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Windows PC Buying Tips

There is no reason to buy a PC from an OEM anymore

February 20th, 2015

If Lenovo’s epic adware debacle has reinforced anything for me it’s that there’s no reason whatsoever to buy a PC directly from any OEM anymore. Because even if your OEM isn’t putting dangerous adware onto your PC, there’s a good bet that it’s still larding it up with a bunch of other garbageware that will …

PC Sales Projection 2014

There’s no end in sight to the PC market bloodbath

March 4th, 2014

2013 was a truly horrible year for PC sales and 2014 is shaping up to be terrible as well. The latest report from IDC projects that overall PC sales will decline by 6.1% year-over-year in 2014, which is actually an improvement from the 9.8% year-over-year decline that PC sales experienced between 2012 and 2013. IDC …

PC Versus Smartphone Install Base

2014 looks like the year when smartphones finally crush PCs

December 10th, 2013

While Steve Jobs declared the dawn of the post-PC era in 2007 he may have been a bit ahead of his time. After all, PCs to this day still have the largest install base of any computing device in the world. However, a new chart posted by Enders Analysis researcher Benedict Evans shows that this …

PC Sales Q3 2013

IDC: Q3 PC sales weren’t as awful as expected

October 9th, 2013

PC sales are still shrinking but they aren’t shrinking as quickly as previously feared. The latest numbers from IDC show that PC sales declined by 7.6% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2013, although this is actually an improvement from IDC’s original projection of a 9.5% decline. The world’s three biggest PC makers led the …

PC Sales Projection 2013

IDC: The PC market will deteriorate even more than expected this year

August 29th, 2013

Every time you think that the PC market may have bottomed out, it just keeps getting worse. IDC came out with new PC shipment numbers on Thursday projecting that PC shipments will shrink by 9.7% year-over-year in 2013, a downward revision from their earlier forecasts. The big reason that IDC is further lowering its 2013 …

PC Sales Outlook Improves

PC sales may no longer be in a downward spiral

August 1st, 2013

It’s been a very bad year for PC sales but a new survey from Strategy Analytics suggests that the worst may be over for now. The firm’s latest poll on consumer buying intentions has found that “nearly 23% of respondents are very or somewhat likely to buy a portable PC during the next year, compared …

Jumpshot Bloatware Removal Service

Startup wages war on PC bloatware

July 17th, 2013

One of the more frustrating parts of buying a personal computer comes when you fire it up and realize that the OEM has larded it up with storage-clogging bloatware that degrades your PC’s performance. However, startup Jumpshot thinks it has the perfect solution in the form of its USB stick-delivered software that can comb through …

Angry Birds has been downloaded more than a billion times [video]

May 9th, 2012

Rovio on Wednesday announced that its Angry Birds franchise has surpassed one billion downloads across Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS X, with 350 million downloads having been served in 2012 alone. The latest Birds installment, Angry Birds Space, was downloaded more than 10 million time in less than three days and a whopping 50 million times in …

LG launches iCloud competitor

May 1st, 2012

LG on Monday announced the beta release of its own iCloud competitor, dubbed LG Cloud. The service allows users to manage and consume all types of content across Android smartphones, PCs and smart TVs. “Most companies today only see the cloud as a storage device or in the case of YouTube or Flickr, only for …