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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

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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'The Decider' quits Twitter to become White House deputy CTO

Twitter executive Nicole Wong has taken a new job at the very top of the American government. The microblogging site's former legal director for products has been named deputy US chief technology officer. Her decision to join politics will no doubt be interpreted as a move to the dark side, particularly in the wake of the PRISM …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Jun 2013

Acer to downplay Windows in favor of Android, Chrome OS

Acer has told investors that it will reduce its emphasis on Windows PCs and laptops over the next few quarters in favor of devices based on operating systems from Microsoft's archrival Google. The Wall Street Journal reports that that Taiwanese hardware maker plans to grow its "non-Windows business" rapidly, such that Android …
Neil McAllister, 08 Aug 2013
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Acer founder Shih to step down for second time next month

Stan Shih, chairman and founder of ailing PC maker Acer, is set to retire next month as the company continues to try and claw back market share and force its way into the global top three. Shih, 69, will leave the company on June 18, the same day shareholders meet to elect a successor, according to Reuters. He is apparently …
Phil Muncaster, 05 May 2014
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Acer coughs to insider trading probe on 2 staffers

Senior execs implementing a turnaround strategy at sickly PC maker Acer have another plate to spin after prosecutors stormed the firm's HQ in Taiwan over an insider trading probe. Ten peeps, some of whom are still employed by the firm, were held and quizzed about the alleged offence, according to the New Taipei District …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014
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Oracle pens recipe for tweeting turkey in Raspberry Pi sauce

Oracle has started to publish a multi-part recipe for tweeting turkey in Raspberry Pi sauce, to allow those celebrating Thanksgiving with a poultry feast the chance to share their bird's status on the avian social network. If all goes well, the embedded app for your Raspberry Pi will send out tweets updating on the status of …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2013
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Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month

Acer's boss expects the vendor's PC shipments to slump up to 15 per cent sequentially in the first quarter, but insists the firm has a "good chance" of scraping back to black this year. The prediction illustrates the massive challenges faced by Acer, given the massive year-on-year slump in shipments it showed for the fourth …
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2013
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Cupertino clears Apple's Fruit Loop HQ - provided it coughs up more taxes

Apple has been given the final go-ahead to build its infamous “fruit loop” HQ - as long as it agrees to cough more taxes to the City of Cupertino. Cupertino City Council voted unanimously to reduce the annual tax break it gives Apple by 15 per cent, before also agreeing to allow the fruity firm to park the spaceship-like Apple …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Nov 2013
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Sonos turns up volume, slips out new Wi-Fi speaker control app

Streaming Wi-Fi speaker supplier Sonos has updated its speaker app so that it looks a little nicer and does more. Screen appeal on tablets is not so good, however, and it doesn't solve an existing Playbar surround sound issue. This software, known as the Sonos controller (v5.0), runs in iOS v6.0 or higher, as well as on Android …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2014

So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update and the rise of tablet-cum-laptop PCs may boost sales for the software titan and its hardware-making pals - but it won't happen anytime soon. Or so predicts IT distribution channel beancounter Canalys in its global shipment forecast for 2013: the analysts estimates little more than 493 million PCs …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

Lenovo considering RIM buyout to boost mobile biz

Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming says the company is actively pursuing ways to improve its position in the mobile device market, spurring speculation that the Chinese firm may be planning to cozy up with Research in Motion – or even swallow it whole. In an interview with Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013

HTC drops 12-inch Windows RT tablet, sticks to a 7-incher

It's been a while since we've heard much about Windows RT from Microsoft's OEM partners, and the latest rumblings from HTC are both good news and bad for Redmond's ARM-based OS, according to sources. The good news is that the Taiwanese smartphone maker is still moving ahead with plans to ship a 7-inch fondleslab running Windows …
Neil McAllister, 31 May 2013

Alibaba comes again with Android-unfriendly mobile OS

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has unveiled a new plan to reinvigorate its home-grown mobile operating system (AMOS) after a high profile fall-out with Google last year effectively prevented the world’s major handset makers from partnering on the OS. The cloud-based AMOS, formerly known as Aliyun OS, hit the ropes last …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013
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Atlassian's UK-IPO plans: Smart business isn't a disaster

