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Notebook and PC Shipments up more than expected for 3rd Quarter

The Notebook and PC market grew more quickly than analysts expected during the third quarter of this year.  This indicates the economy may be picking up the world over and computer sales for the holiday season could well be robust.  According to Gartner analyst Charles Smulders, “All regions showed double-digit year-on-year growth, with the exception of Latin America.”

The PC market as a whole grew 15.7 percent compared with the same period last year, according to IDC, and according to Gartner’s figures the growth rate was about 14.1 percent worldwide.

Dell and HP are the kings of the computer market right now, according to research numbers Dell s worldwide market share was 15.3 percent, compared with 15.1 percent for HP. In the United States, Dell owns 27.4 percent of the market, while HP has 19.4 percent.

Notebook makers are starting to compete more and more on price, good news for consumers as the manufacturers find that the sub $1000 purchase price is a sweet spot for getting more people to buy a notebook.

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Turn your Notebook into a dual display for your PC

Click here to watch the full animation

One of our site visitors sent us an email about a nifty software application that he likes to use.  A software product from a company called Maxivista allows you to turn your desktop/notebook/tablet pc into an extended display of your main PC.  In the animation above you can see that you can make it so that one laptop serves as a dual display to the main laptop being used.

So how does this work exactly, well why not take it straight from the horses mouth, this is how Maxivista explains the application:

MaxiVista installs a virtual graphic adapter on the main PC to fake Microsoft Windows that there is an additional display installed. Of course, this virtual graphic card has no physical output connector. Instead, the screen content of this virtual graphic card is transmitted by the MaxiVista Server program to the second PC via a standard network connection. The Viewer program on the second PC then displays the additional screen content:

So if you ever find yourself crunced for screen real estate, might want to give this program a whirl.  Having said that though, you’ll have to wait for the full release until the end of this month, but a free beta release is available from right now.

Apple PC Sales up overall, Notebook Sales Down

Apple said it sold $279 million worth of iMacs, down 7 percent from the prior quarter and 25 percent from a year ago. Sales of the iBook totaled $154 million, down 21 percent from the earlier quarter and 34 percent from a year ago. Power Mac sales, buoyed by the introduction of the Power Mac G5, rose to $419 million, up 79 percent from the prior quarter and 21 percent from a year earlier. PowerBook sales were $348 million, down 4 percent from the third quarter but up 145 percent from a year ago.

New Apple Powerbook G4 Gets rave Review from Washington Post

The Washington Post has a decent review of the new Apple Powerbook G4, Rog Peganoro says “For a company whose share of the domestic laptop market only just cracked 7 percent, Apple has gotten a lot of coverage for its portable computers. But it deserves all this ink: The company has developed a talent for fusing metal and plastic into elegant, efficiently sculpted works of art that happen to store music and photos, get on the Internet and play DVDs.”, get the full review here:




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