Notebook ODMs partnering with IoT startups, from TW

TaiwanTaiwan-based notebook ODMs have been accelerating their paces building partnerships with Internet of things (IoT) startup companies and are providing financial, production and technological support to these players, looking to enhance their presence in the industry. The ODMs are expected to achieve some results in the second half, at the earliest. Since most of the startup companies are not able to commercialize their innovations due to lack of funding or production support, some ODMs are directly partnering with them and some have established small project teams to help these players.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150413PD208.html

Dell tops enterprise PC market in India: IDC

IndiaBENGALURU: Global personal computers vendor Dell ranked top in shipments and sale of PCs, notebooks and workstations in the fourth quarter (October-December) of the calendar year 2014. “Dell ranked No.1 PC vendor in the commercial segment and No.2 in the consumer segment,” the US-based company said in a statement on Monday, quoting from IDC India PC market tracker for the quarter (Q4).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Dell-tops-enterprise-PC-market-in-India-IDC/articleshow/46676596.cms

Acer’s Thailand notebook market share hits record

ThailandTAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) achieved a record-high notebook market share of 34.8 percent in Thailand in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said Wednesday, citing data from research firm IDC. Acer’s record-high share also marks “a new chapter for the brand’s continuous market leadership for over a decade” in Thailand, the New Taipei-based company said in a statement that did not disclose the market shares of other vendors or the overall market volume during the quarter.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2015/03/12/430886/Acers-Thailand.htm

PC shipments in 1Q15 may fall over 20%, say upstream suppliers, from TW

TaiwanPC shipments so far in the first quarter of 2015 have been short of expectations because many vendors are still clearing inventories and demand in Europe and emerging markets including China and Southeast Asia is weak. Consequently, shipments in the quarter are likely to drop over 20% sequentially, according to sources from ODMs and component makers. With PC products still lacking innovative features that could attract consumers, and smartphones and tablets continuing cannibalizing the PC shipments have been weak since the beginning of 2015.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150306PD208.html

Lenovo launches financing scheme for PC buyers in Punjab

IndiaCHANDIGARH: Leading personal computer player Lenovo today announced the launch of a financing support scheme to help consumers especially youth to buy computers and laptops.  “As part of the initiative, Lenovo is providing an end-to-end package to make computers more accessible to youth across these markets. This includes an attractive finance scheme, Internet access and huge-scale promotion to drive awareness,” said company’s Director- Home and Small Business, Shailendra Katyal here today.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/lenovo-launches-financing-scheme-for-pc-buyers-in-punjab/articleshow/46456893.cms

Superfish security flaw also exists in other apps, non-Lenovo systems

ChinaSecurity researchers warned that an adware program called Superfish, which was preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops, opened computers to attack. However, it seems that the same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs. Superfish uses a man-in-the-middle proxy component to interfere with encrypted HTTPS connections, undermining the trust between users and websites. It does this by installing its own root certificate in Windows and uses that certificate to re-sign SSL certificates presented by legitimate websites.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/superfish-security-flaw-also-exists-other-apps-non-lenovo-systems.1424593662

Are Lenovo Computers Safe For Consumer Users?

ChinaThere have always been worries that the Chinese government could use its power to force homegrown technology companies like ZTE, Huawei, Qihoo 360 and Lenovo to spy on user communications, but now a bombshell has landed that shows Lenovo is forcing adware onto users’ computers on the company’s own volition.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/02/19/21425-are-lenovo-computers-safe-for-consumer-users

Lenovo caught pre-installing adware on laptops

ChinaComputer giant Lenovo has come under fire from users and security pundits after its consumer laptops were found to contain pre-installed adware/malware which could be used to intercept and hijack encrypted Transport Layer Security communications in Microsoft Windows. The ‘Superfish’ adware is a third-party application that was, until last month, installed on all Lenovo consumer laptops.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400712,lenovo-caught-pre-installing-adware-on-laptops.aspx

First lot of ASUS EeeBook sold out within days of launch

TaiwanMr. Peter Chang, Regional Head, South Asia and Country Manager, System Business Group, ASUS India said, “Being a value notebook with a premium feel, EeeBook has received tremendous response beyond our comprehensions. This is an exciting phase for us with the form of reception we are getting from the market. To cater to the same, we are today releasing the second lot on Flipkart. We will continue to pump up the units to counter the demand and to satisfy the ever growing appetite of our existing and prospective customers.”

http://post.jagran.com/first-lot-of-asus-eeebook-sold-out-within-days-of-launch-1423304781

Desktop version of WeChat comes to Windows PC nearly one year after Mac

ChinaWeChat, the mobile messaging juggernaut from China, unleashed the Windows PC version of its app (h/t QQ Tech). This comes nearly a year after the Mac client was released last February. Just like the Mac version, WeChat for Windows is fairly barebones. You won’t find the treasure trove of features and functions available on the mobile version, just basic messaging and file transfers.

