Stories by Ben Ames

Dell replaces displays on nine notebook models

Dell Inc. is offering free replacements of the displays on nine popular notebook PC models, responding to customers who created a Web site to complain that some LCD screens developed a one pixel-wide vertical line.

PC shipments rise on notebook sales

Attracted by aggressive prices and the launch of Microsoft's Windows Vista OS, consumers purchased more notebooks during the first quarter than expected, pushing IDC to raise its 2007 PC industry forecast.

Intel, STMicroelectronics merge flash units

In a continuing search for profits in the flash memory business, Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics NV agreed on Tuesday to spin off some of their chip units to create a new semiconductor company.

Dell edging towards reseller channel

Dell is moving forward with plans to begin selling PCs through solution providers, channel partners and retail partners, instead of sticking with the pure direct sales model previously championed by company founder Michael Dell.

Samsung ultra portables out of the blocks

Ultramobile PCs have often been criticised as falling into a gap between laptops and smartphones, but Samsung Electronics hopes to change that perception with a reduced price and upgraded performance for its Q1 Ultra.

IBM to join up mainframes and game chips

IBM has a plan to stop the computing delays familiar to users of virtual worlds and online games, simply by adding its Cell gaming chips to its mainframe servers, the company says.

Apple's 'options' lawyer indicted

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged former Apple general counsel Nancy Heinen of fraudulently backdating stock options, the agency said on Tuesday.

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.

Intel launches quad-core embedded chip

Intel has launched two quad-core processors for embedded applications, offering more power than the Woodcrest dual-core Xeon for designers of telecommunications infrastructure, network storage systems and medical imaging equipment.

Dell uncovers internal accounting errors

An internal investigation at Dell has found evidence of misconduct and accounting errors, forcing the company to delay filing its annual earnings report with stock market regulators, it announced on Thursday