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The PC powerhouse named Michael Cannon, former president and CEO of contract manufacturer Solectron, as president of global operations.
Xerox Chairman Anne Mulcahy says the company's R&D in natural language search is poised to eventually take on Google.
The PC vendor is expanding its relationship with retail powerhouse Best Buy.
Michael Dell is excited to be a CEO again, but will he be excited enough to start a channel strategy?
PC maker Lenovo reported above-industry growth for its fiscal fourth quarter, showing profitability in every region but the Americas, and said its focus on improving its operations was beginning to bear fruit.
He's the man who Michael Dell backed to the hilt, but more than a year of subpar performance, market share losses and a complex, expansive federal investigation ultimately were too much to save Kevin Rollins' CEO job at Dell.
Simon Phipps, chief open source officer at Sun Microsystems, took aim on his blog at a Microsoft patent application for an object test bench.
Plans call for the Itsaca, Ill.-based units, NEC Viewtechnology and NEC Display Solutions, to become one company starting April 1.
The jabs at each other continue for some members in the Open Source community.
The Dolby brand is ubiquitous, but that doesn't mean the company isn't looking over its shoulders.
Apple said Friday it will delay filing its 10-K report with the SEC, and that it will restate some earnings.
Dell's display shipments have tailed off while the rest of the market has seen double-digit growth, according to research firm DisplaySearch.
HP hopes the acquisition, which kicks off its newly formed PC gaming venture, will provide the magic needed to fend off rival Dell in that market segment.
The subpoena arrives as Sony struggles with a battery recall nightmare that's expected to cost it $430 million. Last year, the company was fined $300 million in a separate government probe on DRAM price fixing.
Apple wins a two-month extension to file its tardy Form 10-Q quarterly report with the SEC.
The affected units this time are in notebooks from Gateway, Fujitsu, Toshiba, and even Sony itself.
The market share loss could be a bitter pill for Dell, which also lost share in the United States during the third quarter.
Dell reported to regulators on Oct. 24, 2005, that overheating problems with Sony battery packs were under review. Initially, though, the company believed the problem was limited in scope.
Fujitsu is voluntarily replacing battery packs that utilize Sony-manufactured lithium-ion cells.
Dell is adding 100,000 more units to the recall list and is asking all customers to recheck their batteries against a list of affected models if they haven't already ordered or received a replacement battery.
Starting at a list price of $599, the system can be configured with 4 Gbytes of DDR2 memory and a 250 Gbyte hard drive. It can also support a 500 Gbyte hard drive.
Symbol, a point-of-sale and RFID vendor, has suffered financial, accounting, and management woes over the past several years, but is expected to play into Motorola's wireless initiatives.
The flaw, which was shipped with specific models of Toshiba Dynabook and Toshiba Satellite notebooks, affects performance, but reportedly doesn't pose a hazard.
A new joint offering is in the works, with details coming in a press conference planned for Wednesday.
Version 8.7 will provide better fleet management of ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops, the vendor says.
Apple moved its entire iMac all-in-one desktop line to Intel Core 2 Duo processors and dropped the starting price to below $1,000.
Michael Dell's comments about the possible delisting--made during Dell's Tuesday press conference--came just moments after the company announced it would extend its alliance with storage vendor EMC for another five years.
According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ed Coleman will also be paid two years' salary and a target bonus if he ends his employment at the company for "good reason."
None of the units in question were shipped to the United States, the company says, so there's no need to exchange anything bought here.
The Apple batteries, like 4.1 million batteries recalled by Dell last week, are made by Sony.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has given a thumbs up to using substandard batteries for Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. Apple has launched an exchange program to replace those batteries.
Firebrand Partners and Harbinger Capital Partners sent a letter to the PC maker calling for the company to invest in beefing up its brand and said they plan a face-to-face meeting with Gateway's management. That letter was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.
News of the investigations comes the same week the company announced the recall of 4.1 million laptop batteries.
However, the PC powerhouse is telling customers it will take 20 business days to get a new battery.
A state program deploys low-cost, easy-to-manage workstations to 22,000 Indiana students.
