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Tablet maker threatens, then robs Apple

The publicity whores at China's Shenzhen Great Loong Brother tablet-PC maker are at it again. First, they raised a worldwild rumpus by floating the prospect of a lawsuit accusing Apple of stealing the design of their tubby P88 slate for the iPad. Now they've blatantly ripped off the look and feel of Mac OS X, pasted it onto …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2010

UK PC maker launches three-core Phenom line

UK PC supplier Mesh has jumped the gun on AMD's official announcement and begun offering desktops based on the chip maker's three-core Phenom 8000-series processors. Mesh is currently listing a pair of tri-core systems on its website, one based on the 2.1GHz, 2MB L3 Phenom 8400, the other on the 2.3GHz, 2MB L3 8600. The 8600- …
Tony Smith, 20 Feb 2008

HP denies Syria, Iran spy tech claims

HP has been forced to deny that it broke strict export sanctions by selling technology to Syria and Iran, but admitted that its network of channel partners may have done so without its knowledge. The tech behemoth, which was recently overtaken by Chinese rival Lenovo as the world’s top PC seller, was asked by the US Securities …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2012
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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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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

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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HP PCs 'n' printers boss steps down, replaced by Brit

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

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

NEC looks to offload Lenovo shares

Ailing Japanese electronics giant NEC looks set to sell all of its shares in Lenovo after the Chinese PC maker confirmed to The Reg that it has waived a previous restriction on the sale. The two firms announced in January 2011 that they would be combining their PC operations in Japan, in a joint venture known as NEC Lenovo Japan …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Sep 2012
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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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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 …

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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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 …
The Register breaking news

Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

IBM's decision to sell its PC business to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo in 2004 seemed rather curious. Yes, hardware wasn't quite as profitable as software or services, but this was years ahead of the recession, before the advent of the iPhone and iPad; sales of PCs were ticking along and the imperial success of the netbook was …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2013
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Box shifters cram UK market with crusty PCs to make room for Win 8

PC shipments into the UK channel declined in the last quarter as vendors focussed on lobbing out Windows 7 machines ahead of the Windows 8 launch. However, in the midst of a recession, no one really noticed any shortages of computers. Abacus-fondling Gartner reckons 2.98 million desktops and notebooks were pushed into the UK …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2012
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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
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What downturn? Lenovo stuffs pockets with 54% extra profit

Lenovo Group is one of the few PC makers still in the pink, beating market expectations with a fat third-quarter net profit. The Chinese firm's profit jumped 54 per cent to $153.46m in the three months to December last year, up from $99.65m in the same period the year before. Despite the downturn in the global economy and the …
The Register breaking news

Michael Dell mulls taking PC colossus private

Michael Dell told a conclave of moneymen on Thursday that he has considered taking his eponymous PC maker private. This off-the-cuff revelation was in response to a question from an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein's 26th annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York City. According to Reuters and others, Dell answered "Yes …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2010
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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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Designer BMW PC unveiled

Top Gear’s Cool Wall already features several BMWs. But the what’s hot and what’s not display could soon feature a new model entirely: the BMW PC. Nope, you’re not reading a ‘Leccy Tech story here. Instead of PC standing for Petrol Carburettor, the BMW PC is exactly as it sounds: a futuristic Personal Computer created in …
James Sherwood, 09 Mar 2009
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iPad grabs lunch money from mobile PCs, pushes them in the stingers

iPad sales trounced sales for netbooks and notebooks in the first quarter of 2012 pushing Apple to the dominant position in the mobile PC market, show new figures from analysts NPD. NPD ran together tablets with netbooks and notebook PCs in their "Mobile PC category" and skyrocketing iPad sales of 13.6 million in the first three …
Anna Leach, 22 May 2012
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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
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VIP Computer Centre swallows CMS Computers

PC and components distie VIP Computer Centre has acquired system assembler CMS Computers in a move that takes it into competition with trade clients. Liverpool-based CMS employed 68 staff in fiscal 2010 ended 31 December and made a profit of £417,000 – flat with the previous year – on the back of a 10 per cent sales climb to £ …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2011
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Windows 8 fondleslabs: Microsoft tip-toes through PC-makers' disaster

2012 should be a landmark year for Microsoft. It will be the year 2011 should have been. The reason is simple: the company’s play to take on tablet computing should finally hit the road. Windows 8 will be delivered with an interface that liberates Microsoft’s operating system from the desktop prison of mouse and keyboard and …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2011

Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death is the curse of Windows. Not just its appearance, mid way through some serious game play or spreadsheeting, but the messages themselves - digital monologues on the existence of a problem, its possible causes and how you can fix it. Yeah, right. Just shut down and re-start like everybody else. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2012
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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 …
The Register breaking news

HP warns consumers: Don't downgrade Win8 PCs to Win7

Windows 8 got you down? Don't worry; even if you buy a new machine with Windows 8 preinstalled, you should be able to downgrade it to Windows 7, if you prefer – that is, unless you bought a new consumer PC or laptop from HP. It's a little-known fact that Windows licenses include the right to downgrade to earlier versions of the …
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2012
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Microsoft Surface: Join the Windows 8 teardown

PC makers’ slipups have forced Microsoft into designing its Surface tablet, but can a software company succeed where the HPs and Dells of the world have failed... can it become more like Apple? Sure, the computer makers have slipped up badly on tablets. They are also in the dock for cramming PCs with crapware and selling you the …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2012
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Lenovo said to release Intel and ARM Android convertibles

