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Is the PC almost dead?

Microsoft and Intel are doing their best to save the PC industry. The Computex trade show in Taiwan will feature new form factors utilizing the latest releases from Intel and a the version of Microsoft’s Windows, Windows 8.1. Wintel lives on. We have seen the onslaught of Windows 8 devices that has opened the door for evolution of the existing laptop and tablet devices. There are now many new hybrid laptops, touchscreen laptops and convertible tablet devices. The netbook was short lived and now tablets are positioned to pass PC sales a few short years.

Intel’s Haswell platform is planned to be available in June or July. The next generation CPUs are aimed primarily at laptop and hybrid tablet manufacturers, offering increased battery life and performance. Desktop users can also expect a considerable boost in power. PC makers hope for a boost once Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue is paired with the Haswell based technology. Intel claims the new chips will offer “double the graphics performance” for laptops, and triple the performance for desktop PCs. Reportedly, the Haswell chips will reduce power consumption to 7 watts; a significant leap from the 10 watt Ivy Bridge Core processors.

According to IDC, “the U.S. market came in slightly weaker than an already negative forecast, contracting 12.4% compared to a forecast of –9.5%. This reflected weaker consumer demand, including a weak back-to-school season, and an industry-wide inventory clean up.“

A Windows 8.1 refresh could be holding the supply chain back while people wait for their START button to be put back. Windows 8.1 or Win Blue is a very aggressively roll out for Microsoft. The new Win Blue is expected to resolve some of the drawbacks with Win8, bringing back the “Start” button and provide better adoption by users used to previous versions of Windows.

The demise of the PC based technology is not as close as everyone would like to theorize. At least not until tablets and hybrids evolve enough for them to handle the needs of the business users. We still love our big screens, keyboard and mice.

Intel and Toshiba: Energy Monitoring

Becoming “greener” has been a hot topic nowadays, not only amongst the general public but also in high-tech companies. Many companies are looking into green tech as a means to save energy , save the environment, or to simply save money. One of the primary things you must know when looking into conserving energy is what uses the most energy?

At the CEATEC conference this month in Japan, Toshiba and Intel announced some of their upcoming plans to better allow companies to monitor their energy usage. In this “Green Age,” it’s no surprise to see major players in the technology world coming forward with big developments that allow more regulation and monitoring of the amount of energy being used. Here are some of the ecologically-forward changes and additions these two companies announced they will be implementing in 2012.

Intel

Intel has created an application that permits PC users to monitor the energy consumption of their PC. The application has an easy-to-read dashboard that organizes the information into graphs, charts, and statistics, which make it very user-friendly.

Toshiba

Toshiba is using it’s recent acquisition of Landish Gyr as part of its “smart home” offering. Landish Gyr specialize in smart-meters for homes. With this offering people can monitor the quantity of energy consumed throughout their homes. Also on the agenda is the development of “green cloud” technologies for a number of different industries which range from city infrastructure to healthcare.

Japanese technology companies are presently highly focused on monitoring energy consumption. That being said, it is interesting that many companies in the US are pulling away from this. Microsoft and Google are just two examples. Microsoft announced in June that they are discontinuing their energy-monitoring service called Hohm. While Google announced it is taking a break from the green game by shutting down Google Powermeter.

Will the green technology world head in the direction of energy monitoring or something else entirely? If you have any speculation or ideas on the direction this may take; please share them with us.