Lenovo on Tuesday plans to release two high-end ThinkPad notebooks that will support Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. The operating system, however, won't be preloaded on the PCs.
Quick adoption of its Intel-based Macintosh computers drove Apple to beat Wall Street expectations, but the company said gross margins will decline this quarter due to aggressive back-to-school promotions.
Dell grappled with apparently severe overheating problems in scores of notebooks for at least two years before it announced a recall of 22,000 notebooks last year, according to a source close to the company.
Eyeing growth in the K-12 and higher education segments, Hewlett-Packard has slashed prices on some PCs, printers and support services by as much as 15 percent for students and educators .
A company advisory said it "will announce news and answer questions pertaining to a major pricing initiative" targeting consumers and small businesses.
Hewlett-Packard will ensure that the operating system works on several of its notebook models by year-end.
Digital storage in the home is getting bigger and quieter, as companies such as Hitachi and Seagate roll out super quiet storage technology for Media Center PCs, DVRs and home theater installations.
Hewlett-Packard says it will support Novell's just-released SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on its desktop PCs, although the company says it's not yet prepared to preload the operating system for its build-to-order customers.
Lenovo executives Monday backtracked from remarks last week that the company would not support Linux on its PCs, saying it would continue to pre-load Linux onto ThinkPads on a custom-order basis for customers who purchase licenses on their own.
A product marketing exec says the company will no longer install or support Linux on its hardware, including the ThinkPad laptop and other products acquired when it purchased IBM's PC division. (NOTE: an important update to this story is available, in which Lenovo denies reports that it is ending its Linux installation and support options.)
Mac Modifier Keys provide "control, option and command" buttons, and a Zoom Slider allows magnification of digital photos and other media.
Hewlett-Packard will look to mergers and acquisitions, as
well as its own research, to beef up software, especially for the enterprise, says Ann Livermore, executive VP of HP's Technology Solutions Group.
Dell CFO Jim Schneider said the company needs to cut costs, but not lay people off.
Lexmark on Tuesday rolled out a series of new printers, multifunction devices and other products in a move to beef up its branded offerings and streamline some of its document hardware solutions.
Dell's top executives said they were caught off guard by the pricing competitiveness offered by rivals. Their goal now is to come out shooting, on both the customer service and pricing fronts, to regain any lost market share.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini, speaking Thursday at Intel Analyst Day in New York, gave a sobering analysis of the chip giant's missteps over the past year, including an admission that its server road map was weak and its execution off the mark.
The price reductions, which Intel said went into effect Sunday, come as the market awaits the announcement of a new Intel desktop platform.
Apple on Monday unveiled a MacBook Pro notebook with a 17-inch screen.
The new models include two black-and-white laser printers, a monochrome four-function machine, and two color lasers.
Plans call for Dell to provide installation, repair, and asset optimization for Boeing, as well as print supplies. It's part of a strategic move by both Dell and Lexmark to become more competitive in print managed services.
The company is extending its limited warranties from 90 days to a year throughout its Inspiron notebook lineup, at no extra charge.
Over the next 12 months, corporate operations will be moved from Purchase, N.Y., to Raleigh, N.C., and desktop operations will go to China.
Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday that it's deepening its portfolio of AMD-based systems with a thin client and new servers running processors made by Intel's chief rival.
Dell is poised to enter the print managed services space with a "cradle-to-grave" offering designed to extend the company's sales reach inside the enterprise, a top executive said.
But some key Mac software is encountering performance issues on new machines.
Hewlett-Packard on Monday took the wraps off two new notebook lines and a mobile PC battery it said can push system battery life beyond 14 hours.
Less than a year after buying IBM’s PC business, Lenovo took its first broad steps last week to move out of the computer giant’s shadow and make a name for itself in the United States.
With record sales outside the United States, profit rose more than expected. But the company's outlook for next quarter's growth caused the stock price to slip.
The new lineup ranges from a very low-end printer at $149 to an extremely high-end multifunction device priced higher than $11,000.
Sluggish sales in Japan, and an effort to grow SMB revenue worldwide, were among the areas that took a bite out of Lenovo's profits, executives said.
