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Lenovo haggling with IBM over price of System X... AGAIN

High-flying PC maker Lenovo has confirmed it has re-taken a seat at the negotiating table with an unnamed server vendor, widely believed to be IBM. That Big Blue is committed to offloading its System X unit - the x86 division that was the subject of sale talks with Lenovo last year - would come as no surprise to anyone involved …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014
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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

Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

CES 2014 Intel is attempting to knock rivals' SoCs off with a dual-boot platform that lets you flip between Windows 8.1 and Google’s mobile operating system on the same device. The chip giant announced delivery of dual-OS at CES 2014 with PC partner Asus, with the PC maker delivering the laptop/tablet hybrid to run it on: the 2-in-1 …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2014

Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

Year in Review "Selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year. There's nothing new about a "selfie" - it's a self-portrait - but a perfect storm of social networks and smartphones has given popularity to a word and an act even world leaders feel it's OK to do on really serious occasions. In keeping with a long tradition here at …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Dec 2013
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Red Hat snuggles up to Dell with 'enterprise grade' OpenStack offer

Dell and Red Hat will work together to propagate OpenStack clouds running the Linux distro, in what the PC maker claims is a first. The pair have announced they will jointly develop "enterprise grade" private clouds that are based on Dell hardware and Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The first fruits are due next …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2013
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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

Senior National Security Agency (NSA) officials have told US news magazine program “60 Minutes” that a foreign nation tried to infect computers with a BIOS-based virus that would have enabled them to be remotely destroyed. NSA Director General Keith Alexander and Information Assurance Director Debora Plunkett both appeared on …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013

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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Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

Californian games PC maker iBuyPower has become one of the first vendors to take the wraps off an upcoming box based on Valve’s Steam OS. It is, of course, a high-end PC in a console-style box - which is, after all, what today’s next-generation games consoles are. It just happens to run Linux rather than Windows, though the …
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2013
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Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out

It is a momentus day for ailing PC maker Acer: founder and former CEO Stan Shih has agreed to exit retirement, albeit temporarily, to try to dig the business out of a deepening hole. Just weeks after the resignation of CEO and chairman JT Wang - the man that replaced Shih in 2005 - the board at the Taiwanese firm elected the …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013
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Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

Dell has shipped a second update to its Ubuntu-powered Project Sputnik developer laptop, and its engineers have begun testing other Dell portables with an eye to offering an even more powerful Linux workstation. When Dell launched its first Sputnik notebook based on the XPS 13 in 2012, some customers were disappointed with its …
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2013

Chromebooks, phones ... how PC maker Asus hopes to stay in the black

Trade has been brisk for Taiwanese slab-cum-notebook builder Asustek, but the shine has not yet returned to its financial figures. According to fresh paperwork filed by the company, sales for the third quarter of 2013 came in at NT$107.44bn ($3.6bn, £2.2bn), a slide of four per cent on the same period a year ago but a gain of 19 …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013

High-end Samsung slabs, cheapie Androids take healthy BITE out of Apple's market share

The rise of entry-level slabs coupled with an "ageing" portfolio caused Apple iPad sales growth to flatline in calendar Q3 and market share to crash, analyst figures have confirmed. Global sales-in numbers – shipments to retailers and distributors – show that 51.5 million slabs were rolled out in the three months, up 113 per …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013
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PC rivals weep while Lenovo dazzles with Q2 box-shifting numbers

If the HP folks in Palo Alto were hoping to see a chink in Lenovo's armour on its latest quarterly financials they will be sorely disappointed - a double-digit growth fest was banked by the Chinese dragon AGAIN today. The company has its portfolio limitations but it made the most of the sectors in which it operates to push up …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 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
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DEAD STEVE JOBS chap becomes ENGINEER ... at Lenovo

Lenovo has joined the likes of BlackBerry, Intel and Polaroid in hiring a celebrity to have creative input on its new products, bagging Steve Jobs-affiliated Ashton Kutcher for the position of "product engineer". First official pic of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs Ashton Kutcher pretending to be Steve Jobs Whether Kutcher, …
Team Register, 30 Oct 2013

Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

Peak Apple Depending on which analyst group you prefer to believe, Apple's Mac sales in the US during the normally robust "back to school" quarter were either bad or very, very bad. According to a report by Gartner and another by IDC, both released Wednesday, Apple was the only PC maker among the top five that suffered a decline in year- …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2013
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ICAHN'T with this guy: Activist investor gives up battle with Big Mike

Activist investor Carl Icahn has announced that he and his partner Southeastern Asset Management are giving up the fight to stop Michael Dell from taking the PC maker private. Icahn said in an open letter to shareholders that he still thought that Big Mike's $13.88 per share offer for the firm undervalued it, but had decided …

Shareholders' advisors back Big Mike's deal to take Dell private

Dell continues to insist that founder Big Mike's offer to take the firm private is what's best for it, announcing today that proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), Glass Lewis and Egan Jones are all recommending it. “We are pleased that all three of the nation’s leading proxy advisory firms have …
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Hitachi Data Systems says UK boss Ball dropped it

