PC shipments grew in 2019 for the first time in 7 years

Smartphone shipments may have skyrocketed in the past decade, but apparently there’s still a place for personal computers. Research firms Gartner and IDC have both released reports suggesting that PC shipments were up in 2019, making it the first year since 2011 that PC shipments were up year-over-year. The increase was a modest one… and […]

Atari shows of VCS motherboard… as its designer quits the project

The Atari VCS is a retro-inspired game console that’s basically a small PC with an AMD Ryzen Embedded processor and Radeon Vega graphics. It’s expected to run a custom Linux-based operating system with support for classic games and some modern titles. First unveiled as a concept more than two years ago, the latest word from […]

System76 Darter Pro is a 3.6 pound, 15.6 inch Linux laptop (coming soon)

System76 is adding a new laptop to its line of Linux-powered computers and, in keeping with recent trends in the PC space, it’s a relatively thin and light machine with a fairly big display and a big battery. The System76 Darter Pro sports a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel matte IPS display, an Intel […]

Leak reveals new Intel Compute Module coming in 2019

A leak published earlier today revealed a bunch of new Intel NUCs are on the way, including the company’s first octa-core systems. The same source also included another Intel roadmap showing the future of Intel’s new plans for modular computing. According to the leaked slides, Intel will introduce five Compute Modules in 2019. These won’t […]

Gartner: Microsoft is now one of the top 5 PC makers (in the US)

When Microsoft started making its own PCs in 2012, it seemed to go against the software maker’s long history of not competing directly with the companies that license its Windows operating system. For the most part the company’s Surface line of tablets, laptops, and other computers have been niche products, so it hasn’t looked like […]

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 ships with Windows 10 Home or Pro (not Windows 10 S)

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2 is set to ship later this month and Microsoft says the 2.8 pound notebook is up to 85 percent faster than its predecessor, offers up to 14.5 hours of battery life, and comes in new color options. One other thing that sets it apart from the original Surface Laptop? The new […]

Atari VCS gets 8GB RAM spec bump, will be bootable from USB devices

The Atari VCS is a work-in-progress game console with a design inspired by the classic Atari 2600. But while the VCS will come with a bunch of 80s-era games pre-loaded, it’s basically designed to be a full-fledged computer with (relatively) modern specs. The folks at Atari launched a crowdfunding campaign for the VCS in May, […]

Wood-paneled Atari VCS consoles are up for pre-order (again)

When the Atari VCS crowdfunding campaign launched last month, backers had two options: a $199 Onyx edition with an all-black design, or a $299 Atari VCS Day One Edition with a wood-panel design on the front, giving the system a classic Atari-style look. Despite the higher price tag, the 6,000 limited edition Day One units […]

Sharp to buy Toshiba’s PC business

Toshiba has scaled back its PC business in recent years, but the company continues to offer a small selection of laptops, tablets, and convertibles, primarily with a focus on premium and business-class devices. But Toshiba’s PC business will soon be under new management: Toshiba has announced it’s selling the subsidiary that makes Toshiba-branded computers┬áto Sharp. […]