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  • The Post-Office Generation

    The Post-Office Generation

    A recent post on MinimalMac posits an interesting case for the slow, growing sense of the irrelevance of Microsoft, at least in the applications space. Go and read the piece – it’s excellent – but the gist is that for years Microsoft banked on Office being as important to users as, say, Windows. Office is Microsoft’s biggest money maker and for most of this decade… Read More

  • Hitachi Wants To Join Toshiba And Sony In LCD-Maker Mega-Merge

    Hitachi Wants To Join Toshiba And Sony In LCD-Maker Mega-Merge


    While the nuances of this enormous, enormous business deal are certainly lost on this poor tech blogger, I thought it worthwhile to mention that three major Japanese tech companies are considering merging their LCD production divisions, presumably to compete more effectively against major rivals like Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, and big Chinese OEMs. What would the result be? Probably even… Read More

  • Report: Panasonic To Cut 40,000 Jobs

    Report: Panasonic To Cut 40,000 Jobs


    A little bird has told Reuters that Panasonic’s earnings call, due to start shortly, will bring news of huge layoffs in the works. The company is expected to announce 40,000 jobs will be cut from its 380,000-strong workforce. The cuts, which would take place over the next two years, would be the result of continuing “streamlining” in the face of tough competition. Just a… Read More

  • Acer Acknowledges Its Whole Strategy Needs Reassessment

    Acer Acknowledges Its Whole Strategy Needs Reassessment

    Acer is realizing that the iPad isn’t going to topple itself. While the strategy of just making shells for other companies’ OSes and components has worked for Acer for years, that clearly isn’t an approach that had any effect at all on the iPad’s dominance of the tablet sector. People will get tired of the closed iOS, said Acer, and just spontaneously choose a… Read More

  • Samsung Dinged For $32 Million In Price-Fixing Case

    Samsung Dinged For $32 Million In Price-Fixing Case


    This ongoing price-fixing scandal has resulted in nearly a billion dollars in penalties dealt out to Samsung and other LCD component makers over the last few years. We’ve seen a few of these cases, and it’s all crazy high-level business stuff, but we thought we should update you with the news that yes, it’s still going on, and yes, some fools are being charged cash money. Read More

  • Hitachi GST Sold To Western Digital For $4.3 Billion

    Hitachi GST Sold To Western Digital For $4.3 Billion

    The storage arm of Hitachi, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, has been bought by Western Digital for a combination of cash and shares totaling $4.3 billion. It was just last year that WD surpassed Seagate in terms of hard drives shipped, but both companies are facing a challenge as consumer and local storage trends more towards high-speed flash, leaving spinning drives in their dust. Read More

  • Apple Geniuses Get Down To Business

    Apple Geniuses Get Down To Business

    Apple’s new JointVenture service is a business-grade Genius Bar for small to medium-sized business. For $499 you get support for 5 employees with the option to add employees for $99 a year. You get priority Genius Bar support and are allowed to attend special events geared to business users. You also receive phone support from folks who know about your specific needs and wants. Read More

  • Samsung Snaps Up E-Paper Tech Company Liquavista

    Samsung Snaps Up E-Paper Tech Company Liquavista

    It was just a few months ago that we heard Samsung was leaving the e-paper e-reader business to focus on LCD-based systems. Those reports may have been mistaken, as the tech giant has just purchased Liquavista, a company originally spun off from Philips, and which is working on improved electrowetting techniques. Read More

  • UK Retailers Threaten To Ban Publishers That Use Steam – Good Luck With That

    UK Retailers Threaten To Ban Publishers That Use Steam – Good Luck With That

    Some people just won’t accept their obsolescence quietly. A number of game retailers in the UK are outraged that their customers might get games from the secure and convenient Steam instead of leaving their houses and traveling across town to get it from their brick-and-mortar store. Consequently, they are threatening not to stock games from publishers who use the digital… Read More

  • Chunghwa Telecom And Intel To Talk Smart TV Tech

    Chunghwa Telecom And Intel To Talk Smart TV Tech

    Does it strike you as a little bit late to start talks on smart TVs? Me too, but to be fair, this isn’t Chunghwa and Intel’s first time to the rodeo. Reports have the tech giants getting together for a friendly chat later in the month. I’m sure “what’s best for the consumer?” will be #1 on their agenda. Read More

