Sorry, Windows 8 Is Not Going to Save the PC Industry

  It’s no secret that the PC business is pretty lousy these days. In recent weeks, Hewlett-Packard and Dell have posted weak quarterly earnings because so much of their business still relies on sales of PCs. On Friday, Intel became the latest behemoth to weigh Read More …

Tablets to Surpass Notebook Growth in 2016

The demand for tablet computers such as the iPad is growing so quickly that shipments of them are projected to surpass notebook shipments by 2016. According to market research firm NPD DisplaySearch, the mobile PC category is poised to soar from 347 million units in Read More …

Why Rich Countries Can’t Have $20 Tablets — Yet

Students in India can now buy a fully-functional 7-inch tablet, the Aakash 2, for about $20 after a government subsidy, or about $45 retail. These are prices that could bring computing to hundreds of millions in the developing world, and their effects in rich countries Read More …

NYC Is Turning Payphones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

Payphones in New York City have largely been made obsolete by the fact that almost everybody’s got a cellphone for staying in touch on-the-go. Luckily for the long-forgotten phones that still dot the city’s streets, they’re about to get a twenty-first-century upgrade. New York City’s Read More …

Analysts: PC Shipments to Drop in 2013 Amid 53% Tablet Growth

As more consumers flock to low-cost tablets, the desktop and notebook computer world is taking a hit. According to Gartner analysts, tablet shipments are projected to soar 53.4% in 2013, while traditional PCs are on track to drop 11.2% from last year. Overall, however, the Read More …

Can Microsoft Ride Surface 2 to the Top?

You have to give Microsoft and, in particular, Microsoft Corporate VP Panos Panay credit. The Surface 2 launch event was so spirited, passionate and, despite massive connectivity issues for all us live bloggers, well-executed that one could almost forget the myriad issues Microsoft faces as Read More …

Apple, Google Are Profitable Since They Know Where to Lose Money

To understand which firms are going to end up dominating the market for tablets and mobile phones, it helps to notice that we now live in an era in which every successful company selling hardware and content is giving something away for free. And the Read More …

Mobile Entertainment Consumption Soared 82% in One Year

Thanks to the growth of smartphones and tablets, entertainment consumption on mobile devices has grown 82% from 2010 to 2011, a new study suggests. According to a Millennial Media and comScore, this growth outpaced the 55% increase in overall smartphone ownership within the same period. Read More …

How Mobile, Social Will Win the 2012 Olympics

Planning to augment your viewing of this summer’s London Olympics action with a trusty iPad by your side for stat updates, Twitter chatter and other social interaction? Well, thank your lucky pixels — consumer tablets weren’t even a thing for the last Summer Olympics, in Read More …

The iPad Mini Is the Most Interesting Apple Launch in Years

There have been so many Apple events over the past few years that the nonstop unveilings of shiny new iDevices has gotten, if not routine, at least formulaic: Rumors start, amplify, and then reach a consensus right before the new gadget is unveiled. Then Apple Read More …