Australia's IT patriots' heads are spinning today, with news that Oz innovation poster-child Atlassian is going to move its head office to London, in preparation for an IPO it plans later this year. The move has triggered an epic bout of hand-wringing at Australia's inability to keep its entrepreneurs at home. This, inevitably, …
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Asia’s chip giant MediaTek reveals quad core SoC

Taiwanese chip giant MediaTek is staking its claim to the high-end smartphone market with its first quad core offering which it hopes will give it an edge over rival Qualcomm in the high stakes China market and beyond. The firm, Asia’s largest chip producer, has until now had success mainly with feature phones and low end …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Dec 2012
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Acer: $499 Ultrabooks in 2013

Acer says it's going to cut Ultrabook prices. But you're going to have to wait until Q2 2012 for the skinny notebooks to become cheaper - and a year for them to get really low-cost. Company president Jim Wong apparently said Acer will knock $100-200 (£64-128) off the $999 (£637) pre-tax price tag in the second quarter of 2012, …
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2011
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Myanmar picks for telecoms jackpot stoke controversy

The Myanmar government has awarded Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo each a lucrative contract to run a telecoms license in the country, in a move which is already proving controversial. The government announced the decision via presidential spokesperson Ye Htut’s Facebook page last Thursday, adding that a consortium of …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Jul 2013
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BlackBerry stock spikes on Lenovo buyout mumble

Shares in BlackBerry, the company formerly known as both RIM and a world leader in smartphone shipments, jumped up ten per cent on Monday after Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said that a buyout "could possibly make sense." "External growth is all about opportunities," Yang told French financial newspaper Les Echos. "You can not rely …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2013
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Acer kicks off Computex with tabs and phabs

Acer got Computex 2013 off to a less-than-spectacular start this morning with the launch of the world’s first “one-handed” Windows 8 tablet, a 5.7in phablet and a new version of its flagship ultrabook. In a relatively subdued press conference, Acer president Jim Wong unveiled the company’s latest attempt to get back into the …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jun 2013
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iPhone's market share in China sliced in HALF

Apple's piece of China's smartphone market has almost halved to just 10 per cent in the second quarter as fanbois wait for the next iPhone model or even, gasp, switch brands. For the first time, more people in China were interested in buying smartphones than feature mobes, but Apple's iDevices were only the third favourite in …
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Hong Kong's lucky mobile number hawkers revealed

It takes just a few minutes and a handful of metro stops to travel from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon neighbourhood Sham Shui Po (SSP), but the journey takes you to a different world. Hong Kong Island is a shining consumer paradise. SSP offers a bustling market where Hong Kong's entrepreneurial streak has collided with Chinese …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Oct 2012
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Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop

Acer has postponed the release of its Windows RT tab on the channels say so as it waits to see how market adoption rates develop. The Taiwanese giant had planned to push out its version around February next year but EMEA president Oliver Ahrens confirmed the date has slipped by a couple of months. "We talk to channel partners …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2012
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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

Look out, silicon: boffins in the US have created a simple working microprocessor out of carbon nanotubes, possibly paving the way for faster and less power-hungry computer chips. Nicknamed Cedric by its creators at Stanford University, it is the first of its kind: it can fetch software written in a subset of MIPS machine code …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Sep 2013
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Apple claims shot in arm for Cupertino from new Fruit Loop HQ

Apple has claimed its massive new ring-shaped Cupertino headquarters will create 7,400 new jobs and sustain thousands more in the local area. The fruity firm's gigantic new Apple Campus 2 building, which it would seem reasonable to dub the Fruit Loop, looks more like a vast modernist doughnut (or breakfast unit) than a corporate …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Jun 2013
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Acer lowballs on price with Celeron-powered C7 Chromebook