https://www.techinasia.com/desktop-version-wechat-windows-pc-year-mac/

ASUS Announces EeeBook X205

TaiwanASUS today announced the EeeBook X205, an affordable 11.6-inch notebook with a full-size keyboard, large touchpad, and powered by a quad core Intel® Atom processor. Connected Standby technology provides users with a smartphone-like computing experience, giving them an almost instant resume from sleep mode, and the ability to be socially connected at any time – even with the notebook in standby mode. EeeBook X205 ships with Windows 8.1 with Bing, and is fully-compatible with a wide range of software and hardware.

http://www.prnewswire.co.in/news-releases/asus-announces-eeebook-x205-289542511.html

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments in 4Q14 over 46 million units

There were an estimated 46.059 million notebooks shipped globally during the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing by 3.1% on quarter and remaining unchanged on year, according to Digitimes Research. Hewlett-Packard (HP) was the largest vendor accounting for 23.0% of the shipments, followed by Lenovo with 22.4%, Dell with 11.4%, Asustek Computer with 10.0%, Acer with 8.7%, Apple with 8.4%, Toshiba with 5.6%, Samsung Electronics with 2.2% and Fujitsu with 1.3%, Digitimes Research indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150115PD211.html

New Wintel hard to drive PC replacement, say Taiwan makers

Although Windows 10 and Intel’s 14nm-based Skylake CPUs are both expected to launch in the third quarter, sources from the upstream supply chain are conservative about the new Wintel combination’s ability to stimulate the replacement of PCs and expect their shipments for notebooks in 2015 to remain at around the same level as in 2014 with the only exception being Apple’s Mac series products.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150109PD207.html

‘Make in India’ pitch fine, inverted duty structure key manufacturing concern: PC makers

BENGALURU: Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is raising the pitch for “Make-in-India” campaign, the world’s third largest PC maker, Dell, is struggling to use its manufacturing capacity in India to the hilt. Reason: unfavourable conditions.  “If the country wants to get real benefit from local manufacturing, we need to revise the existing inverted duty structure,” Alok Ohrie, Dell’s India MD, told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/make-in-india-pitch-fine-inverted-duty-structure-key-manufacturing-concern-pc-makers/articleshow/45801880.cms

Asustek EeeBook shipments to disappoint in Q4

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. may have made lower than expected shipments of its low-cost EeeBook laptop in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to competition from tablets and smartphones, according to Digitimes Research. Only about 200,000 units of the EeeBook X205 were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014, the Taipei-based research firm predicted in a report Tuesday.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2015/01/03/425538/Asustek-EeeBook.htm

Compal plans to hike ODM prices by 5-15% to reflect wage hikes in China

Taiwan-based notebook ODM Compal Electronics is negotiating an increase in ODM prices by 5-15% with clients, with the adjustment needed to reflect ongoing wage hikes in China and expected to take effect after the 2015 Lunar New Year holiday in late February, according to company president Ray Chen.  Compal had weak gross margins and operating profit margins for the third quarter of 2014 as its US-based clients launched new products, which required the ODM to spend extra resources to recruit sufficient workers for related production, Chen said, adding competition for workers between IT players has always been fierce.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141226PD206.html

Notebook orders from Russia decreasing, say Taiwan ODMs

Notebook orders from channel retailers and regional brands in Russia have been decreasing due to impacts of the Russian rouble’s drastic devaluation, according to Taiwan-based ODMs. Because of economic sanctions by the US and European Union and the dropping crude oil pricing, Russia, whose economy heavily relies on oil exports, is facing an economic decline.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141219PD204.html

Driven by HP success, New Zealand PC market set to have best year in history

In the third quarter of 2014, the New Zealand PC market shipments came in at 187,000 units, according to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly tracker. This resulted in a year over year growth of 12.9%, which was more than IDC’s forecast by 3.8%. The top five New Zealand PC vendors are Dell, Toshiba, Apple and Acer Group, but HP remained the market leader by a significant amount.

http://techday.com/the-channel/news/driven-by-hp-success-new-zealand-pc-market-set-to-have-best-year-in-history/198688/

PC, laptops said to be on their way out, said Huawei

The days of personal computers (PCs) and laptops may be numbered. “The PC is already on its way out; laptops have started to disappear,” said Barry Lerner, South Pacific regional chief information officer of Huawei Australia. “We’re going into the small (mobile) devices, and the tablets. Businesses and customers will start to utilize cloud.”

http://business.inquirer.net/182767/pc-laptops-said-to-be-on-their-way-out

ARM seeing troubles penetrating into PC, server industries; IoT becomes new battlefield for Intel, ARM, from TW

Despite aggressively attempting to advance into the PC and server industries, ARM-based CPU platforms will not be able to achieve any significant results within the next two years in the two segments; however ARM and Intel have found a new business opportunities in the Internet of things (IoT) segment and both expect growth in that area, according to sources from the supply chain.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141124PD215.html