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Regional PC market returns to growth

After seven successive quarters of year-on-year declines, the African and Middle Eastern PC market has finally returned to growth, posting an annual improvement in sales of 2,2% in the second quarter of 2014 to reach 4,5m units. The data, from research and advisory firm

PC sales set to bounce up

Is the PC market set for a comeback or is it a case of a dead cat bouncing? New research from International Data Corp (IDC) suggests that PC sales in the Middle East and Africa (including Turkey) will end a “dismal run” of seven consecutive quarters of year-on-year declines in the second quarter of 2014. According to IDC, PC sales

PC sales slump across Africa region

The personal computer business is in a poor state worldwide, and the Africa and Middle East region has not been shielded from the slump. The latest data from research firm International Data Corp (IDC) shows the PC shipments in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey declined by 14,3% year on year during the fourth quarter of 2014, to 4,5m

Craig Wilson
BlackBerry’s selling, but who’s buying?

In the wake of another set of poor quarterly results tied to weak consumer demand for its new smartphones, BlackBerry on Monday announced that it was exploring “strategic options”, including the possibility of selling the business. But who would want to buy

Gadgets & Reviews
HP ElitePad 900: not quite the business

Tablet computers running full versions of Windows 8 were, at least according to Microsoft, meant to provide the portable computing power business users demand. Unfortunately, Hewlett-Packard’s Elitepad 900 fails to live up to that promise because of a lack of processing clout, a hefty price tag and the need for

PC sales go into freefall

The personal computer industry is under severe pressure. New, preliminary data from research and analyst firm Gartner shows that 79,2m PCs were shipped in the first quarter of 2013, an 11,2% decline over the same quarter in 2012. This is the first time the number had fallen below 80m since the second quarter

Gadgets & Reviews
HP Envy X2 review: split personality

Expect to see a lot of machines like Hewlett-Packard’s new Envy X2 tablet/laptop hybrid on sale this year. It’s a form factor both Microsoft and PC makers are keen to bring to the market as they fight off the threat posed by Apple’s iPad and inject new energy and innovation into the PC business. It’s

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Folio 13 review: HP’s Ultrabook workhorse

Okay, so Hewlett-Packard isn’t exactly known for jaw-dropping notebook designs. But the machines it does make tend to be functional, dependable and, for the most part, reasonably priced. The same is true of the company’s new Folio 13-2000 Ultrabook

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HP Envy 6: pretty but placid

The Envy 6 is the latest in Hewlett-Packard’s range of laptops aimed at style-conscious consumers. It’s definitely good looking, but beneath its pretty skin it’s lacking in performance and feels somewhat cheaper than it should considering prices start at R10 999. HP has been hard at work in recent years

Impact on SA unclear as HP to shed jobs

It’s not yet known how Hewlett-Packard’s plan to shed 27 000 jobs in the next two and a half years will affect the company’s SA subsidiary. The IT giant said on Wednesday that it plans to shed the jobs, or about 8% of its worldwide workforce of nearly 350 000 people, by the end of its 2014 financial year