Apple and Google in the Memory Business?

News@com | Friday April 14 2017 11:55 | Comments (0)

A recent report out of Japan says three of tech’s biggest and most prominent companies are interested in bidding on Toshiba’s memory chip business. Can this be true?

Here’s one to put in the healthy skepticism file: a recent report from a Japanese newspaper claims that Apple, Google and Amazon have all thrown their hats into the bidding for Toshiba’s chip business. Hmmmm.

A few disclaimers about this up front. First, the report, which originated in the Yomiuri Shimbun a week and a half ago, doesn’t include the attribution of any sources. Second, none of the companies mentioned have confirmed its accuracy.

But neither qualifier is in and of itself debunks the story. First of all, the fact that Apple, Google and Amazon have all stayed mum on the report is par for the course. Secondly, with the exception of SK Hynix’s bid for a stake in Toshiba in February, all of the companies mentioned as bidders in the Toshiba chip sweepstakes so far have come to light through anonymous sources, simply because nobody with any real knowledge of the process is supposed to be talking at all.

For most of the past decade, companies have been scrambling to get out of the memory chip business. Some have literally died trying. Is it really conceivable that three of the largest and most successful companies in high tech — none of which are semiconductor suppliers — are willing to plunk down something in the neighborhood of $18 billion to buy their way in?

Perhaps not. More recently, news reports have indicated that Toshiba has whittled the list of potential buyers down to a handful, with no further mention of Apple, Google or Amazon (more on this below).

Whether there was ever any truth to the report of Apple, Google and Amazon sniffing around Toshiba, the fact that this possibility even generated any smoke at all says two things: the memory business is better positioned right now than it has been in a long time and NAND flash is a very desirable commodity right now in this era of Big Data deluge.

“If [the report is] true, it shows Amazon and Google consider flash to be a key component for their datacenters and are willing to put money down to secure supply of this strategic commodity, especially in a market where NAND flash supply is tight,” said Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights, a market research firm focused on the memory chip business.

A recent report out of Japan says three of tech’s biggest and most prominent companies are interested in bidding on Toshiba’s memory chip business. Can this be true?

 Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research, said he has surprised by the report for several reasons, including the historical cyclicality of the memory business and the fact that flash is on its last legs due to scaling challenges. Toshiba, he noted, is not at the forefront of any of the emerging memory technologies that may rise to prominence when flash runs out of gas.

“The only reason I can see for these companies to be interested in Toshiba is the fact that they all consume large amounts of flash for their massive data centers, as well as consumer applications, and that is unlikely to change until the other memory technologies mature over the next five to 10 years,” McGregor said in an email exchange with EE Times. “Buying Toshiba would give them valuable memory IP and a dedicated source and reduce their reliance on companies like Samsung and Micron, as well as alleviating the price swings that are common in the memory industry.”

Bill McClean, president of IC Insights, told EE Times that he could see why Apple may want to bid for the Toshiba chip unit considering how much flash it uses in its iPhones, iPads, Macs and other products. But McClean said the motivation for Amazon and Google is less clear.

“While these companies will indirectly use a lot of flash for their servers, they are usually buying their flash already installed in the system,” McClean said.

More recently, the Bloomberg news service has reported that bidders still in the running for Toshiba’s memory chip business include South Korea’s SK Hynix, which confirmed back in February it was interested, and a joint bid by Broadcom and private equity firm Silver Lake Management. Bloomberg and others have also reported that Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Co., the massive electronics contract manufacturer which operates under the trade name Foxconn, also remains in the running and has indicated that it is willing to pay as much as 3 trillion yen (about $27 billion), which is about 50 percent more than the $18 billion Toshiba had originally hoped to fetch for the business.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government continues to push for a domestic Japanese buyer for Toshiba’s memory chip business. Reports out of Japan indicate that government officials have met with representatives from Japanese firms to explore putting together a coalition to buy the business and keep it from falling into foreign control, similar to what was put together in 2012, when the display businesses of Toshiba, Sony and Hitachi were lumped together to make Japan Display Inc. So far, no such coalition appears to be in place this time around.

