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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

IBM announced the System 360 in 1964 and started selling its family of modern mainframes 12 months later. But how do you outsell a problem like IBM? The S/360 cost IBM $5bn to develop, overshooting its estimated budget in 1962 by more than $4bn. Yet IBM need not have worried. Such was rate of sales for the S/360 family that …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2014
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Samsung grabs 'World's biggest handset-maker' title off Nokia

Nokia’s 14-year reign as world’s largest handset maker is finished. The Finnish mobile firm must now hand the crown to Samsung following the publication of preliminary market numbers. Samsung will account for 29 per cent of worldwide cellphone shipments for the whole of 2012, putting it atop the global leader board, analyst IHS …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2012
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Apple regains top-three computer maker placing

Apple is once more among the top three personal computer makers in the US. Sales figures from market watcher IDC put the company's Q3 2010 share of the market at 10.6 per cent, up from the 8.9 per cent Apple took in the same period in 2009. Its share rose on a 24.1 per cent increase in unit shipments, from 1.61m to just under …
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2010
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Minnow Android slab maker BEATS Apple in court

Spanish computer maker NT-K had its Android tablets impounded, at Apple's request, but has been vindicated by a local court and is seeking damages from Cupertino for lost earnings and reputation. Apprecasts the A91 tablet, made by Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá - you must have heard of them - is a rip-off of the iPad …
Bill Ray, 02 Nov 2011
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Dell crowned Bad Santa computer maker by angry customers

Dell customers are furious at the computer maker after it failed to deliver products in time for the holiday season, and instead offered a "Holiday Card" to place under their Christmas trees to replace undelivered gifts. The company issued a statement on 17 December in which it said that it had been hit by order delays due to " …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Dec 2009

Dell feels cold probe of US Dept of Justice amid Syria PC sales claims

US authorities are investigating claims of embargo-busting sales of Dell computers to the Syrian government. It is understood officials at the US Department of Justice (DoJ) are looking into allegations that the equipment was resold into the blood-stained nation despite strict trade sanctions. The probe was revealed this week …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Dec 2013
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Computer maker to focus on computers

Dell's ardour for the mobile phone business seems very much cooled. When asked yesterday about the company's possible interest in buying up Motorola's mobile phone business, Michael Dell responded that the company is "more focused on the computer business", and wouldn't be drawn further. Dell flirted with mobile computing …
Bill Ray, 05 Feb 2008
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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

Microsoft has granted Dell the power to install Windows on specialised computers before they leave the factory - neatly bypassing the distribution channel. Typically, customers buy these machines via an integrator, which provides the software with the kit. But now Dell's hardware-building biz OEM Solutions can manufacture and …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013

Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

You don't notch up 15 consecutive quarters of growth in a declining market without doing something right - so what's PC maker Lenovo doing right? Well, many things. But it can't do any harm that Lenovo is protecting enterprises from the waterboarding torture of the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. The majority of Lenovo's …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Mar 2013
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VC firm asked Mark Hurd if he wants to run Dell - report

Former disgraced HP chief Mark Hurd is the man VC Blackstone would plonk at the top of Dell should it scupper a bid by Michael Dell and chums to take the enterprise tech firm private again. This is according to a report by Bloomberg, which states Blackstone is considering matching the $24.4bn offered by Dell the man and his …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
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Blackstone gives up on $25bn bid to snatch Dell from Mr Dell

Private-equity fund Blackstone has reportedly given up its efforts to splurge $25bn on whipping Dell out from under Michael Dell's nose. Blackstone, which is a Dell shareholder, and activist investor Carl Icahn had hoped to together make a rival bid for the Texan computer giant, but are now unconvinced that it is worth more than …

Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

Ever one to keep multiple irons in the fire, corporate raider activist investor Carl Icahn has announced via Twitter that he has taken a major position in Apple, a stock he says he considers "extremely undervalued." Bloomberg reports that the billionaire's share of the fruity firm amounts to more than $1bn, which sources claim …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013
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ARM head legs it from core body: CEO Warren East retires

ARM Holdings' chief executive Warren East is stepping down after nearly 12 years leading the British tech success story. East, 52, is retiring on 1 July, 2013, and will be replaced by 45-year-old ARM president Simon Segars, processor core designer ARM confirmed this morning. East said in a statement: “It has been a privilege to …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2013