Stephen Ball's relatively brief reign at the top of Hitachi Data Systems UK has come to an end, with company veterans Steve Murphy and Tony Reid baby-sitting the role until a permanent successor is found. Industry veteran Ball landed at HDS as regional veep and GM in June 2011, and later admitted the firm "lacked teeth" in its …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2013

Lenovo chief Yang wangs hefty bonus wodge to workers

Yang Yuanqing, CEO of the world's largest PC maker, Lenovo, plans to share a portion of his whacking great bonus with staffers for the second year in a row following bumper sales figures. A pool of 10,000 workers out of the firm's more than 30,000 employees will each be given a piece of the $3.25m portion of Yuanqing's bonus, …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Sep 2013

Government intervention unlikely for beleaguered BlackBerry

Struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry shouldn't expect any help from the government, a prominent cabinet minister has indicated. Although he acknowledged that BlackBerry is having "a hard time" with its latest products, Canadian Minister of Industry James Moore told Bloomberg, "It's for them to engage the market and …
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2013

Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

You wanted the Start menu back in Windows 8.1. Microsoft listened ... and didn't give it to you. Now Lenovo says that if a Start Menu is what it will take to get you to start buying Windows 8 PCs, then by gum, a Start Menu you shall have. By now, everyone should be aware that the Start icon that's coming to the Windows 8.1 …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2013

PC market hits the ropes, but Lenovo's still standing

Undisputed heavyweight PC champ Lenovo continues to buck the industry trend by positing double-digit gains in sales and profits as rivals struggle to peel themselves off the canvas. The Chinese dragon – which punched HP off the top spot in calendar Q2 – reported a 10 per cent year-on-year spike in sales to $8.8bn for its fiscal …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2013

Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

It takes a big company to admit it's wrong - and Taiwanese PC maker Asus has finally conceded that it can't keep making Windows RT tablets that folk simply don't want to buy. "It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," said Asus CEO Jerry Shen told the WSJ ahead of its …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2013

Acer shakes fist at rising DRAM and R&D costs

Acer has swung to a calendar Q2 loss caused by rising component costs and R&D investments, the Taiwanese PC maker has claimed. The world's fourth largest shifter of computer tin reported operating losses of NT$613m (£13.2m) for the three months ended 30 June compared to an operating profit of NT$433m (£9.3m) a year earlier. " …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

Asus staggers into summer heatwave thirsty for sales, sweating profit

The fire raging across the traditional PC industry has reached the door of Taiwanese titan Asus - which watched its sales and profits go up in smoke. The world's fifth largest PC maker - which has done a better job than many of its peers in traversing the notebook market's shift to tabs - posted a decline in both the top and …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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IBM taps ex-Lenovo and services exec to run PureSystems server biz

Several weeks ago, El Reg told you that Andy Monshaw, the long-time head of IBM's Storage Systems Division and more recently the general manager of the PureSystems modular systems business, had left Big Blue. Due to the Independence Day holiday in the United States, IBM was unable to confirm Monshaw's departure, but late last …
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HP the only PC maker to bleed distie sales in Blighty

Distributors in Blighty reported PC growth across all of the major vendor lines in Q2 with just one exception - HP posted a double-digit decline. The numbers came from channel researchers Context, which runs a quarterly European PC research tracker collating sales-out data from wholesalers on the gear that resellers (and hence …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2013
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Exec teleports from Dell, channel organs absorbed into Texan Borg

Dell has stitched together its global channel organisations, saying that improving "support" for resellers and integrators is at the forefront of its mind - and not cost cutting. The move comes days before Dell shareholders vote, on 18 July, on whether to accept CEO Texan Mick's offer of $13.65 per share to take the whole …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2013
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Big Mike's big package oughta be enough for Dell investors - report

Tech tycoon Michael Dell and private equity partner Silver Lake won't sweeten their $24.4bn offer to take PC maker Dell private, whisper industry insiders. Those sources, who apparently have direct knowledge of the situation, let Bloomberg know that Big Mike and Silver Lake aren't going to up their bid - and that's because the …

One-time Evesham chief pops up as Centerprise marketing honcho

Centerprise International is becoming something of a retreat for the grandfathers of Blighty's once mighty PC building community. Richard Austin, founder at defunct Evesham Micros, has now pitched up as head of marketing. Only last month, Sam Kazerounian who set up local PC maker Compusys, landed at Basingstoke-based Centerprise …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013
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HP PCs 'n' printers boss steps down, replaced by Aussie

HP has snatched the reins of its bogged-down global PC and printer biz from exec Todd Bradley, just a year after stitching the units together, as it struggles to compete in the mobile slablet world. Confirmation came from HP HQ this afternoon that Bradley is being put out to pasture installed as exec veep for Strategy Growth …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
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Lenovo sets sights on server, storage incumbents

Chinese PC maker and server and storage wannabe Lenovo Group has an appetite to buy itself some market share in the systems racket, say the company's top brass. In fact, it wants to double its market share in this space. That seems like a less ambitious goal than acquiring IBM's System x and BladeCenter x86-based server …
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Another Chinese thing you can see from space: Lenovo's sales