—Dylan McGrath covers the semiconductor industry and business news for EE Times.

Vodafone elimina taxele roaming in mare parte din Europa

News@com | Thursday April 13 2017 09:15 | Comments (0)
Vodafone elimina taxele roaming in mare parte din Europa


Vodafone a renuntat la tarifele roaming pentru clientii din Marea Britanie in 40 de tari, ceea ce inseamna ca isi pot folosi planurile tarifare fara costuri suplimentare.

Cu toate acestea, noile prevederi sunt aplicate pentru inceput doar noilor contracte sau celor reinnoite.
UE este de asteptat sa elimine tarifele roaming pentru cele 28 de state membre in luna iunie.
Tarile care se numara printre destinatiile roaming-free ale Vodafone includ state non-UE precum Norvegia, Islanda si Turcia
Dincolo de aceste teritorii, utilizatorii de telefoane mobile vor fi taxati cu 5 lire sterline pe zi pentru a folosi planurile tarifare din Marea Britanie in 60 de state, inclusiv SUA, Rusia, China si India.
Rivalul Vodafone, Three, deja ofera roaming gratuit in 42 de tari pe baza planurilor tarifare avansate.

Xerox lanseaza trei noi prese de productie Versant

News@com | Thursday April 13 2017 09:14 | Comments (0)
Xerox lanseaza trei noi prese de productie Versant


Xerox adauga trei noi prese in portofoliul de imprimante de productie: Versant® 180, Versant 180 Performance Package si Versant 3100. Aceste echipamente ii pot ajuta atat pe furnizorii de servicii de imprimare, cat si pe angajatii care se ocupa cu servicii interne de productie, sa isi automatizeze munca si sa contribuie la dezvoltarea business-ului. Noile echipamente ofera o calitate optimizata a imaginilor si functii de finisare inline avansate si sunt compatibile cu mai multe tipuri de media.

