Stories by Ben Ames

Seagate drive puts gigabytes in your pocket

Seagate and Motorola have invested in the portable storage market, hoping to meet a rising need by users of cell phones and smartphones to carry gigabytes of digital photos and music in their pockets.

Barcelona chip AMD's big hope for '07

Working hard to rebound from a US$574 million loss in fourth quarter earnings reported earlier this week, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has pinned its hopes for recovery in 2007 to its planned "Barcelona" quad-core Opteron server chip.

Falling prices, ATI purchase rain on AMD's Q4 parade

Beset by sinking prices for microprocessors and the cost of acquiring graphics chip company ATI, Advanced Micro Devices has reported a fourth-quarter loss of $574 million, down from a profit of $96 million for the same quarter last year.

Intel updates Centrino wireless card

Intel has unveiled an improved wireless card that will allow notebook PC users to share five times the data at twice the range of their current 802.11a/g cards, improving PCs' ability to download music and stream high-definition video.

Motorola job cuts as profit falls sharply

After reporting a 48 percent drop in its fourth quarter profit, Motorola says it will cut 3500 jobs in an effort to wring greater profits out of fast-rising sales of its wireless handsets.

IBM prospers on middleware revenue

Thanks to a strong jump in revenue generated by its middleware software brands, IBM recorded profits of US$3.54 billion for the fourth quarter, a rise of 11.1 percent over the same period in the previous year.

Dell enters rugged notebook market

Dell has launched its first semirugged notebook PC and plans to compete with Hewlett-Packard and Panasonic for customers who need a computer that can cope with abusive vibration, humidity, altitude and dust.

Pricing pressure slashes Intel profit 39 percent

Still reeling from the effects of a corporate reorganization that included heavy layoffs, Intel reported a profit of US$1.5 billion for the fourth quarter, down 39 percent compared to that period last year.

HP offers touchscreen Vista on new PCs

Hewlett-Packard reached for the consumer market this week with two new PCs that allow customers to control Microsoft's Windows Vista OS with a touchscreen interface instead of a mouse.

HP will acquire Bitfone to boost iPAQ line

Hewlett-Packard moved to strengthen its line of iPAQ handhelds on Wednesday by announcing a plan to acquire Bitfone, a developer of software applications that allow cell-phone manufacturers to manage wireless mobile devices.

Vista could sap notebook PC battery life

Notebook PC users who upgrade to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista may have to disable some of the new operating system's flashy graphics features to avoid seeing a decrease in battery life compared to Windows XP.

Nintendo to replace 3.2 million Wii straps

In an effort to duck criticism that its remote controllers can fly across the room when wrist straps break, Nintendo is offering free replacements for that part of its new Wii video gaming console.

Dell picks Blu-ray for PC notebook

Dell has added Blu-ray disc capability to its notebook PC line, making an effort to compete with Sony and Toshiba in the growing market for mobile high-definition video platforms.

Chip deal: LSI Logic buys Agere for US$4 billion

Semiconductor manufacturer LSI Logic said on Monday it would acquire Agere Systems creating a combined chip-making company with enough scale to compete for greater market share in segments including hard disks and digital media players.

Motorola's Motofone aimed at mass-market

Motorola launched an entry-level cell phone yesterday (28 November) hoping to make up ground on rival Nokia by selling a large number of the simple handsets, instead of relying on high-priced smartphones.