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Acer has posted their first loss in the history of the company, and has also said it will be impossible to break even for the full year. Acer has been a force to be reckoned with in the low-cost notebook market, but the iPad has cut into PC sales more than expected and has hurt their profits, bad. Acer has since refocused on mobile devices to drive growth a first half that saw the departure of its chief executive following a row over the company's strategy and a series of cuts to its shipment forecasts.
Acer shares were down 2.92-percent on Wednesday, ahead of the earnings announcement. Chairman J. T. Wang told an investor conference that the second-quarter was a "correction period" and the losses were more than expected as Acer cleared up excessive inventory and made severance payments for senior management resignations. Wang said "Today I have to say, trying to break even this year becomes impossible."
Yesterday's rumor of Samsung purchasing HP's PC division got people excited, it would be one of the only companies capable of destroying the juggernaut that is Apple, but Samsung have today confirmed that they are not acquiring HP's PC division. Samsung have come out and said it has "no intention of taking over [HP's] personal computer business." It's also worth noting that HP hasn't confirmed plans to exit the PC market just yet. Invetec, another electronics maker, believes that HP is simply extending a feeler and will respond accordingly.
Will the loss of Steve Jobs from Apple be the energy shot that HP needs?
We all know how HP went down in flames last week when they announced they were looking to spin off its PC products division, which sell all HP-branded PC products. Of course, rumors flew thick about who would acquire it and now the rumor that is sticking is that Samsung could be interested in acquiring HP's PC business. Included in this juicy rumor is that Samsung is reported to have contacted Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology, major Taiwan-based OEMs of notebooks, to evaluate the possibility of outsourcing notebook orders.
Samsung have, until now, manufactured their notebooks through OEMs in mainland China and had previously tried to have some manufactured in Taiwan but lucked out. So for Samsung to contact those Taiwan-based manufacturers again, it's fuelling speculation that Samsung is looking to explode into the PC business in a rather large way. If Samsung were to take over HP's PC shipment volume, we're talking about 40 million PCs shipped per year - this is not a small number by any means.
Question: 5 years ago, would you have predicted this? That the juggernauts of the industry to fight like this would be Apple and Samsung? Wow.
Word is now circulating that Dominant VOIP provider, Skype has just agreed to an acquisition of New York based start-up "GroupMe", which has been operating for about a year now.
With GroupMe's recognition primarily stemming from free mobile applications that enable quick and easy group conversations, the acquisition makes sense in that it helps Skype make a firm step toward the increasingly growing business of offering group messaging services via smartphones.
Once the acquisition has been completed, it is said that GroupMe will continue to operate from its New York base (for the time being), working on standalone applications.
Tony Bates, Skype's Chief Executive Officer said :-
Skype and GroupMe have a shared vision of creating applications and experiences that are the daily communications choice for a billion people. We will continue to seek the top talent and technology to make that vision a reality. The GroupMe team has created an incredibly sticky group messaging experience that works across mobile devices and platforms, making this a perfect addition to the voice, video and text products in the Skype family.
In a surprising move today, HP has overtaken headlines of tech sites with news that they are exiting the PC business and throwing WebOS the final nail to complete their death. HP has announced that its board of directors has authorized the evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG), including the exploration of the separation of its PC business into a separate company through a spin-off or other transaction.
Is this news a result of the Google-Motorola combination? The continuing dominance of the fruit-logo smashing of Apple? The decline in PC sales? Are HP going to just sell printers from now on? What happened to buying Palm for over $1 billion and now they're just throwing it away? Wow is an understatement. For the full press release, check this out.
Dedicated Android partner, Motorola Mobility, have been acquired by Google today in an announcement that was music to my ears. Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011.
Google CEO, Larry Page has a few things to say about the acquisition:
Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.
It was back in early June that Steve Jobs revealed what his plans were for the large piece of land Apple purchased from Hewlett Packard, located in its home district of Cupertino. At that point we were just given a brief rundown on what was on the cards; a large campus designed like none other, resembling a large, spaceship/UFO like object that has landed when looking from above.
Fast forward a couple months and the Cupertino City Council has just made more details available about the "Spaceship" Campus. Here are some measurements and inclusions to paint a bit of a picture on things :-
An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet;
A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium;
A Corporate Fitness Center;
Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet;
A Central Plant; and
NVIDIA have published their earnings for their latest fiscal quarter (ending July 31) and have done a glorious job amongst all the rubble that is the stock market right now. With a revenue of $1.017 billion and an income of $151.6 million, that gives them a gross margin for Q2 2011 of 51.7-percent. Compared to last year in the same time where they saw a $141 million net loss.
NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang says that the revenue growth is from "consumer demand for notebooks powered by our GeForce GPU, with its unique Optimus technology" - surprisingly, not the Tegra 2 processors that seem to be powering virtually every iPad competitor. NVIDIA expects revenue for the ongoing quarter to be up 4 to 6-percent from the previous quarter.
Dylan Ratigan goes off, accuses Congress and the President of being corrupt, entire MSNBC studio stops and listens
This is not something that you'd find on the front page of a tech site, but while I'm employed to write news for TweakTown, I'll post in my own image. This story covers hundreds of millions of people and further more, the entire financial system of the Western World and beyond. The current financial crisis is not something that "just happened", it is something that has happened over decades and is something that is not being fixed.
It is not something that they should be surprised of and there needs to be huge, systematic changes in the entire US government, Congress, Banking, Law, and virtually everything in-between before we see a true change. Dylan Ratigan of "The Dylan Ratigan Show" really drives his point home and I found myself getting goosebumps and nearly tearing up at just how... I don't even know how to word it, how, genuine and patriotic he seemed.
Nintendo have been having a hard time with their Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console, it hasn't been selling well and is not seeing the sales they were expecting. Last week they dropped the price of the 3DS to drive more sales and the latest news on top of all of this is that Nintendo employees will also face some form of salary reduction.
It's not just employees either, Satora Iwata, Nintendo's President will be accepting the same punishment as staff with his salary being reduced from £1.2 million to £600,000 a year. Other chiefs will take a 30-percent reduction to reduce overall costs. He said:
For cuts in fixed salaries, I'm taking a fifty percent cut, other representative directors are taking a 30 percent cut, and other execs are taking a 20 percent cut.