Fox News wrote this week that the era of the desktop computer is officially over. Tablets, smartphones and other gadgets are the new era, or so they claim.
The death of the PC is an overstatement, but we do have to admit that the desktop PC has had its best days. As laptop prices continue to drop, fewer and fewer people feel the need to buy a desktop PC because a mobile computer better serves their needs. The news report about a 70 percent penetration rate of laptops in the European PC market is a good example of that.
At least that's the overriding message of last week's gadget and gear extravaganza in Las Vegas known as the Consumer Electronics Show: The PC is dead.
In this iPhone-crazed, connected-TV obsessed, high-speed Internet world, the desktop computer is no longer relevant. All those reams of desk-bound e-mail have given way to terse texts from Blackberries. Those zippy, graphics-intensive games are now the domain of consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Even balancing a checkbook has left the PC and gone to the mobile handset. Indeed, just about every type of digital chore and entertainment has moved on from the desktop.