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Packard Bell catches burning battery blight

Packard Bell has become the latest laptop maker to issue a major battery recall, following reports of overheating and fires. Four Easynote models are affected. MX36, MX37, MX51 and MX52 units sold mainly in Europe between July and December 2007 are at risk. Packard Bell blamed the voluntary recall on internal short circuits and …
Team Register, 09 Dec 2009
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Packard Bell to push BT broadband

PC supplier Packard Bell are to jointly market BT has signed up Packard Bell, the retail PC maker, to preload its broadband software on all new desktops and notebooks in the UK Packard Bell will promote BT's broadband packages through its website and through other promotional channels: early sign-ups will receive a free Packard …
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2006
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Gateway and Packard Bell is done deal

Gateway, the US PC maker that is to be bought by Acer, the Taiwanese PC maker, is to buy Packard Bell, the (once Israeli, then Japanese, now) French PC maker that was going to be bought by Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker, which (according to rumours) had outbid Acer, which also wanted to buy Packard Bell. Got that? Good. Gateway …
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2007
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NEC packs up Packard Bell

Lap Shun Hui has scored a success in his battle to collect the great PC brands of yesteryear by buying Packard Bell from NEC. NEC revealed the sale of its European PC operation earlier today but is keeping quiet on how much it got for the operation, Reuters reports. The news agency said Packard Bell turns over around $1bn a …
Joe Fay, 16 Oct 2006
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Acer shakes up exec team after Packard Bell buy

Acer has made a number of senior management changes as the Taiwan-based firm deepens its computer manufacturing footprint following the completed purchase of Packard Bell. It said in a statement that Semmy Levit, who was Acer's UK country manager for the past three years, has been promoted to the role of European head of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2008
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NEC to sell Packard-Bell to eMachines founder?

NEC is mulling an offer for its Packard Bell PC business, according to reports. Packard Bell Europe communications director Hughes Gontier pretty well confirmed whispers yesterday that the founder of eMachines had punted ¥10bn for the company. He said: "French staff were told on Friday that NEC had received an offer." He …
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Acer slashes book worth of brands by £76m

Acer has slashed the book worth of PC brands in its stables by the tune of NT$3.5bn (£76.1m). The write-down, relating to acquired firms including Gateway, Packard Bell, eMachines and e-Ten, will be seen in the 2012 annual report. "This asset impairment evaluation has no impact on the business operation and working capital," …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2013

Struggling Acer pulls out Wang too late, then calls Wong number

Acer CEO and chairman JT Wang has quit amid widening losses and a resulting company restructure that involves job cuts at the Taiwanese PC maker. The firm has also turned to its retired founder to help carve out a future. Wang succeeded Gianfranco Lanci at the top of Acer back in March 2011 as the company wrestled with …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013

Acer's tiny raft of profit smashed onto rocks by Gateway and co

The much touted recovery at PC maker Acer didn't show up in 2012: a write-down on its assets dragged its accounts into the red. The vendor said its sales in 2012 slid 9.6 per cent year on year to NT$429.5bn ($14.4bn, £9.53bn), bagging it a razor-thin operating profit of NT$1.03bn ($34.6m, £22.8m). But that was wiped out by an " …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2013
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Microsoft markets 'collection' of PCs to consider

Microsoft UK has unveiled its first 'collection' of PCs, chosen by the company to suit lifestyles and budgets. The spring collection features 30 models from nine manufacturers and will be available from all major retailers. The PC makers are Sony, Dell, Packard Bell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Alienware and Scan. The Collection …
Caleb Cox, 19 Apr 2011
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Acer restructure continues as another honcho heads out

Restructuring at Acer continues with another high level director exiting the business in the wake of its inventory woes and declining sales. The firm parted with CEO Gianfranco Lanci in March and then began initiating an operational re-jig during the summer, creating three divisions: consumer, professional and Touch. Among the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2011
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Acer slashes tablet forecast, banks on notebooks