Asus Eee PC storms Euro PC maker chart

Asus saw its share of the European PC market more than double in Q2, and it's all thanks to the Eee PC. So show figures from market watcher IDC. In Q2 2007, Asus' share of the PC market was a mere 2.8 per cent. One year on, that figure had risen to six per cent. Its shipments rocketed from 497,000 units to 1.315m. That was …
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2008
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PC maker Micron MPC files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

MPC - the personal computer maker formerly known as Micron Electronics - has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company says operations will continue while its business is reorganized. But earlier in the week, at least one customer was told the company is no longer providing replacement parts for machines. MPC - which sells …
Cade Metz, 07 Nov 2008
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Apple misses earnings targets, Street reacts

Apple released its earnings report for the third quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, and its numbers came in well below most Wall Street moneymen's projections – largely, it seems, on a steep quarter-to-quarter drop in iPhone sales. Shares in after-hours trading took an immediate hit, down from just over $600 per share before the …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jul 2012
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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

Archaeologic It was a home computer that embodied so many contradictions. It was launched months after the British microcomputer boom of the early 1980s had peaked. It was a rush job: the machine that was revealed to the press in the Spring of 1984 hadn’t even existed nine months previously. It was one of the best-produced British micros of …
Tony Smith, 12 Feb 2014
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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

Archaeologic Despite its name, Intelligent Software also had a nice little sideline designing hardware. Founded in 1981 by international chess champion David Levy and chess writer Kevin O’Connell, the company was best known for its chess programs, in particular Cyrus and SciSys Chess Champion. But it also developed chess computers for toy …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013
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HP to 'spinoff PC biz'

Hewlett-Packard is planning to spinoff its PC business, according to Bloomberg. An HP corporate spokesman declined to comment on the Bloomberg report, and neither would he reveal to us whether the news might be announced during the company's third-quarter earnings call, to be webcast at the close of US markets on Thursday. …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Aug 2011
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UK micro pioneer Chris Shelton: The mind behind the Nascom 1

Archaeologic Chris Shelton is not well known today, yet the British microcomputer industry would have been a very much poorer place without him. Never as famous as Sir Clive Sinclair, with whom he worked in the past; Acorn’s Chris Curry, Herman Hauser, Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson; or even Tangerine and Oric’s Paul Johnson. Nonetheless, …
Tony Smith, 21 Aug 2013
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Dell gets SaaSy with Boomi buy

Computer maker Dell has purchased Software-as-a-Service outfit Boomi for an undisclosed sum. Boomi focuses on the integration side of a business with its cloud-based software that boosts customers that handily includes Salesforce.com as well as financial and marketing companies. Dell said Boomi, which is based in Philadelphia, …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Nov 2010
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Dell finally takes Dell private - with $24bn and help from Microsoft

Stumbling computer-maker Dell Inc will leap from the stock market and go private in a $24.4bn buyout. Ever since Michael Dell founded the company in a dorm room at the University of Texas in 1984, the firm has enjoyed a fabulous ride. But it struggled this side of the year 2000 as the PC lost its lustre. The tech titan then went …
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EMC hooks up with Lenovo, tries to penetrate China

The head mandarin of storage firm EMC, Joe Tucci, has signed a strategic partnership with computer-maker Lenovo involving China penetration, Lenovo replacing Dell in EMC's affections, SMB filers and – word has it – servers. The deal will help Lenovo get a look-in within the x86 server segment. These servers will be sold by …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012
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No more Computer for Dell

Dell's shareholders have made sure no one will mistake the company for a computer maker. As of today, Dell Computer Corp. is no more. It's Dell Inc. to you, thanks very much. The company's shareholders approved the name change during a Friday meeting in Texas, rejecting The Register's monicker suggestions. This change shows …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2003
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Mac demand helps Apple business bloom in Blighty

Apple was the only major computer maker to increase its shipments into the UK PC market during the final three months of 2011. Figures posted today by Gartner, a market watcher, noted shipment declines for the four remaining players in the UK top five. Apple's shipments rose 17.2 per cent from 228,000 units in Q4 2010 to 267, …
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2012
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Acer boss quits after board disses his future strategy

Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci has quit the computer maker, after boardroom wrangles over the company's future left him high and dry. His resignation is with immediate effect, said Acer in a statement to The Register this morning. The company's chairman, JT Wang, will take the CEO chair in the interim, while Acer …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Mar 2011
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Microsoft releases Windows Live apps suite

Microsoft slapped a new bunch of Windows Live updates onto the interwebs yesterday in its latest effort to knit desktop and cloud computing together. The company made a set of free apps available to allow Windows 7 customers to connect, create and share docs online. The software updates to Windows Live Essentials 2011 include …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2010
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Dell, Nvidia insider traders nabbed by Feds

Crusading US Attorney Preet Bharara, famous for bringing down two insider-trading rings associated with the hedge fund Galleon Group, has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission to bring down another insider-trading ring, this one comprised of analysts and hedge fund employees …
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Dell boasts of cloudy server dominance

Perhaps more than any other major server-maker, Dell has benefited from the rise of hyperscale data centers and the cloudy service providers which build them. The company is boasting that it not only rules the clouds in the United States, but also in China. The question is, can it hold out against whitebox suppliers which are …
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iPad propels Apple into top-three PC vendor placement

Apple is the third largest computer maker in the world... if you include the iPad in its sales tally. So shows Q4 2010 numbers from market watcher Canalys, which put the Mac maker behind HP and Acer with a market share of 10.8 per cent. That's the same as Dell, though a closer look at the figures show Apple shipped 11.5m units …
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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Hackers say Acer breach leaked data for 40,000 users

Hackers say they breached the website security of computer-maker Acer and made off with data for 40,000 of its customers. Screenshots posted on Friday on The Hacker News appeared to show the purchase histories, names, email addresses, and partial addresses and phone numbers for a limited number of customers stored on acer-euro. …
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2011
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Acer uses Europe, Asia to bounce past profit forecasts

Acer today reported a better than expected rise in second quarter profits after increasing its market share in Europe and Asia. Net profit was up 47 per cent to NT$2.92bn ($95m), or NT$1.17 a share, from NT$1.98bn, or 76 cents, a year earlier. Analysts had forecast NT$2.62bn for the company's Q2. The Taiwanese computer maker …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2008
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Lenovo splits to cover domestic, emerging markets

Lenovo has divided its business into new units to allow China’s largest computer vendor to slice and dice its products for developed countries and emerging markets. The firm said in a statement yesterday that it made the internal rejig to replace its current regional breakdown to allow Lenovo’s two new divisions to pitch …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2009
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Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

Analysis More than two decades after the alliance of Intel and Microsoft drove ARM from the battleground of personal computing, Microsoft is warmly embracing the low-power processor designer for Windows 8. ARM was squeezed out of the then emerging and subsequently dominant platform of the time, the desktop PC, as computer makers …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2012
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Dell unveils exclusive Microsoft-branded Ubuntu OS

Dell is currently flogging a cheap-as-chips netbook that apparently comes loaded with that well-known Microsoft operating system, Ubuntu 8.04. Anyone dropping in on the computer maker's UK product website will be able to buy an Intel-based Inspiron Mini 10 laptop for £199 a pop. And, according to the blurb on the site, one …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2009

Look out, Amazon Cloud! HP's on the warpath

You might think the hard work for Hewlett-Packard is done, after it came from behind to build its own Amazon-style cloud so quickly. But the difficult part – taking on Amazon and winning with open source – lies ahead. HP The world's biggest PC maker lifted the lid yesterday on the biggest change to its business in recent …
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2012
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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 Flash drive

Accessory of the Week If Apple won't go USB 3.0, at least almost every other computer maker has. While eSata, Firewire 800 and Thunderbolt are certainly better for desktop drives, SuperSpeed is the only choice when you want to copy files quickly onto a stick and go. Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate G2 is its latest USB 3.0 Flash drive, replacing the …
Nick Hawkesmoor, 22 Jul 2011

2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

Review of 2012 Great Britain reminded the world who invented the web at London 2012 Olympics, Apple cocked up its maps, Microsoft returned to hardware with Surface, we saw a rise of the machines on Wall Street and many of us rubbed our hands with glee as Facebook IPO's deflated. This was the last 12 months in technology. So put the in-laws on …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Dec 2012
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Nominet forgets what the first .uk domain name was

