Industry folks have been anticipating the report of Intel's Q1 results and it will be fully unleashed today after the market closes at 5:30pm ET. Why do we care? Well, analysts will tell you this is important stuff partially because Intel's earnings results are a health indicator of the PC market, given the trend towards tablets and Intel's lack of participation in tablets.
Many of us have heard stories about tablets being more accessible for those who have trouble dealing with PCs. Grandmothers, for example, who have never used a computer, get hold of an iPad and start tapping away like an old pro. What is it about tablets that make them so engaging, and make them so much more appealing than using a PC for some people? Let's face it, PCs can be complicated. If you know nothing about using one, setting up a PC could be an insurmountable task. You have software to install, inexplicable error messages, antivirus notifications always popping up...
It's no secret that Sony's much heralded wireless controller, the Playstation Move, was destroyed in sales by the Microsoft Kinect, a sensor device which reads body language, rather than use controller inputs. But Sony hopes to get it's mojo back by following Kinect into the PC world. Only they may do it by going open source.
The popularity of smartphones is exploding as the IDC reports a total of 100.9 million smartphones were shipped worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2010. The number represents an 87.2% jump from last year’s fourth quarter number of 53.9 million. Yearly totals jumped as well from 173.5 million smartphones in 2009 to 302.6 million, a 74.4% increase. It also is the first time that smartphones have outsold PCs in history.
During a news conference earlier today, Lenovo CEO announced that they are forming a joint venture with NEC to focus on increasing sales of personal computers in Japan. With the market focused on mobile products, the joint venture has expressed interest in pursuing developments in that arena as well.
Such a bunch of little cuties! These are Asetek's new liquid CPU coolers that are aimed at supporting PCs with 92mm fans. These three new liquid coolers are made for OEMs and system builders, the models including a single exhaust port, single-CPU cooler; a dual exhaust port, single-CPU cooler; and a dual exhaust port, dual-CPU cooler. Get yourself some cool, quiet speed!
Having all of the options that used to come in a giant tower, shoved into a tiny box that you can use to hold your iPhone is a pretty cool thing. And we can see why plenty of people out there would want the smaller form-factor, rather than the hulking tower. But of course, with a smaller body and all of the same features, the price tag can generally spike up. And, although the Steal Computer Mini PC isn't cheap, you can be the judge whether or not it's worth it.
Tonight's edition of The Daily Slash is going to be a bit different. If you'll recall, we've only ever had one video put into one of these nightly articles, but tonight, well, tonight is special. Why? Because the two videos we've included after the break are some of the more interesting ones we've seen lately, and we felt like we needed to share them, well past just the standard text-based variation. So, happy Wednesday, and welcome to tonight's very special edition of The Daily Slash. In the Best or R3 Media, we've got the Intercept coming soon, an even better giveaway, and the first images of the retail box for the white iPhone 4. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got intelligent service robots, LED monitors, and people who may print too much.
Sony has announced some new VAIO PCs that will land in Japan this summer starting in June. The machines will fit into the VAIO L, VAIO J, and VAIO F lines. The L-series are AIO machines that come in versions with and without digital TV tuners built-in. The VPCL139FJ/T is what you see pictured below and it has a 24-inch full HD touchscreen AIO machine with dual digital tuners, dual AVC Transcoding, and a Blu-ray drive. It will sell for 245,000 yen and a version lacking the touchscreen is 215,000 yen.
Gartner gathers all sorts of data on the electronics market with number for things ranging from cell phones to computers and TVs. The analytics firm is reporting that things are looking up for the PC industry. It’s not hard to see that with Intel boasting its best quarter ever.