“Presele Versant dispun de module de productivitate, automatizare si finisare inline, ceea ce le-a transformat in echipamente de baza in mii de tipografii si departamente interne de productie din intreaga lume,” spune Ragni Mehta, vice presedinte si manager general, Cut Sheet Business, Xerox. “Noua familie Versant adauga functii optimizate de automatizare care cresc timpul de functionare, reduc deseurile, ofera rezultate mai rapide si aduc mai multe oportunitati in zona de aplicatii.”
Portofoliul de echipamente Versant asigura o capacitate de productie sporita si include diferite instrumente de automatizare, cum ar fi spectrofotometrul integrat pe traseul de hartie. Echipamentele pot sa produca brosuri full-bleed, cu cotor patrat si sa gestioneze de la materiale de marketing, direct mail si signalistica, la rapoarte sau reviste full-bleed. Presele sunt compatibile cu o gama extinsa de media, de la plicuri pana la bannere cu dimensiuni de 26-inchi/660mm.
Functii de automatizare si productivitate pentru departamentele interne de productie
Conform InfoTrends, reducerea costurilor de productie si cresterea eficientei sunt o prioritate pentru 84% dintre departamentele interne de imprimare. Urmeaza, ca importanta, extinderea catre noi servicii de imprimare si dezvoltarea ofertelor deja existente.
“Departamentele interne au nevoie de viteza, de cicluri de functionare robuste si de tehnologie care sa gestioneze alinierea si calibrarea. Noile prese Xerox Versant ofera instrumente de automatizare si productivitate care intampina aceste nevoi,” spune Pat McGrew, director, Keypoint Intelligence. “Simple Image Quality Adjustment asigura ajustari rapide si simple si o aliniere extrem de precisa care va fi, cu siguranta, apreciata de furnizorii de servicii de imprimare.”
Noua familie de prese Versant ofera:
Mai multa performanta – Presele ofera cicluri de functionare prelungite si pot imprima intre 80 si 100 de pagini pe minut, pe hartie cu grosimi de pana la 350 gsm. Tehnologiile integrate, cum ar fi Registration Alignment si Production Accurate Registration, asigura o aliniere perfecta si o densitate uniforma.
Mai multe optiuni de alimentare si finisare – Functiile avansate de alimentare permit cicluri de functionare neintrerupta mai lungi, iar functiile de finisare includ Xerox Inserter, Xerox Basic Punch, Xerox SquareFold Trimmer si Xerox Two-Sided Trimmer.
O mai buna calitate a imaginii – Rezolutia Ultra HD si tehnologia 10-bit asigura de patru ori mai multi pixeli pe pagina decat orice alte prese. Tehnologia incorporata Xerox Confident Color foloseste Full Width Array pentru a oferi cea mai buna calitate a imaginii. Versant 180 Performance Package include si Xerox Automated Color Quality Suite, cu un spectofotometru inline care ofera management automat al culorilor.
Presele Versant 180, Versant 180 Performance Package si Versant 3100 sunt disponibile pentru comanda pe majoritatea pietelor, inclusiv in Romania. Pentru informatii despre o regiune specifica, va rugam sa contactati un reprezentant de vanzari Xerox.
Despre Xerox
Xerox (NYSE: XRX) este o companie de 11 miliarde de dolari si unul dintre liderii industriei de tehnologie, care inoveaza modul in care lumea comunica, se conecteaza si lucreaza. Experienta noastra este mai utila ca niciodata, pe masura ce organizatiile de toate dimensiunile vor sa optimizeze productivitatea, sa sporeasca profiturile si sa creasca nivelul de satisfactie. Xerox ofera sprijin firmelor mici si mijlocii, companiilor, institutiilor guvernamentale, furnizorilor de servicii de imprimare, precum si partenerilor care ii deservesc pe acestia.
La Xerox, intelegem care este esenta muncii si care sunt toate procesele pe care aceasta le implica. De asemenea, suntem conectati la o lume din ce in ce mai complexa, care combina hartia cu digitalul, munca la birou cu munca de la distanta, personalul si socialul. In fiecare zi, in peste 160 de tari din intreaga lume, tehnologia, software-ul si angajatii nostri sprijina buna desfasurare a muncii. Ne ocupam de automatizarea, personalizarea, gestionarea, analizarea si securizarea informatiilor, pentru a le permite clientilor nostri sa isi mentina un ritm alert al activitatii. Pentru mai multe informatii, accesati

Google Calendar ajunge in sfarsit pe iPad

News@com | Thursday April 13 2017 09:11 | Comments (0)
Google Calendar ajunge in sfarsit pe iPad


Google Calendar face o miscare mult asteptata, pe un nou dispozitiv: Apple iPad.

Aplicatia ofera utilizatorilor o vizualizare a calendarelor lor, care sunt partajate prin intermediul serviciului Google. In plus, acestia vor primi cateva caracteristici pe care aplicatia nativa a Apple nu le are, cum ar fi posibilitatea de a gasi mai rapid timpul si locul pentru o intalnire cu persoane din interiorul organizatiei.
Nu se poate spune ca Google Calendar a fost complet indisponibila pentru utilizatorii iPad in ultimii cativa ani. Aplicatia iPhone pentru Calendar putea rula pe tabletele Apple, insa nu era optimizata pentru utilizarea pe aceste dispozitive.
Masura este parte din strategia Google de a incerca sa isi aduca serviciile de productivitate G Suite la cat mai multi oameni cu putinta. Google lucreaza din greu pentru a reusi sa isi determine clientii sa treaca la suita sa de productivitate de la sistemele lor curente, care se invart, in cele mai multe cazuri, in jurul Microsoft Office. Microsoft ofera propria aplicatie calendar pentru iPad, sub forma Outlook pentru iOS, care a  sprijinit tableta Apple inca de la lansarea sa din 2015.
Google are mai multe caracteristici iOS planificate, inclusiv un widget Today care va permite utilizatorilor sa vada evenimentele viitoare intr-un Centru de Notificare iPad, potrivit unui blog post al managerului de produs Calendar, Sharon Stovezky.

