Articles about q1 2012

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HP: Customers, partners are fleeing IBM x86 since Lenovo System x bid

HP claims it has bagged hundreds of IBM x86 customers worldwide following Lenovo's $2.3bn bid for Big Blue's System x. The Channel cannot verify whether this is linked to the pending sale of IBM's volume server business, or just par for the course in a competitive environment, but HP is keen to talk up the effects of the deal …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2014
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Websites stagger to feet, Network Solutions wears off DDoS hangover

Web-hosting biz and domain-name registrar Network Solutions was pummelled offline by attackers last night - and took its customers' websites down with it. The distributed denial-of-service assault (DDoS) lasted for about two or three hours before the US company was able to mitigate the effects and get its systems back online. …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2013

Western Digital gobbles VeloBit in flash cache cash splash dash

Western Digital is buying flash cache software startup VeloBit and its HyperCache product technology. HyperCache accelerates information access by relying on banks of fast RAM and putting a compressed copy of highly active data stored on disk into SSDs or any other kind of flash. The algorithms for doing this are said to lead …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013
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Intel’s Asia pivot: How Chipzilla beat Obama by decades

Feature Years before president Obama announced his infamous military “Pivot to Asia” policy, chip giant Intel had already embarked upon its own initiative to build out manufacturing and design capability in the region. Last week for the first time it opened the doors of its Penang facility – Chipzilla’s largest outside of the US – so El …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2013

Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised a flood of touch-enabled devices to fill the market as he previewed Windows 8.1, but is the technology channel raring to snap them up? Not really, it seems. Redmond's very own bald eagle last night said the "rapid release" upgrade - which comes with a revolutionary Start button - will blend " …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2013
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Huawei muses on Nokia's future

Growing its smartphone shipments by 94 percent from Q1 2012 to Q1 2013 might not be enough to satisfy Huawei: it's reportedly floated the idea of acquiring Nokia. According to a report in the Financial Times, the rising Chinese giant would consider buying the veteran Finnish mobile phone vendor, but isn't impressed at its …
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Samsung plans new R&D centre in Finland

Samsung has confirmed that it’s opening an R&D facility in Nokia’s home country of Finland. A brief statement from the Korean electronics giant sent to The Reg offered the following information: On June 13, 2013, we plan to open a new R&D centre in Finland, which will be a branch of the Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK ( …
Phil Muncaster, 30 May 2013

Private equity firm coughs £1bn for Websense

NASDAQ-listed web content filtering player Websense is going private again after the board approved a deal with venture capitalist Vista Equity Partners (VEP). Under the terms of the transaction, VEP will cough $24.75 per share valuing the online security business at close to $1bn. This equates to a 29 per cent premium on the …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2013

Penguin Computing to make Open Compute servers

Linux server and cluster maker Penguin Computing is a member of the Open Compute Project started by Facebook to create open source data center gear, and now it is an official "solution provider". This means that Penguin now has OCP's official blessing to make and sell integrated systems based on the motherboard and system …

Hey, Acer: Is that a rounding error, or did you actually make a profit?

Only a foreign exchange tailwind and stock disposal helped ailing Acer return to profit for calendar Q1 of 2013. The Taiwanese firm booked sales of NT$91.9bn (£2bn) during the period, down more than 18 per cent year-on-year. This was "in line with the original shipment outlook", Acer said in a statement accompanying the numbers …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2013

Arrow tightens belt yet another notch, vows to shed $75m in costs in 2013

The powers that be at Arrow have found another $35m worth of savings to lop off this year as it tries to match costs with the market realities. One of the big four global wholesalers - Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Avnet Inc constitute the others - Arrow reported a one per cent decline in calendar Q1 sales to $4.85bn. Flat is the …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2013
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Hard drives snatch hold of semi giant LSI, jump right off a cliff

LSI's latest results paint a gloomy picture for the storage giant, revealing both its revenues and profits were down last quarter. Revenues for LSI's first fiscal 2013 quarter, ended March 31, were down to $569m. They were $600m in the previous quarter, a 5 per cent fall. A year ago revenues were up at the $622m mark, meaning …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013

iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

Apple’s three most recent mobiles together took more than a quarter of smartphones sales in Britain during the first three months of 2013, we're told. The iPhone 5 was the period’s most popular handset, but the Cupertino giant's UK market share continues to be eroded by Android - and even Windows Phone 8. Google’s Linux- …
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2013
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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

