Stories by Ben Ames

AMD pushes automated IT management

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) released a software tool Monday that could allow hardware and software vendors to meet a new industry standard for IT management and security.

PC vendors face slumping revenue in 2007

PC vendors will focus on notebook sales and emerging markets to boost unit shipments by 10.5 percent in 2007, but revenue will lag behind with only a 4.6 percent rise, according to an analyst forecast released Tuesday.

HP tops Dell in Q4 notebook sales

Hewlett-Packard built on its lead over Dell in the global notebook PC market for the fourth quarter of 2006, and Acer increased its lead over fourth-place Toshiba, according to an analyst report released Monday.

Cisco to buy WebEx for $3.2 billion

Cisco Systems Inc. announced Thursday it will buy the online conference provider WebEx Communications Inc. for US$3.2 billion to sell collaboration tools to small and medium businesses.

HP piles up PC sales lead over Dell

Hewlett-Packard (HP) continued to pull ahead of Dell in global PC sales during the fourth quarter of 2006, according to an industry report released Tuesday.

RIM to restate results, get new chairman

Research in Motion (RIM) will search for a new chairman of its board after CEO Jim Balsillie stepped down from the job Monday, taking blame for his role in a stock-option scam that will cost the company US$250 million in restated earnings.

Intel pitches plan to beat chip glut

Facing a market glut of microprocessors and weak corporate demand for PCs running Microsoft's new Windows Vista OS, Intel hopes to stay profitable by producing new chip designs faster than its competitors, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said Monday.

Lenovo recalls 208,000 notebook batteries

Months after joining other PC vendors in a massive recall of faulty notebook batteries, Lenovo Group has found a different problem with some models, and will recall 208,000 notebook batteries worldwide, the company said Thursday.

HP launches SME storage range

Competing with Dell for small enterprise users who needs to back up their data, Hewlett-Packard launched a low-priced, disk-based backup and recovery system on Monday.

Dell users demand Linux on laptops

The new team of leaders at Dell is weighing a request to give customers the option to purchase PCs with the Linux OS, instead of the default Windows, after thousands of users voted for that idea on a company blog.

Chip makers support mobile TV for smartphones

Smartphone users will be able to watch broadband television and snap high-resolution photos on their handsets in 2007, thanks to new processor and memory chips launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.

HP's iPaq smartphone

Hewlett-Packard announced a smartphone for business users yesterday, appealing to IT administrators by offering remote software management from Bitfone.

Blackberry stays pick of PDA crop

Research in Motion held onto its spot as the world's largest PDA (personal digital assistant) vendor, thanks to swelling demand for wireless e-mail.

Michael Dell comes out swinging

Stock in Dell was rising this week on the news that founder Michael Dell plans to remain as CEO for several years, trim the number of managers reporting directly to him and eliminate bonuses.