The NPD research group says technology sales grew 11.8% for the week ending November 25 which includes the major Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving. Sales surpassed $2 billion dollars, but the group says the growth rate has slowed from previous years.
Bangkok (Thailand) - Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system will not launch until January 30, but software pirates around the world are already churning out illegal copies of the recently released RTM Vista. Often these copies are sold for pennies on the dollar when compared to the original price: We were able to purchase a copy of Vista Ultimate, which will retail for $400, for a mere $3.50 (US).
Surging microprocessor sales as well as the acquisition of ATI have made AMD an official member of the world's ten largest chip manufacturers, according to a report released today by iSuppli. AMD checks in at #7, while Intel is seeing double-digit declines in revenue.
Waltham (MA) - A new advancement for Office clones was reached today, as Novell and Microsoft announced that OpenOffice will receive support for the Open XML platform, a file format developed by Microsoft for the upcoming Office 2007 suite.
Even though there's only a few hundred thousand consoles across the globe right now, Sony is already making clear that it wants no one to import the PS3 from foreign countries, threatening legal action against anyone who does so.
Qualcomm today announced that it will acquire for cash WLAN MIMO innovator Airgo Networks and the majority of RF Micro Devices' (RFMD's) Bluetooth assets.
Overall growth in the number of PCs sold in the US retail channel slowed during the Black Friday week of 2006, compared with the Black Friday week of 2005, according to Current Analysis.
The US District Judge hearing SCO Group's breach-of-contract and copyright case against IBM has affirmed an earlier ruling limiting the Unix vendor's claims to just 106 items of claimed evidence.
Berkeley (CA) - AMD yesterday presented the first native quad-core CPU, a processor that combines four cores within one die, to analysts. Few details have been provided at the time of the announcement, but the puzzle is coming together and suggests that AMD may have a shot at trumping Intel by mid-2007, at least until the blue team rolls out 45 nm chips.
Just when the dust had finally settled from the big scandal earlier this year, when HP executives were accused of spying on journalists, there are new claims of ethical violations, as records show that executives cashed in their stocks during the fiasco, trying to avoid a dip in stock price, according to a story by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Nvidia and AMD, the new owner of graphics chip maker ATI, have confirmed idependent from another that they have subpoena from the San Francisco Office of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
With Picvue Optoelectronics International (POI) closing down its business, Taiwan is officially out of the LCD glass substrate market.
Gigabyte Technology on November 30 announced it will formally transfer its own-brand desktop PC motherboard and graphics card operations.
After many problems with the launch of the PS3, Sony today announced a bit of a shake-up in the corporate level. Ken Kutaragi and Kaz Hirai, two of the most high-profile executives, are among the handful of people with new titles.
Having trailed Dell in worldwide PC sales for four years, Hewlett-Packard has surpassed its rival during the third quarter of this year. According to a report from iSuppli, HP now leads the ranking with a global market share of 16.5%, while Dell fell behind with 16.3%.
New York (NY) - Amid the typical marketing hyperboles tossed around at today's launch event at Nasdaq, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made one statement very clear. He referred to today as the biggest launch event in the company's history and deemed Vista and Office 2007 "the two most significant releases we've ever done."
After the planned launch of 45 nm processors in the second half of 2007, Intel will likely reach the crossover between 45nm and 65nm nodes in CPU production in 2008, said Rob Willoner, technology analyst at Intel's technology and manufacturing group.
As Nichia and Sony will increase production of blue laser diodes used in Blu-ray Disc (BD) drives and Sharp recently joining such production, the current global shortage of BD pick-up heads (PUHs), in which blue laser diodes is a key component, will gradually relax next year, according to sources in Taiwan's optical disc drive industry.
Executives at Samsung Electronics recently said the company has signed a long-term contract with Dell for 27" widescreen LCD monitor panels, according to the Korean-language Electronic Times, Seoul .
Redmond (WA) - The wait is over, at least for business customers, for Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, as well as the latest version of Microsoft Office. The new programs, which will be available for consumers in January, round out a sweeping release of updates over the past few months for Microsoft's most widely used applications.