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Monthly Archives: May 2011
Why would SAP’s venture capital arm be leading the latest financing round for a fast-growing online advertising platform that has now raised more than $50m?
Because it believes that display advertising is one of the first places in the business world where real-time data is about to turn a market upside down – and it won’t be the last. Read more
Intel’s vision of a new category of ‘Ultrabooks’ that would revolutionise the consumer PC industry has won over at least one important convert.
Speaking at a separate press conference just minutes after Intel’s keynote speech, Ray Chen, president of Taiwan’s Compal, the world’s second-biggest contract PC maker, praised the idea of Ultrabooks and said it would “ignite the next wave of laptop replacements” next year when those new models come onto the market. Read more
The new Chromebooks by Acer and Samsung may look like regular notebooks on the surface, but Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome, said that the parameters for every last detail, down to the individual components, were set by Google. Read more
That was the thinking at Asus, which on Monday unveiled its latest invention ahead of the Computex trade show.
Critics like to say that PC makers were slow to recognise the threat from tablets and to respond with their own versions to rival Apple’s iPad.
This narrative may be the popular one, but it underestimates the challenges faced by traditional PC makers in coming up with a competitive and profitable tablet, Henry Lu, senior vice president of Micro-Star International, told the Financial Times. Read more
That was the thinking at Asus, which on Monday unveiled its latest invention ahead of the Computex trade show. Read more
While investors were giddy this week about the latest tech-company IPOs, the technologists themselves were more interested in the advent of services bringing music to people from the cloud–or clouds. Read more
It has to be the rarest sight in personal gadgetry: a tablet device with fewer buttons than Apple’s minimalist iPad. I was flummoxed by this, as well as the lack of connectivity ports, when I first took hold of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Working my way round its perimeter with my fingernails in search of some concealed port reminded me of trying to find a way into a new CD with its maddening cellophane wrapper. Read more
With all the brouhaha around social media, it’s easy to forget a sector that was meant to have had a few hot IPOs of its own by now. A company that is trying to make money by selling green slime hopes to change that. Read more
Pioneer is introducing a kind of in-dash iPad – a 6.1in touch-screen device called AppRadio to which an iPhone or iPod touch can be connected in a car. Pioneer had only a few iOS apps to show in a demonstration and unveiling of the product in San Francisco this week, but it expects its new platform to grow rapidly. Read more
If one of the purposes of trade fairs is to create buzz, the organisers of BookExpo America could not have asked for a buzzier prelude to this week’s event. Read more
It was probably inevitable that when Nicolas Sarkozy invited the leaders of the world’s biggest technology companies and high representatives of Silicon Valley to Paris to mull over the future of the internet, a culture war would break out. Read more