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BlueStacks Inside could bring more Android games to PCs

The folks at BlueStacks have been offering tools that let you run Android apps and games on Windows and Mac computers for years… but in order to do that you’ve needed to install the company’s Android emulator on your computer. Now BlueStacks is taking aim at Android game developers with a new tool called BlueStacks […]

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Zotac unveils ZBOX Pro line of mini PCs commercial and industrial applications

Zotac has been making small form-factor PCs for years, with the company’s ZBOX line of mini PCs pre-dating Intel’s NUC line of tiny desktop computers. But for the most part Zotac has focused on the consumer or business space, with mini PCs that you could use as small, quiet desktop computers, gaming systems, video players, […]

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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 to Sharp. […]

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Wacom Cintiq Pro Engine module turns Wacom’s graphics tablet into a PC

The Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Pen  is a graphics tablet with pen support and a 24 inch, 4K display with 98 percent Adobe RGB color accuracy. Artists and designers can hook it up to a computer to create graphics using a pen and screen with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity. But Wacom is also offering […]

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Linux PC builder System76 plans to design, manufacture its own hardware

System76 is one of only a handful of PC vendors that exclusively sells computers with Linux-based software. Up until now, that’s meant the company has chosen hardware that it could guarantee would work well with custom firmware and the Ubuntu Linux operating system. But unlike larger PC companies (think Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and […]

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PC shipments decline for the fifth year in a row

PC shipments fell again last year… just like the year before, and the year before that. In fact, Gartner reports worldwide PC shipments have dropped every year since 2012. Computer makers still shipped a lot of hardware: according to Gartner the total for 2016 was about 270 million units. But that’s down from more than […]

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IDC and Gartner report that PC shipments are down… again

A little over a year ago research firms IDC and Gartner saw signs that the PC market was headed for some sort of recovery. That didn’t happen, and this week both companies put out reports claiming that PC shipments were down in the most recent quarter. IDC says worldwide PC shipments fell to 60.6 million units, […]

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Oculus Ready PCs coming soon for $1499 and up

It’ll be a few months before you can get your hands on the commercial version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in April, but you can already pre-order one for $599. Want a PC that’s powerful enough to work with the headset? Starting February 16th, you’ll be able to pre-order an “Oculus Ready” PC bundled […]

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The first Mini-STX motherboards based on Intel’s 5×5 platform are here

Intel launched a new platform in 2015 for the smallest motherboards that could support upgradeable CPUs. Now we’re starting to see some of the first actual boards based on that platform: ECS and ASRock both unveiled new mini STX motherboards at CES last week. Basically, this means you can build your own computer that’s not much […]

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Lenovo IdeaCentre 610S is a tiny computer with a detachable projector

Lenovo is no stranger to the tiny desktop space. The company’s IdeaCentre Q series notebooks have been around for years, and Lenovo has positioned them as machines for home theaters, among other things. But Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre 610S is basically a theater-in-a-box, because this small form-factor computer comes with a wireless projector that can be stacked […]

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PC shipments dropped last quarter, but there were winners and losers

Researchers at Gartner and IDC have released separate reports that reach the same basic conclusion: PC sales in the first quarter of 2015 were lower than during the same period a year earlier. But the reports aren’t all bad news for computer makers: A few companies also shipped more computers this year, and the launch […]