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Computers at CES 2014: Chromebooks and hybrids, plus the birth of Steambox

The laptop and desktop of today is far removed from the models spotlighted at CES even a few years ago. Modern laptops are slimmer and lighter, and run longer, while nearly all new Windows PCs, including all-in-one desktops, have touch screens -- a practical requirement for the Windows 8 operating …

Consumer Tech

Google's Chromebooks Were The Best Selling Laptops At Amazon, Beating Windows And Mac Computers

Chromebooks are super cheap laptops that are based entirely on the Chrome browser. You need an Internet connection for the laptops to do anything. But, for the most part, people are Internet-connected when they're using a laptop, so it's not a huge limitation.<p>In a press release, Amazon listed …

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

Chromebooks experienced a surge in popularity in 2013, rising from almost nothing to claim about a fifth of the commercial laptop market.This …

Here's Why Microsoft Is Worried About Google Chromebooks

In 2012, Google's Chromebooks captured a laughable 0.2% of computer purchases within United States-based businesses and institutions. Thus far in 2013? Chromebook penetration has skyrocketed to a 9.6% share, and a staggering 21% piece of the sales pie when zeroing in on just notebooks.<p>Those …

If Everyone Is Buying Chromebooks, Who Is Using Them?

The rise of the Chromebook has Microsoft worried, as Forbes’ Jason Evangelho explains. A recent study by the NPD Group says that the Chromebook platform has reached 9.6% share in North American business and institutions, and 21% of the associated notebook sales market. But if the Chromebook …

Chromebooks overtake Android tablets and Macs in US business sales

Chrome OS is at last gaining some momentum -- among US businesses and schools, anyway. The NPD Group reports that Chromebooks represented 9.6 percent of all computing devices sold through American commercial channels in 2013, or enough to surpass the market share of Android tablets, Windows tablets …