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Acer sees booming sales of Chromebooks, says CEO

Jul 25, 16:00

Acer has seen booming sales of Chromebooks, including government procurement orders for educational purposes in many countries, and therefore has asked supply chains to increase production to reduce supply shortages, according to company CEO Jason Chen, adding that global Chromebook shipments in 2014...

Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in 2Q14, says IDC

Jul 25, 10:44

The worldwide tablet market grew 11.0% on year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to IDC. Although shipments declined sequentially from first-quarter 2014 by 1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to...

Worldwide digital production color print market to see cumulative shipment value reach nearly US$25 billion over 2014-2018, says IDC

Jul 24, 11:52

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide digital production color market continued its unabated growth of top-line shipment value in 2013. The industry achieved record shipment values of US$4.4 billion in 2013, fueled by growth in a range of technologies, from mid-production...

Global pay-TV market to generate US$280.4 billion in 2014, with 45% of subscribers watching HD content, says ABI Research

Jul 24, 11:49

The worldwide pay-TV market continued to grow in first-quarter 2014. According to ABI Research, the total pay-TV subscriber base is expected to surpass 936.4 million at the end of 2014, generating US$280.4 billion in service revenues.

STB revenues post best year ever in 2013, says IHS

Jul 24, 11:45

Following a relatively flat three-year period, the global set-top box (STB) market managed to achieve the highest annual revenue total in its history in 2013, setting the stage for continued growth through 2015, according to IHS.

Vendors partner with Wintel to release US$199-249 notebooks for 2H14

Jul 23, 22:53

Intel, Microsoft and notebook brand vendors are preparing to push entry-level notebooks priced at US$199-249 in the second half, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Microsoft cloud growth drives strong fiscal 4Q14 results

Jul 23, 13:57

Microsoft has announced revenues of US$23.38 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Gross margins, operating income, and diluted EPS for the quarter were US$15.79 billion, US$6.48 billion, and US$0.55 per share.

Apple reports fiscal 3Q14 results

Jul 23, 13:51

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenues of US$37.4 billion and quarterly net profits of US$7.7 billion, or US$1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenues of US$35.3 billion and net profits of US$6.9...

Microsoft facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, say Taiwan makers

Jul 23, 13:48

Microsoft is facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, with the global notebook OS market share for Windows 8 already dropping to below 90%, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Taiwan tablet shipments plunge sequentially in 1Q14, says MIC

Jul 23, 11:09

In the absence of new Apple products, tablets shipped to Apple - the major client taking up nearly 70% of Taiwan makers' tablet shipments - witnessed a 38% sequential decline in the first quarter of 2014, to approximately 16 million units. Declining tablet shipments for Apple, coupled with fewer new...

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments reach 55.06 million units in 2Q14

Jul 23, 10:32

There were 55.06 million tablets shipped globally in the second quarter of 2014, decreasing 4.5% on quarter but increasing 17.9% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Asia Pacific PC market comes in close to expectations in 2Q14, says IDC

Jul 22, 14:48

IDC's results show that the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market increased 2% from the first quarter and declined 10% on year in the second quarter of 2014 to reach 24.3 million units, coming in marginally higher than IDC's initial forecasts.

China-based LeTV stops selling OTT device in China, says report

Jul 22, 12:26

China-based LeTV has recently stopped selling its over the top (OTT) device as it violates China's new policies for the Internet TV market, but the company's LCD TV products are not affected and are still available in the market, according to a Chinese-language Tencent report citing the com...

Acer surpasses Samsung to hold top spot in Chromebook shipments in 2Q14, says WitsView

Jul 22, 11:11

Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView.

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments to grow 4.3% sequentially in 3Q14

Jul 22, 10:29

Buoyed by back-to-school demand, global notebook shipments are expected to grow 4.3% sequentially in the third quarter of 2014 before taking a dive of 1.1% in the fourth quarter, according to Digitimes Research.

Dell aims to ship 30 million notebooks in 2015

Jul 21, 13:31

Based on requests for quotation (RFQ) received by Taiwan-based notebook ODMs, Dell aims to ramp up its notebook shipments by 40% to almost 30 million units in 2015, bringing it closer to Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard (HP), which are estimated to ship 32-35 million units, according to sources from the...

Dell aims to ship almost 30 million notebooks in 2015

Flextronics plans to release orders for wearable device components to Taiwan

Jul 18, 14:20

Singapore-based EMS provider Flextronics International plans to release orders for wearable device components to Taiwan-based makers due to their technological advantages in precision processing compared to China-based makers, according to supply chain sources.

Apple and IBM forge global partnership to transform enterprise mobility

Jul 17, 14:16

Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership that teams the strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps - bringing IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.

