Ultra-portable PCs top 12 percent of notebook PC market in 2013

An estimated 12.3% (22.5 million) of the Notebook PC shipments in 2013 (182.7 million) fit into the ultra-portable segment, with year-on-year growth (of ultra-portables) reaching 100% from 2012 to 2013.

Samsung to take on Google Glass in 2014

The Korea Times reports that Samsung is planning to debut a Google Glass competitor at IFA 2014.

Barebones Ivy Bridge mini-PC has a $200 price tag



Shuttle recently debuted a low-power mini PC. 

The DS437 - which can be snapped up for approximately $200 - is a fabless system powered by an Intel Celeron 1037 dual-core chip based on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture.

Intel's latest NUC gets detailed

Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is a small form factor PC designed by Santa Clara. The first-gen unit is based on the Sandy Bridge Celeron CPU, the subsequent iteration built around the Ivy Bridge Core i3 and Core i5 processors, while the third is equipped with an Haswell SoC.

Modular ICE xPC weighs less than 100g (4oz) 



The ICE xPC modular computer, which recently hit Indiegogo, is said to offer the processing power of a portable or desktop PC, even though the device weighs less than 100g (4oz).

Radxa Rock dev board with quad-core RK3188 has a $99 price tag

The Raxda Rock dev board, equipped with a quad-core RK3188 (ARM Cortex A9) chip, is currently available at a $99 price point.

MSI J1800i's Bay Trail board (+CPU) has a $60 price tag



Who remembers putting together their own rig for thousands of dollars back in the 90's? Well, times have certainly changed, because building a PC these days obviously doesn't involve a second mortgage or divorce papers. 



Nvidia's Tegra K1 benchmarks go FTW



Nvidia's upcoming Tegra K1 SoC - boasting 192 graphics cores - will be bringing Kepler graphics capabilities to smartphones, tablets and hybrids.

Nano PC is powered by AMD’s Mullins SoC


AMD recently showcased its next-gen, quad-core Mullins processor powering an uber-mini PC known as the “Nano.”



Microsoft almost ditched discs for the Xbox One



Microsoft almost gave discs and optical drives the heave-ho in the final month leading up to the Xbox One’s launch.

Allwinner rolls out A80 Optimus Board with octa-core CPU



Allwinner is slated to launch its very first octa-chip this year, with the company planning to show off the new silicon at CES 2014 in Las Vegas (January), alongside tablets based on the current lineup of A23, A31, and A31S processors.



Report: Chromebooks and Android tablets made biggest impact on sales

14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were reportedly sold through U.S. commercial channels in 2013, leading to a 25.4 percent increase over 2012.

Lini is a Haswell PC for Linux

 (or Windows)

The Lini PC is a small desktop computer with an Intel Haswell processor. The system is designed to run either Xubuntu 13.10 (Linux) or Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro.

Samsung’s 1TB SSD weighs in at 8.5 grams

Samsung has introduced a 1TB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) that weighs in at a scant 8.5 grams and measures approximately 3.85mm (0.15 inches) thick.

Early glimpse of the Asus Padfone Mini

Asus is all set to launch its mini phone/tablet hybrid later this week. However, pictures of the Asus Padfone Mini are already circulating online and can be viewed below.

Microchips can't get much cheaper despite Moore's Law

Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli  has warned that Moore's Law is breaking down and is not making chips cheaper these days.

Acer debuts a new AIO (Aspire Z3-600)

Acer has debuted a new AIO (all-in-one) PC just in time for the holiday season. Dubbed the Aspire Z3-600, the Windows 8 system is equipped with a 21.5 inch full HD display, an Intel (quad-core) Pentium processor and offers up to 2.5 hours of battery life.  

Retail Radeon chips still go slower than review versions

Chimpzilla's Radeon R9 290 and 290X review copies appear to be performing better than retail versions.

Asus VivoPC mini-desktop has a $320 price tag

The Asus VivoPC mini-desktop - loaded with Windows 8 (64-bit) - is currently available in the US at a base price of $320.

Worldwide PC shipments to fall more than 10% in 2013

  According to IDC, lack of interest in PCs means that beyond replacement of existing systems there isn't much else to hold consumers' attention with the platform. The report tries to be a little upbeat, forecasting some growth in 2015, but that comes after projected drops in the next two years that don't support the notion of future growth under any circumstance.