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Acer bids to raise prices after levelling inventory mountain

Acer has said it expects ASPs to continue to climb this year as the market shifts to ultrabooks – even as the vendor finally levels the inventory mountain that bedevilled it last year. The shock discovery of "abnormalities" in inventory stored in freight forwarders' warehouses led to a massive shakeup at the firm. A "sales …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2012

Leaked Apple inventory list hints at new non-iOS hardware

Sweat is pouring down fanbois' foreheads today: a leaked inventory list and a stock shortage have sparked rumours of a new Mac Pro emerging at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference. The Mac Pro desktop tower was last refreshed in August 2010, and the top-specced model is a 12-core £4,083 ($4,999) beast. Such muscle power is …
Anna Leach, 06 Jun 2012
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Acer cuts losses and inventory in Q3

Acer losses narrowed in its third quarter ended September but the bust consumer sector and inventory woes still weighed heavy on its bottom line. The troubled Taiwanese titan reported prelim losses of NT$1.1bn (£22.9m) compared to profits of NT $4.29bn (£89.3m) for the three month trading period a year earlier. Sales fell 28 per …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
Microsoft Surface tablets

Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up. Or so says Phil Sorgen, global partner veep, who reckons the path Microsoft took was "safer" for its legion of suppliers, …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014

John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package

Flagship British retailer John Lewis is starting a massive ERP rollout on Oracle as part of an ongoing business transformation project. John Lewis has picked Oracle over SAP and unnamed “other” candidates in a four-year project to modernise its inventory and customer systems, The Reg has learned. Oracle will replace 50 legacy …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Feb 2014
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Acer UK seeks new overlord for Blighty tentacle

Neil Marshall, the Brit Acer brought home to clean up its British business, has bagged a promotion. An internal candidate will be lined up to replace him as he moves further up the ladder. Staff in Blighty were told this week that Acer UK managing director Marshall is rising to regional director for northern Europe, an area that …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013
Electronic waste dump in China

Acer writes off MEELLIONS again, scraps raw materials

Beleaguered PC maker Acer is back in the red again after scrapping millions of pounds worth of raw materials inventory as the first move to "dig" itself out of a deepening hole. With a new broom on board - the latest CEO Jason Chen was plonked into the top job back in December - operating under the gaze of founder and returning …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

Apple risks repeating the mistakes of the 1990s as it sticks to a high price strategy on its iPads and other products, even as the surging tablet market heads for excess inventory in the fourth quarter. Kicking off its Asian channels forum, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier said that tablets currently took 35 per cent of the device …
Joe Fay, 23 Oct 2013

We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN

Distributors and retailers exercised caution - with one eye on the disastrous inventory mountain that cast a shadow over the channel in recent years - and bought stock conservatively in Q2. The numbers crunched by IDC show that 22.2 per cent fewer boxes were shipped into warehouses in Q2 equating to 19.6 million boxes versus the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2013

Our Moderately Sized Data analytics engine pooh-poohs Acer '30 second support' claims

Biz customers with broken Acer kit might want to sling a call into the technical centre: then put on the kettle and make a cuppa, because they could be on hold for a lot longer than they were expecting. Certainly longer than the half a minute average response time that Jakob Jersild Olsen, veep at Acer's commercial division EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

BlackBerry has said that it won't be renewing its licences with T-Mobile US after the operator apparently tried to lure its customers away from its handsets and onto Apple's Jesus mobes. “BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and …

BlackBerry and T-Mobile try $100 bribe to lure BBers to their side

In the latest round of the velvet-gloved boxing match between T-Mobile US and BlackBerry, the mobile operator's chief John Legere has told BB users that he supports them and wants to give them $100 credit towards any new handset they want. Legere's offer comes after BlackBerry said yesterday that it wouldn't be renewing its …
Reg man wears Google Glass

Google woos enterprise developers with 'Glass at Work' program

Google is making a push to get its Glass headsets into the workplace with a new program, "Glass at Work", to entice coders to build enterprise applications for companies wanting to get into the wearable computing platform. "Today, there are thousands of consumers out there enjoying Glass in ways that are both practical and …
Iain Thomson, 08 Apr 2014
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Intel slumps into mud despite lobbing Internet-of-Things, etc at buyers