PC maker Lenovo appears to drawing ever closer to its goal of seizing the global box-shifting crown from giant HP. The Chinese dragon's momentum, built up over the last few years, shows no sign of slowing. The company had to sort out some small integration issues of swallowing IBM's PC business in 2004, but after six years of …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013

Software AG attempts to barge aboard crowded Cloud bandwagon

Software AG is late to the cloud computing party - but Europe’s second largest maker of on-premises enterprise software has vowed to “get it right”. Daren Roos, chief operating officer at the German giant, told The Reg: “We will deliver something that works. We are committed to doing a proper cloud.” And to prove it, he …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2013
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Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

Archaeologic It took Japanese micro maker Sord more than six months to launch its M5 home computer in the UK, but in April 1983, the company said the Z80A-based machine would finally go on sale during the following month - half a year after it was originally scheduled to arrive over here. It was a bold move. Even in November 1982, when the …
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2013

Spies catch Acer's Windows 8-incher before it hides

Acer will be the first of Microsoft's hardware partners to release a small-screened tablet running Windows 8, if photos purportedly leaked from the PC maker are any indication. French technology site Minimachines was the first to reveal photos and specs of the sub-sized device, which it claims will have an 8-inch screen and …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2013

IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

There are rumors swirling around, again, that IBM is looking to sell off all or a portion of its x86 server business to Chinese PC maker and server partner Lenovo Group. US channel mag CRN caught wind of something going down between IBM and Lenovo on Thursday and referenced an anonymous source with knowledge of the talks now …
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Dell shareholder: 'Rush' is because Michael D wants to buy

Dell shareholder Southeastern Asset Management has said that the board's assessment of the buyout deal offered by Michael Dell and Silver Lake is flawed and it's only rushing to sell because Michael Dell wants to buy. The shareholder published an open letter accusing the board of focusing disproportionately on the computing …
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Rivals may form alliance against Michael D in struggle for Dell

Hefty Dell investors Icahn Enterprises and Blackstone Group LP may join forces to clothesline the eponymous Michael and his consortium bidding to take the PC maker private again. The two lodged separate offers ahead of the "go shop period" that ended midnight on 22 March, with Icahn putting $14.25 per share on the table and …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2013

Acer's tiny raft of profit smashed onto rocks by Gateway and co

The much touted recovery at PC maker Acer didn't show up in 2012: a write-down on its assets dragged its accounts into the red. The vendor said its sales in 2012 slid 9.6 per cent year on year to NT$429.5bn ($14.4bn, £9.53bn), bagging it a razor-thin operating profit of NT$1.03bn ($34.6m, £22.8m). But that was wiped out by an " …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 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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UK Serious Fraud Office queues up to probe HP's Autonomy allegations

The UK Serious Fraud Office has told The Register it is investigating allegations of accounting irregularities at Autonomy, the Brit software house gobbled by HP for $10.7bn in 2011. In November last year, Hewlett-Packard claimed Autonomy "outright misrepresented" its value in the months before its acquisition, causing HP to …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2013
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PC market to spend ANOTHER year soaked in blood, warns IDC

The invasion of tablets, a lack of momentum for Windows 8 and tight household and business budgets will ensure the global PC market bleeds for another year. According to IDC estimates, as a result of falling demand, shipments into the technology distribution channel will decline in 2013 for the second consecutive year, falling 1 …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013
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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

Best Buy will slash $100 off the price of touchscreen Windows 8 PCs. From Monday the US retail chain will cut the cost of Sony, Acer, Toshiba, Dell and HP touch-driven laptops plus two models of Samsung's all-in-ones to shift stock. You can see the full range of discounted gear here. Best Buy’s discount will not apply to …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2013
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Friends with money: Dell's big bet on private finance

Analysis If not a gambler, Michael Dell seems certainly a born showman. With his 50th birthday on the horizon, when most people his age and with his billions might be thinking of slowing down or going philanthropic, he and his PC company have begun a brand new phase. Dell, a native of the brassy US state that lends its name to a brand of …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2013
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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

HP has become the latest hardware vendor to release a low-cost laptop based on Google's Chrome OS, topping rivals Acer, Lenovo, and Samsung by shipping its version of a Chromebook with a generous 14" screen. Second-place PC maker Lenovo unveiled its own Chromebook in January, so it's no real surprise that leader HP would …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2013
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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

Analysis The PC business could experience not one but two seismic events on Monday. First, the world’s third biggest PC maker is expected to announce a $20bn leveraged buyout, taking it off the stock market and putting it back into private hands. Twenty-five years after Dell floated, the PC maker’s management would no longer be …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2013
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Microsoft's Dell billions have Windows 8 strings attached

If you can't beat them, join them, or - if you're Microsoft - infiltrate them. Just be careful not to go in too deep. Microsoft has recently developed a clever approach to launching into markets where it has previously failed or is currently failing: rather than buy an existing name, Microsoft has become its partner. To boost …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2013

Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

Exclusive Microsoft blames PC makers for underwhelming Windows 8 sales over Christmas, The Register has learned. The software giant accused manufacturers of not building enough attractive Win 8-powered touchscreen tablets. But the computer makers are fighting back: they claimed that if they’d followed Microsoft’s hardware requirements and …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2013