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Whoops There Goes Our R&D

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Whoops There Goes Our R&D

Place fewer, bigger bets. Or is it just fewer bets? Our IT industry R&D is not even growing by 1% a year.

HP calls it “laser focus;” IBM says “a realignment of research priorities;” and Sun just calls it “trimming.”

HPLabs shifts funding from 150 projects to 20-30 bigger projects. Prith Banerjee, director, says: “If you have limited resources, having a ‘let 1,000 flowers bloom’ approach doesn’t give enough resources to any one idea”. Continue reading...

The Mystery of the Corporate 5 Note Tune

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Remember the 3 seconds music tone of INTEL that chirped so famously on TV ads across the world? It played once every 5 minutes somewhere in the world.

Now Cisco's selected a new musical logo. Cisco was quite chuffed  as apparently it takes 18 months to compose an adequate five-note tune and Cisco completed this in six months. Whew!
Cisco is in a touchy-feely corporate mood these days, although it fires execs who can’t do touchy-feely without blinking. Which would indicate a source of Continue reading...

LG Philips Name Change

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LG Philips Name Change

LG Philips LCD will become LG Display after the company’s GM on February 29.

The name will reflect Philips’ equity stake reduction and LG’s intent to pursue display technologies beyond LCD. Like the world’s highest res 14.3-inch flexible color E-paper they displayed at CES 2008. The size of an A4 sheet of paper, it has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, displaying 16.7 million colors. Less than 300 micrometers thin (and with the use of metal foil and plastic --rather than Continue reading...

The End of the DVD Wars

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The End of the DVD Wars

Toshiba will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD. This makes Blu-ray (backed by Sony & Panasonic and five major Hollywood movie studios) the winner in the battle over high-def. The HD DVD camp included Microsoft, Intel Corp and NEC Corp. So you could also conclude the consumer electronics boys outmaneuvered the IT guys in this war.

Toshiba says the pivotal point was when Warner Bros. decided to release movie only in Blu-ray, so content was a key factor. Retail played its role: WalMart’s Continue reading...

Kyocera set to buy Sanyo unit

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Kyocera will buy Sanyo's loss-making mobile phone unit for 378m euros. After 3 years of losses (and coaching by Goldman Sachs), Sanyo hopes to rebuild focusing on solar cells and Kyocera wants to create the world's 6th biggest handset maker.

Read the deal. 

Lenovo Consumer Push In Europe in Doubt

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Lenovo says it may scale back its launch into the European consumer market next year, if the credit crisis and economic slowdown worsen. Milko Van Duijl, president of Lenovo's EMEA division, says the company will take a final decision in this first quarter.

 

Lenovo may decide to concentrate more on launching in emerging markets, such as Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and delay entry into more mature markets in Western Europe. "I am a believer in focus - doing fewer things but Continue reading...

Dell signs DSGi

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Dell signs DSGiThe No.2 PC maker moves farther from its direct-to-consumer sales model with a new agreement to sell its PCs through DSGi's European network of store brands including Currys.digital, Currys, Electro World, Elkjop, PC City and PC World.

 

The DSGi-Dell agreement covers 1300 stores in 12 European markets: the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

 

LatitudeBeginning this January, consumers will find a full portfolio of Dell Continue reading...

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