The decline in slate-tablet sales continues, and the emergence of low-cost devices doesn’t seem to be helping.
Sales of slate (that is, keyboardless) tablets have been falling for some time. Many solution providers hoped the emergence of cheap devices would help turn things around. Even Apple, which essentially invented the tablet market with its iPad, has dropped the entry price of its basic 9.7-inch tablet to $330. Other suppliers, including several based in China, offer tablets that retail for as little as $100 — or even less.
Any company with an estimated 99 percent share of a key market might be tempted to rest on its laurels. Not Intel.
Intel completely dominates the market for servers built on PC chips, a big business. Yet 2 big announcements from the supplier just this week show that when it comes to the data center, Intel is feeling anything but complacent.
Q: When is a Chromebook not really a Chromebook?
A: When it’s a new system from Microsoft.
Microsoft yesterday introduced its response to the Chromebook juggernaut: a new, cloud-friendly laptop and a stripped-down version of its Windows 10 operating system.
Hear that rumble coming from your clients’ data centers? It’s the sound of a data explosion.
From now until 2020, it’s estimated, the size of the digital universe will double every two years. Thanks to the widespread adoption of technologies including mobile, social, the Internet of Things and big data, that means a whole lot more data.
But it’s not just more data, but also data that’s more complex. For example, big data analytics applications crunching unstructured data from videos, social media, even text messages.
Acer had what must be the mother of all press conferences in New York yesterday, announcing a long, long list of new products. These are new 2-in-1s, notebooks, desktop, gaming systems, monitors and more that may appeal to your customers.
Here’s your solution provider’s roundup:
Acer expanded its 2-in-1 line with 2 models, the Switch 3 and Switch 5. Both run Windows 10, both feature Intel processors, and both have keyboards that attach with magnets.
It’s been only 2 weeks since Microsoft rolled out its Windows 10 Creators Update for PCs, but in that short time, a lot’s happened. Here’s your solution provider’s update.
> “Millions of customers” are now running the Creators Update on their PCs, writes John Cable, Microsoft’s director of program management, Windows servicing and delivery.
Optane is Intel’s newest memory technology. Introduced earlier this year, it’s intended to dramatically speed applications, games and large-file loading.
The PC version of Optane, introduced by Intel last month, has now started shipping. The component is designed to work with PCs equipped with 7th Gen Intel Core processors. You and your customers can install this component on Optane-ready motherboards and systems.
Artificial intelligence and virtual reality: mostly science fiction, right? Cool technologies, sure, but still something for the distant future?
Sorry, but no. Your clients may not be using either AI or VR yet. But chances are good they will, and soon.
The latest moves from Facebook, IBM and Intel illustrate just how quickly VR and AI have moved from science fiction to business fact.
HP has got its groove going.
Last week market watcher IDC said HP had become the No. 1 PC supplier worldwide for the first time since early 2013. HP topped Lenovo in this year’s first quarter by more than 820,000 units.
In February we pointed out that while the overall PC business was tepid in Q1, HP’s PC business grew by 8 percent, in part by focusing on devices for businesses.