RIM’s new BlackBerry phones faring well with enterprise, consumer adoption slow

By on September 8, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

RIM’s new BlackBerry phones faring well with enterprise, consumer adoption slow

Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 7 smartphones are seeing strong initial sales among businesses looking to upgrade from older BlackBerry smartphones, however consumer sales have been weak according to Canaccord Genuity. In a research note, Canaccord analysts Mike Walkley and Matt Ramsay found during channel checks that upgrade sales of BlackBerry 7 devices in North America were quite strong with enterprise customers in August. Specifically, Verizon Wireless saw strong Bold 9930 upgrade sales among its substantial enterprise customer base, while AT&T and Sprint saw mixed sales. T-Mobile’s $300 Bold 9900 has not been selling well according to Canaccord’s checks. Read on for more. More →

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Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims

By on March 7, 2011 at 8:01 PM.

Apple shipped 1.1 million MacBook Air laptops last quarter, analyst claims

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed on Saturday that Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million MacBook Air units over the course of the refreshed laptop’s first quarter of availability. Though the firm’s figure is most certainly not confirmed by Apple, Ming-Chi cites channel checks in Asia in revealing shipment numbers, which would make the new MacBook Air one of the fastest-selling Mac computers in Apple’s history. Ming-Chi notes that sales have likely begun to slow in the first quarter of 2011, and Concord estimates that Apple will ship approximately 700,000 units this quarter. Shipments of Apple’s newly refreshed MacBook Pro computers are expected to make up for the slowing Air sales, however, and Concord notes that demand for the new Pro line will help offset slowed MacBook Air shipments. More →

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HP TouchPad to launch in April, report claims

By on February 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM.

HP TouchPad to launch in April, report claims

Hewlett-Packard’s first webOS-powered tablet will launch this April, a new report claims. Industry watcher DigiTimes cites sources from within HP’s component suppliers in stating that manufacturers will begin shipping the TouchPad by the end of March. The TouchPad, which will launch with webOS 3.0, will then be ready for release some time in April. The report goes on to estimate that HP intends to sell between 4 and 5 million TouchPad units and between 45 and 48 million notebook computers and tablet PCs combined in 2011. HP has not provided any specific information in terms of a launch date or pricing for the TouchPad, which we got up close and personal with earlier this month. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBook production in full swing ahead of launch

By on January 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook production in full swing ahead of launch

Rumors of possible delays may be further quashed on Friday as industry watcher DigiTimes reports that production of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now in full swing. Quanta, the China-based manufacturer charged with building the BlackBerry tablets, is said to have ramped up production ahead of the device’s anticipated release in March. A pace of 150,000 to 200,000 units per month has reportedly been reached, and shipments could be ready as soon as next month. Quanta is said to be building PlayBook tablets in its facilities in Taiwan, though the majority of its plants are located in mainland China. An earlier report from DigiTimes claims that RIM has 1 million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets on order in the first quarter of 2011. RIM plans to launch a Wi-Fi-only version of its PlayBook tablet in March, while 3G and 4G versions are expected later in the first half of this year. More →

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Sony Ericsson has Windows Phone 7 devices ‘in the pipeline’ according to report

By on January 24, 2011 at 9:01 AM.

Sony Ericsson has Windows Phone 7 devices ‘in the pipeline’ according to report

A new report suggests Sony Ericsson is more deeply invested in Windows Phone 7 than the manufacturer has let on at this point. Rumors of a Windows Phone from Sony Ericsson date back as far as this past summer but the phone maker would not confirm its plans, saying only that it was looking into Microsoft’s new mobile OS as a possible platform for future devices. As shipments decline, however, the Swedish joint venture needs to explore new avenues that might  lead to increased consumer interest in its smartphones. One of those avenues, according to a DigiTimes report, is Windows Phone 7. Channel checks with Taiwan-based manufacturers reportedly reveal that Sony Ericsson does indeed already have Windows Phone 7 devices “in the pipeline,” despite the fact that executives have been careful with their words in recent history when discussing the platform. DigiTimes’ report does not include any information as far as specific devices, nor does it indicate when we might see new Microsoft-powered phones reach market from Sony Ericsson. More →

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1M BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, 800K Motorola XOOMs on order for Q1 according to report

By on January 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM.

1M BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, 800K Motorola XOOMs on order for Q1 according to report

According to an unconfirmed report, Chinese manufacturer Quanta Computer will build and ship over 1 million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets for RIM in the first quarter of 2011. DigiTimes cites industry sources in reporting the numbers, and also states that Quanta will ship between 700,000 and 800,000 Motorola XOOM tablets in Q1. The report claims RIM will launch the Wi-Fi-only version of the PlayBook in March, with 3G and 4G versions to follow in the second quarter. The report also claims, however, that Motorola will begin offering an “LTE version” of the XOOM tablet in the second quarter of this year after launching the 3G model in Q1. This assertion is inaccurate according to Motorola, which said its XOOM tablet would only gain 4G LTE connectivity using a forthcoming modem attachment. BGR published a lengthy hands-on video demonstration of the BlackBerry PlayBook in December, and we played with it again at CES in early January. The QNX-based tablet managed to impress us on both occasions. We also checked out the Android Honeycomb-powered Motorola XOOM tablet at CES and it was quite impressive as well. More →

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Four arrested for insider trading; charges include leaking Apple secrets

By on December 16, 2010 at 2:58 PM.

Four arrested for insider trading; charges include leaking Apple secrets

Four new arrests were made Thursday as the Securities and Exchange Commission and other U.S. government agencies continue to crack down on “channel checks” and other related practices. The defendants – identified as Walter Shimoon (VP of Business Development at Flextronics), Mark Longoria (supply chain manager at AMD), Manosha Karunatilaka (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd) and James Fleishman (sales manager at an “expert networking” firm) — have been charged with various crimes surrounding alleged insider trading. Court filings indicate that Shimoon, Longoria and Karunatilaka were hired as consultants by Fleishman’s expert networking firm. The men allegedly passed along corporate secrets about Apple, AMD and other companies to two unnamed hedge funds. Court filings also indicate that Shimoon was paid to leak non-public details surrounding the iPhone 4 and iPad ahead of Apple’s public announcements.

“Today’s charges allege that a corrupt network of insiders at some of the world’s leading technology companies served as so-called ‘consultants’ who sold out their employers by stealing and then peddling their valuable inside information,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “Over the next many months and beyond, we will continue to enforce the law, police the market, and protect honest businesses and their shareholders by working methodically with the FBI and SEC to root out corporate corruption and insider trading.” More →

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SEC investigates legality of ‘channel checks’

By on November 24, 2010 at 9:22 AM.

SEC investigates legality of ‘channel checks’

Some analysts could soon find themselves in hot water as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into the legality of “channel checks.” Channel checks refer to the practice whereby analysts contact inside sources at manufacturing companies in order to glean inside information. This information often has a tendency to move the market, of course, but the SEC is now trying to determine whether or not the practice should be legal. “Insider trading basically comes down to where you know or ought to know that the person from whom you’re getting this information has a duty to someone else to keep it confidential,” former SEC commissioner Paul Atkins told The Wall Street Journal. “If you go in and pay the mail clerk to give you special information, that’s not proper.” Beyond just the analysts involved, the SEC is also investigating “expert networks,” which get paid to connect investors with inside sources. More →

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