Asus and Acer scale back Intel Ultrabook orders by 40%

By on November 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM.

Asus and Acer scale back Intel Ultrabook orders by 40%

Weak sales of the Acer S3 and Asus Zenbook series Ultrabooks have forced both Acer and Asus to scale back orders by 40%, DigiTimes reported on Thursday. The two companies are said to have slashed orders from between 250,000 and 300,000 units to between 150,000 and 180,000 units. The high-end Ultrabooks, which are priced around $1,000, are not faring well in a PC market that has seen decreased global demand. Sources said to be familiar with Acer’s shipment plans said the company is still confident in Ultrabooks as a whole, and that shipments were on a par with its original expectations. Reportedly, notebook manufacturers are waiting for Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system to ship in October, when demand is expected to increase. Intel introduced Ultrabooks in May, and has invested $300 million in the powerful thin and light products that it expects will compete directly with Apple’s MacBook Air. Intel hopes the new products will gain 40% of the global notebook market by the end of 2012.  More →

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HTC CEO says Apple lawsuit won't put company in 'dangerous situation'

By on July 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM.

HTC CEO says Apple lawsuit won't put company in 'dangerous situation'

HTC’s CEO Peter Chou spoke with investors recently and promised that its ongoing patent battles with Apple will not hurt the company. “Many lawsuits nowadays are results of being successful; it’s part of the business,” Chou said. “We will not bring the company to a dangerous position.” Earlier this month the United States International Trade Commission ruled that HTC was infringing on two of Apple’s patents related to a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,” and a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data.” In addition, the ITC ruled that Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is infringing on patents owned by S3, which HTC acquired on July 6th. The ruling against HTC could spell danger for Android makers, as the patents are believed to be largely important to the operating system. Google has said that it is standing behind HTC and its other Android partners, however, and it was revealed on Friday morning that it recently purchased 1,030 more patents to help it go to war with competitors. More →

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Apple’s Mac OS X infringes on HTC-owned S3 patents, ITC rules

By on July 27, 2011 at 4:53 PM.

Apple’s Mac OS X infringes on HTC-owned S3 patents, ITC rules

United States International Trade Commission judge James Gildea has ruled that Apple’s Mac OS X operating system infringes on two patents owned by S3. Judge Gildea also ruled that the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch do not infringe on S3′s patents, however. The patents in question are related to NVIDIA graphics chips used in Apple’s Mac computers, but it is unclear which devices exactly are infringing on S3′s technology. HTC purchased S3 for $300 million in early July, and a different ITC judge recently ruled that the Taiwanese company is guilty of infringing on two patents owned by Apple related to a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,” and a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data.” HTC’s chief financial officer Winston Yung said on Tuesday that his company was willing to bury the hatchet with Apple and that the two companies have to “sit down and figure it out.” More →

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HTC acquires S3 Graphics for $300 million

By on July 6, 2011 at 9:40 PM.

HTC acquires S3 Graphics for $300 million

On Wednesday, VIA Technologies and WTI announced that the two have reached an agreement to sell holdings in S3 Graphics to HTC for $300 million. S3 Graphics builds hardware graphics solutions for a number of consumer devices including game consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. VIA will receive $147 million from the deal while WTI will take home $153 million. “The transaction would allow VIA to monetize a portion of its rich IP portfolio, yet retain its graphics capabilities to support the development and sale of its processors and chipsets,” said Tzu-mu Lin, Senior Vice President and Board Director of VIA. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval but is expected to close before the end of this year. Read on for the full press release.
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Amazon officially introduces ‘Cloud Drive’ music service

By on March 29, 2011 at 6:31 AM.

Amazon officially introduces ‘Cloud Drive’ music service

Right on queue, Amazon has announced a new, cloud-based, music storage service dubbed Cloud Drive. The new offering will allow users to store up to 5GB of music in Amazon’s new, online locker and playback uploaded tracks via their Android smartphone, Android tablet, Mac, or PC. Users that purchase a complete album via Amazon’s MP3 store will automatically be upgraded to 20GB of storage, free of charge, and tracks purchased on Amazon are automatically uploaded to the cloud; purchased tracks do not count towards your storage quota. Stored music can be played-back using the Cloud Player for Web or Cloud Player for Android software (available in the Market now) and additional storage plans starting at $20 per year (we know some of you have large music collections). Congratulations Amazon, you are officially the first to market. The full press release is after the break. More →