Intel has reported modest growth in its financial results for the third quarter of 2013 over the previous three months. But measured against this time last year, the chip giant has barely grown at all. Revenues grew five per cent on the second quarter of 2013 to $13.5bn, giving it an earnings per share of 58 cents, and an …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013

Intel and pals shrink their semis by $600m as demand droops

Semiconductor factories hit the brakes to avoid heaps of unwanted chips piling up after demand for components shrank. Bean counter iSuppli reckons the major manufacturers acted swiftly to prevent expensive backlogs of baked silicon forming: the average number of days between producing inventory and selling it declined five per …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2013

Struggling Acer pulls out Wang too late, then calls Wong number

Acer CEO and chairman JT Wang has quit amid widening losses and a resulting company restructure that involves job cuts at the Taiwanese PC maker. The firm has also turned to its retired founder to help carve out a future. Wang succeeded Gianfranco Lanci at the top of Acer back in March 2011 as the company wrestled with …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013

FTC gets judicial thumbs-up to SUE firms over data breaches

In a ruling this week, a US federal judge affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's authority to file lawsuits against companies for failing to take "reasonable and appropriate" data security measures, rejecting a claim that the agency lacks that power. District Judge Esther Salas of the US District Court of New Jersey denied …
Neil McAllister, 12 Apr 2014

MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

Apple may be sitting on as many as three million unsold units of its little-loved iPhone 5c, according to reports from the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing industry. The supply-chain sleuths at DigiTimes claim that around one million units of Cupertino's plasticky handset are sitting on telecom carriers' and distributors' …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2014

Password bug let me see shoppers' credit cards in eBay ProStores, claims infosec bod

A serious vulnerability that potentially allowed shoplifters to empty eBay ProStores shops and swipe customer credit cards has been fixed – according to the security researcher who says he found the hole. Mark Litchfield, an infosec pro at Securatary, told us he discovered a flaw in eBay-owned ProStores that not only opened the …
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2014

Lord Shug ends Viglen ownership with a bang

Lord Shuggie's public sector tech supplier Viglen booked a double digit sales and profit hike in fiscal '13 ended 30 September - the final full financial year under the hirsute walnut's ownership. After autumn negotiations, the business was offloaded to XMA in January for an undisclosed sum – with chief exec Bordan Tkachuk …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2014
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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

BlackBerry's revenue slipped below a billion dollars in the fourth fiscal quarter for the first time since 2007, as its smartphone sales continued to slide, but its losses were slightly less than expected. The ailing Canadian firm reported a net loss of nearly $6bn for the year up to the start of March and a loss of $423m for …
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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

Amazon.com has been granted a patent for “a method and system for anticipatory package shipping”. The patent's concept is simple: Amazon wants to pack up single items and ship them closer to customers, even before they order the item. These “speculatively shipped packages” will be distributed to a “hub” in locations Amazon …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014
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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

Sales of Apple iPhones are in rude health - but the Cupertino idiot-tax operation's iPad is sickly and in need of some tender loving biz customers. This is the diagnosis by Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes, who in a note to investor clients said that, unlike the Jesus mobe, the once super-soaraway fondleslab "clearly has the flu - …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2013
John Chen

Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

Will BlackBerry be able to recover from its recent woes and once again become a profitable company? To hear BlackBerry CEO John Chen tell it, the chances of his turnaround strategy succeeding are about as good as a coin toss. In a newly published interview with the Financial Times that was conducted during the Mobile World …
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2014
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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Sharp-eyed blogger Alvaro Lopez Ortega has spotted something fascinating: Coca Cola has reserved a block of media access control (MAC) addresses. The IEEE records the beverage company's actions here. MAC addresses are a unique identifier for networked devices, usually comprised of six pairs of hexadecimal characters. Lots of …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jan 2014

Distie giant Tech Data's profits collapse amid beancounter probe

Fresh from restating P&L accounts for fiscal 11', '12 and '13, box-flinging demon distie Tech Data has released some delayed numbers for the nine months to 31 October and they make for happy reading… if you are a rival. The world's second largest tech wholesaler earlier this month published a report on the embarrassing …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2014
Myer's website crash notice

IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

Australia's largest department store's website crashed for the week of post-Christmas sales, leaving IBM and possibly Oracle scrambling to fix the mess. The department store chain that suffered the outage is Myer, Australia's analog for the UK's John Lewis or North America's Macy's inasmuch as it is positioned beneath more …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014
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E-tagged insects a buzz for research

Australian science agency the CSIRO is fitting sensors onto thousands of honeybees in a research program designed to shed light on colony collapses. The “swarm sensing” project uses 2.5mm-square devices that will be attached to as many as 5,000 bees in Hobart, Tasmania. One aim of the project will be to work out which bees are …

GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

Domain dealer GoDaddy has begun the first registrations of domains under the ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) programme. The company said that it will be allowing customers to pre-register sites in the .build, .luxury, .uno and .menu domains. The release marks the first registration for the new domains since the Internet …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2013

Violin CEO gazes at red-smeared accounts: Firm posts $149m loss

Incoming CEO Kevin DeNuccio has presided over Violin Memory's first quarterly results since assuming the hot seat and painted a real poor picture. The only way is up, right? It's traditional; an incoming CEO rescuing a troubled firm clears out all the lousy items on the first earnings call to help make subsequent ones look good …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2014
Ingram Micro

Eurozone still the damp patch on Ingram's corporate pants

Distie juggernaut Ingram Micro rolled out a bumper set of sales growth numbers last night largely aided by acquisition. Yet poor trade in the Eurozone let the side down, remaining the blot on the profit and loss sheets. Revenues for Q2 ended 29 June were up 17 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn, with the Brightpoint and Aptec …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
App Store's 25 billionth download, credit Apple

Apple kicks iStuff-sniffer out of App Store

Apple has banned an app that allows fanbois to work out which stores have stocks of the latest iPads and iPhones. In a seemingly self-defeating move, the fruity firm wrote to Apple Tracker developer Mordy Tikotzky to say his app was no longer welcome in Apple world. He immediately removed the app, which collected publicly …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Nov 2013

Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

Failings on Windows 8 and a crippling Surface writedown have seen Steve Ballmer’s pay docked for a second year in succession. Microsoft’s outgoing chief executive received a total package of $1.26m – a base salary or $697,500 and a bonus of $500,000, according to Microsoft’s 2013 proxy statement. Ballmer’s bonus was just 79 per …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Oct 2013

PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

The seemingly impenetrable wall of iPads that Apple CEO Steve Jobs erected around the slablet market is being turned to a pile of fruity mush under the rule of his successor Tim Cook. At least, that is, according to global sales figures for Q2 from Strategy Analytics, which showed Apple's market share fell to 28.3 per cent - …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2013

BlackBerry ends write-off of a year with $4.4 BEELLLION write-down

BlackBerry announced a whopping non-cash charge on its assets of $4.4bn in its earnings statement today. The company booked a loss of $354m on income of $1.2bn, the result of a continuing collapse in handset sales. In Q2 this year BlackBerry lost $254m on sales of $1.6bn. BlackBerry will continue selling BlackBerrys, but much …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2013
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Twitter to buy ad exchange as it edges closer to IPO

Twitter plans to spend a reported $300m on MoPub - a mobile ad exchange. The micro-blogging company announced its intentions in a blog post yesterday. The proposed acquisition strongly hints that Twitter is taking a step closer to floating on Wall Street next year. It said: The two major trends in the ad world right now are …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Sep 2013

Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

Gartner slashed its PC sales forecast yesterday evening amid warnings that a glut of unwanted Windows 8 kit is sitting in warehouses gathering dust. The beancounter expects global shipments to reach a little over 305 million PCs this year, a decline of 10.6 per cent versus the previously projected drop of seven per cent. It is …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2013

Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

Microsoft's shares took a beating following its gloomy fiscal 2013 earnings report earlier this month, in which it wrote down nearly a billion dollars on its unloved Surface RT fondleslabs. But the software giant isn't out of the woods yet, because new details have emerged that have the full Surface picture looking even worse …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2013

Lawsuit claims Microsoft misled investors in Surface RT fiasco

A US law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Microsoft shareholders, alleging that Redmond misled investors when it failed to alert them to dismally poor sales of its ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs. According to a press release issued by the law firm of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd on Monday, the suit charges …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight

Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

The fortunes of Barnes & Noble's Nook division have gone from bad to worse, with the ebook group reporting plummeting revenues over the holiday period. The bookseller said on Thursday that the Nook unit's sales for the nine weeks ending December 28 were down 60.5 per cent from the same period a year ago. Newly minted Barnes & …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jan 2014
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PC market bombs in Blighty as Gartner tracks plummeting shipments

The growth in tablet sales combined with a dealer inventory dump-off prior to the release of Windows 8.1 caused PC shipments in Western Europe to drop some 12.8 per cent in the last quarter. Research firm Gartner said the desktop and laptop market in Western Europe was declining faster than expected and would likely continue to …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Nov 2013

Apple takes $2.2bn hit as Chinese resellers snub iPhone 4S

iPhone supreme leader Tim Cook said Apple's $2.2bn revenue fall in China this quarter was caused by Cupertino flooding the distribution channel with unwanted stock. Sales in the authoritarian regime tumbled from $7.9bn in Q2 to $5.7bn in Q3, a 27 per cent drop although they were up 48 per cent year-on-year. While defending …
Anna Leach, 26 Jul 2012

Flash slash at OCZ: New CEO cuts nearly 200 jobs, 150 products

OCZ, the flash storage start-up that over-extended itself by pumping out new SSDs before securing a reliable flash NAND chip supplier, has had excess products - and 198 staffers - dumped by incoming CEO Ralph Schmitt. Founder and CEO Ryan Petersen resigned back in September, Schmitt was appointed in October to clean up OCZ's …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2012

Win 8 PC sales plunge as retailers, disties shave orders by HALF A MILLION in Q3

UK retailers and wholesalers were so busy waiting for Microsoft to release the Windows 8.1 upgrade that they apparently forgot to keep ordering PCs in Q3. Or is it - perhaps more likely - that these companies bought PCs more cautiously, based on inventory pile-ups that have occurred since the consumer market crashed three years …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013

Lenovo: Hey just relax, Gartner – we can flog this stuff

Lenovo needs to keep a close eye on inventory levels in the channel or risk heading down the same road to ruin that destroyed Acer's 2011, temporarily derailing its plans to become top dog in the PC arena. As revealed yesterday, the high-flying Chinese PC maker is within touching distance of HP, the world's largest shifter of …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2012
BlackBerry bleeding

Will BlackBerry be cherrypicked, or bought by its daddies?

BlackBerry cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin have indicated that they are considering a bid to buy the struggling smartphone maker, even as analysts say that selling the company off in pieces may be a better deal for all concerned. The two men made their intentions known in a regulatory filing with the US Securities …
Neil McAllister, 11 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200

Apple's new iPad Mini will sell for £200, if screenshots on a German site are to be believed. Mobilegeek.de is showing images of an inventory spreadsheet from the German gadget store Media Markt, which shows various models of iPad Minis listed alongside their prices. The cheapest iPad Mini, an 8GB Wi-Fi-only device, is listed …
Anna Leach, 15 Oct 2012

Rich in Philadelphia? Your new phone can be put in your hands TODAY

Lost your phone? Want it replaced in a hurry? If you live in Philadelphia, you can have a new one brought to your doorstep today if you buy it from Verizon Wireless. In a flashback to the misguided excesses of the 1990s dot-com bubble, Verizon is following the lead of such e-tailers as Amazon, eBay, and Walmart by launching a …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013

Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

Friday's writedown of almost $1bn of inventory confirms the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile OS as one of the most catastrophic of modern times. Nobody, it seems, wants BB10 in 2013. BlackBerry has vastly over-estimated the demand for its shiny, modern new platform and announced a retreat from the consumer market. Gone are 4,500 …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2013
BlackBerry bleeding

T-Mobile pulls BlackBerry products from US retail stores

As BlackBerry struggles to regain its footing following the disastrous second quarter of its fiscal 2014, US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced that it will no longer carry the Canadian firm's smartphones in its retail stores. T-Mobile executive VP of corporate services David Carey told Reuters that demand for BlackBerry …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2013