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Intel Extreme Masters 2014: One Place Where PCs Still Rule

The Intel Extreme Masters 2014 isn't just a gaming tournament. It's also a chance to see people and PCs pushed to their limits by relentless and brutal competition. Take a look for yourself.

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PC Stagnation Means Zero-Sum Game for OEMs, OS Makers

IDC this week said that while the PC industry would end the year better off than it had expected, the foreseeable future holds no hope for a return of growth.

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Drastic Price Cuts May Damage PC Industry, Jeopardize Microsoft's Hopes for Windows 10

Windows PC makers slashed prices to historically low levels in the U.S. during the last three weeks of October, damaging the consumer business just as Microsoft tries to push Windows 10 as its salvation, a retail analyst said.

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GE Capital's CTO Sees the Death of PCs, the Rise of Phablets

Even though the term "phablet" draws a lot of snarky comments, GE Capital CTO Eric Reed thinks they'll overtake PCs in a few years.

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Windows 10 Start Menu Secrets Every Desktop Pro Should Know

We dig deep into the Windows Technical Preview Start menu to fine-tune it so that you don’t have to

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Antique Apple-1 Sold Out of Jobs' Garage Goes on Sale Next Month

A 38-year-old Apple-1 that was sold directly to a buyer out of Steve Jobs' garage will hit the auction block next month.

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3 Power-Sipping Monitors Lower Energy Bills

Today's displays must be bright, fast -- and able to use electricity intelligently. We test three 27-in. power-saving monitors to find out how they perform.

The End of an Era: Windows 7 Consumer PCs Halt Production This Friday

It's the end of an era, as OEMs will soon end production of PCs with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate pre-installed.

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Dell Takes One Last Shot at Selling Windows 7 Home Premium PCs

Just days before Microsoft orders OEMs to stop building new PCs with Windows 7 Home Premium, Dell tried one last time to spur sales using the lure of the five-year-old consumer OS.

Want to Upgrade Your PCs to SSD? SanDisk Will Make a House Call

SanDisk offers on-site replacements of HDDs with SSDs.

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Vintage Apple-1 Sells for a Record $905K

A 38-year-old working Apple-1 personal computer sold Wednesday at auction for a record $905,000, almost double the auctioneer's high-end estimate.

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HP’s Rumored 'Sprout PC' Sure Sounds Similar to this Oddball Printer From 2011

Could the 3D scanner on top of HP's TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 be the roots of the fabled Sprout PC? Perhaps we'll find out soon.

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How a Coworking Space Made Me Rethink My Computing Needs

As our workplaces become more flexible and more customizable to our needs, we need to ensure that we choose the right desktop, notebook, and mobile computing options to be successful in those variable workspaces.

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The Security Challenges of BYOPC

Creating a virtual PC will add another layer of security.

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5K Display Aside, Apple's New iMac is Barely Changed From 2013's Desktop

Except for the 14.7-million-pixel display of Apple's new 5K Retina iMac, the machine is virtually the same as last year's model, according to iFixit

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Apple Cracks Top 5 Global PC Sellers List

Apple cracked the top five of IDC's list of global personal computer makers for the third quarter, placing fifth by squeezing out Taiwan's Asus.

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Apple is Now 5th Largest PC Maker in the World

IDC says Apple surpassed Asus to crack into the top 5 global PC makers--though numbers from rival firm Gartner disagree.

PC shipments down just slightly in the third quarter, IDC says

Worldwide shipments fell 1.7 percent from a year ago, beating IDC projections

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