Canon anunţă lansarea de noi modele de multifuncţionale imageRUNNER ADVANCE pentru a veni în întâmpinarea nevoilor celor mai moderne birouri

News@com | Thursday April 13 2017 09:06 | Comments (0)

Canon Europe, liderul mondial în domeniul soluţiilor de imagistică, anunţă astăzi lansarea a trei game noi de multifuncţionale, respectiv seria imageRUNNER ADVANCE C255/355, seria imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 şi seria imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500.

Toate cele trei game de produse au fost create pentru a oferi utilizatorilor acelaşi tip de experienţă, fie că este vorba despre utilizatori finali sau despre cei care trebuie să le gestioneze.  Datorită comenzilor intiuitive şi a conectivităţii directe, aceste modele vor deveni o parte integrantă a ecosistemelor birourilor tot mai complexe din zilele noastre şi se vor integra cu numeroase soluţii de flux de lucru pentru documente, controlând costul total de exploatare şi oferind cea mai bună soluţie de securitate completă.

O platformă puternică pentru un birou conectat

Noile echipamente funcţionează pe cea mai recentă platformă imageRUNNER ADVANCE care este partajată deja cu gamele 6500, C5500 şi C7500. Această platformă partajată a fost creată pentru a ajuta clienţii să fie mai productivi la locul de muncă datorită interfeţei de utilizator de tip smartphone, specifică întregii game. În acelaşi timp, platforma permite controlul inteligent al costurilor de imprimare, gestionare şi reparare de la distanţă şi, nu in ultimul rând, eficienţă operaţională maximă.

Eficienţă mobilă

Strategia Canon în ceea ce priveşte activitatea mobilă este următoarea: să putem lucra de oriunde, în siguranţă şi cu cele mai bune soluţii, potrivite pentru noi. Pentru a confirma această strategie, avem la dispoziţie o serie de funcţii întâlnite la toate modele imageRUNNER ADVANCE aflate la a treia generaţie, o deosebită importanţă având-o funcţiile de activitate mobilă şi de conectivitate. Platforma acceptă medii de lucru rapide prin adăugarea conectivităţii mobile imediate, cu o gamă de opţiuni de setări specifice, pentru a obţine un raport bun între funcționalitate şi securitate.  Fluxurile de lucru moderne au nevoie să se conecteze la resurse externe şi să beneficieze de flexibilitate. Platforma poate susţine aceste schimbări ce implică funcţii extensive pentru a conecta diverse dispozitive, pentru a îndeplini sarcini şi pentru a putea transfera documente de la o firmă la alta. Platforma se poate integra într-o gamă largă de fluxuri de lucru pentru birou şi susţine numeroase aplicaţii de gestionare a documentelor, inclusiv standarde din domeniu precum Apple® AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print şi MOPRIATM. Platforma imageRUNNER ADVANCE funcţionează perfect împreună cu platforma de servicii de documente Canon uniFLOW pentru funcţii avansate, într-un spaţiu de lucru rapid care utilizează dispozitive inteligente, întărind securitatea şi sporind eficienţa.

Proces inovator de manevrare a documentelor digitale

Digitalizarea documentelor îmbunătăţeşte colaborarea şi productivitatea, oferind oamenilor acces la documente oriunde s-ar afla aceştia. Platforma imageRUNNER ADVANCE oferă funcţii importante pentru documente, care pot înregistra informaţii rapid şi cu exactitate, ajutându-vă să gestionaţi documentele mai rapid şi mai eficient. Tehnologia Canon vă ajută să creaţi fişiere mai uşor, să le convertiţi şi să le faceţi editabile pentru a putea fi procesate de o aplicaţie software de automatizare a proceselor unei afaceri.