Acer to keep running PC business for the next several decades, says CEO

Jul 17, 13:57

Commenting on how to lead Acer out of its bottleneck, CEO Jason Chen at an interview with Sina.com said that the company is likely to continue running its PC business for the next several decades, but the cloud computing business will become the priority.

Taiwan market: Apple offers discounts on PCs, tablets and smartphones for back-to-school demand

Jul 17, 13:54

Apple is offering NT$1,500-3,000 (US$50-100) discounts for its Mac, iPad and iPhone products to the education sector in Taiwan, looking to attract back-to-school demand from students and teachers.

Digitimes Research: AMOLED tablets unlikely to benefit Samsung in 2H14

Jul 17, 11:04

Samsung Electronics recently launched the 8.4- and 10.5-inch AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S flagship tablets. Although the new Galaxy Tab S tablets feature specifications exceeding those of Apple's iPads, the series is still unlikely to boost Samsung's sales in the second half of 2014 as demand in the high-end...

Asustek to recruit 1,000 engineers

Jul 16, 16:06

Asustek Computer, on July 15, announced plans to recruit 1,000 engineers specialized in software, firmware, hardware, quality control and Internet-based services in order to develop new businesses and meet the needs of its global business operations.

ASMedia, Asustek executives suspected of insider trading

Jul 16, 15:50

Several Asustek Computer and ASMedia's top executives under investigation by both companies for insider trading on ASMedia stock.

Research firms lower 2014 global tablet shipment forecasts

Jul 16, 11:21

DisplaySearch has lowered its 2014 global tablet shipment forecast to 285 million units, representing an 14% on-year increase, while WitsView has also lowered its forecast to 205.5 million units, growing less than 5%.

Digitimes Research: Digital home industry sees new developments in June from Google, Aereo and Samsung

Jul 16, 10:30

In June 2014, the digital home industry saw several developments worth noting. Google-owned Nest Labs released a new smart home API that is open to iOS and Android developers. Digitimes Research believes the new platform will open up cross partnerships across the digital home industry as well as bring...

Taiwan market: Samsung to launch 7-inch Galaxy Tab4

Jul 15, 14:57

Samsung Electronics on July 14 unveiled the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, a 7-inch Android 4.4-based 4G-enabled tablet, for launch in the Taiwan market at a contract-free retail price of below NT$10,000 (US$334) in late July, according to Samsung Taiwan.

Samsung to launch 7-inch 4G tablet Galaxy Tab4 in Taiwan

Asustek may struggle to achieve smartphone shipment goals for 2014

Jul 15, 14:08

Asustek Computer shipped about one million ZenFone smartphones in the second quarter, but to achieve its shipment goal of eight million units for 2014, the company will need to ship seven million units in the second half, posing a rather difficult challenge for the Taiwan-based vendor, according to...

Taiwan market: Teco reports 30% increase in energy efficient air conditioner sales during 1H14

Jul 15, 13:58

Taiwan-based home electronics vendor Teco has reported that its first-grade energy-efficient air conditioner sales increased 30% on year in the first half of 2014 while sales of air conditioner/heater units increased 70%.

Digitimes Research: Google Fit to benefit remote medical care industry

Jul 15, 11:36

Google has recently announced its new wearable device platform, Google Fit, which is expected to change the business model for wearable devices to horizontal partnerships with different industries with its hardware/software integration and connectivity, according to Digitimes Research.

Dell to improve distributor platform

Jul 14, 15:31

Dell is looking to strengthen its Partner Direct platform in 2014, hoping to boost its distribution partners' competitiveness through professional training, better resource distribution and complete product solutions, executives from Dell Taiwan said at a recent company conference with distributors...

Microsoft expands coverage of free Windows licensing

Jul 14, 15:29

Microsoft reportedly is expanding its subsidies to vendors for Windows-based tablets, and in addition to sub-9-inch models, tablets priced below US$250 will also receive free Windows licenses, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Over 24 million cars will be fitted with Apple CarPlay in 2019, says ABI Research

Jul 14, 11:22

Earlier in 2014, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow. With so many supporting CarPlay, ABI Research forecasts that in...

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments decline 4.9% in 2Q14

Jul 14, 10:05

Global notebook shipments dropped 4.9% on year in the second quarter of 2014, according to Digitimes Research. Despite the end of Windows XP bringing about a surge of notebook orders, panels and some key components were in limited supply, and demand in China and South and Central America was down,...

Pegatron sees increased June revenues

Jul 11, 18:14

Pegatron on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$72.12 billion (US$2.40 billion) for June, growing 9.46% on month and 1.52% on year, NT$210.49 billion for the second quarter, slipping 3.4% sequentially, and NT$428.38 billion for January-June, dipping 0.33% on year.

