A rapidly growing demand for more storage capacity is pushing the hard drive industry into a period of significant growth. Leading the pace is Seagate, which said that it sold more than 119 million hard drives in the past 12 months.
It sounds like a joint-venture, but in the highly incestuous world of Taiwanese business affairs it is more of a merger. Asus is going to supply mobos and graphics cards under the Gigabyte brand, and will more than likely spin-off its own branded products in this category, as well.
It was just one year ago that News Corp. purchased the company that launched MySpace, by far the Internet's most successful experiment in social networking. Since that time, its traffic has almost quadrupled, eclipsing even that of Google. So when Google signed an agreement to become MySpace's search provider - paying for the right to do so - did it really land a big fish? Or is Google the one with the hook in its mouth?
In an environment of increasing competitive pressure, two of Taiwan's Tier 1 motherboard manufacturers have decided to merge their businesses. Asustek and Gigabyte today announced a joint venture that will be developing, manufacturing and marketing motherboards and graphics cards under the Gigabyte brand.
According to the WSJ , several Apple executives were issued stock options on 17 January 2001, just before issuing its fiscal first quarter 2001 report. The stock value rose immediately thereafter, and each executive (excluding Steve Jobs) was about $7.5 million richer. It raises eyebrows...but hey, it's not backdating, is it. What's more, it might not be illegal.
PC Magazine is one of those great publications that made millions of people comfortable with computers. The magazine introduced people to what once was a geeky topic for a few and eventually became a mass market phenomenon in a short period of time.
Asustek Computer is interested in acquiring another motherboard specialist Gigabyte Technology, which shows better strength in distribution, according to sources in the Taiwan motherboard industry.
Taiwan-based chipset suppliers Silicon Integrated System (SiS) and VIA Technologies will gradually lose their pricing edge in the entry-level chipset market as the Nvidia MCP61S integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset is expected to win wider adoption with motherboard makers by providing cheaper cost with better performance, sources indicated.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) aims to ship 26 million desktop-use processors in the second half of this year, bringing its projected shipments of desktop CPUs for all of 2006 to about 46 million units, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers familiar with AMD's product roadmap.
The console makers are on to a winner with these so called "micro transactions", providing relatively cheap add on content for games via digital download. Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace is the first example we've seen get released into the wild, with people buying credit (and that's a critical part of the equation) to spend on items ranging from wallpapers to customize their consoles; to add on maps and extra items for games.
In the months after the SCO Group's Linux-related lawsuit against IBM was filed nearly three and a half years ago, the tiny Utah software company saw its stock soar tenfold.
Apple announced this morning it may have to restate the company's earnings for the past four years, and that any statements that currently exist for that time period may be unreliable. The reason is that an SEC investigation has apparently turned up evidence of a curious accounting practice that concerns how executives receive non-cash compensation. It's the correction which could spell trouble for Apple.
Excess stockpiles of PC microprocessors and core logic chipsets caused surplus semiconductor inventories in the global electronics supply chain to rise more than expected in the second quarter, according to research firm iSuppli.
Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) may give up constructing a sixth-generation (6G) LCD plant amid slow panel demand and rapid growth of panels for over-40" TVs, according to the Chinese-language Commercial Times.
Toshiba and Sandisk today announced that they begin construction of 12" fab Fab 4 for NAND flash production, following the companies' agreement that was announced in April 2006.
In Microsoft's ongoing battle with Eolas Technologies - the patent-holding arm of the University of California, whose claim to having patented program functionality invoked through Web pages was upheld - the Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit on Monday granted Microsoft's request for the case to be remanded to a new judge.
Gateway, the third largest PC company in the U.S., to day reported sales of $919 million and a net loss of $7.7 million for the second quarter. In Q2 of 2005, the company had reported $873 million in sales and a net profit of $17.7 million.
Microsoft has filed a complaint against peripherals maker Belkin for allegedly infringing on a Microsoft patent pertaining to its U2 technology.
Google has struck a deal with American satellite radio company XM Satellite to allow the search engine's Adwords advertisers to automatically place ads on XM's non-music radio channels.