Profitul generat

Canon deţine cel mai bun echipament hardware din piaţă şi a construit sistemul imageRUNNER ADVANCE în jurul unei infrastructuri de service intuitive.  Inginerii şi managerii de flotă pot verifica starea echipamentelor şi pot accesa informaţii despre oricare proces de întreţinere, solicitat de la distanţă prin intermediul calculatorului sau al dispozitivelor mobile, îmbunătăţind timpul de răspuns şi crescând posibilitatea reparaţiilor la prima vizită.

Dan Woodstock, Product Marketing Manager, Canon Europe, comentează: „Odată cu lansarea acestor noi echipamente, Canon continuă să îmbunătăţească cea mai bună gamă de echipamente de profil din domeniu, gama imageRUNNER ADVANCE. Concret, aceasta este cea mai puternică generaţie de modele pe care am avut-o vreodată, care vor ajuta clienţii să îşi controleze costurile totale de imprimare.  Reprezentând partea tehnologică a oricărui proces de Servicii de imprimare gestionată, aceste echipamente au fost create să se potrivească în medii de lucru moderne şi foarte active, cu impact minim asupra spaţiului sau al resurselor. Având în vedere importanţa tot mai mare a documentelor şi a conţinutului lor pentru orice companie, noile noastre echipamente au un rol vital în obţinerea de fluxuri de lucru mai rapide şi mai intuitive.

„Companiile încearcă neîncetat să aibă un mediu de lucru mai eficient, permiţându-le utilizatorilor să lucreze cu orice dispozitiv aleg aceştia, având posibilitatea de a respecta standardele de securitate şi de a-şi gestiona costurile.  Aceasta fiind principala noastră prioritate, Canon a creat cea mai nouă generaţie de platformă imageRUNNER ADVANCE, iar continuitatea interfeţei şi conectivitatea la cloud sunt elementele care susţin dezvoltarea pe termen lung a companiilor aflate în portofoliul nostru de clienţi.“

Noile echipamente vor fi disponibile din luna februarie, 2017.

Descărcați Mozilla Thunderbird 31.6.0

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Regional smartphone brands in Europe ramping market share

News@com | Sunday December 28 2014 21:01 | Comments (1)

Regional handset brands in Europe, including Wiko, Fly and Prestigio, have seen their shares in the region’s smartphone sector increase substantially, posting a threat to China-based handset vendors,

Some China-based vendors, including Huawei, Lenovo and TCL (Alcatel), have been catering to the European market by offering an array of entry-level models, priced from EUR50-200 (US$61-244)

However, regional brands in Europe have strengthened their presence in the market recently, optimizing the handset supply chain in China in a similar approach to that of China-based vendors.

For example, Wiko has taken a 15% share in the smartphone market in France, trailing after only Samsung Electronics but ahead of Apple, LG Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications.

Through cooperation with one of its major shareholders, China-based Tinno Mobile Technology, Wiko is producing its handsets in Shenzhen, China. In addition to marketing handsets through retail channels, Wiko also cooperates with Amazon and Carrefour for online shopping.

Meanwhile, Fly has been cooperating with China-based Ningbo Bird for production of entry-level smartphones. Fly currently ranks as the second largest smartphone vendor in Russia with an over 10% share. It also ranks third in Ukraine, trailing after Samsung and Lenovo.

Cyprus-based Prestigio also focuses on entry-level and mid-range smartphones and has become a regarded brand in emerging markets across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. It ranks third in Slovakia’s smartphone market with an over 10% share and also takes the fourth position in Belarus with a 10% share.

Xiaomi may adopt sapphire

News@com | Tuesday December 23 2014 19:45 | Comments (0)

Xiaomi Technology is likely to adopt sapphire for protective covers of Xiaomi 5, its 5.7-inch flagship model that will be showcased at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. If Xiaomi decides to adopt sapphire, existing sapphire production capacity is not sufficient to meet the demand, according to sources with Taiwan-based sapphire wafer makers.

