Stories by Peter Sayer

LG shows off Arena smartphone, video watch phone

LG Electronics CEO Skott Ahn had a little time on his hands before the company's news conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, so he called up his buddy Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, for a video chat on a prototype wristwatch phone.

Hitachi Data Systems upgrades midrange storage

Hitachi Data Systems has added three new models to its Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) range, introducing support for SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) disks and a new dynamic load-balancing system with two active controllers.

AMD break-up: two voices from Europe

The financial world seems to be falling apart, but Advanced Micro Devices has just landed several billion dollars from two Abu Dhabi investment groups to fund "Asset Smart," a plan to spin off its chip manufacturing operations into a new company, tentatively called "The Foundry Co."

PVC and toxic flame retardants still lurk in new PCs

PC manufacturers have still not figured out how to make a computer without PVC (polyvinyl chloride) insulation and toxic brominated flame retardants (BFRs), although some consumer electronics manufacturers are now able to produce smaller gadgets without those chemicals, Greenpeace reports in a new study.

Alcatel-Lucent names Verwaayen CEO, Camus chairman

Alcatel-Lucent's board has selected former BT CEO Ben Verwaayen as its new CEO, while Philippe Camus, currently co-managing partner of media conglomerate Lagardère, will become its new chairman, the company announced Tuesday morning.

VMware tool aims to help developers

VMware wants to make it easier for IT departments to manage the virtual machine configurations that they use for testing or developing software, and has released an upgraded Lab Manager tool.

Alcatel-Lucent revenue declines, CEO and Chairman leave

Currency fluctuations dragged Alcatel-Lucent's second-quarter revenue down 5.2 percent year on year, while its net loss doubled due to exceptional charges, it reported Tuesday. The company also announced the resignation of its CEO and Chairman.

IBM to buy Ilog for US$340 million

IBM has agreed to buy French software company Ilog for around €215 million (US$340 million). IBM plans to combine Ilog's business rules management systems with its own business process management and business optimisation tools, it has announced.