Stories by Ben Ames

Palm's low-end Treo hits the market

On Wednesday Palm began taking orders for its Treo 680 smartphone, hoping to expand from its core business customers to a larger market of casual, first-time users.

AMD processor now in Dell desktops

Dell is launching a desktop for its business customers powered by an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processor, marking another step in AMD's effort to diversify its gains in the server market.

Servers and gamers get their chips

By Ben Ames | 26 September, 2006 22:00

Intel will ship quad-core processors in November for servers and gaming PCs, accelerating its effort to regain momentum in sales of power-efficient chips.

Hurd to share HP board leak analysis

By Ben Ames | 21 September, 2006 22:00

In one of his first public acts to address the burgeoning Hewlett-Packard spy scandal, Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd plans to brief reporters on Friday (US time) about the findings of an analysis conducted by the company's law firm.

PC makers blame batteries, not notebook design

By Ben Ames | 19 September, 2006 22:00

Following a series of massive notebook PC battery recalls in August, a group of PC vendors met last week to seek safer lithium ion cells, resolving to draft an improved standard for battery manufacturing and quality control by the second quarter of 2007.