Acer Not Keen Yet on ARM-Based PCs

{complink 2657|Intel Corp.} won't have to fight {complink 444|ARM Ltd.} for nontablet device attention anytime soon at {complink 38|Acer Inc.}, one of the market's top OEMs with a wide range of products addressing the computing industry. J.T. Wang, the chairman of Acer, told Reuters that his Taiwan company is not ready to introduce “non-tablet devices…

Smartphone Surge Heralds End of PC Era

Given how fast technology changes and how quickly it's adopted globally, should we be surprised to hear that smartphone shipments have outpaced PCs? It's one of those things written on tech-evolution walls, isn't it? Even if it was anticipated, and obvious, I have to say I was a bit sad reading the news… Well, perhaps,…

Does Apple Have a Foxconn Problem?

Is {complink 379|Apple Inc.} building its roaring success on the back of poorly paid Chinese workers assembling the company's products in conditions that don't meet international labor standards? This question has dogged Apple for some years, but a recent series of articles in The New York Times paints a powerful picture that casts the world's…

Apple Fumbles the Cash Question

With every quarter of another phenomenal success, {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is compounding the problem of what to do with its growing cash pile. It's time for the company's board of directors to seriously consider practical steps for what to do with the money, including the possible acquisition of businesses in adjacent or even non-competing sectors…

The Agony of Digital Rights Management

The semiconductor industry likes to think it doesn't have to worry about software or Digital Rights Management (DRM). I'm often told “those things will work themselves out on their own.” But the truth is, DRM defines how a user will interact with technology. And it defines how different devices are able to communicate. Can you…

Intel Muscles Into Smartphones, Tablets

{complink 2657|Intel Corp.}, the 800-pound gorilla of the semiconductor market, has finally entered the wireless court. After years of trying, the company said its processors will be designed into smartphones and tablet PCs at three of the world's leading OEMs. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Intel announced critical design deals with {complink 1091|China Unicom…

10 Transformative Technology Events for 2012

What's ahead in 2012 for the technology industry? Current predictions for the global economy is for “slower growth” in 2012 due to Europe's fiscal weakness, slow expansion in North America, and potentials for declining exports for China. {complink 6856|Goldman Sachs & Co.}, for instance, predicts global economic growth of about 3 percent in 2012, “with…