Twenty-five years ago somebody registered the first .uk domain name, and now Nominet, the .uk registry manager, wants to know what that domain was. Speaking at the organisation's annual registrars' meeting at the Science Museum in London on Thursday, Nominet director of marketing Phil Kingsland appealed for information about the …
Kevin Murphy, 05 Nov 2010
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Dell hires new UK channel boss

Dell has found a replacement boss to head up its UK channel team after Andy Dow abruptly left the computer vendor last month. Dell announced it had given Paul Harrison, who has worked at Dell since 2001, the keys to the UK channel boss’s door today. Earlier this month Dell refused to comment on why Dow, who only joined the …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2009
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Dell to focus on enterprises and cut $2bn in costs

If you have Dell stock in your portfolio this week, your 401(k) is probably a little bit happier and healthier. The computer maker is to pony up some cash dividends, funded in part through aggressive cost cutting and a continuing expansion into enterprise IT and away from over-reliance on consumers. Dell hosted its Wall Street …
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So, what's the f**king difference between a Netbook and an ultrathin?

So, you've got $500 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, and you've got your heart set on a computer (and maybe 20 fast food meals). A small, cheap computer might be just the thing for you. Miniature computers are just about the hottest thing to hit the PC market since probably the last time something cheap came out when …
Austin Modine, 13 Mar 2009

Apple settles with Apple

Apple Inc, formerly known as Apple Computer, has settled its long running court action with the Beatles' record label Apple Corps. Apple, the computer maker, will now get all relevant logos and trademarks, but will license some back to Apple Corp - the music label. The ongoing court battle over trademarks will end and each …
John Oates, 05 Feb 2007
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Lenovo eyes iPad-alternative opportunity

The status of Lenovo's rather cute'n'skinny Skylight netbook may be uncertain, but the Chinese computer maker has at least committed itself to release an iPad alternative by the end of the year. Apparently, Lenovo has confirmed the debut of "LePad" - Lenovo's answer to the iPad in much the same way its LePhone targets the iPhone …
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2010
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Perot Systems top dog exits Dell

Peter Altabef – the former president and chief executive officer of Perot Systems and the person who has been running the combine Dell Services unit in the wake of the $3.9bn acquisition of Perot by Dell in September 2009 – has left the company. Now that the integration of Perot Systems is complete and Dell has a services …
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Dell does a Chrimbo deal with John Lewis

Dell has inked a deal with high street retailer John Lewis to exclusively punt its range of ultra-thin Adamo XPS laptops. Financial details of the agreement were kept secret. Dell made a big song-and-dance about how John Lewis would be selling the Adamo XPS laptop to customers in time to slot it into their loved ones' Christmas …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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Lenovo slips into jam-packed SMB server market

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is bigging up its newfound love for all things server-shaped with today’s announcement about its new ThinkServer product line. The company inked a licensing agreement with IBM at the start of this year to make and sell a range of x86 servers. At the time Lenovo was clearly making a play for the …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2008
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Acer Q1 profits down, revs revved up

Acer Inc today reported a drop in first quarter net profit after one-off investment gains this time last year. The Taiwan-based firm, which now holds the number three spot behind rivals HP and Dell in global shipments, has reason to be cheerful, however, with its recent aggressive expansion showing stable core growth in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Apr 2008

Apple grabs number-three US PC market slot

Fanboys, rejoice - Apple 'aters, gnash your teeth. The Mac maker is now once again the third largest computer maker in the US. So claims market watcher Gartner, which has just posted its Q2 numbers. Dell and HP were the top two companies with market shares of 31.9 per cent and 25.3 per cent, respectively. Between them they …
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2008
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Greenpeace labels Dell 'a bloody marketing machine'

Greenpeace has lambasted Dell's decision to "backtrack" on its commitments to remove hazardous chemicals from all of its products. The eco-hardliner pressure group protested outside Dell offices in Bangalore and Amsterdam yesterday, calling on the vendor to stop "backtracking" over its promises to remove polyvinyl chloride (PVC …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2010