The PC market will face an increasingly rougher patch over the next few years, says research firm IDC.
In its latest Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report released Tuesday, IDC said it lowered its PC shipment forecast for 2014 by 2 percent and its longer-term estimate by just under 1 percent. Global PC shipments are now expected to decline from 315.1 million last year to 295.9 million this year and 291.7 million in 2018.
PC shipments across the world fell by 9.8 percent last year, a bit better than IDC's projection of a 10.1 percent … Read more
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall protects your Windows PC from intrusions and online threats. It's easy to use and works alongside your antivirus and other security tools, including many other firewalls. Its Auto-Learn feature conforms to your computer use. After you've allowed your frequently used apps, ZoneAlarm mostly works in the background, only appearing when something changes, like when you install a new program -- or some hacker tries to.
To install ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, you must opt for an IE toolbar and search provider (which keeps ZoneAlarm free of charge), though they uninstall with a click; or (like us) … Read more
Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Sen. Patrick Leahy's data privacy protections standards.
Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced his data privacy protection bill to Congress on Wednesday, for the fourth time since 2005. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act would create a national standard for how businesses would have to notify customers of data breaches, and mandate customer data protection standards for businesses that collect sensitive personal information.
It would also update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so that attempted computer hacking and conspiracy to commit computer hacking would be punishable by the same criminal penalties … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- "One foot first," the Inmotion rep tells me. I step up on the tread of the machine and a blue light turns on next to my foot. My other foot follows. I'm riding the Inmotion SCV R1EX, the closest I will probably ever get to a Segway. I didn't need any training drills, I just got on and went.
The racing-yellow color and small size of the machine make me feel agile and sporty. Perhaps best of all, it's easy to use. Lean forward, lean backward. Shift the steering column from side to side to make swooping or tight turns. I already have a desire to go zipping around my neighborhood (at a maximum of 9 miles per hour) on this thing.… Read more
But as far as we know, those efforts aren't culminating in a personal assistant app. A video circulating around the Internet on Wednesday that showed what looked like a Yahoo-branded personal assistant app isn't directly connected to Yahoo, according to a source familiar with the company's projects.
Web site Android Police reported that the Sunnyvale, … Read more
Viewers can also reorder how the channels appear on their screen, and save videos to watch later if they are pressed for time.
The updates are small and incremental. (YouTube has let you follow different channels for some time now.) But the changes do illustrate what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has said is one of the company's strategies going forward: personalization. Her bet is that the company's user interface chops will allow Yahoo to create experiences users can't … Read more
Forty-five years ago today, a group of techies sat in a room in San Francisco, eagerly awaiting what would become known to some as "the mother of all demos."
The occasion was the demonstration by Douglas Engelbart, director of Stanford Research Institute's Augmentation Research Center, of, among other things, the world's first computer mouse. Many have since credited that December 9, 1968, presentation with helping to launch the personal-computing revolution.
The demo was actually of a number of projects that Engelbart and his colleagues at SRI were working on. But it's the mouse that won … Read more
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring -- not even a mouse.... When out from your chest there arose such a clatter, you sprang from your bed to see what was the matter. Away to your phone you flew like a flash -- but your doc's office went to voicemail, and you were simply aghast!
Fortunately, in this the 21st century, there are many ways for a person in such a conundrum to proceed -- emergency room visits, search engines, call-a-doc services, etc. (Don't worry, the rhyming has stopped.) Now … Read more
24me Smart Personal Assistant looks and feels like a calendar but manages to do so much more, offering numerous tools to sync financial accounts, tasks, bills, and social connections into a single interface. The result is a sleek, intuitive app that works perfectly for managing all of the daily tasks you might otherwise struggle to keep organized across multiple accounts.
When you first start 24me, you'll be required to set up a new account, or you can connect with Facebook. After this is done, which takes only a couple of seconds, you'll be prompted to connect other accounts. … Read more