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Qualcomm Works With Big Names on PCs

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Computex 2017 has Qualcomm announce PC plans-- specifically, the chip maker has been working with big names, including Asus, HP and Lenovo, on mobile PCs running on the Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Qualcomm computex "Today's consumers experience mobility in nearly every aspect of their lives and they've come to expect more from their PCs than legacy computing models are able to provide," the company says. "With compatibility for the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation modern device form factors and deliver unparalleled anything, anywhere creation experiences with up to Gigabit Class LTE connectivity."

Revealed back in January 2017, the Snapdragon 835 is a premium-tier mobile device processor built using a 10 nanometer process. The 64-bit ARM-based chip comes complete with an own X16 LTE modem and can run Windows 10 and Win32 apps, making ideal for, "next-generation entertainment experiences and connected cloud services for premium-tier consumer devices."

Logitech Mice for Multi-Computer Use

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Logitech announces a pair of flagship wireless mice-- the MX Master 2S and MX Anywhere 2S, both featuring support for the new Flow software, allowing users to control up to 3 PCs using one mouse.

Logitech MX Master Mice"One computer used to be enough, but we’ve moved into an era where roughly one in 10 people are working across multiple computers at the same time," the company claims. “Using multiple computers can help you avoid distractions and speed up processor-intensive operations, but working across multiple computers can be a hassle... With Flow and a new MX mouse, you can enhance your productivity-- for instance, copying and pasting files from one computer to another-- helping you become more precise and focused in the multi-computer world.”

IDC: Commercial Notebooks, Detachables to Drive Personal Computing Devices

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According to IDC, global personal computing device (PCDs) shipments, bringing together traditional PCs and tablets, will decline from 435 million units in 2016 to 405.2m in 2021, for a 5-year CAGR of -1.4%.

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The analyst reduced its overall PCD forecast from the previous version by up to 3% depending on the year, with the largest reductions coming from the tablet category. However, the collective PCD market is set to return to "marginally small" growth in 2019, starting from the modest EMEA recovery of Q1 2017, the first quarter of positive Y-o-Y PC growth since 2012.

IDC expects traditional PC shipments to return to slow decline, until the positive growth forecast of 2019. Desktop volumes should continue to decline as consumers move to other platforms, while the commercial market and a "steady" move to ultraslim and convertibles boost notebook shipments.

Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

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Intel launches the Compute Card at its Computex keynote-- the modular, credit card-sized computing platform first revealed at CES 2017, now with partners (Dell, LG, Lenovo) and a shipping date.

Intel Compute CardThe Compute Card concept remains unchanged from that seen back in January 2017. A compact package fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. One can slot the Compute Card in a variety of products, with examples seen at the show including a desktop PC replacement docks, laptops, smart TVs, VR headsets and even refrigerators.

Eve V Makes Computex Appearance

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The Microsoft Computex 2017 stand hosts what is described as the first "crowd-developed computer"-- the Eve V, a Windows 10 2-in-1 device very similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Eve VThe Eve V is a crowdfunded product, having first appeared on Indiegogo back in October 2016. However, it also received a "six-figure" investment from no other than Intel, making it more legitimate. The result is a hybrid device running on Intel 7th generation i5 or i7 Y-series (aka Core M) processors, as paired with 48Wh battery and a cooling system allowing the processors to run at top speed for longer without need for fans.

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