PC sales sink at record rates in Canada

Sales of personal computers are sinking around the world as more people turn to tablets for their large-screen digital needs.

But according to new numbers, sales of PCs in Canada slipped the most in the world.

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A BlackBerry addict's review of a Windows phone

By Emma Waverman

The satisfying click when my thumbs hits the buttons gives me an endorphin rush each and every time. My name is Emma and I am a keyboard addict.

We’ve been enmeshed for almost a decade. There was a time that I couldn’t imagine living without my BlackBerry, but lately I have been missing out on some of the fun extras of the newer smartphones — like a good camera. So when Microsoft gave me an opportunity to try out the Nokia Lumia Windows 8 phone for a month, I eagerly, cautiously said yes.

I am a fairly average phone user — I use it for searching, email, Twitter and as an actual phone (yes, I’m a “voice’ dinosaur) as well as for kid distraction purposes.

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What will it take to sell new Windows Phone 8 phones?

Microsoft pulled the wraps of its latest smartphone operating system on Monday: Windows Phone 8.

Having the chance to play around with three launch handsets for a brief period of time, it seems clear that the folks in Redmond were keen on making a phone system that consumers - the masses - should want to buy. But it's not clear if this will be the smartphone ecosystem they'll want to buy into.

At first glance, WP8 isn't significantly different than it's predecessor, Windows Phone 7. It features a graceful interface with handy live tiles that pump realtime updates to the user's fingerprints - without the need to dive into each specific app like with iOS.

But underneath it all, WP8 is designed from the ground-up to play nice with Windows 8. The thinking is that app developers can make an app that'll work great on everything from desktop computers, laptops, tablets...and new smartphones.

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Windows 8 to be cheapest Windows ever?

Microsoft’s next major operating system – Windows 8 – appears poised to become the cheapest-ever version of Windows ever released.

In a post on the official Windows blog, the company announced the upgrade version of Microsoft Windows 8 Pro will be available for $39.99 in 131 markets, including Canada.

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Asus Windows PCs to soon run Android

The transition away from traditional desktops and laptops has taken another step toward mobile, after Asus announced a clever solution to get Android apps on its PCs.

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Dell rolls out new Ivy Bridge-powered desktops

Vostro3Dell is sticking to its guns when it comes to desktops, rolling out two new Ivy Bridge-powered desktops packed with speed.

The company just announced the XPS 8500 and Vostro 470 Desktops featuring Intel’s third-generation quad-core processors, also known as Ivy Bridge CPUs.

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Apple '10 years behind Microsoft’ when it comes to security: expert

Apple may be a leader when it comes to the smartphone and tablet realm, but it could be in trouble when it comes to security.

The opinion doesn’t come from just some tech blogger, such as myself. Instead, it comes from the president of web security firm Kaspersky.

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Lenovo prepping Windows 8 tablet: reports

When Windows 8 finally launches – most likely later this year – it may be immediately available on more than just traditional laptops and desktops.

Reports suggest Lenovo is going to have a tablet running Microsoft’s next major operating system at the time of the OS’s release.

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More businesses switching to Apple: report

While PC and Windows-based computers are the norm for businesses, the results of a new study suggest the status quo might be changing.

Data from a new Forrester Research report finds many more businesses are using Apple products – from Macs to iPhones – than before.

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Samsung Galaxy S II X offers edge over predecessor

Samsung_galaxy_s_II_xWhile many Android-powered smartphones are landing in the hands of Canadians, one of the newest models offers a slight upgrade over its not-so-hold predecessor.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.