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More notebook brands shifting focus to gaming models, say sources

Oct 31, 16:23

Notebook brands including Asustek Computer, Lenovo and Acer have been shifting focus to gaming notebook models as strong sales of comparable models rolled out by Micro-Star International (MSI) have encouraged rival companies to follow suit, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Skylake processor delay to weaken Windows 10 notebook demand

Oct 31, 15:55

Intel's Skylake-based processors, originally expected to launch in early third-quarter 2015 to support the release of Windows 10-based notebooks, may not become available until the end of the third quarter or early fourth-quarter 2015. The delay is expected to hurt demand for Windows 10 notebooks.

Worldwide smartphone shipments increase 25.2% in 3Q14, tablet shipments increase 11.5%, says IDC

Oct 31, 15:42

New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter. According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 327.6 million units during the third quarter of 2014, resulting in 25.2% growth when compared...

Commentary: Calculating the cost of GamerGate, many losers, 2 potential big winners

Oct 30, 15:53

Concerns raised in a previous report that allowing the schism between the gaming press and their core audience to fester could lead to real economic impacts for the gaming industry during the holiday season appear to have had merit. Major advertisers are being dragged into the argument against their...

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Acer starts selling Ultra HD monitors in Taiwan

Oct 30, 11:59

Acer has unveiled own-brand Ultra HD monitors sized 23.8-, 27-, 28- and 32-inch in Taiwan. Since its Chromebooks will also likely be launched in Taiwan soon, Acer expects its revenues in the fourth quarter to decline a lot less than expected.

Coretronic expects 4Q14 BLU shipments to drop slightly

Oct 30, 11:42

Coretronic expects its fourth-quarter 2014 BLU (backlight unit) shipments to slip slightly on quarter mainly due to decreased shipments to the TV and tablet segments, according to the company.

LG Electronics announces 3Q14 performance

Oct 29, 20:53

LG Electronics has announced third-quarter consolidated revenues of KRW14.92 trillion (US$14.54 billion), an increase of 7.4% on year, and operating profit of KRW461.3 billion (US$449.61 million), more than double the figure from the same period a year ago.

Elitegroup Computer Systems nets NT$1.67 per share for January-September

Oct 29, 15:58

Motherboard, desktop, notebook and tablet maker Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) on October 28 released its financial report for the third quarter of 2014, with consolidated revenues of NT$41.78 billion (US$1.39 billion), net operating profit of NT$1.26 billion, net profit of NT$1.17 billion and net...

Microsoft cooperates with Intel to offer subsidies for Windows 8.1 with Bing desktops, AIO PCs, say Taiwan makers

Oct 29, 15:23

Microsoft will cooperate with Intel to offer subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing for entry-level desktops starting at retail prices of US$199, and 18.5-inch non-touch-screen all-in-one (AIO) PCs starting at US$349, equipped with Celeron J1900 quad-core processors (Bay Trail-D), according to...

Taiwan market: Canon to launch new DSLR camera

Oct 29, 15:10

Canon on October 28 unveiled the EOS 7D Mark II, a DSLR camera equipped with 20.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, for launch in the Taiwan market on October 30.

Canon DSLR camera EOS 7D Mark II

Global commercial telematics subscribers will reach nearly 25 million in 2014, says ABI Research

Oct 28, 15:53

According to ABI Research, from 2014 onward, total global commercial telematics subscriptions will ramp up at an accelerated rate. In fact, in 2019 total global subscriptions will increase by three times from the 25 million expected in 2014. Much of this growth will come from Asia and Latin America...

Acer fund raiser may start in early 2015, says founder

Oct 28, 15:51

Acer recently announced it will hold a fund raiser before the end of 2014, be may postpone the plans to early 2015 due to the recent weak performance of the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) and mayor elections in Taiwan at the end of November, according to Acer founder Stan Shih.

Stan Shih, Acer founder

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments to drop 1.7% in 2015

Oct 28, 14:17

Global notebook shipments, which are expected to decline 2.1% on year in 2014, will further drop 1.7% in 2015 to reach 168 million units, despite Microsoft's attempts to stimulate demand in the PC market.

Dell, Asustek and Lenovo eye Chromebook market

Oct 28, 13:59

Seeing that Chromebooks are enjoying demand from the education sector, brand vendors such as Dell, Asustek Computer and Lenovo have started becoming aggressive about the market, while Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Samsung Electronics will also launch new products to defend their market shares, according...

