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IDC: PDA shipments drop 43 percent in Q2

Sales of PDAs continued a steep decline in the second quarter, as struggling vendors shipped 719,000 units worldwide, down from 1.26 million last year, according to a market research report released Wednesday.

Industry watchers say Apple plans desktop upgrade

Apple plans to upgrade its iMac desktop PC line this week with a flashier design and thinner keyboard, according to comments and photos on industry blogs. Apple did not return calls for comment, but has already announced that it will hold a news conf...

Nokia maintains top spot in mobile phone market

Nokia held onto its dominant share of the global mobile phone market during the second quarter as Motorola tumbled from second to third place despite brisk sales in emerging markets, according to reports released Thursday.

Report: Google shows phone prototype to manufacturers

Google has developed a prototype cell phone that could reach markets within a year, and plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine, e-mail and Web browser software applications, according to a story ...

Apple faces mounting complaints on iPhone battery

Officials in New York state asked Apple on Monday to change its iPhone design to allow consumers to replace their own batteries, just days after lawyers in Illinois filed a class-action lawsuit over the same complaint.

PC shipments rise in Q2 for all vendors but Dell

PC vendors reported global shipment growth of 12.5 per cent in the second quarter, as every major vendor except Dell posted a double-digit percentage increase in unit shipments compared to the same period last year, according to a report released by ...

Intel profit jumps 44 percent despite price war

Intel has announced its quarterly profit rose 44 per cent over last year, reaching $US1.3 billion as low selling prices for its microprocessors were offset by higher than expected unit shipments.

DRAM market pauses in price drop, analyst says

Struggling memory chip vendors may see a ray of hope in the near future, as prices for DRAM (dynamic RAM) chips stopped their long slide during the first half of July, according to a report released Tuesday.

Vendors push quad-core desktops on wary users

PC vendors are launching more and more computers with dual-core and quad-core processors, promising users that the expensive machines can juggle more applications at work or play better games at home.

Former CEO of ATI quits AMD

The former chief executive of ATI Technologies has resigned from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) just nine months after the two companies combined in a US$5.4 billion merger.

Apple rivals dread iPhone

When Apple launches the iPhone in the US on Friday, it is set to get a jump on its competitors and spark a flurry of new phone designs, regardless of how well the device actually sells.

Dell lets users avoid 'bloatware'

Dell is allowing its customers to decline the unwanted software applications loaded on new PCs, after hundreds of users complained about such "bloatware" on a company blog.

IBM pushes z9 mainframe for small business

IBM unveiled a website and IT security software application Thursday as part of its effort to compete with HP and Sun Microsystems for customers in the fast-growing small and medium business sector.

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