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IDC: PC shipments in Q1 faced their steepest known drop to date

If Windows 8 is the ticket to a bounce-back in PC sales, it's going to be a long, slow recovery. At least, as long as you ask IDC. It estimates that worldwide computer shipments in the first quarter of 2013 fell 13.9 percent to 76.3 million, which is the steepest quarterly drop the research firm …

IDC: Windows 8 'Exacerbated' PC Shipment Slowdown

Worldwide PC shipments plunged 13.9% in the first quarter according to IDC, which noted that Microsoft's introduction of Windows 8 hurt overall sales …

Reddit co-founder sharpens knife for CISPA fight

Aiming to get the chiefs at Google, Facebook and Twitter on board against upcoming U.S. cybersecurity legislation, Alexis Ohanian calls them on the phone and gets some amusing results.<p>As Congress readies for what's sure to be a heated debate over the controversial cybersecurity bill CISPA, leaders …

Internet

US budget has NASA planning to capture an asteroid, USAF reviving DSCOVR (video)

Many have lamented the seeming decline of the US space program. While we're not expecting an immediate return to the halcyon days, the President's proposed federal budget for fiscal 2014 could see some renewed ambition. NASA's slice of the pie includes a plan that would improve detection of …

Stephen Hawking predicts end-of-Earth scenario

The renowned theoretical physicist urges humans to go into space in order to save ourselves.<p>Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space.<p>Not known …

Physics

Tablets conspire with 'good enough' PCs to nuke Windows 8

So, will that be a $399 tablet or $799 Windows 8 PC? The answer to that question is killing the PC upgrade cycle.<p>Maybe the PC isn't dead, but the upgrade cycle may be at death's door, according to an IDC analyst.<p>In the wake of very ugly numbers released today by market researchers IDC and Gartner, …

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