Desktops

Laptops shine but desktops are fine

keyboard and mouse

David Flynn PERHAPS the most common question when shopping for a new PC is: desktop or laptop?

Computers

Apple Mavericks OS X: top 10 features to try

Salvador Rodriguez Even though Apple's new Mavericks OS X - the latest version of its operating system for Macbook laptops and Mac desktop computes - is seen as an evolutionary upgrade, there are a few cool new...

Computers

LG unveils Chromebase, an all-in-one Google Chrome OS desktop PC

LG Chromebase

Salvador Rodriguez The new LG Chromebase is the first Chrome OS desktop PC with a built-in monitor.

Computers

Chromebook sales up sharply in 2013

Salvador Rodriguez While Apple and Microsoft's share of laptops sold in the US decreased in 2013, Google dramatically increased its portion of sales.

Computers

Windows 9 slated for 2015 as Windows 8 'tanking'

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Technology writers try-out the new line-up of second generation Surface tablets on September 23, 2013 in New York City.The new Surface family includes two products, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Improvements on the tablets include better battery life, faster processors and Dolby Digital sound. The new devices will be in stores on Oct. 22.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Stan Schroeder The next version of Windows is slated to arrive by April 2015 as the current version, Windows 8, is "tanking", according to a report.

Computers

Microsoft tweaks Windows 8, blamed for PC slump

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft., holds up a Lenovo computer tablet while delivering the keynote during the Microsoft Build Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.

Ryan Nakashima and Peter Svensson Microsoft is trying to reverse slumping PC sales and quiet growing criticism of its flagship operating system with the release of a revised version of Windows 8.

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Computers

Building a workhorse PC

Gigabyte motherboards have proved consistently reliable.

Bleeding Edge Portable devices lack the power and versatility and sheer value for money of the do-it-yourself workhorse PC.

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Hands on: Leap Motion gesture controller

Adam Turner Waving your hands at your computer feels futuristic but it isn't always practical.

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Software

Free Windows 8 update to address confusion

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Anick Jesdanun A free Windows 8 update to address complaints with Microsoft's new operating system will be made available later this year.

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Adventures with Mountain Lion: Messages

Apple adds Messages to Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Adam Turner Apple continues to blur the lines between SMS and instant messaging as Messages comes to Mountain Lion.

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Windows 8 - bring back the Start menu or go with the flow?

Windows 8 Start window.

Adam Turner Is Windows 8 too much of a shock to the system?

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Windows 8: a new beginning with no Start

The Windows 8 home screen

Windows 8 touches in with a tiled interface, writes Adam Turner.

Opinion

I'm terrified of Windows 8

Windows 8 Start window.

Henry Cooke I really shouldn't be. I don't think I'm just scared of Windows 8 either, I'm scared of this whole post-PC (a move away from laptops/desktops to tablets/phones/other devices) business.

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Windows 8: more than just a touch-up

Edward C. Baig Radical changes, possibly the biggest to ever hit Windows PCs, are going to dramatically alter the status quo of computing this week.

It's Windows, but not as we know it

AIRING OUT THE CLOSET: Windows 8 is Microsoft's most radical overhaul of the operating software in nearly 20 years.

CLAIRE ROGERS If you're a PC user, Microsoft Windows is probably as familiar as the back of your hand right? Not any more.

Where do I click, again? A guide to Windows 8

A US Microsoft store employee displays Microsoft's new Surface tablet.

PETER SVENSSON With the launch of Windows 8, people are about to discover a computing experience unlike anything they've seen before. Here's a guide to getting past some of the hurdles.

Can Microsoft's Surface hold its own in the tablet wars?

Surface

Adam Turner Without the ability to run desktop applications, why would I want Microsoft's Surface RT over an Apple or Android tablet?

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Microsoft launches Modern warfare

Windows 8.

Adam Turner Can a touch-friendly tile interface for the PC win over customers?

Tablets forcing computers to evolve

Surface

Glenn Chapman The shift to smartphones and tablets became a landslide this year, crushing desire for laptop computers and pressuring manufacturers to adapt to the mobile internet era.

How Apple nixed the netbook

Farhad Manjoo We have Apple to thank for the demise of the netbook.