Every once in a while, I wonder to myself what Ben Curtis (a.k.a., the guy who played “The Dell Dude” in more than two dozen annoying Dell ads in the ’90s) has been up to lately. While I remember that he was working as a waiter in New York after getting fired by Dell in the wake of his arrest for buying marijuana, I didn’t realize until this week that he’d started acting again. In a video interview with Business Insider, Curtis talks about how he’s rebuilt his career after a long and trying ordeal where he couldn’t get work. More →
It’s not even Black Friday yet and we’re already getting hit with details on companies’ big Cyber Monday sales. Walmart announced early on Monday morning that its big Cyber Monday 2015 sale will actually start on Sunday this year, and now Dell has released its full 6-page ad full of Cyber Monday bargains on laptops, desktops, peripherals, HDTVs and more. More →
Back in the day when Apple was trying to reaffirm itself in the computer business and convince buyers that Macs were better than PCs, the company came up with a slew of Mac vs. PC ads that were just hilarious. But times have changed, Apple dropped the campaign, and the current computer business looks nothing like the one from last decade. Smartphones are dominant in this “post-PC” era, and laptop and desktop makers are struggling against a marked demand decrease – interestingly, the Mac is now doing a lot better than PCs in terms of profitability.
Aaron Sorkin’s new movie Steve Jobs opened this past weekend and took in an average of $130,000 per theater showing the film. For those wondering how that compares to other movies, no film this year has grossed more money per theater; Steve Jobs opened in just four theaters this past weekend and racked up $521,000 at the box office.
With Dell in the news this morning thanks to its historic $67 billion EMC buy, we have to wonder: would a similar movie about Michael Dell be as interesting as Sorkin’s new Jobs film? As it turns out, Conan O’Brien already answered that question for us. More →
After various reports claimed that Dell had been eyeing EMC as a merger target, Dell on Monday finally confirmed it’s indeed going to purchase the company, creating a “premier end-to-end technology company.” More →
“I’ll give you my Mac when you pry it from my cold, dead hands” — might be the mantra of most Mac users. I can say that the new Dell XPS 13 is good enough to pry a MacBook from my — albeit animate — hands. I’ve been using the redesigned 2015 XPS 13 for the last several months and it was surprisingly easy to relegate my MacBook to backup status.
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As Dell’s long history of consumer electronics flops shows, it’s never really had a reputation for cutting-edge design. That said, it looks like going private has given the company more time to refine its game and it’s just unveiled a really nice-looking ultrabook at CES 2015. More →
It’s safe to say that Dell’s marketing team won’t be getting any special “thank you” cards from Microsoft this year. The Verge has spotted a new ad for Dell’s new Dell XPS 15 laptop that seemingly dual boots Windows 8 and OS X. Of course, the computer only runs Windows 8 and it looks like the advertising agency took a little too much creative license with the way it decided to show off its best features. The most comical part comes when the woman in the video swipes Windows 8’s Metro interface from the right-hand side of the screen and it immediately switches to OS X. The full video is posted below. More →
While we wait patiently for the rise of the Android-powered TV, Dell has taken the initiative and released a portable HDMI dongle that can turn any screen with an HDMI or MHL port into an Android PC, complete with access to the cloud. The Wyse Cloud Connect clearly draws some inspiration from Google’s Chromecast, but based on the press release, Dell is targeting a more business-minded audience with its device. More →
A big fuss was made over HP’s recent declaration that Windows 7 computers were “back by popular demand.” Why? Because Windows 8’s reception has been beyond disappointing to PC makers and industry watchers alike. HP moving back to Windows 7 would be yet another sign that computer buyers want nothing to do with Windows 8 but according to ZDNet’s Ed Bott, the entire ordeal was “manufactured.” More →
The PC market is not a very good business to be in right now. Growth is slowing, Windows 8 isn’t helping, and vendors are rehashing old gimmicks in an effort to turn things around. Beyond declining shipment figures and sinking average selling prices (ASPs), there is another number industry watchers keep their eye on that will almost certainly shock people who don’t follow the PC business closely: the amount of money, on average, that PC vendors make for each computer sold. More →