Samsung has extended its lead over Apple by shifting considerably more smartphones than its adversary during the first quarter of 2013. The South Korean giant also managed to ship 56 per cent more mobes in those three months than it did in the same period a year ago. Among the world’s top five smartphone vendors, Apple - …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2013
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Even world's most MASSIVE distie takes punch to wallet

Restructuring costs, higher taxes and aggressive pricing on both sides of the pond throttled Ingram Micro's profits for calendar Q1 but acquisitions allowed the world's largest tech distie to post double-digit sales gains. Turnover climbed 19 per cent to $10.26bn including a $1.1bn contribution from Brightpoint and $75m from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2013
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Zynga banks fluke profit - won't happen again, says CEO

Top dogs at Zynga say the online gaming firm just needs a little more time to turn around its losing streak - after forecasting worse losses than expected for this year's second quarter. The struggling FarmVille maker managed to scrape together a surprise profit for the first three months of this year after cutting costs, but …

Mutant hybrid upstart joins pushback against storage giants

Three hybrid flash-disk array upstarts are eating away at the incumbents' market share - and El Reg has peeked under the bonnet of one to find out how. El Reg talked about Nimble Storage and Tintri a couple of weeks ago and that prompted Tegile to pull aside the curtain and show us a few more numerical goodies. Rob Commins, its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013

EMC announces record revenues: But hey, Joe, where're the profits?

Hardware, virtualisation and services giant EMC has announced its first-quarter results for 2013 and while its finances are broadly positive, the devil's in the detail. EMC's revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were a record $5.39 billion - lower than Wall Street's estimates - and its profits were down by a smidge. The mid- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
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Reg man crunches IBM's storage hardware revenues

Analysis IBM's under-performing storage hardware business can be understood better if we look at the quarterly revenue numbers. For that to be made possible someone has to dive into IBM's results over the past few quarters and work out the storage hardware revenue numbers, seeing as IBM doesn't present them on a plate. That's what El …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
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Mad Leo exit finally clears way for Blighty to love HP again

HP has finally halted the downward sales trend in distribution that dogged its UK operation for much of 2012. Figures from Context show that HP accounted for 22 per cent of the £1.8bn worth of tech shipped by distributors in Q1 2012, a share that steadily declined to 16 per cent by Q4. But Jeremy Davies, CEO at the Brit-based …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2013
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More Brits ditch Apple tablets for Amazon, Google, Samsung kit

Almost a fifth of the UK’s adult population now owns a fondleslab, and while most of them have a tablet with a bitten fruit icon on the back, Apple’s dominance is slipping. So says YouGov, a pollster, which regularly asks Brits about their technology purchases. During the first three months of 2012, 73 per cent of British …
Tony Smith, 19 Apr 2013

AMD posts mediocre numbers, cites 'difficult market environment'

Updated AMD released its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013, which bracketed the Wall Street moneymen's predictions with revenues a tad higher than forecast and the all-important earnings per share (EPS) a tad lower.* For the quarter, AMD's EPS number came in at negative $0.19 on revenues of $1.09bn, the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2013

Windows 8 has put the world's PC market to sleep - IDC

The global PC market is dwindling, and Windows 8 could be to blame, according to the beancounters at IDC. The analyst firm released its rundown of global PC shipments on Tuesday, and the year-on-year double digit decline blows a cold wind for traditional PC makers like Dell and HP, and OS-slinger Microsoft. "It seems clear that …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2013

Tim Cook eats necessary crow, apologizes to China

Comment Apple CEO Tim Cook has released an open apology to his company's Chinese customers after coming under increasing pressure from that government's propaganda machine's attacks on Cupertino's customer-service practices. In a letter published on Apple's Chinese website (Google Translate) – and which some of The Reg's Chinese- …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2013

Citrix morphs from Windows app virtualizer to all app mobilizer

In its last quarter Citrix has blasted past analyst expectations and produced a very healthy set of results and predicting that revenues will hit the $3bn mark for the year. A decade ago, Citrix Systems was a Windows app virtualizer that existed largely at the mercy of Microsoft even though it has plenty of clever technology. …
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VMware's growth stalls – layoffs coming, but so are new hires