Acer today cut its 2011 tablet PC shipment forecasts by 60 per cent, but predicted a gradual recovery in its traditional notebook stomping ground. According to reports, Chairman and CEO JT Wang told shareholders at a meeting in Taiwan that he expects tablet sales of 2.5 to three million units for the full year, down from …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2011
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Acer recalls 22,000 over microphone flame out fear

Acer has issued a voluntary product recall notice for 22,000 Acer Aspire notebooks in the US, after it emerged that they could overheat and burn their owners. Or maybe not. The voluntary recall, kicked off in association with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, follows a similar European recall back in October. …
Joe Fay, 11 Jan 2010
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Acer uses Europe, Asia to bounce past profit forecasts

Acer today reported a better than expected rise in second quarter profits after increasing its market share in Europe and Asia. Net profit was up 47 per cent to NT$2.92bn ($95m), or NT$1.17 a share, from NT$1.98bn, or 76 cents, a year earlier. Analysts had forecast NT$2.62bn for the company's Q2. The Taiwanese computer maker …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2008
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No more buys from Acer

Acer has pulled itself off the acquisition trail for the foreseeable future and will spend the next couple of years digesting Gateway and Packard Bell. Acer reckons its integration plan for Gateway will be in place for November, with the combined company ready to hit the ground on 1 January. The Taiwanese PC giant insists the …
Joe Fay, 21 Sep 2007

Tosh on top for laptop reliability

Which?, the UK consumer organisation, has ranked the UK's most reliable laptops. Top of the reliability list is Sony and Toshiba with 93 per cent of Which? members surveyed saying their laptop had not needed repair. Fujitsu-Siemens got 91 per cent and Apple and Dell scored 87 per cent. Next were Acer and HP with 84 per cent, …
John Oates, 28 Aug 2008
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Hitachi presses shut-down on PC line

Hitachi pulled the plug on its home computer business today, becoming the latest casualty of the fast consolidating PC market. The Japanese giant said it really couldn't be bothered updating its Prius line of PCs for the end of year shopping season, Reuters reports. Instead, it will concentrate on high-end boxes for the …
Joe Fay, 23 Oct 2007
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NEC gives up on global PC sales

NEC Corp declared over the weekend its intention to retreat from the PC market in the Asia-Pacific region and concentrate solely on domestic sales in Japan, following the firm’s decision to quit the computer biz in EMEA last month. The ailing tech vendor warned it would report a net loss of 290bn yen ($2.96bn) for its fiscal …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2009

Acer to grab Gateway for $710m

Acer plans to buy Gateway in a deal worth $710m, which will make Taiwan's computer giant the third-largest computer supplier in the world. Under the agreement, Acer has made a cash offer to buy all outstanding shares of Gateway for $1.90 per share. Acer said the purchase will create a combined company worth $15bn in revenues, …
Austin Modine, 27 Aug 2007
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Acer gives Dell notebook business a kicking

Dell was kicked into third place in the worldwide laptop market last quarter, as Acer and its associated brands took second slot behind HP. A grand total of 29 million laptops were shipped in the third quarter, according to researcher firm Displaysearch, up 42 per cent on the year. The firm expects full year shipments to hit 103 …
Joe Fay, 04 Dec 2007
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Lenovo lays out European plans

Lenovo is continuing to blaze a trail across the PC market as it plans an expansion into the consumer market in Europe. The company is planning an all-out assault on the EMEA region in the coming year, with new products and a new focus on the consumer market set to take shape. In Europe, France will be the first country to roll …
Ciara O'Brien, 07 Nov 2007
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Acer H1 revs jump but profits slump

Acer increased sales in the first half of 2008 by 31 per cent to $8.14bn. Operating income was up 39 per cent to $175.85m but profit after tax was $189.98m - down 23 per cent on the same time last year. In July Acer said it had increased market share in Europe and Asia. For the second quarter of 2008 Acer grew group revenue 33 …
John Oates, 28 Aug 2008
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eMachines founder offers $450m for... eMachines