Google has added a third laptop to its current Chrome OS range with the Acer C7, a budget Chromebook that will sell for under $200 in the US from Tuesday and will arrive in the UK shortly. The C7 is a three pound laptop with an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 screen powered by a 1.10GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor with 2MB L3 cache and 2GB …
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2012
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Google begs for secrecy as it files Glass design with FCC

Google has lodged information about its forthcoming “Glass” spectacle-mounted computer with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but has asked that many details be kept from the public eye. Available here, the eight PDF files the FCC has made public comprise correspondence between Google and the FCC and the results of …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2013
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Acer announces shock slump in Q2 PC shipments

Acer has said its PC shipments will be down 10 per cent this quarter, highlighting the scale of the problems facing its new company president. The forecast came as the firm announced that Jim Wong would be taking over as corporate president, one of the slots left vacant by Gianfranco Lanci last month. Lanci had also held the CEO …
Joe Fay, 19 Apr 2011
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Obama administration defends mass call-data slurping

A senior White House official has said that the US National Security Agency is perfectly correct to be downloading the mobile metadata every US caller, and politicians on both sides of the political divide have rallied to defend the practice. The NSA's policy – revealed on Wednesday in a leaked court order that the anonymous (no …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2013
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Post-Jobs Apple: New research shows Cook will do fine

Forget about your Ivy League/Oxbridge/Harvard business school education, your connections or how many millions in personal funds you can plough into the business: the one thing you really need as a CEO is a big face, at least according to a new study to be published in journal Psychological Science. Elaine M Wong of the …
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Acer to launch Windows Phone 8 smartphone in 2013

Acer has confirmed to The Reg that it plans to launch six new handsets next year including a Windows Phone 8 device. Company president Jim Wong told Taiwanese tech title Digitimes that the six new models would be aimed to appeal to all segments of the market in Europe, south-east Asia and China. The handsets will be Android- …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Sep 2012
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HK 'Dog Man' jailed for voodoo ritual sex

A Hong Kong self-proclaimed voodoo master dubbed the "Dog Man", who engaged in ritual sex with a gullible 20-year-old student, has failed to work his magic on a judge and will spend the next 21 months behind bars. Acoustics technician Lo Fuk-yee, 64, was arrested last October on two counts of "obtaining unlawful sexual …
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2010
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Telstra re-stocks shelves with phones from alleged sweatshop

Aussie telecoms giant Telstra has decided to start selling equipment made by controversial Chinese manufacturer VTech again, barely a week after suspending sales in the wake of a report detailing serious labour and human rights violations. The report, from not-for-profit the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, claimed …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jul 2012
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Hong Kong's data centres stay high and dry amid Typhoon Usagi

When Typhoon Usagi rattled into Hong Kong last week, complete with winds over gale force 8, the city state’s data-centre managers had nothing to fear. Typhoons are a regular part of Hong Kong life and local bit barns are designed appropriately, El Reg was told. Nevertheless, we were was curious to find out exactly how facilities …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Sep 2013
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Malaysian politico gets knighted in Photoshop

A Malaysian politician is facing eviction from his party after faking snaps of himself receiving a knighthood, the Telegraph reports. Wong receives his honour from the Queen Jeffrey Wong Su En, deputy publicity chief for the Democratic Action Party, applied some top-quality Photoshoppery to show he'd been honoured by no less …
Lester Haines, 09 Jul 2010
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HK 'Dog Man' cuffed for voodoo ritual sex

A Hong Kong "voodoo master" dubbed the "Dog Man" is in court accused of duping a 20-year-old student into ritual sex to expel "ghost embryos", HK's The Standard reports. The victim, known only as Miss X, met 63-year-old acoustics technician Lo Fuk-yee* through his girlfriend Wong Mei-yin, "who was the janitor at X's school". …
Lester Haines, 30 Jun 2010
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Atlassian get top G'day gong

Australian softwar darlings Atlassian has been recognised by the Australian government for its achievements, securing a G’Day USA Excellence in Innovation Award. G’Day USA is an annual program designed to showcase Australian business capabilities in the United States. In 10 years, Atlassian has amassed more than 17,000 …
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Santa fail: No Chrome OS netbook this year

