, but anything else with the right port.

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What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

Whoops, said Dell, effectively, we're going to have to go ahead and remove this bit of software from your computer before it becomes a problem. This week Dell was discovered to have installed a piece of code by the name of "eDellRoot" on a number of Dell computers. This code is a "certificate" inserted by Dell that would allow them to access a Dell computer when it needed to be serviced - when you call tech support, for example. Unfortunate for them, this certificate also left a hole in the security of the computers in which it was installed.

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Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Earlier this year, Lenovo was discovered to have pre-installed a third-party "adware" called Superfish, a scandal that has made many a PC user and security company wary of such OEM tactics. It seems that indeed, Lenovo isn't the only one. To some extent, Dell's mistake might be even worse. The PC maker has now been discovered to be installing a self-signed security certificate on many if not all of its laptops that exposes all of those affected models to hacking which can be done by simply hacking a single vulnerable laptop.

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