How do computer companies make their products stand out from the crowd? At Computex, Asia's largest computer technology fair, many manufacturers seem to consider attractive showgirls the best way to get even the most prosaic processor noticed.
In George Jetson's cartoon home, every appliance -- coffeemaker, alarm clock, refrigerator -- is powered by a computer and networked together. Soon that "networked home" (once the stuff of animation and science fiction) could become a reality: This summer a group of personal computer veterans will start selling Fugoo, a brick-size box that will plug into specially outfitted home appliances and connect them to the Internet -- and one another -- via broadband wireless systems.
Glenn Lurie knows Silicon Valley better than most telecom industry types. As AT&T's point man on the iPhone, he was the guy who camped out in Cupertino and hashed out the blockbuster iPhone launch with Apple. The next big game in his sights? The netbook.
The business-oriented analog of Acer's Ferrari 1100, the TravelMate 6292 shares many of the same features as its flashier sibling but wraps them in a slightly thicker, boxier case that's better suited for boardrooms.
We recently declared that the HP Compaq 6910p might woo corporate users away from Dell and Lenovo; after spending some time with the $1,049 Acer TravelMate 4720, we think it's a prime candidate to woo users away from HP.
Gateway is gone. Now a Taiwanese company passes a Chinese one to become the third largest PC-maker in the world, as Acer buys Gateway. It pushes aside Lenovo to follow behind only Dell and HP. It's the passing of an era in tech, and yet another signpost of how global the tech industry has irrevocably become.
It can't be said too often, because so few people even still understand its gravity: The adoption of technology in the developing world is tech's biggest trend. A new report by Forrester Research predicts there will be 2.25 billion PCs in the world by 2015, up from 755 million today. The vast majority of that growth will come in places like China, India, Brazil and Eastern Europe.
U.S. stocks were poised to slide for the second straight session Wednesday as oil prices surged on concerns about international tension and as investors awaited testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Terry Alderete and Leonard Liu don't seem to have much in common. She's the owner of a special events firm in Newark, Calif., and he's chairman and chief executive of a software development company split between Silicon Valley and Shanghai. But Alderete, 61, and Liu, 65, are both part of a booming demographic: retirement-age entrepreneurs.
The next time you find yourself sitting in a dim conference room staring at a PowerPoint presentation, forget the message about market share and focus instead on that crystal-clear, 10-foot-tall pie chart.