Foxconn Gets Into the Mall-Building Business

{complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.} is taking vertical integration to a new level. The Taiwan-based EMS company is about to break ground on a retail mall that Foxconn will own under the brand Cybermart. According to Asian trade journal DigiTimes: Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will start establishing buildings for the Taipei IT mall project…

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…

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.…

Apple: Trailblazing a New Future

I've used both the iOS and the Android OS, and I have to say I disagree that {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is repeating its mistakes, and here is why: The software market, current and past, for the Mac and PC is very different compared to the app market for smartphones. There were very few options for…

Hardware Trumps Software, Sort of

Another significant milestone in the evolution of {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is being marked this week. {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.}, the long-term nemesis of the consumer electronics company, announced its first-quarter results, and the numbers showed the software vendor's revenue had fallen behind Apple's for the first time in about 20 years. It's a triumph of sort,…