AMD CEO to visit Lenovo, Asustek, TSMC and Acer

Oct 28, 12:27

AMD CEO Lisa Su is planning to visit Lenovo in China and Asustek Computer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Acer in Taiwan in the near future to tighten its relationships and explain its latest product roadmap, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

AMD CEO Lisa Su

Competition from China PC supply chain to remain strong in 2015

Oct 27, 16:10

Although demand for PCs has started recovering recently and shipments in 2015 are expected to remain at the same level as in 2014, Taiwan's supply chain is still facing fierce competition from China-based component makers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan ODMs ship 3.503 million digital cameras in 3Q14

Oct 27, 15:15

Taiwan-based ODMs Ability Enterprise, Altek, Asia Optical and Foxconn Electronics shipped 3.503 million digital cameras in the third quarter of 2014, increasing on quarter by 1% but decreasing 22.4% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: Intel to see strong shipment growth for Education Tablets in 2015

Oct 27, 11:08

Intel, which launched the Classmate PC specifically for emerging countries' education markets in 2007, did not achieve significant results with its StudyBook tablet in 2012. But in 2013, it released the Education Tablets, renewing its efforts for the educational segment. Digitimes Research estimates...

Global Pay TV market to generate US$269 billion in 2014, says ABI Research

Oct 24, 16:09

The worldwide Pay TV market is expected to surpass 920 million subscribers by the end of 2014. Overall, Pay TV average revenues per user (ARPU) are expected to drop slightly due to increasing price competition, but at a lower rate compared to the ARPU drop in 2013, according to ABI Research.

Sony to launch 12-inch tablet in 1Q15, say Taiwan makers

Oct 24, 11:49

Sony Mobile Communications will launch a 12-inch tablet in the first quarter of 2015. Several other vendors are also developing large-size tablets for launch in the first or second quarters, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Digitimes Research: Apple turns to focus on price management to save tablet business

Oct 23, 13:55

Digitimes Research believes Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has already fallen into decline. Apple's entry into price competition is also expected to impact sales of its competitors' high-end tablets.

Aurora invests in GIT to beef up 3D printing business

Oct 22, 15:12

Aurora, a distributor of office automation machines and furniture in the Taiwan and China markets, on October 21 announced the investment of NT$113 million (US$3.7 million) for a 55% stake in General Integration Technology (GIT), a sales agent of 3D printers for US-based Stratasys and 3D scanners/software...

Apple announces financial results for fiscal 4Q14

Oct 21, 22:19

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter that ended September 27, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenues of US$42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of US$8.5 billion, or US$1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenues of US$37.5 billion and net profit...

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments to drop in 4Q14

Oct 21, 11:26

Despite Intel and Microsoft subsidies, Digitimes Research expects global notebook shipments, not including 2-in-1 models, to drop 4.4% on year and 2.6% sequentially in the fourth quarter, as Windows XP will have less of an effect on boosting demand in the enterprise segment and most of the inventory...

Clevo to ship 1.85-1.9 million notebooks in 2014, says paper

Newswatch - Oct 20, 16:24

Taiwan-based second-tier notebook vendor Clevo is expected to ship 1.85-1.9 million units in 2014, up from 1.57 million units in 2013, according to a Commercial Time's report citing market watchers.

Digitimes Research: Lenovo starts price-cut competition for 7-, 8-inch tablets

Oct 20, 16:09

Most 7-inch tablets' prices have dropped significantly during October with several first-tier vendors' 8GB models even dropping to as low as US$99. Meanwhile, 8-inch tablets also seen their prices decrease with stable panel supply and vendors expanding their investments in related products. Among the...

China market: Clevo opens 24th Buynow store

Oct 20, 11:08

Notebook ODM Clevo has opened its 24th Buynow electronics retail store in China, in Wuhan, according to the company.

Acer, MediaTek BYOC partnership to achieve some results in 1H15

Oct 17, 15:51

Acer and MediaTek's cooperation in cloud computing is expected to achieve preliminary results in the first half of 2015 related to wearable devices, according to Acer BYOC business manager Maverick Shih and general manager of MediaTek's new business development unit JC Hsu.

Maverick Shih, Acer BYOC business manager

Taiwan market: Leica X-E to be available in November

Oct 17, 14:49

Leica has unveiled Leica X-E (Typ102), a fixed-focus digital camera, for launch in the Taiwan market in November 2014 at a recommended retail price of NT$60,000 (US$1,980, not including accessories).

Leica X-E (Typ102) digital camera

Tablet vendors developing models for education, business, gaming applications to boost growth in 2015

Oct 17, 14:48

Tablet vendors have been developing models designated for education, business and gaming applications in order to boost shipment growth in 2015 due to saturation in global demand for consumer tablets, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Taiwan market: Epson launches 3D home theater projectors

Oct 17, 14:10

Seiko Epson on October 16 launched three 3D home theater projectors, the high-end EH-TW6600W and EH-TW6600 and entry-level EH-TW570, in the Taiwan market at recommended retail prices of NT$69,900 (US$2,307), NT$59,900 and NT$25,900, according to Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading.

Epson 3D home theater projector model EH-TW6600W

Apple updates Mac mini with price starts at US$499

Oct 17, 12:37

Apple has updated its Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price. The Mac mini now features Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2.

