Business Industry

Fri
19
Sep
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24 Hour Battery Life For New HP Laptop -- Running Windows XP, of course

Hewlett-Packard (HP) will reportedly release a laptop next month boasting a high-capacity battery that lasts up to 24 hours without charge -- provided it runs Microsoft's Windows XP operating system rather than Windows Vista. HP's EliteBook 6930p ... 14in. laptop, targeted at businesses, will need a 12-cell Ultra-Capacity Battery which sells for $189 and lasts about 10 hours longer than the regular-capacity one. The Ultra-Capacity Battery weighs 1.77lb/0.8kg compared to a weight of 0.7lb/0.3kg for the standard battery. Despite Microsoft's increasingly desperate attempts to push Windows Vista, HP ... (view more)

Tue
09
Sep
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440,000 Sony Vaio Laptops Recalled

Approximately 440,000 Sony Vaio TZ series laptops have been reportedly recalled worldwide to avert potential wiring problems that involve overheating and short circuiting. Approximately 74,000 of the recalled laptops were sold in the United States. ... Sony's recall involves VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300 and VGN-TZ2000 series laptops involving 19 models manufactured between May 2007 and July 2008. Improperly placed wires near the hinge connecting the body of the laptop and its display could wear quickly which could cause the computer to short circuit or overheat. The recall also involves a flaw ... (view more)

Mon
08
Sep
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Email Shows Evidence Of Nvidia Price-Fixing

At least 51 separate civil antitrust actions against Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices/ATI Technologies (AMD/ATI) alleging price-fixing in the graphics processing unit (GPU) market received a major boost when emails from competing executives ... suggesting how to keep prices high were read during a recent hearing. The cases assert price-fixing in various types of computer chips, flat panel screens and cathode ray tubes. U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California (in San Francisco) berated defense lawyers for trying to keep what they consider trade secret documents ... (view more)

Fri
25
Jul
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Did Icahn Sell Out in Yahoo Deal?

After months of speculation and board room wrangling, the fate of Yahoo! is officially decided. Earlier in the week, Carl Icahn and the Yahoo! board came to an agreement over the future of the beleaguered Internet portal. Under the terms of the ... deal, eight members of the board will stay on including Chairman Roy Bostock, Ronald Burkle, Eric Hippeau, Vyomesh Joshi, Arthur Kern, Mary Agnes Wilderotter, Gary Wilson and CEO Jerry Yang. Robert Kotick will step down from the board and be replaced by Icahn. The board will also enlarge to include two more members for a total of 11, and both spots ... (view more)

Fri
18
Jul
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LG Chocolate 3 Piggybacks On iPhone Publicity Wave

Now that iPhone mania is sweeping the globe, LG has launched the Chocolate 3. It's not coincidental that the new Chocolate was released alongside the iPhone; if anything, it's a sneaky move on LG's part to ride the media and advertising wave set in ... motion by Apple. With all the hubub about the pros and cons of the new 3G, the Chocolate 3 is poised to get some of the limelight. The mp3 Chocolate phone is offered exclusively with Verizon wireless and connects to Rhapsody's subscription music service. Complete with a 2- megapixel camera, the Chocolate 3 will be priced at $179.99, with a two-year ... (view more)

Tue
08
Jul
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Monster.com Founder Finds Money in the Grave

People are not only organizing their lives online these days, but also their deaths and Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor wants a piece of the action. With partial backing from The Dow Jones Co., Taylor is banking on the idea that the funeral market ... needs a centralized location for people across the country and other parts of the globe to come together to share their grief. Called Tributes.com, the new site functions like a social network; users can create profiles and then post tributes via text, photos and video, receive customized email alerts, make a donation in someone's name, send flowers ... (view more)

Mon
07
Jul
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Macs Gaining Ground With Enterprises

Get a load of this one, PC fans: Computer World reports that more than ever before enterprises are turning to Macs. Yankee Group research firm recently conducted a survey of more than 700 senior IT administrators, and found that nearly 80% of ... businesses have Macs in-house, almost doubling the percentage from users surveyed two years ago. Laura Didio from Yankee Group Research Inc. conducted the survey. Didio reports that a number of the businesses surveyed said they had 50 or 100 or even several thousand Macs deployed. Two years ago, 47% of those polled said they had Apple Inc. hardware in ... (view more)

Mon
09
Jun
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Acrobat Gets Animated, Takes on Big Boys

Adobe is taking on the likes of Microsoft and Google by making it easier to use its software online, meaning colleagues in different locations can create and work on documents together much more easily. The move coincides with the launch of Adobe ... Acrobat 9, the latest edition of their PDF software. That's a format that allows users to share documents (which can include images as well as text) without having to both use the same software. It's often used to reproduce hard-copy documents such as magazine pages. The biggest development with Acrobat 9 is that users can now include animations and ... (view more)

Tue
03
Jun
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Dell Guilty of Defrauding Customers

Computers, cell phones and the like are the ultimate luxuries. They make our lives easier and, lets face it, we love them to death. But we all know how frustrating it can be when something goes wrong. Either it's way more expensive than we thought, ... impossible to repair, or the warranty doesn't cover what's broken. That's how some deceived Dell customers felt about financing, warranties, and repair services promised by the company. Clients who were "left on hold for hours...pressured to take apart their computers themselves, and subjected to numerous other negligent and abusive practices." ( ... (view more)

Fri
16
May
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Dell Axes XPS, Launches New Alienware

PC gaming fans will want to take note of a major move by Dell this week: according to reports, the company will be dropping the majority of its powerful XPS line of systems. The muscular PCs are meant exclusively for gaming purposes, some even ... marketed for specific titles (like the XPS 'World of Warcraft' laptop). The move is part of a broad attempt by Dell to resurrect its fortunes in the computer retail market. The popular online seller recently fell behind long time competitor Hewlett Packard, losing its grip on first place in the U.S. Though Dell will continue to offer a few of its lower- ... (view more)

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