• Microsoft’s Windows OEM Revenue Fell 10% In FY2013 Without The Windows Upgrade Offer

    Microsoft’s Windows OEM Revenue Fell 10% In FY2013 Without The Windows Upgrade Offer

    Post-PC, indeed. Today Microsoft released its yearly SEC filing, detailing its financial performance on a per-unit basis with a decent granular breakdown. In addition to the news that the Surface line of tablets brought in a lower-than-expected $853 million in fiscal-year revenue, Microsoft broke down its declining incomes from the sale of Windows to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Read More

  • Yota To Mass Produce E-ink Phone In Singapore

    Yota To Mass Produce E-ink Phone In Singapore

    Russian phone maker Yota Devices will start making its first dual-screen e-ink YotaPhones in Singapore. The company has signed with Hi-P, a manufacturer in the country, to have it mass-produce the devices. Yota’s COO, Lau Geckler, told us that he is also in Singapore to help set up Yota’s Asian sales office and the company’s second R&D facility. Its original R&D center… Read More

  • Seagate Angry At Jobs' Heartless Cracks Against Hard Drives

    This is not your grampy’s hard drive. SSD isn’t so great, guys, OK? When Steve was all like “SSD is the future! Blah de blah blah!” he definitely wasn’t thinking of those poor hard drive manufacturers who dumped a fortune into mechanical disk factories! Quoth Seagate’s Steve Luczo: I would say though that from what we know of the offering for example Apple… Read More

  • OCZ offers DIY gaming notebooks, some assembly required

    If you’re feeling brave, and have a little experience putting parts in your desktop, this might be a cool (and expensive) little project for you. OCZ is offering kits to put together your own high-performance laptop, with plenty of configuration options for those who love to tweak. At the moment I don’t see any prominent pricing information, but they say that that putting it… Read More

  • 3K announces eee-alike notebook for $399 – UPDATED

    3K Computers, which basically sells OEM laptops, just launched the $399 Longitude 400, a 1GB mini-notebook that runs Linux. The laptop weighs less than two pounds and includes Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and a little touchpad. It runs a Ingenic 4730 400MHz Mobile Processor400MHz 32-bit single core processor (probably VIA) and a 7-inch screen. Apparently “end users will have a pleasant experience with… Read More

  • Chinese OEM to manufacture Xbox 360 and PS3

    Two spinoffs from Asustek have reportedly landed deals to manufacture Xbox 360 consoles. Unihan and Pegatron’s initial shipments should total 500k units which may help Microsoft quell the ongoing shortage of 360s that have led to the PS3 being numero uno the last few months. Coincidentally the two Chinese OEMs are also in works to contract deals with Sony to manufacture PS3… Read More

  • 16:9 LCD monitors from Taiwan, with love

    I’m sure there’s an excellent reason why my great Dell monitor has a 16:10 aspect ratio, when so many things are actually 16:9. But while I kind of like the little black bars when I’m watching shows and movies on it, it just seems kind of odd that they would make it so close, and yet not that most common of aspect ratios. Well, AU Optronics is manufacturing some 16:9… Read More

  • Windows Home Server Starts Shipping September 15th?

    Hewlett Packard’s MediaSmart Home Server, pictured here, made a brief blip on the internet radar recently when it showed up and quickly disappeared from various online stores (it’s still up on Amazon, however). It’ll apparently be available to ship on September 15th and there will be two models available, a 500GB version for $599 and a 1TB version for $749. Each will have an… Read More

  • $20 iPhone Battery Replacement Kit

    Apple doesn’t want you messing with the iPhone’s battery. Really, it doesn’t. When your iPhone’s warranty runs out, you’ll have to send it back to Apple to get the battery replaced for an exhorbitant fee ($79 + shipping). Yes it sucks, but there’s no other alternatives. Or are there? In comes Asia, full of OEM batteries and plastic. For only $20, you can get… Read More

  • Windows Home Server Shipping to OEMs Today

    Windows Home Server software is heading to its OEM partners today, according to a post on the WHS team’s blog. Read More

  • ASUS To Become "Competitive"

    Watch yo’ back Dell and Toshiba. ASUS, everyone’s favorite OEM parts manufacturer, is splitting up its business into two sectors to become “more competitive” and to put strength into building a name for itself. One unit will be called Pegatron and will work on PC-related products, which I suppose is a fancy word for peripherals, while the other sector that concentrates… Read More

  • Sorry, We're Fresh Out Of XP

    Looks like PC manufacturers are getting screwed by Microsoft. According to Slashdot, by the end of this year, manufacturers won’t be able to grab a copy of Windows XP OEM. Dell will be selling XP on select models, but only until the end of the year because Microsoft won’t allow any further sales. This is a terrible move by Microsoft on so many levels. First off, consumers want choice. Read More

  • Vista Falls on Own Sword, Hacked To Bits

    Haxors have discovered how to trick Vista into thinking its running on an OEM machine and bypassing the activation and validity check entirely. The hack involves adding a BIOS certificate specific to a certain OEM which Vista then accepts as legitimate. After the brute-force keygen — which seems to be hoax — and the things like this hack its abundantly clear that Vista activation is… Read More

  • OWC Aftermarket SuperDrive

    Other World Computer today announced an affordable aftermarket SuperDrive for use with most recent Macs. The drives are intended to replace old read-only drives. They use quiet SuperDrive technology from Pioneer and can burn double-layer DVDs at 16x. The drives are available now for prices ranging from $29.99 for the OEM and up to $99 for a bundled version. Product Page Read More