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Android dethrones Symbian as No. 1 smartphone OS, says Canalys

By on January 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

Android dethrones Symbian as No. 1 smartphone OS, says Canalys

Canalys today becomes the first major firm to report a changing of the guard we all knew was coming. According to the industry watcher’s fourth-quarter 2010 data, Google’s Android platform outsold Nokia’s Symbian OS to become the best-selling smartphone platform in the world. Canalys’ figures show 32.9 million Android-powered smartphones having been shipped last quarter, while Symbian device shipments slid in at 31 million units. In terms of market share, Android reeled in 32.9% of the market in the fourth quarter while Symbian owned 30.6% of the market. This marks the first time in 10 years that another smartphone operating system has outsold Symbian — and as fast as Android is growing, it most definitely will not be the last. Other notable takeaways from the report: Apple shipped 16.2 million smartphones to take 16% of the market, down 0.1% from the same quarter in 2009, and RIM’s global market share slid from 20% in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 14.4% last quarter. Despite losing ground in market share, Apple and RIM both saw year-over-year growth in terms of device shipments — up 85.9% and 36%, respectively. Hit the break for Canalys’ full press release. More →

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Nokia to pass on Android, focus on MeeGo and Symbian

By on July 1, 2010 at 8:03 PM.

Nokia to pass on Android, focus on MeeGo and Symbian

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Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia’s new Mobile Solutions unit, sat down with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday to discuss the future of Nokia’s struggling mobile phone business. In the brief but pointed interview, Vanjoki re-confirmed Nokia’s commitment to Symbian and MeeGo, a Linux-based mobile OS  jointly created Nokia and Intel. For the time being, Symbian will remain an integral part of the mobile giant’s handset lineup while MeeGo will form the base for a growing number of upcoming handheld gadgets, including its flagship N-series lineup. Nokia continues to push out handsets, with the Symbian^3-powered N8 slated for launch in Q3, while the first MeeGo devices are expected to land by the end of the year. Nokia shot down any possibility of an Android handset by claiming that it can best create value by focusing on its own hardware and software. Speaking of hardware, Vanjoki assures US consumers that Nokia has not forgotten about the US market and expects to bring additional handsets like the T-Mobile 5230 Neuron stateside. The interview sets the stage for the future of Nokia and addresses many of the weak points singled out by Ricky Cadden in his Farewell to Symbian-Guru post which announced the closing of his popular Symbian blog. Wonder if there is any correlation? More →

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Symbian^3 gets exhaustively reviewed

By on June 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM.

Symbian^3 gets exhaustively reviewed

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Nokia fans waiting with bated breath for Symbian^3 and the N8 to arrive now have an exhaustive review of the next generation Symbian platform to tide them over. Courtesy of Eldar Murtazin, the review covers nearly every nook and cranny of the upcoming mobile operating system with screen galore. If you are expecting a glowing review that praises Nokia’s efforts, you better look elsewhere as Murtazin is brutally frank with his assessment and highly critical of the OS. Wrapping up his review, Murtazin acknowledges that S^3 is a step forward for Symbian but the platform still is several generations behind its competition. He calls Symbian^3 a gift from Nokia to its competition, explaining that Nokia’s flagship OS is “inferior to the already existing solutions” and can only make these other platforms look good in comparison. Ouch! More →

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Amazon using FedEx to upload large amounts of data to S3 cloud

By on June 11, 2010 at 12:19 PM.

Amazon using FedEx to upload large amounts of data to S3 cloud

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If you have terabytes of data you desperately need to upload to Amazon’s cloud storage service — and don’t feel like waiting the 2 months for the transfer to complete — you now have another option. FedEx. Amazon is allowing customers to FedEx mass storage devices to its Seattle, Virginia, or Dublin locations for direct, internal upload. Amazon will charge $80 per physical storage device sent, plus $2.49 for each hour it takes for the data to upload; you can check out the online calculator to see exactly how much FedEx’ing Amazon will cost you. Here’s what Amazon had to say about the new service:

“AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport. AWS transfers your data directly onto and off of storage devices using Amazon’s high-speed internal network and bypassing the Internet. For significant data sets, AWS Import/Export is often faster than Internet transfer and more cost effective than upgrading your connectivity.”

As always, “AWS is not responsible for damages associated with loss or inadvertent disclosure of data; or the loss, damage, or destruction of the physical hardware. You should always retain a back-up copy of your data.” More →

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