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Samsung desktop PC business shuttered: 2014 tablets to outnumber phones

Samsung desktop PC business shuttered: 2014 tablets to outnumber phones

Samsung will ditch its desktop PC business, the company has reportedly confirmed, shuttering the division in favor of tablets, notebooks, and all-in-ones which still grab consumer attention. "Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down" an unnamed Samsung Electronics exec told The Korea Times; instead, the company will "allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices" the exec said, complete with a gush of new tablets in 2014. Updated after the cut.

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Tablets and Android drive Post-PC world (but ignore Apple’s ecosystem at your peril)

Tablets and Android drive Post-PC world (but ignore Apple’s ecosystem at your peril)

The post-PC era continues to see tablets and smartphones drive overall growth, researchers claim, with traditional PC shipments predicted to decline more than 10-percent this year. 2013 sales of computing hardware - including tablets, smartphones, and PCs - are expected to grow 5.9-percent year on year in 2013, Gartner calculates, but that will be predominantly down to slates, it's argued. In fact, compared to 2012, tablet sales are expected to jump almost 68-percent.

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Saints Row SDK coming soon: modding community taking hold

Saints Row SDK coming soon: modding community taking hold

Saint's Row is a game that's brought a rather odd assortment of open-world experiences to the fingertips of PC gamers for several generations. It's a game that exists in the Grand Theft Auto-like universe of open sandbox playability: here offering a place for gamers to run around like wild, doing whatever they might, driving, interacting with fellow characters, and everything in-between. This world is strange, and with Saint's Row IV, it's about to get a lot stranger: but up until now, the game has been closed to the modders of the world.

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HP: Windows XP’s death will save PCs like Windows 8 couldn’t

HP: Windows XP’s death will save PCs like Windows 8 couldn’t

HP is expecting Windows XP finally being killed off to have more of an impact on its PC sales than Windows 8 ever managed, with the OS retirement expected to open up a huge market of upgraders who have so far held off from buying fresh hardware. The change in platforms, as Windows XP extended support finally ends in April 2014, will see many users - particularly in businesses - finally replace their PCs, HP said on Monday, Computerworld reports, something the company aims to capitalize on.

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Sony unveils VAIO Duo 13 hybrid laptop with slider keyboard

Sony unveils VAIO Duo 13 hybrid laptop with slider keyboard

Sony has unveiled a couple new laptops this evening, among them being a new slider hybrid called the VAIO Duo 13. This laptop uses Sony's Surf Slider design to switch from a slate into a laptop with a slider keyboard complete with a trackpad. Thus far Sony has only said the hybrid will be available sometime in the middle of this month, rolling out worldwide for a yet-unspecified price.

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ASUS Desktop PC G10 hides integrated UPS for power protection

ASUS Desktop PC G10 hides integrated UPS for power protection

ASUS' Computex 2013 appearance hasn't all been flashy tablets and glass-clad ultrabooks; the company also had a new tower PC, though even with the G10 it couldn't resist a little flourish or two. The seriously-styled tower not only accommodates Intel's 4th-gen Haswell processors but a battery backup system, which can serve as a temporary uninterrupted power supply (UPS) just in case your electricity goes out while you're in the midst of crunching some important data.

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ASUS VivoPC and VivoMouse make a high-design play for your living room

ASUS VivoPC and VivoMouse make a high-design play for your living room

Lest you think ASUS' Computex 2013 range is all tablets and glossy ultrabooks, never fear: the company also has some new desktop PCs, kicking off with the Mac mini-rivaling VivoPC and its matching hybrid VivoMouse controller. Angling for a spot under your TV, the ASUS VivoPC is a compact Windows-powered media center, while the VivoMouse tries to take on the duties of a mouse, a touchpad, and a remote control all in one.

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ASUS Haswell launch begins with all-in-ones and an M51

ASUS Haswell launch begins with all-in-ones and an M51

Today the Intel 4th Generation processor wave begins to creep up once again with ASUS letting it be known that they've got three machines that'll run this "Haswell" generation initially. The first of these is a single black and standard-looking M51 desktop PC - standard looking on the outside, that is - inside it's got a bit more of a punch. Then there's the ET2301 and ET2702, slim form-factor all-in-one PCs as well.

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Double Fine’s “Massive Chalice” video game campaign gains steam

Double Fine’s “Massive Chalice” video game campaign gains steam

This week the folks at Double Fine have announced that they are - once again - taking to Kickstarter to fund an upcoming gaming venture. This time around, it's a game by the name of Massive Chalice, and they're pushing forth a world in which turn-based tactics meet "feudal fantasy", making what they call a "lovechild" of the two elements - this game will eventually be appearing on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.

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