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  • The PC Market Has Its Strongest Quarter In Recent Memory

    The PC Market Has Its Strongest Quarter In Recent Memory

    Personal computers, long an ailing member of the larger technology market, had a strong second quarter. After consistent quarters of decline, the worldwide PC market was either up 0.1 percent, or down a modest 1.7 percent in the period, according to Gartner and IDC, respectively. In the United States, the PC market was up around 7 percent in the quarter, again according to the two firms. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Project Spark Game Creation Tool Will Come Out Of Beta In Early October

    Microsoft’s Project Spark Game Creation Tool Will Come Out Of Beta In Early October

    Microsoft today announced that the retail version of its Project Spark game-creation tool for PC and Xbox One will be available in October. It’ll go on sale in the Americas on October 7, in Asia-Pacific countries on October 9 and in Europe on October 10. The retail version will sell for $39.99 and include a bunch of new content for users to use in their own games, as well as… Read More

  • Watch Dogs Launch Day Uplay Disaster Is A Reminder That PC Game Sales Are Broken

    Watch Dogs Launch Day Uplay Disaster Is A Reminder That PC Game Sales Are Broken

    Today I made a mistake: I bought a PC game. I’ve been good – I haven’t bought one in a while, since Just Cause 2 probably. But I was looking at graphics comparisons of Watch Dogs on Xbox One and on PC and I thought “what the heck, let’s try it.” I have an extremely capable gaming PC that’s pretty much neglected after all, and it’s in close… Read More

  • Sony To Exit PC Business By Selling VAIO

    Sony To Exit PC Business By Selling VAIO

    Sony will sell off its lackluster PC division and focus on spinning off its TV business into a standalone entity by June. The company’s announcement confirms a report yesterday that Japan Industrial Partners planned to purchase the VAIO brand. The amount of the deal was not disclosed, but Nikkei reported that it may be up to 50 billion yen ($490 million). The deal will be finalized by… Read More

  • Asia Pacific PC Shipments Fell 10% In 2013, IDC Says

    Asia Pacific PC Shipments Fell 10% In 2013, IDC Says

    PC shipments in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) fell by 10% in 2013 to 108 million units, marking the region’s first ever double digit decline in recent years, according to IDC. While Lenovo retained its top spot with around 24.9% market share in the region, it still reported a decline in annual growth by 9.5%. HP was the only PC vendor to see growth, thanks to huge Indian government… Read More

  • New 5-in-1 Concept from Toshiba

    Toshiba’s 5-in-1 Computing Device Concept Looks Like What Windows 8 Is Meant For

    One of the best parts of CES are the devices that companies show off that are more or less conceptual, and may or may not ever even get made. One such gadget is the Toshiba 5-in-1 tablet, notebook, media player, drawing slate, etc. It’s sleek looking in pre-production solid aluminum, and also has a lot of potential as a flexible hybrid with a form factor that’s tailor-made for… Read More

  • New Report Shows That Most Of China’s Gamers Are Still Playing On PCs, Not Mobile

    New Report Shows That Most Of China’s Gamers Are Still Playing On PCs, Not Mobile

    A new report from China’s GPC (link via Google Translate), an industry group for game publishers, shows that China’s video game industry is now worth 83.17 billion RMB (or $13 billion), a 40% increase over the past 12 months (h/t Games In Asia). While the growth may not be surprising, the fact that most of that revenue came from PC-based games may be, especially considering the… Read More

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Says The Windows/Mac Comparison To Android/iOS Doesn’t Fit

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Says The Windows/Mac Comparison To Android/iOS Doesn’t Fit

    In a new interview published by Businessweek this morning, wherein Sam Grobart sits down with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and SVPs Craig Federighi and Jony Ive, Cook comments on a number of things, including the comparison that’s often made between the trajectory of Windows and Mac early on, and the current heading for Android and iOS. “Microsoft kept things the same, and the level of… Read More

  • What Games Are: The March Of The Muggles

    What Games Are: The March Of The Muggles

    It’s easy to consign tablet and mobile gaming to the lamestream and feel that there’s a detente between that and the more core gaming platforms. However this is both shortsighted and naive. There’s a deep reason why users are moving over to simpler platforms, one that can’t be ignored. For game developers, for everyone really, learning how to engage with a more… Read More

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