Sony is also offering other incentives, through resellers, to get users to switch.
Dell Chairman Michael Dell also unveiled what he claimed is the world's fastest gaming PC -- with four graphics processors -- and touted his company's growth in the consumer market.
Sony Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer Thursday rolled out the star power in a keynote at the International CES show that included box office star Tom Hanks, moviemakers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and a first-viewing of a clip to the upcoming thriller, "The DaVinci Code."
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates provided the most detailed public look at his company's forthcoming Vista operating system, showing an International CES audience more graphical, easy-to-manage and home- and office-friendly version of Windows.
LG Electronics executives laid out an aggressive plan to take advantage of forthcoming HD TV requirements, convergence between home and enterprise technology and increased portability of video as the company sought to set a competitive tone ahead of the official start to the International CES show.
Hewlett-Packard became one of the first companies to announce a series of new products at CES, including a series of High Definition TVs and Media Center notebooks.
Lenovo is shaking up the traditional design of the ThinkPad, including integrating phone features into the systems.
Dell is grappling with an overall product lineup that is showing record unit sales in many areas but faces a squeeze that has bitten into customer service capabilities, according to the company’s CFO. At the same time, he said, rivals have begun closing the cost-structure gap.
Version 8 of HP's Jetadmin software will include color control management, user- and application-level reporting and asset utilization analysis, and other new features..
Lenovo, making good on a strategy to enter the U.S. retail market, has reached a deal to begin selling some ThinkPads through Office Depot.
In a bid to become more competitive, the company's new line of color laser printers will break the $500 barrier.
Aimed at the mid-market, one of the two new devices carries a list price of less than $10,000 and can scale up to 176 Tbytes in a single rack.
The two are hoping to create systems that are secure and easy to use for both home and enterprise environments, executives said.
The company plans to launch its low-power, dual-core Turion 64 processor early next year, which would push its release date closer to that of rival Intel's next-generation mobile offering, Yonah.
Intel for the first time will detail plans for its new Digital Health unit at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), which opens Aug. 23 in San Francisco.
Fujitsu Computer Systems aims to pounce on vertical markets, such as health care, with a new portable computer with an 8.9-inch rotating display.
Intel cut prices on its Centrino chips, and AMD on its whole product line. More cuts may be in the works.
New storage systems are aimed at small and midsize businesses.
Lexmark on Monday plans to kick off one of its biggest product rollouts in years and launch a solutions center in New York, company executives said.
A strong market for notebooks is giving chip maker Intel a significant boost. The company now says its second quarter revenue could be higher than expected.
The convergence of broadband Internet access, on-demand technology and digital content is propelling new personalized services for traditional cable TV customers, Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said Tuesday at the AIIM/On Demand conference.
Intel, which saw a strong first quarter financial performance fueled by a drive to its range of mobile products, also is seeing tight supply of some components as it heads to the mid-year point of 2005.
Intel's transition to dual-core processors in the second quarter should be "evolutionary" and cause little disruption in the supply chain, said Tom Kilroy, president of Intel Americas.
Banking on advances in broadband capabilities and applications, Intel on Wednesday unwrapped a series of mobile "concept" PCs it believes will help drive its platforms and quench the market's thirst for on-the-go content.
The technology will enable "virtual partitions" inside a system, which would let IT managers upgrade software on one portion of a managed PC or server without halting the system or taking it over entirely.
Like the initial version, the new Centrino platform includes a processor, a chipset, and an integrated Wi-Fi card.
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices reported a fourth-quarter loss of $30 million, driven largely by setbacks in its flash memory business, executives of the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said.
Intel and Microsoft last week pointed to content delivery as a final piece in solidifying the foundation of digital convergence.
This fall, Hewlett-Packard plans to launch a non-PC device that would enable the access, management and distribution of digital content, and combine several consumer-electronics technologies.
Panasonic has developed a new chipset that can bring high-definition (HD) video into every room in a home network via existing power lines.
The move from Internet Explorer to Firefox is more like a mass exodus among tech-savvy users. Will a real competitive threat breathe some life back into Internet Explorer?