Casetek June revenues up on month, down on year

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 18:01

PC chassis maker Casetek Holdings on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.420 billion (US$80.6 million) for June, increasing 3.68% on month but decreasing 3.96% on year, and NT$14.476 billion for January-June, dipping 14.85% on year.

Acer 2Q14 revenues up 6% sequentially

Jul 11, 17:57

Acer saw its June revenues grow significantly by 43.06% on month to reach NT$36.55 billion (US$1.22 billion), and second-quarter revenues also grew 6.02% sequentially to reach NT$81.35 billion. Acer founder Stan Shih expects the company's gross margins in the second quarter to have improved from the...

China government demands OTT/smart TVs switch to TVOS from Android, say reports

Jul 11, 14:43

The China government is demanding cable TV service providers in the country only adopt TVOS 1.0 for their over the top (OTT) devices and smart TVs, which is expected to significantly delay the development of Internet TV applications, according to reports from China citing sources from people familiar...

Quanta Computer ships 4.3 million notebooks in June

Jul 10, 19:50

Quanta Computer shipped 4.3 million notebooks in June, increasing 10.25% on month, and 11.5 million units in the second quarter, rising 9.52% sequentially, according to the company.

PC rebound in mature regions stabilizes market in 2Q14, says IDC

Jul 10, 14:58

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014, an on-year decline of 1.7%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks...

Synnex Technology sees decreased June revenues

Jul 10, 10:48

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$24.4 billion (US$813 million) for June, dropping 5.4% sequentially and 5.9% on year.

Coretronic ships 7.69 million BLUs in June

Jul 10, 10:22

Coretronic has revealed it shipped 7.69 million BLUs (backlight units) in June (3% sequential growth), 22.1 million units in the second quarter (5% sequential growth), and 43.15 million units in January-June (20% on-year growth).

Compal and Wistron to evenly share Dell consumer notebook orders for 2015

Jul 9, 22:13

Dell has reportedly already finished the request for quotation (RFQ) process for its consumer notebook orders for 2015 with Compal Electronics and Wistron each landing half of the volume, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Worldwide traditional PC, tablet, ultramobile and mobile phone shipments to grow 4.2% in 2014, says Gartner

Jul 9, 14:18

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2% increase from 2013, according to Gartner.

Pegatron to see over NT$1 trillion in 2014 revenues, say analysts

Jul 9, 12:19

Pegatron is expected to see 2014 consolidated revenues and net profit exceed NT$1 trillion (US$33.3 billion) and NT$10 billion respectively, mainly due to shipments of new-generation iPhones and iPads beginning in the third quarter, according to market analysts.

Wistron June notebook shipments hit monthly high

Jul 8, 22:01

Wistron shipped 1.9 million notebooks in June, the highest monthly level so far in 2014, and five million units in the second quarter, increasing 11% on quarter, according to the company.

Tablet market to lose attention as competition rises in wearable industry

Jul 8, 15:44

As tablet shipment growth for 2014 is expected to only reach less than 5%, and Apple's iPad sales also declined 16% sequentially in the first quarter, the IT industry is gradually turning conservative about tablet's future, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Several first- and second-tier...

Digitimes Research: Tablet-AP shipments from Intel expected to reach 31.15 million in 2014

Jul 8, 14:31

Intel aims to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, but most market watchers believe such a volume is quite a challenge. Digitimes Research expects the CPU giant to be able to ship 31.15 million APs in 2014, achieving about 80% of its goal,...

Asustek June revenues down sequentially

Jul 8, 11:51

Asustek Computer on July 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$33.91 billion (US$1.13 billion) for June, decreasing on month by 7.97% but increasing on year by 0.37%, while its sales of 105.19 billion for the second quarter represented a five-quarter low with a sequential drop of 4.66%, and its sales...

Acer announces partnership with Synnex and Weblink to expand sales channels

Jul 4, 10:33

Acer has announced that it will partner with Synnex Technology International and Weblink International to help expand its sales and distribution channels.

Xiaomi looking to establish Android tablet ecosystem to compete against iPad, says CEO

Jul 3, 14:32

Commenting on the company's plans to join the tablet industry, CEO of China-based Xiaomi Lei Jun has said that the lack of a healthy ecosystem was the main problem holding Xiaomi back, and now Xiaomi is stepping up to try to establish an Android tablet ecosystem that is able to compete against Apple's...

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2014 global notebook demand forecast
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    Taiwan notebook Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) account for more than 90% of global notebook production and Digitimes is there to provide daily...

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