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Hardware Computers and Peripherals

  • Microsoft Windows 8 new interface

    PC makers, jilted of late by consumers attracted to tablets and smartphones, are pinning their hopes for a change in fortunes on the October launch of the Windows 8 operating system, announced last week. The FT reports.

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    More than a quarter of a million PC users could find themselves cut off from the Internet on Monday as the FBI takes down a safety net protecting them from a specific piece of malicious software. Here's what the FBI wants you to know:

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    The federal agency is aggressively responding to a series of what it sees as hostile attempts by private sector firms to access its website at times when market-moving economic data are released to the public.

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    Researchers at Kaspersky Lab, which first reported the virus Monday, believe Flame was written by a different group of programmers from those who had created other malware directed at computers in the Middle East, particularly those in Iran, the New York Times reports.

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    Alarm bells over the lack of high tech workers in the U.S. have been ringing for years. Most analysts say the problem is worse, but some say it's overblown.

  • Dell

    As Dell’s disappointing earnings show, Apple's mobile devices make owning a laptop almost redundant, Cramer said.

  • Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

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    The $2.3 billion market for iPad and iPhone accessories is so robust that about 90% of owners buy at least one add-on for their device, says Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray. Selling an accessory "is really a quick way to get rich for a lot of people," he adds.

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    Dell is targeting companies of all sizes that want to take advantage of new technology quickly and seek flexibility in how they use it, CEO Michael Dell told CNBC Monday.

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    Taiwan computer maker Acer has sued its former chief executive, Gianfranco Lanci, saying he breached a non-compete clause in an agreement covering his departure from the company in 2011.

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    Hewlett-Packard has refuted what it called "sensational and inaccurate reporting" suggesting hackers could use a newly discovered security vulnerability to spark a fire in some HP LaserJet printers.

  • Breaking the Cycle

    "Statistics from Nielsen Online show that at least twenty-five percent of the seemingly hard-working people hunched over computers in their cubicles are actually looking at porn," and as this author writes, if you're one of them, you're probably losing a lot of money.

  • Meg Whitman and Ray Lane make a "very strong team" at Hewlett-Packard, but what the computer company needs is a "cogent strategy that is clearly communicated, that is executed well over time, and that the board is going to support," former HP CEO Carly Fiorina told CNBC.

  • Steve Jobs

    The visionary behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad was considered a  brilliant but ruthlessly efficient manager, but Steve Jobs was never a force for deal making,  The New York Times reports.

  • Teenagers surround a computer screen at the ChinaJoy Expo, also known as the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, in Shanghai, China.

    China has reached yet another milestone in its rise as a consumer of technology by becoming the biggest market for personal computers.  The New York Times reports. 

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    The White House's chief information officer is working to shrink the federal government's budget for information technology using cloud computing. His vision is being met with caution by at least a few of the technology chiefs at the federal agencies that are carrying it out, the New York Times reports.

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    It's hard to stay out of trouble on the Internet. Even if you avoid sites with questionable content, there are plenty of pitfalls and traps that subtly install programs which then wreak havoc on your computer.

  • Fiorina on HP's New Strategy

    Weighing in on her thoughts on Hewlett-Packard's new strategy as well as business and the markets, with Carly Fiorina former HP CEO.

  • Activists to Take Aim at HPQ?

    Discussing HP's new growth strategy and why investors should keep an eye on the board of directors, with CNBC's David Faber and Gary Kaminsky.

  • Apple iPad

    It must be excruciating to design a new version of an already mature operating system. How do you add enough new stuff to attract upgrade customers — without junking up the works? And how do you revamp enough things to make the upgrade exciting — without alienating people who don’t like change? CNBC Contributor David Pogue on technology.