VMware will lay off a little less than 7 per cent of its workforce and perform a bit of a restructuring in light of the fact that it expects some headwinds in the first half of 2013. Pat Gelsinger, the new sheriff in VMware town, wants to slim the company down and get it focused on its core server virtualization and cloud …

Cray misses revenue targets for Q4

Veteran supercomputer-maker Cray has warned Wall Street moneymen to expect lower-than-forecast results for its 2012 financial report. Cray has been absolutely clear that the multi-petaflopping "Blue Waters" and "Titan" supercomputers being installed respectively at the University of Illinois and Oak Ridge National Laboratory …
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WD blames hard drive woes on dominant mobile gear, feeble PCs

Western Digital's disk sales slumped in its last quarter, leading to lower revenue and profit than in the previous three months. Its next quarter is going to be even worse. Revenues in WD's Q1 of fiscal 2013, ended 28 September, amounted to $4bn, 17 per cent less than the $4.8bn a quarter before. And Q1 was the first quarter …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2012
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If you see 'URGENT tax rebate download' in an inbox, kill it with fire

FireEye has put together a list of the most common words and phrases that appear in fake emails designed to infect corporate networks and steal data. The security firm said that the list spotlights the social engineering techniques that feature as a key component of so-called spear phishing attacks. Hackers tend to use words …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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PC share of DRAM biz falls below 50%

PCs, once the final destination for almost all of the world's memory chips, now consume less than half of the world's DRAM shipments. During Q2, only 49 per cent of DRAM shipments ended up in desktop and laptop PCs, down from 50.2 per cent in Q1, market watcher IHS iSuppli said this weekend. This at a time when new machines …
Hard Reg, 17 Sep 2012
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Can Windows 8 developers be ‘the new rock stars’?

TechEd Australia One of the odder things to transpire at TechEd Australia this week was Microsoft’s insistence that developers are the new rock stars. Kids these days, The Reg was told by a middle-aged product manager for Visual Studio, aren’t interested in electric guitars, turning it up to 11, leather jackets, attracting members of the …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2012
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HTC takes another punch to the wallet, loses $40m OnLive investment

Taiwanese phone-maker HTC has just seen the $40m it shovelled into an internet gaming company go up in smoke. HTC [2498 Taiwan] invested in OnLive in February 2011 as part of its push into the gaming space. The American gaming company offered console-free cloud-gaming, and HTC bought the 5.33 million preferred shares in OnLive …
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012
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Samsung snubs slump, slurps stunning smartmobe sales

Strong smartphone sales banked Samsung a $4.56bn profit in the three months to 30 June, according to its latest bean counting exercise. The South Korean giant posted a 48 per cent year-on-year rise in net income in preliminary results announced last night [PDF]. Despite the economic chill that has seen even Apple's growth hit …
Anna Leach, 27 Jul 2012

Nokia set to axe China R&D jobs

Nokia’s woes in the world’s biggest mobile market are set to continue after reports emerged that the ailing Finnish firm has been forced to purge some of its Chinese R&D team as part of the 10,000 lay-offs announced last month. The mobile phone giant has been having a tough time of it recently. It’s struggling to make an impact …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Jul 2012
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Misery ending? UK reseller insolvencies may have bottomed out

Insolvency rates in the UK channel were back to pre-recession levels in Q2, according to official stats from credit reference agency Graydon UK. The picture is remarkably different to a year ago when reseller failures reached a nine-year high with 99 firms hitting the wall, a pattern that continued until the end of Q1 2012 when …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2012
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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

Open ... and Shut Microsoft roared onto the mobile scene last week with the unveiling of its Surface tablet, but Acer is probably right to question why Microsoft would fight premium iPads with a premium Surface. After all, the next 10 million apps, and the next billion users, are not going to come from the developed, saturated markets of North …
Matt Asay, 26 Jun 2012
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Sony, Panasonic to partner for OLED TV push

