Despite rough month, Yahoo at the top of PC traffic in December

To say December wasn’t a pretty month for Yahoo (s yhoo) would be quite the understatement. Between its protracted troubles with its Mail client and hiccups with services like Flickr, Yahoo was on PR clean-up to keep users happy. But, apparently its users just don’t know how to quit it, as ComScore revealed Tuesday that Yahoo remained the most trafficked website for December 2013 for desktop PCs in the U.S., barely edging out Google (s goog). While the desktop-only caveat is not to be ignored — it signals an older age bracket and doesn’t reveal Yahoo’s standing on mobile — Yahoo’s still entrenched in long-term user loyalty, for better or for worse.

At long last: new iMacs almost here?

The last iMac upgrade occurred in May 2011. A new report says that Apple’s plans to upgrade the all-in-one desktop are “imminent.” Feature-wise, we’ll reportedly get a high-resolution display, faster processors, and an even thinner design that nixes the optical drive.

6 features that make Windows 8 a tablet contender

Microsoft debuted its Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Although people think “desktop” when they hear Windows, there are several mobile features to be found in Windows 8 that will get Microsoft back in the tablet game.

Wireless shoves PCs aside in 2011 chip spending

The biggest manufacturers of electronic devices spent more in total on wireless chips than on standard computer chips last year, according to a new report. Device makers spent $58.6 billion on chips for wireless devices, compared to $53.7 billion on chips for desktops and notebook PCs.

Today in Cleantech

Office computers can account for up to 40 percent of a typical workplace power bill, and much of that is wasted on leaving them on overnight, or failing to put them to sleep when they’re not working. That’s a focus of giants such as IBM, NEC and Toshiba, startups like Verdiem and AVOB — and 1E, which calls itself the granddaddy of enterprise PC power management. This week, the New York-based company rolled out NightWatchman 6.0, the newest version of its flagship product now used by clients such as Verizon, AT&T and HSBC. The new features include enterprise-wide monitoring, as well as features allowing managers to take regional power pricing into account — an interesting potential linkage to smart grid and demand response applications in the future? Oh, and yes — 1E has also added servers to its list of manageable IT assets, though it doesn’t yet have clients it can name that are using that service.

AVOB Takes PC Power-Saving to the Processor

French startup AVOB, which launches in the U.S. on Monday, says it can ramp down processor speed and voltage while a computer is working and is testing it with the likes of Intel (s INTC), Microsoft (s MSFT) and Cisco (s CSCO).

Today in Cleantech

From data centers to desktops, Fujitsu has you covered. The world’s third-largest IT services firm on Wednesday launched an enterprise-level IT energy efficiency service that it says can cut power bills 20 percent across a company. The entry-level “QuickStart” program costs $25,000, and the deeper dive of the “Green IT Delivery Solution” costs $100,000 and up, but both promise an eight-month return on the investment. Fujitsu has a lot of expertise in data center efficiency (see its Sunnyvale, Calif. data center project), and plans to announce partnerships with data center building control system vendors in the near future, Kartik Ravel, Green IT practice director at Fujitsu America, told me in an interview this week. On the user side, Fujitsu also intends to tackle desktop and laptop power, or what Ravel called the “10,000 leaking faucets” of enterprise energy waste, in a serious way. That’s also a target of Cisco’s EnergyWise building control platform, which incorporates PC controls from startup Verdiem and building automation systems from giants like Schneider Electric, Honeywell and Johnson Controls.

Make the Case for Desktop Computing

Mobile computing is rapidly gaining adoption, and will soon render desktops obsolete, believes the head of IT for Purdue University in Indiana. When we previously covered the decline of the desktop, our readers weren’t ready to give up on it. What do you think now?

Apple Commands Almost Half of All U.S. Desktop Revenue

Nearly half of the money spent in America in the last year on desktop computers went to Macs. According to NPD, and reported this week by BetaNews, Apple’s (s aapl) October desktop PC market share was 47.71 percent, a huge increase on the previous year’s figure of 33.44 percent.

BetaNews’ Joe Wilcox writes:

It’s a stunning number, given just how many Windows PC companies combined command so much more market share, while competing for the same revenue share.

The numbers are impressive, but a little perspective goes a long way. The economy has seen sales of new computers decline, particularly in the run-up to the launch of Windows 7. Customers in search of a new computer held-back on purchases while they waited for the new OS (and the newer Windows 7-sporting machines from manufacturers) became available. And let’s not forget the state of the economy. This recession has had a significant impact on PC sales. Read More about Apple Commands Almost Half of All U.S. Desktop Revenue

For Better or Worse, Macs Dominate High-End Sales

Joe Wilcox at Betanews does some math with NPD’s June numbers and finds that Mac market share for computers costing $1,000 or more is a commanding 91 percent, up from about 66 percent a year ago.

While Apple (s aapl) sells only two models of Macs below $1,000, the MacBook and the Mac mini, according to NPD the average selling price for a personal computer was $701 in June; $515 for a Windows PC, $1,400 for a Mac. If you believe the aphorism that a business is an entity whose sole purpose is to increase shareholder equity, that’s great, but consumers, especially in difficult economic times, might like a little more for less. That truism also played out over the last few months with Apple.

Mac year-over-year retails sales declined from last November through this April, even as revenue increased. In January and February, PC unit sales were up 16.7 and 22 percent YOY, respectively, while Mac unit sales were down 5.4 and 16.7 percent. The fall in unit sales was likely the rationale for the price drop of the MacBook in late 2008, from $1,099 to $999, as well as this June’s price reduction at WWDC for the MacBook Air, 13″ MacBook Pro, and 15″ MacBook Pro. Read More about For Better or Worse, Macs Dominate High-End Sales