Ainol NOVO9 – tableta Android cu ecran retina 2048×153

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Windows 8 RTM

News@com | Thursday August 16 2012 15:16 | Comments (0)

Sistemul de operare Windows 8 a ajuns la versiunea finală RTM la începutul acestui luni şi, conform programului obişnuit pe care Microsoft îl urmează în cazul produselor comerciale noi, acesta a devenit disponibil dezvoltatorilor software şi profesioniştilor IT care deţin abonamente MSDN sau TechNet începând de ieri.

Odată cu versiunea finală pentru aceşti clienţi, compania oferă şi celorlalţi utilizatori posibilitatea descărcării unei versiuni trial cu o valabilitate de 90 de zile. Produsul oferit pentru testare este Windows 8 Enterprise, incluzând deci toate facilităţile versiunilor Windows 8 şi Windows 8 Pro, care sunt destinate utilizatorilor casnici. Versiunea de test este disponibilă în mai multe limbi, româna nefiind însă inclusă pe listă, şi este oferita atât în versiunile x86 cât şi x86-64.

Descărcarea se poate face de pe pagina dedicată MSDN – Windows 8 evaluation for developers [versiune trial 90 de zile]

Descărcaţi Mozilla Firefox 9.0.1

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Samsung to continue lead in 2012 in Android shipments, but share to drop

News@com | Monday January 9 2012 08:41 | Comments (0)

Android shipment share by vendor, 2011-2012


According to DIGITIMES Research’s estimation, Samsung overtook HTC and contributed the largest proportion to worldwide Android phone shipments in 2011. Samsung will retain the lead in 2012, but shipments share will slide due to competition from second-tier an white-box smartphone suppliers.

The top-5 Android supporters in 2012 will be Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Sony and ZTE, while LG and Motorola will be knocked out of the club of top-5

Apple is taking down CEOs from competitors

News@com | Monday April 4 2011 10:53 | Comments (0)

Although Acer ex-CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci and the company’s board members’ inability to reach a consensus was the main reason for the CEO’s resignation, the strong impact from Apple’s products is the other key reason for Lanci leaving the company, according to sources from notebook makers, who added that in addition to Acer, Nokia’s ex-CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and LG Electronics’ ex-CEO Nam Yong both stepped down because of their inability to defend their companies from Apple’s fierce competition.

The sources pointed out that the appearance of Apple’s iPad significantly impacted the netbook market in 2010 and messed up Acer’s lineup for the entry-level notebook market, causing the company to see almost no growth in shipments. Although Acer revealed its own tablet PC products in November 2010 aiming to grab back some market share, comparing to either iPad or Asustek’s Eee Pad, Acer’s devices are still outmatched in terms of both hardware and software.

As for Acer’s smartphone business, since the business is currently still facing losses, Acer is still incapable of competing against other first-tier smartphone brands, especially Apple, the sources noted.

Since first-tier smartphone and PC brands are still unable to find an effective strategy to counter Apple’s advance with Lanci the most recent victim of Apple’s assault, the sources believe executives of brand vendors such as Motorola, Sony, Toshiba, Asustek Computer and Lenovo are all in danger of being dragged off by the wave.

Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell, which have strong bases in the enterprise market, are monitoring the tablet PC market closely and are not in a hurry launch their tablet PCs, noted the sources, adding that due to the limitations of its hardware platform and operating system, iPad is currently still unable to grab any large market share from the enterprise market; therefore allowing notebook vendors a place to earn profits.

Sursa: Digitimes

Samsung begins mass production of transparent LCD panels

News@com | Monday April 4 2011 10:52 | Comments (0)

Samsung Electronics has announced that it began mass production of 22-inch transparent LCD panels in March. The panels come in the black-and-white and color types, and have a contrast ratio of 500:1 with WSXGA+ (1680×1050) resolution.

Compared with the conventional LCD panels that use backlight units (BLUs) and have 5% transparency, Samsung said its transparent LCD panel boasts a transparency rate of over 20% for the black-and-white type and over 15% for the color type. With the high transparency rates, the models enable users to look right through them like glass, the vendor said.