Sony may have shown off its Crystal inorganic LED TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, but it clearly reckons there's money in organic LED technology or it wouldn't have agreed to partner with Panasonic on OLED TV development and production. The pair's work will, they said today, come to fruition in the …
Tony Smith, 25 Jun 2012
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Mcafee gets fierce about resellers (but in a good way)

To Marbella, for sun, sea and the McAfee EMEA partner summit. We saw little in way of breaking news from the conference: McAfee is squirrelling away the big announcements for its annual Focus security shindig in Las Vegas in October. And we have little to write about life at McAfee under Intel, which bought the company for $6. …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jun 2012
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LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER

TV makers are desperate for the Next Big Thing. It's not hard to see why: even LCD TV sales are now falling. Year-on-year LCD shipments fell for the first time ever during Q1, market watcher NPD DisplaySearch said today. It was a small dip - down just three per cent - but symptomatic of an industry in decline. Other …
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2012
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NetApp leapfrogs IBM in storage race for second place

NetApp overtook IBM in IDC's latest quarterly storage tracker, reversing several quarters of market share decline In the first calendar 2012 quarter IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker reports global external disk storage systems factory revenues rose 7.1 per cent year-over-year growth to almost $6bn. EMC …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2012
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Average selling price of tablets drops 21% in three months

The average price of a tablet computer dropped 21 per cent in the first three months of 2012 - making $386 (£250) the average amount that customers pay for a slab. Figures compiled by IMS research show the striking drop, which the tracker company attributed almost entirely to Apple. Apple's price cut on its iPad 2 model in …
Anna Leach, 08 Jun 2012

EMEA server sales downed by financial meltdown in Q1

European server sales slumped in opening three months of the year due to the economic meltdown, but HP managed to knock IBM off the top spot as its rate of decline was slower. This is according to abacus-stroker IDC, armed with stats that indicate factory revenues in Q1 were $3.1bn, down nearly 12 per cent year-on-year as unit …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jun 2012

Nokia and Symbian still number one in China

Android may have an insurmountable lead in the Chinese smartphone market, but when it comes to internet-connected mobiles Symbian and Nokia are still number one according to new stats from search giant Baidu. The company’s latest quarterly Mobile Internet Development Trends Report for Q1 2012 measured only internet-connected …
Phil Muncaster, 25 May 2012
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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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FalconStor accelerates dedupe, drives finances over a cliff

Comment FalconStor is cranking out $19m to $20m revenues per quarter, punctuated by regular Q4 spikes, but continually makes losses. Why isn't it a healthy business making steady profits and growing? It is a storage software supplier selling a virtual tape library (VTL), continuous data protection and other products. Its co-founder …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2012
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iPad swipes more of tablet market

Apple extended its lead in the tablet market during the first three months of the year, as much because of a slump in sales of rival product as the arrival of the iPad 3. So said market watcher IDC today, pointing the finger at Amazon, which, it claimed, shipped just 750,000 Kindle Fire tablets in Q1, down from 4.8m in the …
Tony Smith, 03 May 2012
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Thais have a taste for tablets after flood chaos

The global supply chain may at last be recovering from widespread floods which hit Thailand at the end of last year but for consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers in the country the market remains pretty unstable, according to the latest figures from market watcher GFK. The research company revealed today that tablets …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2012
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Nokia still has a patent business

Nokia may have been dethroned in handset sales supremacy but in terms of reaping in royalties, the vendor continues on a sweet ride. According to Nokia’s Q1 results for 2012, the vendor estimates that the current annual IPR royalty under its smart phone and mobile devices business unit income run-rate is approximately €0.5 …
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Samsung overtakes Nokia, Apple in mobile handset race

Samsung has overtaken Nokia in phone handset shipments according to Q1 2012 figures from analysts. Ten years ago a Samsung executive told your correspondent the South Korean electronics giant was going to be bigger in phones than Nokia, and today that's apparently happened. The numbers come from Strategy Analytics and show …
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2012
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Shock sales surge sends Amazon shares soaring

Amazon shares rose at least 16 per cent in pre-market trading today after the etailing giant reported a lift in first quarter revenue. Analysts had been concerned that spending on new products like the Kindle Fire and the usual cost-cutting behaviour of the online firm could heavily impact on profits. But Amazon said its net …