Acer to Acquire US-based iGware

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Acer plans to acquire US-based iGware, a leading cloud technology company, for US$320M plus another US$75M for performance-based earn-out. With the objective of mid- to long-term investment, Acer will leverage iGware’s proven technology to establish its own cloud infrastructure, called Acer Cloud, to serve and benefit Acer customers, and enhance brand value.…

NEC Lenovo Japan to Deliver Enhanced Innovations

BEIJING & TOKYO — Lenovo and NEC Corporation (NEC) today announced the launch of NEC Lenovo Japan Group, which becomes Japan’s biggest(*) PC provider. According to recent analyst figures, the new group will total nearly 25 percent of Japan’s PC market, with a strong presence in both the commercial/government sector and in consumer sales. The…

Tablets, PCs & the ‘Aha!’ Moment

This admission will probably ruin my career, but until recently, I've never been clear on the difference between a tablet and a PC. Aren't they both computers? Yes, they are. So why will the success of one mean the death knell for the other? I finally found a workable definition on the differences buried in…

Acer’s Blunder Sends Up Warning Flares

{complink 38|Acer Inc.}, once a high-flying PC vendor, is licking its wounds — again. After what seems to be a serious misreading of market demand and equally disconcerting missteps in supply chain planning, the company is slashing its full-year tablet shipment target by 60 percent, dumping three million laptops into the European market to clear…

Who Will Hurt Most if PCs Disappear?

Follow the money. In the case of {complink 379|Apple Inc.}, following this old but still very relevant maxim can add significantly to a company's bottom line. Ignoring it can also result in lost sales and a failure to understand the enormous shifts occurring in the electronics world, and the implications for the supply chain. Because…

HP at a Crossroads

Heads are rolling at {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.}, as new CEO Leo Apotheker moves to streamline the company and drive it deeper into enterprise software, cloud computing, and services. Apotheker took over in September, following the ouster of Mark Hurd amid a sexual harassment scandal. He hasn't had much of a honeymoon period, spending his initial…

Apple: Too Cool to Boycott?

Of the many things that are hard to understand about Friday's fatal explosion at a {complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.} workshop in Chengdu, China, perhaps the most perplexing is why {complink 379|Apple Inc.} isn't hurting more. If we think back ten years, international companies receiving negative publicity about unsafe working conditions had to take significant measures…

Apple Has a Foxconn Problem

{complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.} and {complink 379|Apple Inc.} are joined at the hips. They've grown together over the last five years with Foxconn both piggybacking on and helping Apple achieve its enormous success in the PC and consumer electronics market. Today, Apple is the world's biggest electronics company by capitalization, and Foxconn is its No.…

Apple: Repeating the Mistakes of the Past

Here we go again, right back where we've always been. In the 1980s the Apple Mac OS was the best operating system on the planet, and {complink 379|Apple Inc.} was heading toward a dominant share in the personal computer market. Microsoft's MS-DOS had a text interface with arcane commands rather than an easy-to-use graphical interface.…