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Acer Bullish on Low Cost Laptops, Smartphones

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Acer Bullish on Low Cost Laptops, SmartphonesAcer says its PC shipments will total 25m to 30m this year, up from about 20m.

President Gianfranco Lanci also forecasts a 40% annual rise in laptop shipments, and about 5m to 7m units will be those new low-cost Atom-based laptops Acer will launch at Computex in June… Hmmm, those two forecasts (up 5-10m in total units and up 5-7m from low-cost laptops) seem to share a common number.

Acer says revenue during Q2 will be slightly down from Q1…but wait until those low cost laptops hit total Continue reading...

Longshine Hands It to You: The E-Book

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Longshine 01Thomas Grashoff, VP of Longshine Technologie Europe GmbH, demonstrates the portability of the new 6” E-book.

Users can read books, play MP3, store photos, and view documents in this thin, handheld format. With 1GB NAND flash, 128MB SDRAM, SD Card (up to 8GB), WiFi and USB, the E-Book is fully featured to keep up with mobile life. Batteries conveniently go on stand-by if you are not turning pages.

Go Read, Store & Listen 




Join the Crowd: HP with “ULCPC”

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HP's Mini-Note PC is the latest ULCPC, an ultra, low cost PC. For less than $500.

In USA, HP 2133 Mini-Note PC comes with basic functionalities -- web, e-mail, WiFi, instant messaging plus video and playback. And here’s how you get low cost: Linux.



Fujitsu to Show Cedar Wood Laptop

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For a design show in Milan, Fujitsu (not Fujitsu-Siemens) will show a prototype laptop with a cedar wood case and bio-plastics parts. Bio-plastics are produced from vegetable oil rather than petroleum.   Go Wood Shell Laptop

TomTom Won’t Meet 2008 Target

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TomTom Won’t Meet 2008 TargetIBM and Intel may be happy with Q1 but TomTom says it won't meet its 2008 target of 20% growth.


The €2 billion TomTom thinks Q1 revenue will be in €260- €270 million range vs. €296 million last year. Operating margins will fall to "low single digits." The company says in Q1 "retailers reduced their inventory levels more strongly than expected, especially in Europe" where TomTom has 50% of the in-car market.


TomTom competes against Garmin (larger Continue reading...

Dell to Join Under $500 Ultra-Portable Makers

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Dell will join the growing crowd of makers selling ultra-portable notebooks for $399-$499. Coming in late June or early July, the new line of laptops will have flash memory-based storage of 8-12GB.


Michael Dell recently highlighted that for more than one year Dell has invited its customers to share ideas about improving products on Their site has attracted more than 8900 ideas and features 45 Ideas in Action.


Go Dell’s IdeaStorm

Intel: What’s in Your Pocket?

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Intel: What’s in Your Pocket?

The PDA market is dead, the Ultra-Mobiles never caught on…is it time for a range of wireless internet devices aimed at an alleged gap between smartphones and laptops?

In Shanghai, Intel wants developer buy-in on its MID technology. Introducing products at the Intel event are Asus, BenQ, Clarion, Fujitsu, Gigabyte, Lenovo, LGE, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba.

Based on their new Atom processors, Intel claims advantage over makers of chips for cellphones (i.e., Qualcomm) because of Continue reading...

Quo Vadis GPS?

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SiRF Technology, GPS chip maker, says there’s weaker-than-expected demand for all products, especially personal navigation devices. They will reduce workforce by 7%, close South San Francisco and Stockholm offices, and pull the plug on plans to develop mobile TV products. GPS was the darling of retail in 2007, so this trend from the chip provider may foretell future retail inventories.  Go SiRF

Mobile Broadband Up 157% in USA

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Research says the devices accessing internet via U.S. cellular broadband networks more than doubled in 2007. The majority of those machines were corporate-issued machines.                             According comScore, 2,168,000 devices used broadband cellular connections to access the web in Q4 in USA.  And 59% are corporate users. Another study by In-Stat Continue reading...

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