In addition, the new Samsung transparent LCD panel consumes 90% less electricity compared with a conventional LCD panel using BLU. It is because a transparent LCD panel utilizes ambient light such as sunlight, which consequently reduces the dependency on electricity for generating power, Samsung said.

“Transparent displays will have a wide range of use in all industry areas as an efficient tool for delivering information and communication,” said Younghwan Park, senior VP of Samsung Electronics LCD Business. “With the world’s first mass production of the transparent LCD panel, Samsung plans to lead the global transparent LCD market by developing various applications.”

HDD prices for OEM market to increase 5-10% in 2Q11

News@com | Monday April 4 2011 10:50 | Comments (0)

Due to a shortage of controller chips for motors used in hard disk drives, prices of HDDs in the OEM market are likely to increase by 5-10% in the second quarter. Prices in the channel rose 10-15% recently.

The shortage was caused by an interruption of production at the three wafer plants of Texas Instruments (TI) in Japan, which were damaged by the recent earthquake. TI will not be able to resume shipments from Japan until September, the sources noted.

TI and STMicroelectronics are the major suppliers for HDD motors to a number of HDD makers including Western Digital and Seagate.

Global shipments of HDDs are expected to top 100 million units in the second quarter compared to 160 million units shipped in the previous quarter, the sources estimated.

Sursa: Digitimes

Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci resigns

News@com | Monday April 4 2011 10:47 | Comments (0)

Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company, with immediate effect. Acer Chairman JT Wang takes acting role in the interim. The company has commenced with the planning of organizational and operational adjustments for the sustainable future of Acer.

The resignation was approved at a meeting of Acer’s Board of Directors today (March 31), and the company has communicated internally with its worldwide employees.

On the company’s future development, Lanci held different views from a majority of the board members, and could not reach a consensus following several months’ of dialog. They placed different levels of importance on scale, growth, customer value creation, brand position enhancement, and on resource allocation and methods of implementation.

The change does not affect current operations which are functioning as normal. Acer’s strong management team of multi-nationals has been well-informed and is committed to overseeing and implementing the company strategies, as does the amicable company relations with industry partners persist, said Acer. Acer will continue to push for globalization, follow its multi-brand and channel business model, develop competitive products and services, and foster closer relations with key vendors and channel partners.

Acer Chairman, JT Wang said,

“The personal computer remains the core of our business. We have built up a strong foundation and will continue to expand within, especially in the commercial PC segment. In addition, we are stepping into the new mobile device market, where we will invest cautiously and aim to become one of the leading players.”

“In this new ICT industry,” continued Wang, “Acer needs a period of time for adjustment. With the spirit of entrepreneurship, we will face new challenges and look to the future with confidence.”

Sursa: Digitimes

Forma Pamântului în funcţie de forţa gravitaţională

News@com | Monday April 4 2011 10:45 | Comments (0)


Number of New Applications in Android Market by month

News@com | Monday March 28 2011 09:58 | Comments (0)


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S-a lansat Firefox 4.0

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Ultima versiune de Firefox poate fi descarcata de aici:
Firefox 4.0
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Nearly 18 million media tablets and 12 million e-book readers shipped in 2010, says IDC

News@com | Friday March 11 2011 15:41 | Comments (0)

According to the IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, 10.1 million media tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010, more than double the 4.5 million units shipped in the third quarter. Apple’s share came down from 93% in the third quarter of 2010 to 73% in the fourth quarter of 2010, but still reflected Apple’s strong leadership position. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was the primary competitor in the holiday season, beating other players to market and capturing more than 17% share, while a number of smaller regional players also participated.

The Tracker showed that the e-book reader market also picked up significantly in the fourth quarter. Strong sales of Amazon’s Kindle, which was refreshed in August and priced more aggressively, as well as significant gains from competitors such as Pandigital, Barnes & Noble, Hanvon, and Sony among others, contributed to market growth. (continuare…)

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