Prior to 2005, Lenovo was China's top PC vendor, but was little known outside the country's borders. It had annual revenue of about $3 billion and was ranked ninth in the global PC industry, with a 2.3 percent market share. That all changed in April of that year, when IBM announced it was selling its massive PC business to Lenovo for $1.25 billion. The deal instantly propelled Lenovo into the worldwide PC scene—eventually it would overtake Hewlett-Packard as the world's top PC vendor—but it also gave the company the financial strength and momentum to rapidly expand its reach into everything from servers (including buying IBM's x86 server business) to mobile devices (such as buying Motorola Mobility from Google), to acquire even more companies, and to partner with industry giants like EMC and NEC. "The acquisition of IBM's PC business transformed Lenovo overnight into a truly global company, changing not only Lenovo but our industry," Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement. "Even more, this acquisition built the foundation for our expansion to new products like smartphones, tablets, servers and now our ecosystem, growth engines fueled by the success of our first big deal." Lenovo officials are celebrating the 10 years since the IBM PC deal. This eWEEK slide show looks at some of the highlights from those 10 years.
An agreement signed between the two companies earlier this year could open the door to another attempt by Intel to acquire fellow chip maker Altera.
PC vendors will grow prices by 10 percent to compensate for profits lost to the strong dollar, and some businesses and consumers will delay purchases.
Paving the way to the paperless office, Xerox unveils new industry-specific workflow automation services, cloud document management offerings and mobile apps.
Hewlett-Packard is getting ready for the back-to-school technology shopping months ahead by rolling out its first round of convertible laptops/tablets and notebooks this spring and summer. Highlighting the new machines are many bright color choices, processor and memory options, as well as touch-screen options and screen size choices. The new school-aimed HP notebooks and convertible laptops/tablets are slated to arrive in May and June, with prices starting at $409.99. The new devices include the HP Pavilion x360 convertible and the HP Envy x360 premium convertible, which can each be flipped and configured into a notebook mode for working, a standing mode for watching video content, a tent mode for playing games or a tablet mode for on-the-go use. Also being released are the new HP Pavilion notebooks, which include a redesigned unibody chassis and HD or full-HD displays that include touch-screen or non-touch-screen options in 14-, 15- or 17-inch diagonal sizes. Please peruse this slide show to see more of the features and options in the latest HP devices.
London's police service is still heavily dependent upon Windows XP, a year after the end of official support from Microsoft.
For a long time, desktop PCs were boring square boxes—plastic towers—hidden away under desks at corporate headquarters and home offices. Only rarely did PC makers come up with a truly innovative design, as Apple did with its iMac G3 model from 1998. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, a boutique PC company showed how desktops truly could be design achievements. The CyberPower Trinity arguably has one of the most innovative desktop designs ever. The device is made of three "blades" that contain different core components, including a graphics card, storage drives and CPUs. The computer also comes with ample ports and a small-enough footprint that it can be placed on the desk where people seeing it for the first time can ooh and ahh. This isn't the kind of PC box that get hidden under the desk. The Trinity offers the kind of design that makes one wonder why more companies can't put more imagination into product design and perhaps bring back a bit of vigor to long-flagging PC sales. This slide show examines the three-bladed Trinity PC and its key components. It's on the pricey side, but it's the kind of device that has earned the attention it's getting.
The new school-aimed HP notebooks and convertible laptops/tablets will arrive in May and June, with a host of processor and memory choices, as well as lots of vivid color options.
Today's 3D printers range in size from compact desktop units to large commercial machines that allow the creation of large parts and prototypes. While they serve different purposes, they perform similar tasks, laying down layer upon layer of material to gradually build up a part until it is complete. eWEEK recently took a closer look at some of the latest consumer and commercial 3D printers on the market at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York City, where a diverse selection of devices was on display and in operation from a myriad of vendors, including Stratasys, 3D Systems, XYZ Printing, LulzBot, Robo 3D and Formlabs. Commercial 3D printing has been around for almost 30 years, used by a wide range of product manufacturers, aerospace companies and others to quickly design and produce prototypes, molds and one-off parts without having to invest lots of money and time. Top-of-the-line industrial 3D printers can sell for as much as $5 million, while consumer-based devices can be purchased for as little as $349. Here is a sampling of some of the 3D printers we saw in operation.
The move at Samsung's display unit comes as the two companies work to strengthen their business ties, even as they compete in the global smartphone marketplace.
CEO Brian Krzanich says the PC market will continue to be difficult, but Intel's upcoming Skylake chips and Windows 10 could soften the blow.
Those looking to buy an Apple notebook have another option to consider with the release of the company's brand-new MacBook. The device is one of the thinnest computers on the market. It also comes with a USB-C port, making it Apple's first notebook model to support the technology. Plus, the new MacBook has a range of interesting input components, including a Force Touch track pad. For all of that, however, customers should be ready to pay more than what the average notebook PC costs these days as MacBook prices start at $1,299. Now that the MacBook is available, it's a good time to examine the differences between it and the MacBook Pro—Apple's top-of-the-line notebook model. When potential Mac buyers walk into an Apple Store looking to buy a new notebook, they'll need to pick between the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. And while the MacBook Air is lightweight and appealing in its own right, the MacBook Pro is Apple's premium model and the product by which all of the company's other notebooks are judged. So for those thinking about which MacBook model best suits their needs, take a look at this eWEEK slide show to learn more about the similarities and differences between the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
Google's Chrome OS has become a major player in the computer industry. The operating system, which Google built from the ground up as a cloud-first platform, is full-featured and comes with a slate of features that consumers, students and enterprise users might like. Since it was first released in July 2009, Chrome OS has been gradually winning respect and converts as an effective alternative to more-resource-hungry operating systems such as Windows or even Mac OS X. But it wasn't long ago that the very idea of Chrome OS mattering in the computing space was laughable. However, when Windows 8 launched, PC vendors and buyers ran the other way and consumers decided it might be worthwhile to consider alternatives. That helped Chrome OS win acceptance running on lightweight notebooks dubbed, naturally enough, Chromebooks. In the past year or so, Chromebooks have been rising to the top of Amazon's listing of bestselling notebooks. Chrome OS, in other words, is a real contender. This slide show takes a closer looked at the key features that are making Chrome OS a success. The operating system certainly isn't perfect, but it works mainly because it's designed to let users get to the cloud, where they can access apps, data and Websites.
IDC analysts say the PC space is overly dependent on pricing to drive sales, though Gartner says mobile systems will drive steady growth over 2015.
At IDF China, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shows off a device that integrates a smaller version of the camera, which initially was aimed at tablets and PCs.