What Is a Personal Computer? An overview

In short, a Personal Computer refers to physical machine with a logical operating system, capable of handling a variant of different tasks. This term has adapted over years since the creation of the P.C; a personal computer could just as easily refer to a portable laptop as well as a fixed location tower system. Though for the sake of simplicity we refer to the towers as P.C systems and Laptops, as Laptops/Notebooks.

Personal Computers have evolved over the years since their creation; as has the software that has been created for them within a software environment known as an operating system. As the operating systems (OS for short) change and new systems are built, the software applications within them change also, and are built around the rapidly changing user requirements and patterns.

Of course the underlying hardware that that makes up the physical system of a computer has to go hand in hand with the changing software; they grow together as we advance forward with technology.

The average user does not need to know how the computer is built, or even how to program to use the average computer system. An OS is built with a Graphical User Interface (GUI for short) that does all of the grunt work for them; all users need to do is navigate around the GUI using the mouse/touch-pad and keyboard/keypad.

A personal computer can be used to perform a wide variety of task, ranging from: Internet browsing, word processing, creating and working with spreadsheets, creating and and putting together presentations, managing emails, surfing the web, playing games and so much more.

These day’s all data can be shared through a wide range of different mediums, from the antiquated portable DVD/CD disks, to cloud storage; cloud storage refers to a physical server located somewhere in the world that is used as a data hub where hundreds, thousands or millions of users connect to in order to access shared data they have stored in the closed, or shared public data that is stored in the cloud.

Scientists Achieve a 5G Record Connection Speed

Researchers at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) achieved a speed of one terabit per second, which is significantly faster than current data connections. It was announced earlier this year by Ofcom that they would expect 5G to be available in Britain by 2020.

The 1Tbps speed could potentially see an individual download a file 100 times the size of a feature film in about three seconds, but obviously it remains to be seen whether the speed can be replicated in real world conditions. As yet, there is no accurate timescale of when 5G will be rolled out, and many people are still not satisfied with 4G coverage so there is a long way to go. This does show, however, that 5G can be extremely fast, and we’re sure the record will be broken numerous times before it’s available throughout the whole of the UK.

WhatsApp On Desktop?

Good news for all WhatsApp fans! The popular messenger app is now available to use via desktop for the first time in its existence.

The service which debuted in 2009, has always been a mobile-only app but now can be accessed via the Google Chrome browser.

To connect your WhatsApp service to your desktop, you need to visit the WhatsApp website and scan a QR code using the most recent version of the app on your smartphone. Messages will then sync between the mobile and desktop device.

One downside to this news is that iPhone users have been excluded from this extension.

“Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.” (WhatsApp)

Samsung Launching New Speakers At CES 2015?

South Korean electronic giants Samsung have announced that they’re launching a new range of audio products ahead of the CES 2015 showcase next week.

One of the most anticipated speakers is a futuristic-looking set with 360-degree output and a variety of curved soundbars. Known as the WAM6500 and WAM7500 speakers, they also use ‘ring-radiator’ technology which projects audio in all directions. The WAM7500 speaker is also moveable and comes with a rechargeable battery, so perfect for portable use.

Samsung have also announced three new soundbars including the 8500 model which will offer improved audio quality, 9.1 channel sound and additional speakers on either end.

The CES 2015 showcase is in Las Vegas and starts on January 6th so not long left till we find out everything else about these exciting products.

Sony To Provide Refunds Following ‘Misleading’ Ads

Electronics giant Sony has been told that it will need to provide consumer refunds thanks to ‘misleading’ advertisements for its PlayStation Vita in the US.

FTC targeted a particular advert which claimed that PS Vita users could PS3 games at any time and then continue where they left off on the PS Vita. FTC said;

“This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game. As we enter the year’s biggest shopping period, companies need to be reminded that if they make product promises to consumers – as Sony did with the ‘game changing’ features of its PS Vita – they must deliver on those pledges. The FTC will not hesitate to act on behalf of consumers when companies or advertisers make false product claims.”

Sony will now have to provide consumers who purchase the PS Vita before June 1st 2012, a $25 cash/credit refund or a $50 merchandise voucher.