China-born tech entrepeneur and eMachines founder Lap Shun Hui has confirmed he is offering $450m for Gateway's retail business. Gateway said today it is reviewing an unsolicited expression of interest from Hui. An approach was first made 3 August, but Gateway did not "constructively engage in discussions", according to Hui's …
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Acer embiggens server and storage range

Acer has shown off its SMB and HPC entry tickets at a Milan show today. The company has been perceived as a PC and mobile-centric vendor because its offerings haven't included beefy servers or storage suited to mainstream small and medium business (SMB) or, in any way at all, the high-performance computing (HPC) market. It does …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2009
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Acer launches server biz in the US

Does the server racket in the United States need another competitor? Acer and its channel partners think so. The Taiwanese PC maker, which ate rival PC makers Packard Bell and Gateway a little more than three years ago to take the number four position in the market, came out swinging last March in the European server racket …
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Dell hunting M&A guru

Boy, this sounds like a fun job. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that PC and server maker Dell is looking for a merger and acquisition expert to help it save Michael Dell's reputation spend some of the company's $7bn in net cash on acquisitions to bolster its business. The WSJ report is a bit thin, with the usual "people …
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Acer: We’re comin’ at ya, Dell

And so to Budapest last month for Acer’s annual global press conference. What did I learn? That Acer in recent years rose without trace to become easily the world’s third biggest PC vendor. That in the first half of this year, the company supplanted Dell to become the world’s second biggest laptop supplier. And that the Acer …
Drew Cullen, 06 Oct 2008

Asus Eee PC storms Euro PC maker chart

Asus saw its share of the European PC market more than double in Q2, and it's all thanks to the Eee PC. So show figures from market watcher IDC. In Q2 2007, Asus' share of the PC market was a mere 2.8 per cent. One year on, that figure had risen to six per cent. Its shipments rocketed from 497,000 units to 1.315m. That was …
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2008
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Carbonite muscles alongside Mozy in Lenovo

According to a report, Lenovo, which picked EMC's Mozy cloud backup for its SL business notebook line, has rejected EMC and picked competing Carbonite cloud backup for its consumer IdeaPad notebooks (Should we believe a single report? The reporting Mass High Tech journal looks solid and it directly quotes Carbonite CEO David …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2008

VIA and Nvidia partner to bomb Intel's Atom

Under pressure from Intel's Atom, chip makers VIA and Nvidia have apparently agreed that their interests should undergo fusion, and have agreed to brings their respective processors and integrated chipsets into orbit around each other. Dodgy particle physics metaphors aside, the deal - motherboard makers moles allege - is about …
Tony Smith, 10 Apr 2008

Everex follows Asus Eee to announce 9in sub-notebook

Not content with mounting a serious challenge to Asus' elfin Eee PC, US manufacturer Everex this week said it will follow up its 7in CloudBook sub-notebook with larger models later in the year. To be fair, these are all enhancements Asus has already pledged to make to the Eee PC line-up. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2008
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PC World in non-misleading TV ad shocker

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints against a PC World laptop advert which claimed the technology on offer was "pretty much future-proof". Gripers posited there's no such thing as a "future-proof" laptop, because hardware and software are being constantly updated. The ASA gave PC World the benefit …
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Acer CEO talks up Chinese expansion

Computer maker Acer is looking into the possibility of a Chinese acquisition following its decision to buy US-based Gateway. Acer chief executive, Wang Jen-tang, said in an interview with the Financial Times that such a deal could boost the PC vendor's market share in China, he also hit back at investors who have criticised the …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2007
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PC World 'misled' punters over discount lappy