  • Kinect Competitor Gets Cash Infusion

    Kinect Competitor Gets Cash Infusion

    While most of the talk these days has to do with the Wii-Move-Kinect motion control melee, there are a few third party developers out there who are still doing their own thing. Softkinetic makes motion control development software and a few fitness games that compete with Wii Fit and so on. They’re getting a bit of a bump as a series B fundraising round ends, netting them $10 million to… Read More

  • Tesla Reports Q2 Financials (updated)

    Tesla Reports Q2 Financials (updated)

    Tesla has released the details of their 2010 Q2 financial performance, and it looks like things are coming up roses for the nascent auto maker. Sales are up, with nearly $27m in sales coming in — translating to a total of around 250 Roadsters shipped. Their gross margins are up, though; their business is growing, and hopefully cash on hand will suffice to pay for R&D and… Read More

  • DLC Is Here To Stay: 20 Million Call Of Duty Map Packs Sold

    DLC Is Here To Stay: 20 Million Call Of Duty Map Packs Sold


    If anyone wants to know where to find me, I’ll be in my cave, banging two rocks together. That seems to be the only place for me, since I can’t seem to wrap my head around DLC as a good thing — yet millions have decided to shell out, just recently passing the 20,000,000 sold mark for the Call Of Duty franchise. Congratulations all around, I guess, as they have clearly put out… Read More

  • PC sales data shows growth across the board, Asus surging

    PC sales data shows growth across the board, Asus surging

    The second quarter PC shipment data from IDC has hit, and it makes for interesting reading. First of all, sales are up all over the place; no one appears to be losing volume, though market share is shifting. The biggest upset has to be Asus, whose astonishing 83.6% growth over last year’s quarter puts it within a nose of overtaking Toshiba as the fifth-largest shipper of PCs in the… Read More

  • Intel: "Best. Quarter. Ever." (punctuation mine)

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    Intel has released its financial report for Q2 2010, and things are lookin’ good. I know finances aren’t really the focus of CG, so let’s stick to the interesting bits: Atom sales are up 16% to $413 million (they’re appearing in more than just netbooks) $2.9 billion in net income, i.e. Read More

  • Pitrec: Handheld to digitize business cards

    Pitrec: Handheld to digitize business cards

    It’s 2010, and we’re still exchanging printed business cards. There are quite a few solutions to digitize the cards, but most existing scanners, for example, aren’t practical enough. This is where Pitrec [JP], a new handheld for digitizing business cards made by Japanese stationery maker King Jim, comes in. Read More

  • Hey, AMD's doing just fine too! Recession over!

    Hey, AMD's doing just fine too! Recession over!


    Yesterday we learned that Intel tore it up during the first quarter of 2010. Good for them, but what about longtime rival AMD? Turns out they’re doing nicely as well, with record quarter revenue and signs of general recovery for the semiconductor business. I won’t get into the details (check the Register) but it looks like the daring footwork done over the last couple years is… Read More

  • Intel busts out best first quarter figures since 1968

    Intel busts out best first quarter figures since 1968

    The recession is over! —for the semiconductor industry, at least. Intel has reported monster numbers for its first quarter, showing over $10bn in revenue, a huge jump over last year. Recovery of demand in places like China has driven the numbers, and Intel is happy as a clam — so much so that they’re going to be hiring a thousand or more workers. I’d also guess that… Read More

  • Microsoft sued over Zune HD's buy from radio function

    Microsoft sued over Zune HD's buy from radio function

    Patents, patents, everywhere! It seems you can’t swing a cat these days without infringing on someone’s patent. The latest victim/perp is Microsoft; an Illinois doctor is suing them because of a patent he was granted in 2002 which allegedly covers the Zune’s ability to tag a song directly from the radio and then download that song once an internet connection is established. Read More

  • Apple vs. HTC: A grudge match?

    Apple vs. HTC: A grudge match?

    With a list of allegedly infringed patents as long as my arm, Apple could be considered as filing this lawsuit with nothing but the idea of getting what’s rightfully theirs. I imagine that’s true as far as it goes, but there’s a little more to it and I think this conflict may expose even further the cracks that are appearing in our patent and trademark system. Read More