The maker of expensive printer ink, HP, seems jolly keen on putting Google’s Chromebook out of business. This week it announced several new stream notebooks. For those who came in late the Stream series is HP’s version of the low cost Windows laptop, meant to compete head to head with Chromebooks on price. more»
Apple is not set to launch its iPhone 6 family in mainland China for a while, but that’s just created a smuggling racket as crooks try to cash in on demand for the devices.
According to the Taipei Times, crooks are selling imported iPhone 6s for as much as $3,000 – but authorities have made several seizures of the machines in the last week. more»
You may not have upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7, never mind Windows 8 – but pretty soon you’ll have Windows 9 to think about.
Microsoft will release something it calls a technical preview of Windows 9 at the end of this month. more»
Mobile phone company Blackberry officially released its Passport device, which has a square touch screen and a touch enabled QWERTY keyboard.
It said the unit follows the design of real passports.
The device uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for the display and stainless steel to make it that bit more rugged. more»
Gizmo firm Apple claimed it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in the three days after it was launched by CEO Tim Cook. (pictured)
The phones are available in the UK, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Canada, Australia and the USA – and will be sold in 20 more countries on September 26th. more»
Tiertime said it has launched a new desktop 3D printer, called UP BOX.
It costs $1,900 and is aimed at both professional and educational market.
The machine will churn out larger units with a max size of 10x8x8 inches, while the print resolution is now 0.1mm and printing speed 30 percent faster than its predecessor. more»
PC monitor unit shipments amounted to 32.5 million units in the second quarter of this year – and that’s a fall of 2.9 percent compared to the year before.
IDC released findings on the quarter, said that tendency will continue over the next three years. more»
While the computer industry saw comparatively small growth for notebooks in the second quarter, it looks like the third quarter will be much slower.
The third quarter always used to be buoyant for PC sales until sales started to slow a few years ago as smartphones and tablets came into their ascendancy. more»
Western Digital’s HGST subsidiary has added 8TB and 10TB hard drives to its HelioSeal product line.
These drives are hermetically seals in helium in order to reduce internal drive friction and power use and make your drives sound like Mickey Mouse. more»
Hungarian security company Balabit showed off its Shell Control Box (SCB) at a press gig this week.
This is a clever gizmo which sits between a data centre and people accessing the data which has an active alert function and which can reconstruct changes people have made to systems as well as preclude certain users from doing different things. more»
Patrick Sweeney, executive director of network security at Dell, talked about next generation firewalls and how the world+dog needs them because of increased security threats.
He said Dell processed 50,000 pieces of malware a day and that means 50,000 new counter measures a day too – with updates to its firewalls pushed out between eight and twelve times a day. more»
Canon Europe said that its imageRUNNER2400 series will bring its partners some cool profit benefits.
The multifunctional printer (MFP) is network ready and Francis Thornhill, Canon’s European and UK product manager, said that the devices helps it partners to address challenges of small workgroups. more»
IDC said that a billion smartphones shipped worldwide.
There are over seven billion humans on the planet.
IDC said that that vendors sold 1,004.2 million smartphones – a rise of 38.4 percent from 2012 – which equates to 725.3 million units in 2012. more»
It looks as though the shortage of DRAM will continue well into 2014.
A fire at an SK Hynix factory last year was primarily responsible for the run on DRAM and even though the company says that production has resumed, there is still an element of catch up. more»
Giant chaebol Samsung is readying an assault on the low end tablet market with a range of cheapo machines intended to consolidate its place in the sector.
It will introduce a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite – a seven inch unit – which is set to be priced at $129, Taiwanese wire Digitimes reports. more»