PC World has been ticked off for not having enough stock to meet a promotion for a cut-price laptop. The computer retailer - part of DSG International, which includes Dixons and Currys - ran a national press ad that told punters they could: "SAVE UP TO £140 ON LAPTOPS ... Packard Bell ... MODEL: R4650 ... USUAL IN-STORE PRICE £ …
Tim Richardson, 04 Jan 2006
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PC World notebook ad 'misleading', ASA rules

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will tomorrow slap Dixons Store Group's wrist over a "misleading" TV advert run on behalf of the Dixons-owned PC World chain promoting Intel's Centrino wireless notebook technology. According to a confidential copy of the ruling, seen by The Register ahead of publication and …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2005

ATI unwraps first X1000-class mobile graphics chip

ATI yesterday unveiled its latest mobile graphics chip, the Mobility Radeon X1600, the first notebook-oriented GPU to support the company's Avivo video capture and playback enhancement technology. The X1600 also incorporates the latest generation of ATI's power-conservation system, PowerPlay, the company said. PowerPlay 6.0 …
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2005

High drama at Evesham, but the Yangtze Dolphin puts it all in perspective

As far as the UK channel was concerned, the big story was the demise (or not) of Evesham Technology. At first, everything looked rosy with El Reg reporting that Tahir Mohsan, founder of TimeUK, was investing $22m in the company through a Dubai-based business called PCC Technology. "By funding this restructuring, we intend to …
Billy MacInnes, 09 Aug 2007
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Acer debuts thin and light notebooks for the masses

So here we are in New York for the first leg of Acer's seasonal refresh. The Taiwanese PC company is making a really big deal of the line-up, 20 products grouped into three areas - notebooks / netbooks / and all-in-one PCs and slotted into three brands: Acer, Gateway (Packard Bell in Europe) and eMachines. It wheeled in …
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2009
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Acer pushes Gateway back into Europe

Acer has relaunched the Gateway brand in Europe, restyling the cow spotted direct supplier as a channel only brand pitched at SMEs. Gateway Professional consists of three parts: the Gateway brand's residual value in Europe, a restricted set of notebook, desktop and server products, and a specially-recruited channel which gets a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2009

Reg Reader poll on notebook quality: results are in

Our recent poll of Reg readers on their perceptions of some of the most prominent brands in the notebook PC space provided some interesting food for thought for those looking to make procurement decisions in this area. While it is tempting to focus on specs and prices, it was clear from results that there is much more to it than …
Dale Vile, 26 Feb 2009
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Acer gets Gateway, Lenovo could get nothing and IBA might finally get iSoft

Who said August was boring or quiet? Not with Lenovo's bid for Packard Bell coming near the start of the month and then Acer's $710m punt on Gateway arriving last week. Acer must have taken some grim satisfaction from the fact its takeover of Gateway has also led Gateway to invoke a 'right of first refusal' to any offer for …
Billy MacInnes, 30 Aug 2007

If you can fix a 757 with two goats, how many do you need to fix an OSI vote?

For a story that had more than its fair share of drama this week, it was hard to look further than Microsoft's efforts to get its Office Open XML (OOXML) specification fast-tracked as an ISO standard. Ordinarily, stories about Microsoft and standards tend to be the preserve of bearded men of a particular age, but the OOXML saga …
Billy MacInnes, 06 Sep 2007
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AMD details its Turion mobile processor

AMD today introduced its Turion 64 processor, the chip it hopes will help it wrest dominance of the notebook CPU market from Intel's Centrino. The chip family provides much the same feature set as the 754-pin Mobile Athlon 64 for thin'n'light notebooks, such as 64-bit processing, AMD's PowerNow! power conservation system, on- …
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2005
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Elonex: the end of an era

The reaction of many people in the PC business to the news that Elonex Plc (UK) was in administration was a shrug: Elowho? Elonex logo The brand name and some assets of the veteran PC were picked up last month by Afics, a cartridge recycling firm, which is still mulling over whether it will sell Elonex-branded PCs. So now …
Tim Phillips, 18 Jul 2006

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