Lenovo will reportedly release Android-based convertibles in the first half of this year, and they'll be powered by your choice of either Intel or ARM processors. Convertibles – clamshell laptops that can be converted to tablets – were one of the most talked about items at last week's CES 2013. Intel, for its part, sees them as …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2013

Samsung beat Apple for most chip purchases in 2012

Samsung surpassed Apple as the leading consumer of semiconductors worldwide in 2012, while slumping demand for traditional PCs and notebooks caused several other competitors to reduce their demand, according to the latest figures from research firm Gartner. "The PC market still represented the largest sector for chip demand, but …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 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 business …
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Mesh intros bonkers BMW-designed gaming PC

UK PC maker Mesh has fitted out Thermaltake's bizarre BMW-designed computer case and turned the engine-inspire chassis into what it claims is the ultimate DirectX 11 gaming rig. Dubbed the Mesh 7, the monster machine comes equipped with a 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-920 quad-core CPU, 6GB of 1666MHz DDR 3 memory in tri-channel …
Tony Smith, 14 Dec 2009
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Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

Acer has downgraded sales forecasts for Ultrabooks as the relatively hefty price tag and smaller screen size continues to limit adoption in Europe. The PC maker had expected the super skinny platform to comprise between 25 and 35 per cent of total notebook sales globally by the end of this year. "Overall the Ultrabook segment …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2012

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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NEC gives up on global PC sales

NEC Corp declared over the weekend its intention to retreat from the PC market in the Asia-Pacific region and concentrate solely on domestic sales in Japan, following the firm’s decision to quit the computer biz in EMEA last month. The ailing tech vendor warned it would report a net loss of 290bn yen ($2.96bn) for its fiscal …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2009
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Acer eyes 'untapped' rural China as West snaps purse shut

World number four PC-maker Acer is focusing on the folk still buying computers and hoping to grow its China sales by 20 to 25 per cent next year. The Taiwanese firm set up a strategic alliance with Founder Technology last year for that Chinese company to use its trademark on the mainland in an effort to boost its presence there …
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Lenovo signs with C2000, plots SME assault

PC firm Lenovo has inked a distie deal with Tech Data's UK subsidiary Computer 2000 in a bid to sniff out prospective small biz customers. The firms are set to links arms from 1 July on an agreement that covers the entire Think range: desktops, All-In-Ones, workstations and servers. Lenovo UK and Ireland SME and channel …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012
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Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs

Intel has launched the first unit in a range of bare bones mini-PCs it says will first appeal to system integrators creating digital signage solutions and then eventually excite businesses of almost any size. The new device is part of Chipzilla's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) range. Intel currently plans three NUC devices, each …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2012
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Lenovo CEO Yang doles out US$3m bonus to staff

In an almost unheard of act of selflessness and generosity from a CEO, Lenovo boss Yang Yuanqing has decided to distribute $3 million (£1.9m) from his annual bonus to junior members of staff working at the Chinese PC giant. The firm had a bumper 2011, setting new records in market share, revenue and shipments and posting a huge …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jul 2012
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Former Acer CEO heads to Lenovo as a consultant

Former Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci is joining Lenovo as a consultant to help steer the firm's consumer biz worldwide, particularly the integration of recently-acquired German PC maker Medion. The exec left Acer in March following a disagreement over future direction of the troubled Taiwanese PC maker and has been on a six-month …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Lenovo tops China's smartphone market in just six months

Despite launching its first smartphone in the second quarter of 2012, Lenovo is already the top Chinese smartphone company, according to analyst outfit TrendForce. Lenovo has captured 14.7 per cent of China's smartphone market, leapfrogging past rivals ZTE and Huawei, both of which have been in the market far longer. Samsung …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2012

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
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Friends with money: Dell's big bet on private finance

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

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 will …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 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 follow …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2013
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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

Dell is building a laptop loaded with open-source software ideal for developers. One of the company’s open-source geeks has announced Project Sputnik, a six-month venture that will marry the tech titan's XPS 13 Ultrabook, Canonical's Ubuntu 12.04 and cloud-based user profiles. Barton George, Dell cloud computing group evangelist …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2012
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Windows 8 tablets unwrapped in Berlin: Dell goes keyless for ARM

Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Sony have hitched their skirts to reveal PCs running Windows 8, which will be on sale in October. All three announced ultra-thin machines that can be twisted and turned into tablets running the latest version of Microsoft's operating system. Dell, though, was the only one to unveil a pure-play slab: a …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Aug 2012
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HP boss Whitman: 'We have to offer a smartphone'

Hewlett Packard may have crashed and burned when it last tried to crack the mobile device market, but it isn't ready to give up yet. According to CEO Meg Whitman, a new smartphone from HP is not a matter of "if", but "when". Describing HP's bungled acquisition of Palm as "a detour into smartphones," Whitman told Fox Business …
Neil McAllister, 14 Sep 2012
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HP posts $8.9bn loss on slow sales, charges in Q3

As expected, Hewlett Packard's earnings slumped in the three months ending in July, causing the PC maker to post a third-quarter loss of $8.9bn, or $4.49 per share, which was in line with the high end of analyst estimates. Much of that loss can be attributed to an $8bn write down of its Enterprise Services division, which is …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2012
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HP upgrades Linux Foundation membership to Platinum

HP has increased its support for the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization that promotes the growth and development of the free Linux operating system, by upping its membership level from Gold to Platinum status. The new membership level, which requires HP to pay $500,000 in annual dues to the Foundation, puts the PC …
Neil McAllister, 05 Nov 2012