Computer manufacturers won’t release Chrome OS-based netbooks until 2011, according to a senior veep at Acer. The company’s Jim Wong told reporters earlier this week that the consumer release of Google’s oxymoronic browser-based operating system won’t land until next year. Engadget reported that Google has its own plans to …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2010
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Final NBN build tenders awarded

Syntheo, the joint venture between Service Stream and Lend Lease has secured the NBN Co construction contracts for South Australian and the Northern Territory. The $AU141 million Syntheo contract covers the design and construction of the fibre optic network in both states over two years. The contract has an additional two year …
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Ambitious Alibaba wants to take on Android

Not content with dominating the massive Chinese e-commerce market, local hero Alibaba now wants to chase Android into the sea by making its cloud-based Aliyun mobile operating system China's preferred smartphone OS. The company’s chief strategy officer, Zeng Ming, told the Wall Street Journal that the firm is set to more than …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Sep 2012
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Twitter a poor predictor of movie success

Twitter users' reviews of movies are kinder than those found on other social networks, but none are good predictors of how a film will fare at the box office. That's one of the findings from a study of movie-related Tweets, plus posts to IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, by a trio of Princeton students. Why Watching Movie Tweets Won't …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2012
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HP exec confirms WebOS tablet

HP's attempt to out-iPad the iPad will indeed be based on Palm's WebOS, a company executive has revealed. Alleged insiders have said as much already, but this is the first time a staffer has gone on record with the information. According to Monty Wong, VP of PCs at HP's Taiwan operation, WebOS will be used in smartphones and …
Tony Smith, 24 May 2010
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Acer to ship more than 1m Chrome netbooks

Acer has narrowed its Chrome OS netbook release window from H2 2010 to the third quarter. It’s also preparing to launch an e-book reader and – guess what – a tablet too. The e-book reader’s due to be announced in the June, the company has told Bloomberg, and feature a 6in monochrome screen – an E Ink job, we’d guess. It’ll be …
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2010
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Acer UK disties expect big things of new boss

Distributors have backed incoming Acer UK boss Neil Marshall to turn the ailing operation around and confine the channel-stuffing saga to history. As revealed first by El Reg, Marshall was parachuted into the UK organisation after previous incumbent Bobby Watkins was shown the door following a staggering drop in sales. An …
Paul Kunert, 01 Dec 2011
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Ultrabook prices to fall as manufacturers slash margins

Manufacturers are cutting their margins to the bone, and getting a subsidy from Intel, in an effort to make ultrabooks more affordable. Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba may be able to put out hardware below the critical $1,000 mark, unnamed sources told DigiTimes, and by 2012 prices could drop by up to 10 per cent. Intel is …
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2011
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Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike

Acer has become the first major PC vendor to confirm a price rise in response to flooding in Thailand, which it says has led to a 20 per cent hike in the cost of disk drives. This comes just days after Acer described the outlook for HDD supplies as uncertain, while rivals firms agreed drive component prices would head north, and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011
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Google: 'no timetable' on China talks

Google has reiterated that it's no longer willing to censor search results in China. But as it continues to censor search results in China, it's not quite sure when this will actually stop. In mid-January, as it told the world that alleged Chinese hackers had pilfered unspecified intellectual property from the company, Google …
Cade Metz, 03 Mar 2010

Codd almighty! How IBM cracked System R

Few teams have maintained such a fierce community spirit as the IBM pioneers of System R. In Silicon Valley in the early 1970s, this pioneering team proved that a relational database could actually work. It's a fascinating story, best known today because IBM failed to capitalise on its research. But it's also a timeless one, …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2013

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

"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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Acer CEO whips out iPad rival

Acer has shown off an Android-based iPad alternative. CEO Gianfranco Lanci whipped out the 7in colour-screen gadget at a press event in Beijing today and promised to bring the unnamed product to market in Q4. Oddly named website Shufflegazine took a snap of Lanci and Acer's new baby. Acer tablet Acer's tablet and friend …
Tony Smith, 27 May 2010