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News: TRs February 2013 System Guide
     Tue, Feb 19 2013 | 9:30A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the latest edition of the TR System Guide, we`ve tweaked our usual builds to incorporate newer components and price changes, making our recommended systems better than ever. We`ve also included a small-form-factor gaming build priced just under $1,000."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

motherboard makers to enjoy 4 million motherboard shipments from Intel
     Thu, Jan 31 2013 | 1:36P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As Intel has released information that it will gradually phase out from the branded motherboard market, sources from motherboard players expect Intel's four million units of motherboard shipments to be enjoyed by Taiwan-based vendors including Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS).
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Apple's 10-Year Run: where they succeeded and failed
     Thu, Jan 17 2013 | 4:01P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the decade we have been publishing TechSpot, we have watched Apple resurge from the joke that G3 and G4 machines represented, to the Apple 'Mac vs. PC' debate -- during a time the company had better luck selling MP3 players than computers -- to today's ubiquity of Apple products in all forms of computing devices. Coming from near bankrupcy during the 90's, it took several years to turn Apple around, but perhaps most important, it took several innovations and breakthrough products to rebuild their image as a tech pioneer. Today, Apple gets much deserved respect from its competitors, and within the industry, there’s unsaid expectation that they are the ones paving the way towards the next big thing.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

MSI, ASRock to focus motherboard business on China market
     Thu, Jan 17 2013 | 3:16P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Motherboard makers Micro-Star International (MSI) and ASRock will strengthen marketing in China as their main focus in 2013, according to the companies.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

HP, Lenovo expected to see 1Q13 notebook shipments fall 20%
     Thu, Jan 17 2013 | 3:01P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Lenovo are expected to see their notebook shipments drop about 20% sequentially in the first quarter of 2013, higher than an average 10% decline anticipated for the industry, according to sources at the notebook supply chain.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Lite-On IT December revenues drop
     Thu, Jan 17 2013 | 2:01P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Taiwan-based optical disc drive (ODD) maker Lite-On IT has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.38 billion (US$116 million) for December, slipping 6.6% on month and 16.5% on year. Consolidated revenues for fourth-quarter 2012 dipped 17.3% sequentially to NT$10.95 billion, with the entire 2012 seeing a 17.6% decline to reach NT$50.51 billion.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Apple stock drops below $500 as reports on dwindling iPhone 5 sales surface
     Tue, Jan 15 2013 | 8:14P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Weak iPhone 5 sales reported, Apple stock suffers"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
Motherboard shipments expected to fall in 1Q13
     Fri, Jan 04 2013 | 11:15A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As demand is on the decline and the first quarter is traditionally an off-season, own-brand motherboard shipments in the first quarter of 2013 are expected to drop on quarter by 5-10%, according to sources from Taiwan-based motherboard players.

Since Intel does not plan to announce its next-generation Haswell processors until early June, only Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology are expected to see stable shipment performance in the first half of the year, while others may see their shipments seriously impacted.

Intel originally planned to release its Haswell processors at the end of March, with motherboard players expecting the strategy to benefit demand in the second quarter. The delay of the processors has dampened hopes for a recovery in the second quarter.

Intel is set to release several new Haswell processors in early June including Core I7-4770K and Core i5-4670K as well as chipsets including Z87, H87, Q85 and B85 series."

  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

ASRock ships 7.5 million motherboards in 2012
     Thu, Jan 03 2013 | 5:39P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Taiwan-based motherboard player ASRock, a subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, shipped 7.5 million motherboards in 2012, down from eight million units in 2011.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Optical disc prices to rise nearly 50% in 2H13
     Wed, Jan 02 2013 | 12:48P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The global optical disc industry is experiencing a reshuffle which will continue into the first half of 2013 due to makers in Japan, as well as second- and third-tier Taiwan-based makers stopping production during 2012. Prices for optical discs are expected to increase by nearly 50% in the second half of 2013, according to Robert Wong, chairman of Taiwan's largest optical disc maker, CMC Magnetics.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

ECS to see decreased own-brand motherboard shipments
     Wed, Jan 02 2013 | 12:48P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is expected to ship about four million motherboards for own-brand sale in 2012, decreasing from six million units shipped in 2011, but its ODM shipments of 12 million in 2012 will remain unchanged from 2011, according to supply chain makers.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Foxconn Goal: 1 million Robots to replace People
     Fri, Dec 14 2012 | 5:52P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Commenting on recent market rumors that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) may have trouble achieving its goal of incorporating one million robots into its production, the company said that automation is a long-term development strategy and the project is currently still on track.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Lite-On IT sees decreased July revenues
     Mon, Aug 13 2012 | 4:00P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lite-On IT, the largest Taiwan-based maker of optical disc drives (ODDs), has reported its consolidated revenues of NT$4.2 billion (US$140 million) for July decreased 11.3% on month and 22.9% on year. January-July revenues of NT$30.514 billion dropped 13.2% on year, according to the company.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Sony Slips Further Into The Red
     Sat, Aug 04 2012 | 12:01P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sony is halfway through an ugly restructuring period as it seeks to cut costs, consolidate markets, and turn its once-mighty television business around. That's a difficult proposition for any company, but the Japanese giant's recent earnings call was gloomy even under these circumstances. Modest upticks in Imaging Products and Services and Pictures were offset by heavy declines in gaming, home entertainment, and music. The company reported a $314M loss for its first quarter of fiscal year 2012 and cut forecasts for a number of markets. Sony pinned part of the blame on continuing economic turbulence in Europe and America, but investors weren't willing to accept this as the sole explanation. What the company refuses to do is admit that the Vita is dead on arrival.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

HP has won the lawsuit against Oracle
     Fri, Aug 03 2012 | 3:55P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We believe that HP has won the lawsuit against Oracle and that the judge has issued an injunction forcing Oracle to continue supporting the Itanium platform. Naturally, this has big implications for HP, Oracle and the general industry.
  FULL STORY @ REALWORLDTECH

Taiwan's growth is downgraded as its economy contracts
     Mon, Jul 30 2012 | 11:27P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The economy contracted 0.16% compared to the previous year, the statistics agency said. Analyst were expecting slight growth. The agency also cut its forecast for full year growth to 2.08% down from 3.03%. Asian countries are reeling from a drop in demand from a key market, Europe. China, another major trade partner for Taiwan, especially for many of its high-tech goods, has also seen its own economy slow in recent months. "Given how weak Western markets remain, Beijing's loosening must start to lift mainland demand soon if Taiwan is to achieve a meaningful recovery in second half of 2012," said Donna Kwok from HSBC. "
  FULL STORY @ BBC

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