Apple Mac mini desktop

Apple introduces iPad Air 2 and new iPad mini

Oct 17, 11:51

Apple has introduced the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The iPad Air 2, which is 6.1mm thin, and the iPad mini 3 both offer Touch ID.

Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tablets

Apple introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

Oct 17, 11:27

Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring high resolution display technology with 14.7 million pixels.

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments in 3Q14 estimated at over 45 million units

Oct 17, 10:41

Third-quarter 2014 global notebook shipments are estimated at 45.198 million units (not including 2-in-1 models), increasing 6.4% sequentially and 2.6% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

HP dismisses Taiwan supply chain concerns about decline in its global notebook market share

Oct 16, 21:40

Hewlett-Packard's (HP) decision to split itself into two companies has caused makers in the Taiwan supply to worry that HP's global notebook market share may drop significantly. HP has dismissed the concerns saying it will maintain notebook operations with 2015 target shipments of at least 31 million...

Taiwan market: Panasonic estimates it will sell 150,000 LCD TVs in 2014

Oct 16, 21:38

Panasonic estimates it will sell 150,000 LCD TVs in Taiwan during 2014 and that its revenues in the Taiwan market during the year will reach NT$30 billion (US$1 billion).

Acer CEO sees good sales during China National Day holidays; expects flat performance in 2015

Oct 15, 22:03

Commenting on the company's recent performance, Acer CEO Jason Chen said the company enjoyed strong sales in China during the country's National Day holidays starting October 1, but refused to unveil more details. Chen expects overall PC shipments to stay flat on year in 2015, but believes Chromebooks,...

Jason Chen, Acer CEO sees good sales during China National Day holidays

Volume shipments of new MacBook Air to begin in November, say Taiwan makers

Oct 15, 15:42

Shipments of a new MacBook Air model, reportedly equipped with a 12-inch Retina screen, have begun in small volumes and large-volume shipments will begin in November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

MSI says no plans to cut motherboard manpower

Oct 15, 15:01

Amid rumors that Micro-Star International (MSI) will reportedly downsize personnel in its motherboard business group, the maker has affirmed that there will be no staff cuts and there are no plans for any staff cuts in the motherboard group.

Taiwan market: Leica X launched

Oct 15, 11:48

Leica Camera has launched Leica X (Typ113), a fixed-focus digital camera, in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$74,000 (US$2,438, not including accessories).

Leica X (Typ113) digital camera

Acer is internationalized with 70% of employees foreigners, says founder

Oct 14, 20:59

Acer is a substantially internationalized enterprise as evidenced by foreigners accounting for 70% of all employees, company founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih has said.

Acer founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih

Quanta ships 4.8 million notebooks in September; Compal 4.4 million

Oct 14, 12:21

Quanta Computer shipped 4.8 million notebooks in September and a total of 13.7 million units in the third quarter, up from 11.5 million units in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Compal Electronics shipped 4.4 million notebooks in the month, up 12.8% on month.

Asustek, AMD said to strengthen partnership

Oct 14, 11:59

AMD's partnership with Asustek Computer is growing tighter and the CPU maker reportedly will use Zen to name its next-generation desktop APU platform for 2016 and their expanding cooperation is also expected to influence the desktop market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However,...

Ergotech showcases 3G smartwatch at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Oct 14, 10:40

Taiwan-based Ergotech Technology is exhibiting a smartwatch featuring 3G voice communication functionality at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair Autumn Edition 2014 from October 13-16.

Ergotech 3G-enabled smartwatch

Gaming notebook vendors start new competition in 4Q14

Oct 13, 22:37

Despite weak sales of traditional notebooks, vendors are still aggressively releasing new gaming models and are expected to trigger a new wave of competition in the fourth quarter of 2014 as demand from the gaming market continues to rise and several governments worldwide are aggressively supporting...

Government IT spending in India forecast to reach US$7.2 billion in 2015, says Gartner

Oct 13, 16:19

Government IT spending in India will total US$7.2 billion in 2015, a 5% increase over 2014, according to Gartner. Government IT spending is on pace to total US$6.6 billion in 2014.

Hong Kong Electronics Fair Autumn Edition kicks off

Oct 13, 16:17

Hong Kong Electronics Fair Autumn Edition 2014, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) from October 13-16, has a total of 4,100 exhibitors showcasing their latest products.

Quanta reports 4.8% on-month rise in September revenues

Stockwatch - Oct 13, 15:34

Quanta Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$85.155 billion (US$2.84 billion) for September 2014, representing a 4.8% increase on month and 11.84% increase on year.

MSI sees revenues rise in September

Stockwatch - Oct 13, 14:33

MSI has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.198 billion (US$273.26 million) for September 2014, representing a 21.37% increase on month and 26.98% increase on year.

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