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Motorola hopes to cut losses with Razr2

Motorola announced the Razr2 mobile phone and five other mobile devices on Tuesday with hopes the products will turn around the company's slumping sales and defend its turf from Apple's iPhone.

AMD set to launch 'Phenom' desktop chip

AMD will make a quad-core chip for desktop PCs, replacing its venerable Athlon processor with the new "Phenom" design in an attempt to compete better with Intel.

Sun files new DRAM suit against Hynix

Sun Microsystems has fulfilled its promise to file a new version of its antitrust lawsuit against Hynix Semiconductor, accusing the South Korean company of inflating prices for the DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chips used in Sun's servers and s...

Smaller Intel reaches for new chip markets

Intel's new generation of processors with 45-nanometer features will help it earn profits from rising demand for notebook PCs and to enter a nascent market segment called mobile Internet devices, the company's CEO said Thursday.

Dell hopes to earn good will with Linux PC

Dell may have won applause from customers Tuesday by announcing it will sell commercial PCs running the Ubuntu distribution of Linux, but if the experience of competitors is a guide, it faces challenges translating the move into financial success.

XO laptop is fun for child's play

The hardest thing about learning to use the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project's XO notebook PC is finding the right way to twist its antenna ears and open the display. Once you can see the screen, just follow the icons to write a note, snap a photo...

OLPC raises hundred-dollar laptop price to US$175

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group said Thursday that it had raised the price for its hundred-dollar laptop to US$175, but were still confident they would collect enough orders to begin volume production by September.

PC vendors push automated management

In a bid to attract business users, improved IT-management capabilities will be a key element of Intel's launch of Weybridge vPro desktop PCs later this year, and in the 2008 version of their Montevina Centrino notebook PCs. It's just the latest sign...

Lenovo cuts 5 percent of workforce

In a continuing search for profits, Lenovo Group said Thursday that it plans to lay off 1,400 workers, about 5 percent of its global workforce.

Samsung executive pleads guilty to DRAM price fixing

An executive at Samsung has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he took part in a conspiracy to fix prices for memory chips bought by Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other PC vendors, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Thursday.

Intel profit rises despite flat chip sales

Intel has posted a profit of $US1.6 billion for the first quarter, a rise of 19 per cent over that quarter last year, thanks to reduced personnel costs after recent layoffs and a $300 million tax reversal.

IDF - UMPC fans hope for new Intel platform

Business analysts at Intel's technology conference next week will focus on the company's powerful server chips, but industry blogs are showing more excitement over word that the company will launch a new platform for ultra mobile PCs (UMPCs).

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