Apple may launch revamped iTunes Store, App Store later this year

By on February 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM.

Apple may launch revamped iTunes Store, App Store later this year

Apple may be working on an overhaul of its iTunes Store and App Store, according to 9to5Mac. Due to growing competition from music streaming services like Spotify and the growing popularity of Amazon’s online music store, the redesign of the iTunes Store is considered “a top priority for Apple.” The Cupertino-based company is looking to simplify the service and deliver a more user-friendly interface than the one afforded by its current design. The redesign will reportedly simplify content discovery, and it will “make the iTunes Store a much more engaging experience.” The revamped stores are reportedly scheduled to launch later this year. More →

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Acer CEO resigns as company hits rough patch

By on March 31, 2011 at 9:09 PM.

Acer CEO resigns as company hits rough patch

It appears as though Acer founder Stan Shih will get his wish, as news of CEO Gianfranco Lanci’s resignation could mark the start of a much needed overhaul. Shih, who retired from the company in 2004, said on Tuesday that Acer is in need of an overhaul and a shift in focus from being a leader in the PC market to increasing profit margins. On Thursday, Acer announced that Lanci is resigning effective immediately, and company chairman J. T. Wang will step in as interim CEO until the company finds a suitable replacement. “The personal computer remains the core of our business,” said Wang in a statement. “We have built up a strong foundation and will continue to expand within, especially in the commercial PC segment. In addition, we are stepping into the new mobile device market, where we will invest cautiously and aim to become one of the leading players.” Wang continued, “In this new ICT industry, Acer needs a period of time for adjustment. With the spirit of entrepreneurship, we will face new challenges and look to the future with confidence.” More →

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Acer founder says company needs an overhaul

By on March 30, 2011 at 3:27 PM.

Acer founder says company needs an overhaul

Acer founder Stan Shih on Tuesday said the company needs to overhaul its operations in order to stay competitive with the changing market. Shih’s comments, which were made at a National Culture and Arts Foundation event in Taiwan, were a response to news that Acer had lowered its first-quarter guidance. Acer said that declining demand in the U.S. and Europe due to the rapid growth of the consumer tablet market would result in a 10% drop in sales for the first quarter. Shih believes that Acer should overhaul its operations and focus on increasing profit margins rather than becoming a leader in the global PC market. Acer noted on Tuesday that its net profit margin is expected to drop below 2% in the first quarter from 2.93% in the previous quarter. Shih, who retired from his role as head of Acer in 2004 after founding the company in 1976 and building it into the largest computer company in Taiwan, said significant overhauls are commonplace at Acer. The company founder said that in the past, Acer has undergone an overhaul every 10 years or so in an effort to adapt to changes in the global market. More →

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Samsung considers Galaxy Tab 10.1 overhaul following iPad 2 unveiling

By on March 4, 2011 at 10:37 AM.

Samsung considers Galaxy Tab 10.1 overhaul following iPad 2 unveiling

Following the unveiling of Apple’s second-generation iPad tablet earlier this week, competitors are left scrambling to react. The iPad 2 wasn’t perfect, of course, but it still sets the standard for tablets in 2011 and it will still outsell the competition 10 to one. Apple had its eye on hardware with its iPad 2 update, and the sleek, slender result was so impressive that it seemingly left Samsung scrambling to overhaul its upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate. The company is already rethinking some of the tablet’s hardware components, Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports, in consideration of the iPad 2′s 8.8-millimeter aluminum body. “We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” Lee Don-joo, EVP of Samsung’s mobile business, told Yonhap. “Apple made it very thin.” Samsung is also considering a lower price point when it releases the Tab 10.1 later this year, according to Lee. “The 10-inch [Galaxy Tab] was to be priced higher than the 7-inch [Galaxy Tab] but we will have to think that over.” More →

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